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sing-a-song of saffron

The good folk over at Serenity Stuff.Com have posted all the entries to their “Sing-A-Song Of Saffron” competition, and there is some really great stuff to listen to. I had a hard job picking my three faves, but I managed to make my mind up eventually! 🙂

Special mentions for Marian Call, Satori and Heather Ackroyd. But don’t take my word for it, go check them out for yourselves and choose your favourites.


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It seems impossible to think that just 10 years ago a TV series had no purpose other than to tell you a story each week. Character arcs were just about unheard of, other than in soaps, as the ‘story’ was all.

Some tried to mix things up a little, Star Trek: DS9 being one of my favourites of its time, but it was not until Joss Whedon came along that the way TV was made really began to change, until we reach the point today where it is almost impossible to find a show that doesn’t to some degree try to give their characters an arc of some kind.

Gone are the days of Columbo and The Rockford Files which, though they had great characters, never allowed their characters to learn, now we have the CSI franchise and Bones where the characters arc is as important as the story.

We see this also in the new Battlestar Galactica and Doctor Who, revamped series that have gained much from the changes in storytelling brought about by Joss.

The TV Show Blog has an excellent article exploring the Joss Effect, looking at how much we have gained because of this, even though the storyline’s can at times put us through the emotional wringer.

Click through for the full article.

What do you think? Did Joss really change the way TV is made? Or were others there before him? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

clipped from www.thetvshowblog.com

Doctor Who – The TV Serial & The Joss Effect

TV is no longer just a viewing experience, it’s an emotional one as well.What is it about our favorite characters in pain that makes us love them so?It wasn’t always like that. TV characters used to be static, no matter how bad things got through the course of the episode, you knew deep down that by the end everything would be tied up nicely and back to normal, your friends on the screen would be fine and ready for more by next week.

Not so anymore.

For me, as the title indicates, this really started with Joss Whedon and Buffy The Vampire Slayer, one could make an argument for Star Trek: The Next Generation but it was just too sterile to have an impact (and don’t get me wrong I like my Next Gen.).

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I don’t know if you heard about the “honour killing” of Dua Khalil last month (April 7th) but Joss Whedon has decided to post about it over at Whedonesque.

This article is obviously very heartfelt and is a very emotional subject. It has understandably caused a lot of discussion on their boards, many in support of what Joss had to say and some feeling that Joss has perhaps dropped the ball a little on this point.

Whatever your personal take on what Joss has to say it is undoubtedly true that violence against our fellow inhabitants on this small globe is something we all must take a stand against in whatever small way we can.

Do you feel this problem is truly getting any worse? Or is it just the ‘communication age’ in which we live that makes it appear so? I would be interested to hear your comments.

clipped from whedonesque.com

Last month seventeen year old Dua Khalil was pulled into a crowd of young men, some of them (the instigators) family, who then kicked and stoned her to death. This is an example of the breath-taking oxymoron “honor killing”, in which a family member (almost always female) is murdered for some religious or ethical transgression. Dua Khalil, who was of the Yazidi faith, had been seen in the company of a Sunni Muslim, and possibly suspected of having married him or converted. That she was torturously murdered for this is not, in fact, a particularly uncommon story. But now you can watch the action up close on CNN. Because as the girl was on the ground trying to get up, her face nothing but red, the few in the group of more than twenty men who were not busy kicking her and hurling stones at her were filming the event with their camera-phones.

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Collectormania 11 was held two weeks ago in Milton Keynes, in the UK. For those of us that weren’t able to be there I thought I would gather together a few of the videos and pictures that the fans took of members of the Whedon ‘verse that were in attendance.

You can view some of the videos in my Collectormania Vodpod, and some pictures from Flickr here, here and here.

Enjoy. 🙂

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As most Joss Whedon fans are aware, the Can’t Stop The Serenity worldwide charity screening of “Serenity” to benefit “Equality Now” is getting ever closer (June 16-24), and they now have an updated press release posted over on eMediaWire.

Don’t forget to check out the Can’t Stop The Serenity website to find your nearest screening and support this event, last year over $65,000 was raised and the goal this year is to provide over $100,000 in donations for Joss Whedon’s favourite charity.

clipped from www.emediawire.com

Can’t Stop The Serenity [CSTS was conceived as a tribute to writer-director Joss Whedon on his birthday, June 23, by holding screenings of his 2005 film ‘Serenity’ wherever supporters were able to organize events. Proceeds from the events are donated to Equality Now, a charitable organization that Whedon’s mother, Lee Stearns, helped launch. In 2006, there were events in 47 cities worldwide, raising over $65,000 for Equality Now.

By their very nature, science fiction fans want to improve their world

Fans of ‘Serenity,’ and its television predecessor “Firefly,” are fervent in their support of Whedon’s works. That fervor helps drive the CSTS events forward.

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Over at Serenity Stuff they report that the Smart Pop book series will soon have the addition of a follow up to their successful “Finding Serenity” collection of essays named, appropriately enough, “Serenity Found”.This is another collection of essays, including one from “Cap’n Tightpants” himself, Nathan Fillion. Other contributors include Orson Scott Card and Loni Peristere. Joss Whdon will provide the preface and the collection will be edited by Jane Espenson.

According to Amazon the book should be available at the beginning of October 2007.

clipped from www.serenitystuff.com

Serenity Found: More Unauthorized Essays

book_serenityfound.jpgFrom the people who brought you “Finding Serenity,” there’s a sequel coming out this fall! “Serenity Found: More Unauthorized Essays on Joss Whedon’s Firefly Universe,” edited by Jane Espenson with a preface by Joss himself. Like the last book, this is a collection of works examining aspects of the ‘verse, both silly and scholarly (and, occasionally, both).

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Just as a side note, this blog had its One Thousandth reader today, April 26th 2007, thanks for coming. 🙂

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