Joss Whedon: Geek King of the Universe by Amy Pascale

A review by CJ Dee

Joss Whedon is a man of many talents. He has written, directed and/or produced pop culture classics such as Buffy (and its spin-off Angel), Toy Story, Firefly, Dollhouse, Dr Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, The Cabin in the Woods, The Avengers and its sequel, and many, many more. This is his story as told by Amy Pascale.

The foreword by Nathan Fillion is funny, heartfelt and entertaining. Unfortunately it only takes up one page plus three lines of the book.

Before continuing, I must admit that I am not a fan of biographies and much prefer autobiographies. I feel you get a much more entertaining read when you are reading it in the words of the author — the person who was there and who has probably told this story a hundred times at parties or dinners.

Sadly, Geek King of the Universe is not the exception to this rule. While Amy Pascale’s retelling of Joss Whedon’s life from childhood to worshipped pop culture icon would fit perfectly as a voiceover for True Hollywood Story complete with quotes cutting to Whedon, it just doesn’t entertain as far as a book goes.

Whedon’s story would have been better told by the man himself. The man who has created stories that have gathered a huge following of Whedonites has been let down by a stiffly written, dull biography.

I would only recommend Geek King of the Universe to Whedonites who simply must read about every step in Whedon’s journey.

Rating: 3/5
Format: Hardcover, 387 [excluding acknowledgments, notes, bibliography and index] Publisher: Aurum Press Ltd

Joss Whedon: geek king of the universe standing in a superhero pose surrounded by characters from his TV shows