Words of Wisdom: Joss Whedon

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nerdfighters rules Hello Fellow BookNerds!

People have a knack for overlooking the true geniuses of this world, until they either climb their way onto their mainstream channels, or their ideas become so controversial that they can no longer be ignored. In other words, they either ride the popular bandwagon or they become the scapegoats for everything that goes wrong in society. Not that the ideas of a genius have to be of a radical nature with the intention of changing the fundamental values upon which humanity is built. Geniuses come in a wide variety, like Lays chips; there will be some you love, some you hate, and the rest you’re just indifferent to. Hey, the potato chip itself could be considered the creation of a genius, although that may not of been what Mr. George Crum had in mind when trying to satisfy the complaint of one of the customers at his restaurant. This talk of chips is making me hungry, so I digress…

The entertainment world is bursting at the seems with brilliant minds, one of whom is finally being given the attention and respect he deserves. His stories are not only outside the box, but every character, no matter how insignificant their part may seem, is memorable. It’s also best not to get too attached to any of them either, because in his world, no character is safe from the clutches of evil and death. I am, of course, talking about non other than Joss Whedon, the genius behind such stories as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Firefly, Serenity, and most recently The Avengers. It is his creative genius that has prompted me to choose his words for today’s Words of Wisdom segment…

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(Joss Whedon, 1964 ~ present)

“I write to give myself strength. I write to be the characters that I am not. I write to explore all the things I’m afraid of. ”

 

We all have our reasons for why we write. I, for instance, have difficulty expressing myself in a verbal manner; my knees still quake at the mere thought of giving a speech in front of more than a few spectators. I still have things I would like to say, though, hence my seeking out other, less spotlit mediums. I also write because, like Mr. Whedon, there are certain things I cannot do in the real world that can be made possible on paper, like soaring through the clouds on the scaly back of a dragon, or facing off against hoards of zombies with nothing more than a crossbow. Even if it can never be, I find comfort in knowing that I can create an entire world where I can be whomever I wish to be, even if it’s only on paper. Call it an escape from reality, if you wish, but some of the books I have read give more insight into reality than most of the people I talk to. Maybe if politicians read more fiction, they could see just what kind of world they’re dealing with, and just how influential and dangerous their actions can be …

That’s all for today. Be sure to share to leave your comments, questions or any other thoughts in the comments, and until next time, happy reading!

Cheers,

BookNerd

 

References:

Inventor of Potato Chips

Joss Whedon Biography

Joss Whedon Stories

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  2. I am a massive Joss Whedon fan and also very happy that people are finally becoming more aware of his genius. That is one of my all time favourite quotes too! :)

    • It’s always nice to find a fellow Whedon fan :) It is about time that people start giving him the credit and recognition he deserved back when Firefly came out. Better late then never I suppose ^_^

      BookNerd

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