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The Madness of Joss II - Words in the Heroes' Tongue
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The Madness of Joss II
Back in February I posted saying:
The Season 8 comics had led me to believe that Joss Whedon had been kidnapped by aliens and replaced by an evil clone. After the latest revelations I have now revised that opinion. I now believe that there are two possible explanations for recent events in the comics:

1) Joss has come to bitterly resent the series that made him famous, and which succeeded where his babies Firefly and Dollhouse failed, and he has set out to destroy the characters and the franchise
2) Joss has a serious undiagnosed mental illness.

I Friends-locked it, at the time, because I didn't want to risk Joss or Dark Horse seeing it and possibly suing me for libel. However Issue 34 has removed that fear. If I was sued all I would need to do would be to produce Issue 34 as evidence and no jury on Earth would convict me. Well, not unless Cheryl and stormwreath were on the jury.

Either Joss has gone stark raving mad or else he is deliberately trying to destroy the Buffyverse franchise out of spite. There can no longer be any doubt.

It's beginning to kill my enthusiasm for writing in the Buffyverse. I had been intending to return to 'Sunnydale Passions', now that I've thought of a way round the block I hit when I planned a plot development around an anatomical peculiarity of the kangaroo only to find, when I checked, that the peculiarity in question applies only to wallabies and not to kangaroos. And there would have been penguins. However I don't know if I will continue it, now, for how can I write crack!fic when the canon fic Joss is coming up with is crackier by many orders of magnitude than anything I could ever dream up? And it's not even funny.

I'll continue with crossover fic, and I will continue 'Came The Thunder' as I could never abandon Nonoma'e'e, but my other pure Buffyverse fics will continue to languish untouched for the forseeable future. 'Life, Resumed' lacks only the Epilogue - but I don't know how I'll motivate myself to write it now. Joss has poisoned the Buffyverse and I don't have access to a Priestess of Talona to cast Neutralise Poison.

Current Music: Malcom McLaren, "Soweto"

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danel4d From: danel4d Date: April 10th, 2010 09:05 am (UTC) (Link)
A slightly more charitable assessment of it that I've seen elsewhere is that he really wanted to tell the story about an apocalypse, and two warriors, etc., but wasn't confident that he'd get the chance to finish it in an original universe.

As if the subtext of Season 7 wasn't dubious enough already, adding "And it leads to the end of the world anyway" makes it even worse.
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: April 10th, 2010 09:23 am (UTC) (Link)
he really wanted to tell the story about an apocalypse, and two warriors, etc., but wasn't confident that he'd get the chance to finish it in an original universe.

Or that he (correctly) thought that no-one would be remotely interested in two new characters, with no back-story, acting out this nonsensical and downright incoherent story and so he shoe-horned Buffy and Angel into it despite it being contrary to everything that has took place in the televised Buffyverse.
From: hawera Date: April 10th, 2010 09:15 am (UTC) (Link)
I suggest that you do what others of us have done, which is to abandon Joss and the comics and stick to the fanfics of writers who (unlike Joss, as you say) love the characters.
elisi From: elisi Date: April 10th, 2010 09:17 am (UTC) (Link)
You forgot option 3 - drugs.

(Say what you will about ol' Rusty, but at least he's aware that he writes crack. I've got a quote somewhere that proves it! *g*)

ETA: paratti has cracked it here!

Edited at 2010-04-10 12:03 pm (UTC)
shapinglight From: shapinglight Date: April 10th, 2010 10:40 am (UTC) (Link)
I've had days when the what happens in the comics has seeped into my consciousness to such an extent that it's poisoned my love of the 'verse. I think it's one (though by no means all)of the reasons why I've written no fanfic this year except for some snippets of horrible porn which I haven't let anyone see.
cat63 From: cat63 Date: April 10th, 2010 10:51 am (UTC) (Link)
This makes me glad I've never read any of the comics really.

I'm sorry it's spoiled your enjoyment of the Buffyverse.
gillo From: gillo Date: April 10th, 2010 11:46 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh dear. I so wanted to see the end of Sunnydale Passions too. I'm sorry the silliness of the comics has tainted your enjoyment of the 'verse, because you have brought both fun and joy to it for so many of us.

It's Joss. Perhaps he will turn it round, to some extent. ::holds grimly to some hope::
ffutures From: ffutures Date: April 10th, 2010 11:55 am (UTC) (Link)
I've just given up on the comics and S8 canon - but also am writing a lot less Buffyverse anyway, not because I dislike it but because there are other things I can write, not least the RPG.
brunettepet From: brunettepet Date: April 10th, 2010 01:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
That just makes me sad, though I'm glad I gave up on the comics so early.
cbtreks From: cbtreks Date: April 10th, 2010 03:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've only read a couple of the comics at the bookstore. Dawn was a centaur. I didn't feel any need to hunt up the others because so many fanfic writers have material out that's much, much better than the issues I read. (You included!)
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: April 10th, 2010 07:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
With hindsight I can now see that Dawn being a centaur was the best bit of the whole thing.
mwrgana From: mwrgana Date: April 10th, 2010 03:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
That is a great shame. I've never read any of the comics so I carry on from the end of Season 7, happily slashing and ignoring what Joss has produced since.

Not that I've done a lot - and what I have done needs updating - but I find it much less constraining to go AU with the characters than try to adhere to canon that may not make sense to me.
janedavitt From: janedavitt Date: April 10th, 2010 04:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
Never read any of the comics; what has he done? I'm curious now :-)
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: April 10th, 2010 06:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
Buffy, the bisexual bank-robber, has just spent an entire issue boinking Angel (now revealed as the masked villain who led an armed incursion of American troops into the People's Republic of China to kill depowered Slayers - somehow without causing the PRC to retaliate by wrecking America's economy - and who has caused the deaths of 206 Slayers). This boinkfest is revealed to be the result of the Universe itself decreeing that Buffy and Angel are special snowflakes who are to be the progenitors of a new race of super-beings who will inherit the Earth after a series of cataclysms (which have started) wipe out all life from the current Earth. Somehow the vampire's cold dead seed is going to impregnate Buffy and she will give birth, not only to super-humans, but to hippos, tigers, and Indian Ocean catfish (all of which are shown being threatened by the global catastrophe).

It's such a total mess there is no way I can even begin to convey how stupid it is. Wolves live in Scotland, vampire bats (which eat mosquitoes, somehow, rather than drinking blood) live in Texas, and Willow has friendly conversations with a (somehow alive, although skinless) Warren! Ut's so screwed up that the gang going to Tibet by submarine was only the 793rd stupidest plot development.
quinara From: quinara Date: April 10th, 2010 04:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
:( Sad to see your love fading. I can understand it though.
rahirah From: rahirah Date: April 10th, 2010 05:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
wildecate From: wildecate Date: April 10th, 2010 06:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
Am devoutly grateful that I never read the comics, and even more so now. Perhaps hypnotherapy to remove all memories of comics from your mind!
curiouswombat From: curiouswombat Date: April 10th, 2010 06:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
He is feeling sleepy... he is feeling very sleepy....
mabus101 From: mabus101 Date: April 10th, 2010 07:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
You know, this actually increases my desire to finish DeadWar, because it means I can write much better than Joss, at least where serious, non-cracky fic is concerned.
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