Ever since The Avengers, Joss Whedon’s name has been popping up on every entertainment website, magazine, and blog there is. And that’s led to some of his long time devoted fans feeling possessive. But it’s also got a lot of people asking who this guy is, and why he’s such a big deal. If you’re one of them – here’s a condensed list of reasons why Joss is awesome.
1. He gave the World Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Girl knows how to work a stake
There are pages and pages worth of essays on why Buffy the Vampire Slayer is one of the best TV shows in the history of television, and it’s not fair to reduce the brilliance of such a phenomenon to a small blurb. But suffice to say, Buffy is amazing. It took the problems and everyday anxieties of high school students and gave us a unique show that used the monsters-of-the-week as metaphors for the characters’ struggles. Amidst all the quirky one-liners and the generous bouts of humor, the show still managed to get some important themes across, and gave us advice worth remembering:
A cheery approach to life is the best approach to life
2. He’s Got One Hell of a Cult Following
We can’t vouch for his name existing on every list of cult TV shows/movies, but there does seem to be a high correlation between Joss’s works and a crowning cult status. He’s not called ‘King of Cult’ for nothing. Buffy, Firefly, Serenity, Dollhouse, and even the internet musical miniseries Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog developed passionately devoted fanbases.
That’s probably what your fans think of you, Joss
Makes you wonder why almost every show he makes gets canceled. Surely networks can’t be that stupid?
3. Wit is his Staple Trademark
Joss Whedon’s creations are popularly known for their witty one-liners and fun banter. From the classic heated exchanges between the Scooby Gang on Buffy to the more recent classic in the making that is The Avengers, Joss’s works always promise a few laughs and quotable lines that are bound to be embedded in pop culture for decades to come.
4. He Delivered One of the Best Commencement Speeches Ever
“What I’d like to say to all of you is that you are all going to die.”
In the torrent of boring commencement speeches that students have to sit through when they graduate, there manage to be a few that stand out. Joss’s speech at Wesleyan University in May 2013 was definitely one of them. Using his signature humor, Joss talked about accepting that internal contradictions in a person are a part of life, and that we should accept them and not let them hold us back from taking ‘the road less travelled.’
5. He Writes Admirable Female Characters
“Why do you write strong female characters?” – “Because you’re still asking me that question”
Joss’s female characters are complex, unique, and most importantly, real. They are flawed, and they make mistakes, but at the end of the day, they are each powerful in their own right. From a badass warrior who also happens to be a loving wife with the desire to start a family, to a shy and awkward girl who is seduced by power, but overcomes it with control and determination, Joss offers a multitude of female icons for people to look up to.