It’s probably fair to say if you’re reading this blog you know who Joss Whedon is. On the off chance you don’t know who he is, it’s nigh on impossible that you haven’t seen SOMETHING he’s produced. The man is crazy prolific: Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Firefly, Angel, Dollhouse, The Avengers, Dr. Horrible, The Cabin in the Woods…and more beyond that.
If you’re a big Whedon fan and you’ve seen EVERYTHING he’s produced, this book is for you. ‘Companion’ is a misnomer, in my opinion. If you’re looking for an encyclopaedia of Whedon and his work, that isn’t what you’ll find here. This is more ‘Collected Academic Essays’ but that doesn’t make it any less thorough or interesting.
There are such fascinating treatises on “When Buffy met Biblical Studies” and “The Psychoanalysis of Illyria”. They aren’t all academic, though, some of them look at the fan base and it has interviews with people who have worked with Whedon.
It’s also well organised, which is important because it is spoiler-tastic. If you haven’t seen all of Buffy, and don’t want to know every major plot point, then you can just skip right over to the Firefly section.
So, if you have a geek in your life who is chomping at the bit for the next Whedon production, it’d probably be worth giving him/her this book to tide them over.