In the mind of a genius

In the mind of a genius

Lacey Spaenhower, Staff Writer

Many of us have seen movies such as Marvel’s The Avengers and Toy Story, and seen shows like Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Angel. These creations were all created by the same man, writer-director-actor Joss Whedon.

Joseph Hill Whedon was born on June 23, 1964, in New York City to Tom Whedon and Lee Stearns. Joss’s grandfather John Whedon and his father were both successful television writers.

His mother, Lee Stearns, was an aspiring writer who taught at the Riverdale Country School. He also attended school there as well.

He later attended Winchester College in England for two years and graduated from Wesleyan University.

After graduating, he started writing scripts for Roseanne and sold a few of them, but things fell apart and Joss left the sitcom.  However, it helped him to begin the writing process of his version of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Joss became well known for fixing scripts like Toy Story, Titan AE, The X-Men, and Twister. Whedon’s reputation was rising, so he took his idea for Buffy the Vampire Slayer to the WB Network. That show made Joss a cult legend, as did its spinoff Angel.

He created others works like Serenity and Dollhouse. Also, he made appearances in many of his shows and in others.

Joss Whedon is a truly remarkable individual because he’s able to see outside the box and isn’t afraid to push the limits to make an idea work.

“Writers are completely out of touch with reality.”- Joss Whedon

Joss Whedon