Watch out, Ian Somerholder – you’ve got competition for being my most beloved celeb. Hiddleston has won my heart over and the interwebs keep delivering more goodies. The latest vid that has been circulating is making fan girls, particularly those (like me) with a love for lit / poetry, positively swoon. And it gets even better – this vid is just the beginning! I downloaded The Love Book app and have found over 20 readings by Hiddleston. There’s plenty of other great narrations from other actors too (including Helena Bonahm Carter) reading pieces by WH Auden, Emily Bronte, EE Cummings, Shakespeare, JK Rowling, and so many, many more. And, of course, they’re all about LOVE. This is just awesome. And one more bonus: a percentage of the proceeds go to Save the Children. So, because of all this awesome, I had to share it on every social media outlet I’m plugged in to. Enjoy!
PS – I very, very seldom download apps that actually cost money. But I assure you, this is worth your $2.99
Without any further adieu:
If you follow my blog, there’s a good chance you’re a fan of Buffy. That might even be what brought you here! So, now I have a lil’ something you might like to check out: my master’s thesis. My nearly antiquated master’s thesis! Where popular culture is involved, the academic world is moving quite fast! I am awed at how Whedon Studies continues to grow and expand! So many articles, books, other theses and even dissertations have been written about Buffy and the ever-expanding Whedonverse since I completed this project in April of 2007.
A couple caveats…
1) This is MLA format from 6 years ago. I haven’t updated it. Just FYI for the sticklers, like me, out there.
2) My knowledge of mythology has developed greatly since I wrote this, but this started the path that led me to Pacifica. (And it was what I spent most of my interview discussing when I first applied to the mythological studies graduate program. Was so great to be in a place where this scholarship was valued and encouraged!) I could actually probably spend my entire life continuing to work from this project, forever including new Whedon scholarship and more mythological motifs, delving deeper into the Campbellian aspect and also incorporating additional mythologists. Oh, and Jungian studies. Ah, this list goes on and on. Even Buffy continues to go on! Shortly before finishing my thesis, Whedon released the first issue of the season 8 comic. This really could be my life’s work, and once I thought it might be, but I’ve decided I have other vampires to slay. Nevertheless, this all remains near and dear to my heart. So I invite you to read it or even skim it. I’d love to hear your thoughts.
And if you haven’t watched Buffy yet? Add it to the top of your Netflix queue.
Without further adieu, here it is: The Hero’s Journey Revamped in Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
“Mythology may, in a real sense, be defined as other people’s religion. And religion may, in a sense, be understood as popular misunderstanding of mythology.” -Joseph Campbell, Thou Art That: Transforming Religious Metaphor
I’m catching up on the last few episodes of season 8 of “Bones,” and as I was watching “The Party in the Pants,” Bones and Booth had a great conversation about myth! If you aren’t familiar with the series, Booth’s character (Boreanaz) is very religious, and Bones (Deschanel) is very pragmatic. (Though I’m compelled to say that, in real life, these two traits don’t have to be mutually exclusive). Anyway, Booth is struggling with forgiving his mother when Bones brings up his religion, mentioning the Jesus myth. Booth has a very common response: “It’s not a myth.” This is because the term myth is so widely misunderstood and, unfortunately, it has become synonymous with the term “falsehood.” But, as I mentioned in my last blog post, it doesn’t matter if the stories in the myths are historical: they hold important psychological truths.
So, here’s the brief clip, which I captured with my iPhone. Hopefully YouTube won’t pull it down. Just had to share a great example of myth in popular culture. Enjoy!
Okay… so I have an absolute insane crazy LOVE for Reality Bites. From the Lisa Loeb music video for “Stay (I Missed You)” to Ethan Hawke’s unkempt hair… I love every darn thing about it! My jewel case to the original CD soundtrack is cracked, and I’ve upgraded to the special edition DVD. My bestest friend and I (still besties to this day, BTW), saw it in the theater – I believe 3 times – when we were just junior high kids. We grew up with it. We still quote it to each other and dance like Lelaina and Vickie every time we hear “My Sharona.”
And now they want to do a TV spin-off? Hmmm… Aren’t we almost two decades too late? First of all, I feel like a series following Lelaina’s weekly antics will do to the film what Michael did to Elaina’s documentary – butcher it, turn it completely upside down from its original intent, and lose its integrity… Also?? Today’s post-college grads are living in a VERY different world from the mid-90s we met Lelaina in. Can we really transport her from Gen-X to Gen-Y?? Even if the series is set in the 90s, wouldn’t the target audience be today’s young 20-somethings who might not identify with it? Well, maybe the target audience is the 30-and-40-somethings who saw the film in 1994… But who in the world could possibly fill the shoes of Ethan Hawke for Troy?? He’s the poster-boy for Slacker!
I don’t think this is working for me…
BUT Ben Stiller and Helen Childress are behind it…
So I’ll tune in…
“There’s no secret handshake.
There’s an IQ prerequisite, but there’s no secret handshake.”
Tomorrow, Fan Phenomena: Buffy the Vampire Slayer hits the shelves! Jennifer K. Stuller edited this wonderful collection. I’m really proud to be a part of it! Each chapter is written by a different author and explores a different facet of Buffy fandom – and the best part, of course, is that it’s written by Buffy fans! The book also includes interviews with the mother of Buffy studies herself, Rhonda Wilcox, and the one and only Nikki Stafford, who brought us the Great Buffy Rewatch of 2012.
So, check out the book! And then blog it / tweet it / FB it.
Basically, enjoy & spread the Buffy love!
Gotta share some of the best things I’ve seen online this week. Have a happy Friday and enjoy!
The humanities ARE dying. Ahk! Listen to what they have to say at Slate’s Culture Gabfest.
For the love of Amy Acker and Fran Kranz, back the Lord of Catan on Kickstarter!!
Join the Finding Joe #SummerBliss Challenge!
And, finally, watch 30 minutes of previously-unseen Buffy the Vampire Slayer behind the scenes footage.
We know the story, we know the actors, and we know the man in charge. Of course Joss Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing was as amazing as you’d expect! I loved every single second. The way it was shot, the way Joss worked with the script, and the way the actors played off each other. Amy Acker and Alexis Denisof were born to play Beatrice and Benedick. And it’s a wonderful bonus, of course, for Angel fans to see the lovers reunited and finally earn their happy ending. What they bring to these roles is truly priceless. And the list goes on! I’ve adored Fran Kranz since his days as Topher, and I didn’t think he could steal my heart any more – but his Claudio was so incredibly winsome! He and Jillian Morgese’s Hero broke my heart as they fell victim to the undermining of Don John. And, oh, to see Sean Maher as the bad guy! For the love of Simon – this is the first performance that’s ever made me wish Don John had some redemption… Reed Diamond (Don Pedro) and Clark Gregg (Leonato) were charming as well – and the scene where the two of theme scheme with Claudio was uproarious. Denisof’s eavesdropping Benedick is so comical that some lines were left unheard over the audience’s laughter! And finally – seeing Captain Hammer and Andrew join forces… Tom Lenk’s Verges and Nathan Fillion’s Dogberry stole every scene they were in. A truly perfect pairing. Ah, I could go on…
After the screening, Whedon provided a Q&A with cast members. I was delighted as Tom Lenk, Clark Gregg, Amy Acker, and Alexis Denisof crossed the stage. And, truly, the cast seemed as excited to be there as we were. They’re all as wonderful in person as you’ve imagined. Tom was the quietest of the group last night. Clark is charming and comical. Amy is the sweetest thing in the world. And Alexis – oh, what a lucky girl that Aly Hannigan is!
It boils down to this – Joss Whedon is an incredible human, and his overdue success has not changed him. He is down to earth and having fun with his friends, who just happen to be incredibly talented. His spirit and love for story comes through in everything he does. Shakespeare is one of the few writer’s I’ve admired longer than Whedon himself, and to see this interpretation on screen is an absolute delight.
Below… videos and photos for your enjoyment!
Spoilers below for the Buffyverse comics.
Joss Whedon introduced me to the comic world with Fray, and then with Buffy, Angel After the Fall, and Angel and Faith. Oh, and the Serenity and Dollhouse comics. Basically, if Whedon writes/directs/creates something, I consume it. But not without judgment. Buffy Season 8 was, ultimately, rather disappointing. The Twilight storyline… yeah… if it hadn’t been Whedon, I wouldn’t have kept reading. Even he nearly lost me though when Buff and Angel were having acrobatic flying sex… but I stuck it out… and I’m enjoying the journey. Whedon himself has admitted he made some mistakes with Season 8, and he’s making up for it in Season 9, which I’m enjoying much more. I also enjoyed Angel After the Fall, but I’m loving Angel and Faith even more. (And I must briefly mention – of course Giles’ soul was claimed by Eyghon when he died! Brilliant development going on over there). The comics have gained their footing, and the world is expanding in great ways. And I actually think the greatest piece is the Willow miniseries I finally had the chance to read. Whedon was the exec producer, and I’d love to know how much he poured into the storyline… because everything from the Zen Caterpillar – whom we learn Lewis Carroll based his caterpillar on – to Willow’s self discovery was fucking awesome.
We’ve been watching Willow grow and struggle with magic since the early days of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. She really has a chance to shine in this comic, sans Buffy and pals. On her own, we see a confident, strong witch – but she’s never stopped struggling with her Dark Willow past. The early appearance of the Zen caterpillar tells us that we’re going on a journey inwards, a mythic journey about the light and the dark (only seeming opposites; Joseph Campbell’s hero journey shows us that the hero will transcend these) and real power (it comes from within, as the Eastern traditions teach). So, of course, Marrak was Rack! I should’ve seen it coming. She had to battle one last element from her dark past – she’s already confronted her demons with Amy and Warren, so this was the last step for Strawberry to claim all parts of herself, light and dark, and give something back to the world.
This quest has been building for Willow for years, and I’m eager to see its payoff as she returns to Buffy’s comic with the Slayer’s Scythe – which, awesome sidenote, is the frickin’ counterpart to Excalibur!!
Last week, I had the awesome opportunity to attend all 3 days of WonderCon. I was going to write up a detailed blog-post, but in the busy-ness of life, it’s now a week after the Con, and you can find a million write-ups all over the net. You can probably even find video of most if not all of the panels. So, in this post, I’m bringing you a series of small slideshows highlighting all my favorite parts of the Con – including the much anticipated Much Ado About Nothing panel with Joss Whedon & his cast! Enjoy!
All photos © MythGirl 2013
I don’t remember exactly when it was that I fell in love with Zooey D., but I was pretty excited when she was slated to star in her own shown back in 2011. I got the hubby to tune in with me, and we’ve been hooked ever since. In addition to non-stop laughs, we really love that the main characters are all in their early 30s just like us. And there’s not enough great things to say about Jess, Nick, Winston, and Schmidt. (We’re kind of on the fence about you right now, Cece. No offense). Every Tuesday night we tune in and hang out with our new friends. And we’ve been shipping Nick and Jess since the beginning. I’m pretty sure the hubs was just about squeeing with me when we first got the kiss seen ’round the world last month.
So last week we were pretty excited to attend the PaleyFest’s panel with New Girl! All the stars and producers were present, and we got one really special treat – next week’s new episode “Quick Hardening Caulk” was screened for us! I don’t want to build it up too much for you guys…. but there’s a chance it was the best damn ep so far this season! It was great to watch it on a big screen with hundreds of other fans. This one will really have roaring, so much so that we even missed some dialogue after the zingy punch lines because the audience was laughing so loud. What an experience. That’s all I’m going to say about the episode though because I don’t want to drop any spoilers about it!
If you wish you could have been there yourself, don’t fret – you can stream the entire panel on hulu for free!
If you want to know my favorite part of the night, you can watch this small clip that I filmed.
And, here’s a gallery of my favorite pics. We were sitting pretty far back, but thanks to my stellar new camera with awesome zoom, it’s like I was sitting at the edge of the stage!