Thursday, January 16, 2014

Lucy Lawless and Renee O'Connor: Warrior Stars of Xena

Lucy Lawless and Renee O'Connor: Warrior Stars of Xena
This informative and engaging book chronicles Lucy Lawless's journey from a budding opera singer to the surprising story of her landing the role of Xena. The book also tells the story of ReneĆ© O'Connor, the blond-haired Texan who plays Xena's storytelling sidekick, and the undying support of ReneĆ©'s mother, who helped garner a fan base for her daughter that rivals Lucy's. Focusing on the unprecedented fan phenomenon that surrounds this highly inventive show, this book features a guide to various Xena Internet web sites, fan clubs, and e-mail listserves, including interviews with many of the fans who run them. It also includes reports by fans about the infamous subtext issue that has lured in the biggest single fan demographic, experiences of seeing Lucy in the Broadway production ofGrease! in fall 1997, and why they love or hate Joxer. Also featured is a detailed episode guide. 


Nikki Stafford has appeared on television, radio, the web, and in print as an expert on all things Lost, and her Finding Lost series of books (published by ECW Press) is considered the Lost fan's bible. Newsday has referred to Nikki as "one of the show's leading scholars," and superfan DocArzt wrote, "The Finding Lost series is quite simply the best resource for fans." Nikki is the author of several authoritative television companion guides, including ones for Xena: Warrior Princess, Angel, and Alias (all published by ECW Press). Her bestselling book, Bite Me: The Unofficial Guide to Buffy the Vampire Slayer, is in its third edition, and she was a featured keynote speaker at the Third Biennial Slayage Conference on the Whedonverses in 2008 (she has been asked back for the 2010 conference). Nikki blogs regularly on her site, Nik at Nite ( and has contributed to other collections, including The Essential Cult TV Reader (ed. David Lavery) and Girls Who Bite Back: Witches, Mutants, Slayers, and Freak (ed. Emily Pohl-Weary). She has conducted a complete Lost rewatch at Nikki lives in Toronto with her husband and two children. Her season 6 instalment of the Finding Lost series will be published in October 2010.

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