I just met Joss Whedon. I can’t believe it. I couldn’t really speak properly. I cried. I can’t fucking believe it.
I have loved everything Joss Whedon since I was a wee child. I was too young to watch Buffy from the beginning, but by the time I was about 10 years old I started to sneak it. My parents didn’t think I should watch it because it was ‘too scary’ for me, and so I had to steal glimpses here and there when it aired on YTV at night. As the years passed, my parents finally gave up their crusade, and began buying me the series on DVD. At the time it was still like $70 for a box set, and I was unable to afford it so, every year on my birthday I would receive one more addition to my Buffy collection.
I watched that show everyday, episode after episode. It was a large influence on my life. I got through high school on Buffy, and understood that the show was less about the monsters, and more about how it feels to be an outsider. Every high school student feels this way at some point throughout their life, and having this to kind of tell me it’s okay helped more than a little.
I wasn’t a total outsider in high school, and had a core group of friends but, I wouldn’t say I was popular either. I had ‘strange’ tastes, and a flair for everything supernatural. I listened to punk rock and emo, and wore a lot of black, while reading vampire books. I wrote angsty poetry and short stories for my English class and was a drama geek. People would look at me strangely when I told them I loved Buffy but, I did find more fans like me and as stupid as it may sound, we shared a profound bond because of our love of the show.
Years down the line, I still watch the show constantly. I own every season on DVD, as well as every season of Angel, the one season of Firefly, the two seasons of Dollhouse, Serenity, Dr. Horrible, the season 8 comics of Buffy and laughed at everyone who made fun of me for liking Buffy back in high school when Joss Whedon created one of the highest grossing films of all time.
Which is why I am writing this post and making this plight. I want to see Much Ado About Nothing at TIFF and meet Joss Whedon. He’s going to be in my city, and that makes me so happy.
The works of Joss Whedon speak more to me than anything else that has played on the silver, television or computer screen. Instead of taking his money from Avengers while laughing insanely and looking down at all the little people (well I don’t know… maybe he did that for a bit and then came back down to Earth) Joss Whedon wrote one of the best things I have ever seen to his fans. I think I may have actually teared up while reading it. I don’t know him but, from everything I have seen in interviews and in his works, I can only give him my utmost respect and admiration. Buy all of his works, and support him in the ways a fan can.
There are very few people in Hollywood that I respect and admire. Joss Whedon is one of the only people that I can honestly say deserves both of these from me.
So, I am starting an internet campaign to meet Joss Whedon. I guess it’s not so much a ‘campaign’ as it is, I really want to meet him. (“You and a ton of other people!” “I know riiiight?!) He’s going to be in my city come September to screen Much Ado About Nothing, and I want to meet him so badly I think my head is going to pop off. I doubt this will do much to get me toward my goal. But if you could re-blog this or like it… whatever. I would appreciate it more than you know.
Wish. Complete. Thank you universe.
Day 04. Favorite non-human character?
Illyria: Wesley’s dead. I’m feeling grief for him. I can’t seem to control it. I wish to do more violence.
Lorne: [sighs] Good night, folks.
This one is hard because there are so many non-human characters that are amazing. This is definitely a tie between these three…. maybe with Spike taking the lead by a fraction.
Faith is le bad ass.
Day 03. Favorite male character?
Alpha: There are many parts of me that know this is wrong. None of them care. And six… they just find it funny.
Alpha. It’s possible I just love Alan Tudyk because this was between Wash and Alpha but, I love the quick turn from goofiness into evil. Alpha is funny and badass, and all around awesome. Great villain. Definitely my favorite male character.
“You’re not supposed to touch the body!” - The Body - Buffy the Vampire Slayer (2001)
Day 01: Favorite Whedon Show?
Buffy the Vampire Slayer by far. It spoke volumes to me as I was growing up. It had a major influence on my life.
Xander: Well. It’s just good to know that when the chips are down and things look grim, you’ll feed off the girl who loves you to save your own ass.