Xena, the warrior princess, and her loyal companion, Gabrielle, have battled the airwaves for love, peace, and forgiveness and become modern icons for fervent devotees. These stories, written by fans, describe the impact the show has had on their lives, from people they've met and relationships they've cultivated with other viewers to special encounters with the stars of the show in times of need. Other stories illustrate lessons learned and achievements gained, inspired by Xena's physical strength or Gabrielle's intellect.
A Treasure for the True Xena fans
By A Customer - November 27, 2002
I perchased this book, and was pleasantly surpised by how much I enjoyed it. Of course this book isn't stricktly for fans of the Xenaverse. It has some wonderful stories from the fans on how the show changed thier lives. Some are funny, some are very touching and personal. Xena was a show that transcended it's cheezy mythology setting, and introduced the world to two characters (brilliantly played by Lucy Lawless & Renee O'Connor) that broke so many new grounds with the journey they took us on. This book celebrates the effect it had on the fans, and does so wonderfully.
Touching, funny and a great Xenite adventure
By Xena Torres - March 24, 2004
Now, first, I promise I'm not just giving this book 5 stars because Nikki is a good pal of mine, nor because I have a segment in it (Forget Eden, Give Me Adrienne). Nikki Stafford has passion for the books she writes/edits. From her first book "Lucy Lawless and Renee O'Connor: Warrior Stars of Xena" to this one, Nikki never fails to grasp the fandom. "Warrior Stars" to this day is the best compainion book for "Xena." "How Xena Changed Our Lives" was created when Nikki had trouble getting fans to write for "Trekkers: True Stories by Fans for Fans" and it was suggested to her to make a "Xena" book. Though the "Trekker" book has some great stories, "How Xena Changed Our Lives" has all the passion. People can finally read WHY a tv series can change a person's life. Whether it helps you out of a rut, is the cause for meeting new people or inspires you to volunteer, this book captures the heart of Xenites... read more
Mildly entertaining for the non-Xenite, but probably great for hardcore fans
By Robert Moore - August 16, 2007
I am not now nor have I ever been a hardcore XENA fan. I enjoy the show and appreciate how important the characters of Xena and Gabrielle were -- along with Dana Scully and Buffy -- for ushering in the modern era of heroic women on television. Although XENA was never as popular as THE X-FILES nor as critically acclaimed as BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, for a host of people Xena and her constant companion Gabrielle were the archetypes of the heroic female, a character amazingly absent in the first fifty years of television. But XENA did not change my life nor the life of anyone I know. I do know that she, along with Buffy, Max Guevara, and other heroic female characters provided my daughter with examples of strong women at a time when strong women were being presented on television for the first time.
Interestingly, this was the second of two books that I have read in the past week on television fandom. I've read a fair amount about fandom, but I've never been much a part... read more