by Carmen Ferreiro-Esteban
Joss Whedon needs no introduction. He is the mind behind Buffy, the Vampire Slayer. The best show ever, IMHO, for it has it all: fantasy, romance, strong females, sexy vampires, a consistent mythology, a well defined universe, smart dialogue, and thought provoking plots and twists.
Back in the 1990s I watched both Buffy and its spin-off, Angel, religiously for the 12 years combined they were on TV and missed them terribly when they ended. But somehow Firefly, the next show Joss Whedon produced, escaped my radar.
For several reasons, among others that my favorite fictional writer, Mr. Castle, is on it, I came to watch Firefly this past week-end and, not surprisingly, loved it.
In Firefly, Mr. Castle (Nathan Fillion) is the captain of the spaceship Serenity. He and his motley crew travel from planet to planet, surviving as petty thieves in a world dominated by a dictatorial power called The Alliance he once fought.
The most interesting twist in the story is that for all its spaceships and space settings, the show is also an old fashioned Western. Or as the credits tell us, a Space Western.
Because I always find difficult to classify my own books in a certain genre, I love this genre blending definition.
Yes I know we need classifications—without them locating any book/movie would be a daunting task—but for some reason, I find genre definitions most confining and this clever blend of Science fiction and the Western genre that Joss Whedon has created in Firefly both amusing and liberating.
Thanks to him, I will not feel so inept anymore while describing Becquer eterno as a “paranormal, contemporary, love story”. And Two Moon Princess as both a fantasy and a realistic story.
Thanks to Joss Whedon genre bending is, at least for me, a cool thing to do.
What about you?