Reviewer Rating:
4

Review

I have never really been a a big fan of biographies. Maybe it's because I have personally felt that knowing where a famous figure grew up is not particularly beneficial, except in trivia. But Conversations is formatted completely different from most biographies and it made it enjoyable to read. 

Instead of the traditional stance of starting at birth and generally over viewing a person's life, conversations compiles interviews that have been held with Joss Whedon over the years. Although it makes for a less factual book, I value the actual insight we receive into Whedon's mind. Whedon's unique and sarcastic voice comes out in many of his responses. If you enjoy Whedon's writing style, his interviews are very similar. So if you are a Whedonite, this is a great read. If you are curious about Hollywood from a directors standpoint, this book also has a few good pieces. This book was published in 2011 so some of his recent works are not included. Most of his major bodies of work are discusses so if you are looking for a particular piece of work, all the obvious ones are covered. 

If you are looking for a more non traditional biography, or just are looking for some good interviews with Joss Whedon, this is a good book. If you want to know his birthday or his hometown, look elsewhere. 

 

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Comments

Thank you for the thoughtful review. This book has been on my to read list for awhile. It's now moved up the list.

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