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All Dolled Up

By Valerie Estelle Frankel


from Inside Joss’ Dollhouse

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This is one essay from the anthology Inside Joss’ Dollhouse

Though Joss Whedon’s television show Dollhouse ended in January 2010 after its second season, its small but devoted cult following is still reeling from not only from its mind-blowing plot twists but also its challenging, dystopic look at the ethics of new technology.

Inside Joss’ Dollhouse is a fitting tribute to this complex, engaging show. The anthology’s 18 sometimes funny, always insightful pieces cover Dollhouse from anticipated start to explosive finish. Drawn from an international contest judged by fan favorite Whedon screenwriter Jane Espenson, its essays get right to heart of what Dollhouse viewers loved most about the show.

Espenson also acts as the book’s editor, offering context and extra insight on its topics and the show—a role she played in previous anthologies Finding Serenity and Serenity Found, also on Joss Whedon creations.

From programmer Topher’s amorality to the accuracy of the show’s neurobiology, Inside Joss’ Dollhouse brings Dollhouse back to life with a depth sure to satisfy its many still-mourning fans.

About the Editor

Jane Espenson is a television writer and producer. She has written for shows including Ellen, Gilmore Girls, The O.C, Angel, Firefly, Dollhouse and Caprica among many others. She is the co-creator of Warehouse 13 and is best known for her work on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Battlestar Galactica.


Kate Rennebohm, Kristin Noone, Zalina Alvi, Peter Tupper, Valerie Estelle Frankel, Andrew Zimmerman Jones, Johnathan Mason, Ian G. Klein, Rebecca Levinger, Susan Quilty, Luciana Hiromi Yamada da Silveira, Tami Anderson, Lillian DeRitter, Kirsten Strayer, Christopher Souza, Oluwafemi Morohunfola, Martin Shuster, and Julie Hawk

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About the Author

Valerie Estelle  Frankel

Valerie Estelle Frankel is excitedly awaiting her new book, From Girl to Goddess: The Heroine’s Journey in Myth and Legend, arriving July 2010. Her work has appeared in over eighty anthologies and journals including The Prisoner and Philosophy, Illuminating Torchwood, and Rosebud Magazine. Her unauthorized parody Henry Potty and the Pet Rock won the Indie Excellence Award and was a USA Book News National Best Book. She’s a frequent speaker on fantasy, myth, pop culture, and the heroine’s journey, and is perpetually busy writing on those topics. Come explore her latest research at

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