Notes on a Fandom: Proving Us Write


Joss Whedon – Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Firefly, Dollhouse, Dr. Horrible

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If there were any man who has held the key to my heart, it would be writer/director/producer, Joss Whedon. Buffy the Vampire Slayer was not just a television show for many of its fans  it was a life changer. Whedon crafted characters that in spite their super strength, magical power, or immortality, touched us because of their humanity. Love, death, family, friends.

Saying goodbye to Sunnydale (Photo courtesy WB)

Whedon, and his amazing writing team (including Marti Noxon and Jane Espenson) somehow turned a story about a teenage girl fighting vampires, into a show all of us could relate to. Yes, he will never let him live down killing off Tara. But Whedon has always had his reasons, and as time has passes and my flailing has subsided, I think I understand them more. Whedon’s fans are a devoted lot, and will follow him through the Hellmouth if need be. Next stop however, his adaptation of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, starring fan favorite Whedon-verse actors, Amy Acker, Alexis Denisof, and Nathan Fillion to name a few.

Ryan Murphy – Glee, Popular, Nip/Tuck, American Horror Story, The New Normal

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OK, I know some of you are reading this saying, “Dana, seriously? SERIOUSLY!” Yes, seriously. I know very well that lesbian fans of Glee have had serious issues with Ryan Murphy ( Most of these issues are totally valid, and there have been many times where I have taken Mr. Murphy and his writing team to task (like every week in my vlog) for their decisions. But here is the deal. Fans wouldn’t be so passionate about Glee if they didn’t love it so much.

Without Ryan Murphy, this glorious moment in time would not exist.  (Photo courtesy Fox)

Murphy (along with Ian Brennan and Brad Falchuk – RIB) created a show that brought gay and lesbian characters right into the spotlight. Glee has changed hearts and minds, and given us no less that six LGBT characters — in one season alone! Ryan Murphy has been showing television audiences the lives of people of the fringes for a long time. Do yourself a favor and watch his short lived, but hilarious and way quirky first show, Popular. While he may drive fans crazy, and comes off as insensitive and downright flippant at times, Ryan Murphy continues to bring the big gay into homes across this world on a weekly basis. Murphy won’t always (or often) give his fans what they clamor for, but he does bring our lives into the mainstream. He’s shown the world that we live and love like everyone else. For that, I will always be appreciative. So now, how about some Santana lady loving, eh Ryan?

So who are your favorite writers? Who rules at running the show in your book?

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