YMMV: Joss Whedon

  • Creator Worship: Very much so. Whedon's fans can get very intense in their praise not just of his works, but of the man himself.
  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: His Signature Style loves to enforce Deus Angst Machina, Anyone Can Die (either as Too Happy to Live or killing anybody that the audience has come to like-so a general audience reaction is to try and not get too attached to anybody or anything in a Whedon series) and the Shocking Swerve (mostly to trigger one of the above), so those who like his work (because of the genuinely funny and awesome moments) criticize him for using these tropes way too often, those who don't also criticize him for using them way too often, and on a few works (like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) he has become the Scapegoat Creator because it is using these tropes pretty often.
  • Hype Backlash: Given how hyperbolic the praise from his fans can be, it's not entirely surprising that his works (and the man himself, to a degree) can suffer this for new viewers.