When Did the Whedonverse Hook You? – A Contest to Win the Anthology Whedonistas!

From the desk of The Assistant.

We’re doing an awesome book giveaway this week. Really, it’s one of my favorites! (…at least until Damned comes out. Have you seen that cover! If not, check it out here. Whew!…) So, here’s the thing, Nancy has a new essay in the nonfiction anthology Whedonistas: A Celebration of the Worlds of Joss Whedon by the Women Who Love Them.

First: the contributors to the anthology are FANtastic! The list includes Seanan McGuire, Nancy Holder, Sharon Shinn, Jeanne C. Stein, Sigrid Ellis, Heather Shaw, Laurel Brown, Caroline Symcox, Nancy Kay Shapiro, Priscilla Spencer, Elizabeth Bear, Mariah Huehner, Kelly Hale, Lyda Morehouse, Maria Lima, Jackie Kessler, Jaala Robinson, Sarah Monette, Jody Wurl, Dae S. Low, Racheline Maltese, Meredith McGrath, Jamie Craig, Teresa Jusino, Catherynne M. Valente, Jenn Reese and Emma Bull in addition to the amazing editors Lynne Thomas and Deborah Stanish. Plus, the anthology also features interviews with writer Jane Espenson and actress Juliet Landau.

Second: the book is signed! Signatures include Lynne Thomas, Deborah Stanish, Christa Dickson, Lars Pearson, Jane Espenson, Kelly Hale, Teresa Jusino, Racheline Maltese, Jenn Reese, Katy Shuttleworth, and Nancy Holder. Yes, it is made of awesomeness.

I’ve been waiting for this anthology so when it arrived, I immediately cracked it open and read the first essay. By chance, that just happened to be Nancy’s essay. It’s a wonderfully written piece that delves into her experiences as a Buffy/Angel tie-in writer as well as her time on the set of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel while she was researching the show (with her cowriters) for the Watcher’s Guides and other books.

What struck me most in Nancy’s essay was her passion for the shows Buffy, Angel, and Firefly as well as the deep appreciation and love she has for everyone in the Whedonverse from Joss, to the writers, to the actors and actresses, to the make up artists, to the people who make that world turn – the fans. As I was reading, I thought about that first season of Buffy and how my friends and I chose to stay home to watch Buffy together while eating homemade nachos and drinking Diet Cokes rather than going out to the club. We actually changed our schedule to adapt to Buffy‘s night on TV because there was something magical about watching it live on TV. I, like Nancy, have been a Whedonista from that very first season of Buffy when Joss Whedon transformed the television experience with a female hero the likes that we had not seen before.


Because Whedonistas is a book made of awesome, I think everyone who has spent any time within the Whedonverse would absolutely love a copy . However, I only have one to give away in this contest.

Entering the contest is easy, all you need to do is to share the moment when you know you were a Whedonista… or (for the guys) a Whedonisto. What moment, what show, what memory, what conversation can you look back to and say…. THAT was when I knew I was hooked!

Contest Rules:
Enter the contest by briefly sharing when you knew you were a Whedonista or Whedonisto in the comments area below (and if you are under 14 years old, please state that you have your parent’s permission to participate). The contest will be open until midnight on April 30th and the winner of this signed copy of Whedonistas will be chosen by random from all of the entries received. The contest is open Whedonverse-wide…aka “worldwide.”

Good luck to all! We’re looking forward to reading your entries.

Long live Joss and the Whedonverse!