StephenT (stormwreath) wrote,

Selected bits from Joss's Q&A

So, Joss Whedon just posted an 'Ask Me Anything' on Reddit, where he answered a couple of dozen fan questions about, well, anything. Though I did notice he also carefully avoided a few of the questions, like "What did you think of the recent Buffy movie revival project"? Unfortunately, the format of the Q&A was kind of hard to understand... I ended up cutting and pasting together a few of the more interesting questions and his answers, and thought I'd share.

So, go on. Guess who's Joss's favourite character to write...

Which of your characters was your absolute favorite to write? Why? Conversely, which of your characters was the most difficult for you to write?
Favorite characters? Jeez. Spike, Andrew, Illyria, River, Captain Hammer, Loki, the Cheese Man... hell, I love them all, or I wouldn't write them. But I tend to the left of center. The hardest was always Angel. How to make a decent, handsome, stalwart hero interesting -- tough. Angelus, on the other hand...

You've been said to encourage fanfiction. How do you feel about scholarship about your work and the fact that academics tend to delve quite deeply into it, perhaps to the point of publishing interpretations you did not intend?
All worthy work is open to interpretations the author did not intend. Art isn't your pet -- it's your kid. It grows up and talks back to you.

So Joss, if cavemen and astronauts got into a fight, who would win?
Do the astronauts have weapons?

Would you have brought Fred back if Angel hadn't ended with season 5? Any regrets as far as stories, character developments that you were unable to do with any of the Buffy/Angel characters?
Season six of Angel would have kicked all manner of ass. And Illyria would have manifested as Fred often enough to become very confused about her identity. And now I'm sad again.

I'm sure that killing off a character you've invested a lot of time in can be tough. Have you ever found that doing this to a particular character has had a profound emotional affect on you? Who was the toughest kill?
I actually find it refreshing... delightful.... vaguely arousing....
Actually, I'm, no offense, very tired of being labelled as "the guy who kills people". Shakespeare (he's this hot new writer) does it way more than me, and everyone's all excited about how he, as it were, holds a mirror up to nature, while I'm like the Jason Voorhees of the writing community. Unfair.
Also, probably Buffy's Mom.

What is your personal favorite work of Science Fiction? And what inspires you to continue to create?
Dune. (The book). And what inspires me is Dune (the miniseries). (Actually, I don't think of myself as being inspired to create. I can't imagine doing anything else. It's like breathing.)

You love stupid people.

Tags: interview, joss, meta
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