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Friday, June 10, 2016

Who's For Dinner: Joss Whedon


I’m starting a new feature here. Who’s For Dinner? No, I’m not into cannibalism. LOL On Fridays, my guests will tell who they’d like to have dinner with. The person could be real or fictional, living or dead. It could be a dinner party with many guests or a single person.
 
photo: IMDB
Since it’s my blog, I’m going first. I’d like to have dinner with Joss Whedon. He’s a screenwriter, director, and producer, most notably for Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, The Avengers: Age of Ultron., Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. And, my all-time favorite, Firefly (TV) and the spin-off movie Serenity. What I didn’t know is that he wrote the screenplay for Toy Story and many other movies and television shows.
photo: IMDB
 What would we talk about? I’d ask him why (spoiler alert) he killed off two characters in Serenity. That meant, if he ever brought back the Firefly crew, those two wouldn’t be in it. Unless he did a prequel series. But after fourteen years, I guess that’s not a possibility. For those of you who don’t know about Firefly, the science fiction adventure series lasted only fourteen episodes in 2002-2003 before the network killed the show. Then it became like Star Trek with an avid following.

Firefly’s appeal (to me and I’m sure to others) was the humor. Look how that humor shows up in his other shows and movies. More importantly to me as a writer of science fiction romance was the dichotomy of the worlds. Firefly takes place 500 years in the future with a central government (“civilization”) and on wild Old West-type outer planets. The firefly (a type of transport ship) was crewed by renegades who tried to avoid any contact with the government.

I would thank Mr. Whedon for his inspiration that encouraged the writing of my Outer Rim series. When I began writing The Pilot, my critique partner couldn’t believe I’d never seen Firefly. In fact, she gave me the Serenity DVD so I could see the similarities. Holy cow! I then found the DVD with all the Firefly episodes and I was hooked. Though late to the party, I became an avid follower of not only Firefly but all of his work. He is so creative and versatile.

Not to stay in the past, I’d ask him what’s coming up. Considering how prolific he is, I’d ask how he balances work and family. I will try not to fawn over him, but I’m sure I’ll act like a total Fan Girl and gush.

My Outer Rim series:







The Outer Rim series, standalone books in digital and printer editions, are available at most online retailers.




I hope you’ll come back next week. Patricia Kiyono will be here with her guest.

24 comments:

  1. Love it, Diane! Well done! Looking forward to reading more of this segment!

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    1. Thanks, M.J. Who would you like to have dinner with???

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  2. This is a great idea for a feature! And I LOVE your choice. I kind of worship Joss Whedon and have ever since I watched Buffy.

    Looking forward to seeing who your future guests bring to the table.

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    1. Thanks, Julie. Glad you like my guest. He is amazing, isn't he? I'd like to know who you would choose.

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  3. Congrats on a great launch of Who's For Dinner. Whedon definitely has a devoted following.

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    1. Thanks, Marissa. I was flabbergasted when I read his bio on IMDB.

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  4. Love, love, love Joss and the stories he tell with such sharp, sly wit. Thanks for having him over for a meal.

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    1. We had a great visit. LOL You really nailed his talent.

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  5. Hi Diane, great post! I didn't know Joss Whedon wrote the screenplay for Toy Story. That's a great movie for all ages. I will tell my mom about your books. She loves sci-fi stuff (Star Trek especially).

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    1. Thanks, Gina. I didn't know about Toy Story, either. And I love that story. If your mom likes Star Trek, she should read Switched first. It's sort of an homage to ST.

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  6. Sounds like a really fun feature!
    Good luck and God's blessings.
    PamT

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    1. Thanks, Pam. Looking forward to your visit on June 24.

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  7. Great idea for your blog, Diane. Should be an enjoyable dinner time.

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    1. I hope so, Loralee. Wanna come over? :)

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  8. Great idea, Diane! I really enjoyed reading your post! I like Joss Whedon's work too. It certainly would be an interesting dinner party! Have a great weekend :)

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    1. Thanks, Rachel. Interesting? Oh, yeah! Have a great weekend, too.

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  9. What a fun feature! Look forward to seeing who everyone will choose as their guest.

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    1. Me, too, Lucy. Maybe you'd like to join us.

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  10. Great idea, Diane. I enjoyed getting to know a bit about your dinner guest, and I'm looking forward to future "guests."

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    1. Thanks, Maris. I'm looking forward to the guests, too.

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  11. What a great series this will be. I'm looking forward to meeting more of your guests!

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    1. Me, too, Denise. Thanks for stopping by.

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  12. What a great idea Diane, so interesting to learn more about Joss Whedon. I think I will need a very big table to seat my guests.... so many inspirational people...em how to narrow it down! Now you've got me a thinking...

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    1. LOL, Nicole. You could always come more than once.

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