New Joss Whedon book released

Wednesday, 13 August 2014 12:00 AM Written by 

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Still looking for a non-fiction summer beach read? There are two books about TV that fit the bill.

difficult menLast year's "Difficult Men: Behind the Scenes of a Creative Revolution: From 'The Sopranos' and 'The Wire' to 'Mad Men' and 'Breaking Bad'" by Brett Martin is now out in paperback ($17).

And there's a new hardcover biography of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" creator Joss Whedon by Amy Pascale ($29.95, Chicago Review Press).

Read more after the jump. ...

Much has been written about TV creator Joss Whedon -- tons of articles, personality profiles and even a few earlier books -- but I've yet to read one that's gotten quite so far inside his orbit as Pascale's "Joss Whedon: The Biography."

The book functions as both a biography of Whedon, including aspects of his personal life explored in greater depth than in past publications, and a history of his shows. While some of that historical chronicling rehashes old episodes, there's also plenty of new tidbits about the making of "Buffy," "Angel," "Firefly" and "Dollhouse" that should interest fans.

The book doesn't sugar coat the disharmony among members of the "Buffy" cast or shy away from showing Whedon's preference for his "Firefly" cast and their apparent harmony (then again, it's a lot easier to get harmony when a show only has 12 episodes compared to a series that runs seven years).

The book offers more insight to Whedon's personality than to his process. It details events surrounding the decision to kill off Cordelia (Charisma Carpenter) on "Angel" but it doesn't get into his thinking, his rationale for making that call.

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