Joss WhedonRemember to always be yourself. Unless you suck.
|Wellington Young Feminists have carefully preserved this quote |
they didn't say by writing all fourteen words of it in black ink
on a blue background and don't want anyone else taking credit
for their hard work. So check them out or something.
I can't really tell you much about the female characters in Cabin without ruining some of the plot twists, but suffice to say that at one point there is a profile shot of a chick holding a knife as long as her arm and ready to kick some ass.
Joss has a list! Here are Whedon's Top Ten Writing Tips. They are very much about screenwriting, but I am a firm believer that every writer has something to offer every other writer if they aren't too good to listen.
The Mary Sue Runs a bit about Joss and feminism. I can't stress enough that if you want to avoid the pitfalls of institutional misogyny that speculative fiction writers (and geek culture in general) are still falling into all too frequently, Whedon is a good place to start.
115 Reasons Why We love Buffy. This is 115 gif. pictures (on four different pages) so it might take a second to fully download. This might be more nostalgia than actual reasons, but if you liked the show, it's fun.
|The other 114 reasons are irrelevant.|
Here are a pair of clips about Whedon's writing process. [ETA-This pair of clips has turned into one because the other one was pulled off of Youtube for some reason.] Process is a place where there is a ton of overlap between any kind of writing, and really most kinds of art. Here he is speaking at Comicon.
And just for fun, I leave you with some of the best quotes from Firefly, in case you're still wondering why legions of geeks love this guy so fucking hard. It does seem to be missing one of my favorites though (when Zoe asks preacher if the Bible doesn't have some pretty specific things to say about killing and he replies with something like "Yes, but it's somewhat less specific on the subject of kneecaps.")
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