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Joss Whedon's Names: The Deeper Meanings behind Buffy, Angel, Firefly, Dollhouse, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Cabin in the Woods, The Avengers, Doctor Horrible, In Your Eyes, Comics and More

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Doctor Horrible, Jayne Cobb, Oz, Fitz-Simmons, Echo, Pike, Saffron, Kaywinnet, the Groosalugg, Skip, Satsu, Dana Polk, Perfect Jheung, Icarus, the Siphon, Edna Giles, Dandelion Naizen, and especially Buffy the Vampire Slayer. With Whedon's superhero names, goddess names, flower names, saint's names, and dozens of British names, he's filling his world with references from S Doctor Horrible, Jayne Cobb, Oz, Fitz-Simmons, Echo, Pike, Saffron, Kaywinnet, the Groosalugg, Skip, Satsu, Dana Polk, Perfect Jheung, Icarus, the Siphon, Edna Giles, Dandelion Naizen, and especially Buffy the Vampire Slayer. With Whedon's superhero names, goddess names, flower names, saint's names, and dozens of British names, he's filling his world with references from Shakespeare to manga, delighting fans who look closer. Which names repeat the most? Which characters have secret links? Examining Whedon's naming through his five shows, plus his movie scripts and dozens of comics, reveals fascinating patterns for his dedicated followers.


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Doctor Horrible, Jayne Cobb, Oz, Fitz-Simmons, Echo, Pike, Saffron, Kaywinnet, the Groosalugg, Skip, Satsu, Dana Polk, Perfect Jheung, Icarus, the Siphon, Edna Giles, Dandelion Naizen, and especially Buffy the Vampire Slayer. With Whedon's superhero names, goddess names, flower names, saint's names, and dozens of British names, he's filling his world with references from S Doctor Horrible, Jayne Cobb, Oz, Fitz-Simmons, Echo, Pike, Saffron, Kaywinnet, the Groosalugg, Skip, Satsu, Dana Polk, Perfect Jheung, Icarus, the Siphon, Edna Giles, Dandelion Naizen, and especially Buffy the Vampire Slayer. With Whedon's superhero names, goddess names, flower names, saint's names, and dozens of British names, he's filling his world with references from Shakespeare to manga, delighting fans who look closer. Which names repeat the most? Which characters have secret links? Examining Whedon's naming through his five shows, plus his movie scripts and dozens of comics, reveals fascinating patterns for his dedicated followers.

50 review for Joss Whedon's Names: The Deeper Meanings behind Buffy, Angel, Firefly, Dollhouse, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Cabin in the Woods, The Avengers, Doctor Horrible, In Your Eyes, Comics and More

  1. 5 out of 5

    Wee Lassie

    A fantasic look into the names of the works of Joss Whedon. I highly recomend this book to anyone who is interested in writing, mythology, history, or like myself - all of the above.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Kandice

    This was a fun read. I have a lot of friends who love Whedon's work as much as I do, and my children had no choice, so a lot of this book covers things we've all been talking about and speculating on for years. It's somehow gratifying to see your "over a glass of wine opinions" in writing. Gives them a validity they otherwise lack. :D My only complaint is that Frankle doesn't really differentiate between what Joss actually meant and where speculation begins. You can tell in most instances, but I This was a fun read. I have a lot of friends who love Whedon's work as much as I do, and my children had no choice, so a lot of this book covers things we've all been talking about and speculating on for years. It's somehow gratifying to see your "over a glass of wine opinions" in writing. Gives them a validity they otherwise lack. :D My only complaint is that Frankle doesn't really differentiate between what Joss actually meant and where speculation begins. You can tell in most instances, but I wish that it had been made more clear. There are numerous quotes and references, so those are obvious, but many of the explanations of names and their origins got very technical and seemed to be reaches. I will absolutely be reading the rest of Frankel's work because we somehow seem to have the same taste in television and film! Sherlock, Game of Thrones, Joss, just to name a few.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Olivia Ambrose

    I liked the idea of this one, but the execution wasn't as good as I wanted it to be. The writing isn't super great, and I wish there was more distinction between conjecture and certainty of why Whdon chose his characters names and the meanings he was going for. There's a lot of repetition and you need to be intimately familiar with everything Whedon has every worked on. Which I mean I am, but even I couldn't remember who some of the characters were which decreased my enjoyment. Interesting if yo I liked the idea of this one, but the execution wasn't as good as I wanted it to be. The writing isn't super great, and I wish there was more distinction between conjecture and certainty of why Whdon chose his characters names and the meanings he was going for. There's a lot of repetition and you need to be intimately familiar with everything Whedon has every worked on. Which I mean I am, but even I couldn't remember who some of the characters were which decreased my enjoyment. Interesting if you're a die-hard Whedon fan, but not for the casual viewer.

  4. 5 out of 5

    David Abigt

    While a lot of interesting tidbits, the format is somewhat like reading just the footnotes in a book.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Danielle

    The information on the names was interesting. Many of them incorporate meanings that you could find in any book on baby names, though plenty do point out great mythological or historical backgrounds that many people would not know. Due to some repetition of some names or name bases, it can come off as redundant if you were to read more than one entry at any given time. Typos abound, and the cover (between the brown leather-patterned background and the sheer abundance of words squished onto it) i The information on the names was interesting. Many of them incorporate meanings that you could find in any book on baby names, though plenty do point out great mythological or historical backgrounds that many people would not know. Due to some repetition of some names or name bases, it can come off as redundant if you were to read more than one entry at any given time. Typos abound, and the cover (between the brown leather-patterned background and the sheer abundance of words squished onto it) is rather difficult and even slightly painful to look at.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Mad Giles (Giles A. Madding)

    Oh Wow, That Title Is a Mouthful 3.25 Stars What is in a name? Is it just a jumble of letters, a badge rich in semblance and meaning to carry forth in life. On the other hand, for the unlucky few, is it something we’ll never know quite why our parents decided to punish us with so shortly after birth. Whether we love them or hate them, the names are one of the first labels we use in trying to understand the world around us. A given name can hold even more weight in the world of fiction when anythin Oh Wow, That Title Is a Mouthful 3.25 Stars What is in a name? Is it just a jumble of letters, a badge rich in semblance and meaning to carry forth in life. On the other hand, for the unlucky few, is it something we’ll never know quite why our parents decided to punish us with so shortly after birth. Whether we love them or hate them, the names are one of the first labels we use in trying to understand the world around us. A given name can hold even more weight in the world of fiction when anything can allude to a deeper meaning … or be just a random choice off a baby names list late night before a deadline (it does happen). In this book, the author tries to put the pieces together and fathom the methods to the madness that is names in the Whedonverse. Her ideas and theories on the repetitive styles of character names spread out over the many works of Joss Whedon were interesting to read. I can see that there was real effort into the gathering and analyzing of all the information presented. Nevertheless, I do wish there was more information from Joss himself about his choices. Even a comment or two from some of the actors who helped bring the characters to life. These things would have garnered a higher rating and a stronger recommendation to all the whedonites out there looking for more about their favorite fictional cohorts. ** I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. **

  7. 4 out of 5

    Paul Franco

    This book has an incredibly long subtitle, mentioning every film and TV series—and whatever Dr. Horrible falls under—Joss Whedon has done, which seems a little silly. This writer’s previous works deal with Hunger Games, Game of Thrones, Doctor Who, and Sherlock, so she’s definitely a genre writer, and in her blurb it says she used to teach college. This wasn’t what I was expecting, and unfortunately it wasn’t a pleasant surprise. Came into this hoping for some insight as to why Joss chose these n This book has an incredibly long subtitle, mentioning every film and TV series—and whatever Dr. Horrible falls under—Joss Whedon has done, which seems a little silly. This writer’s previous works deal with Hunger Games, Game of Thrones, Doctor Who, and Sherlock, so she’s definitely a genre writer, and in her blurb it says she used to teach college. This wasn’t what I was expecting, and unfortunately it wasn’t a pleasant surprise. Came into this hoping for some insight as to why Joss chose these names, rather than just the meanings, something you can find in any baby book on the internet. There were valiant attempts to link the name origins to the characters, but it was all guesswork; maybe Joss simply liked the name or chose it because that was what his best friend as a kid was called. Since it is nothing but guesswork, there’s absolutely no insight, nothing new to be learned here. Ultimately a disappointment.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Greg

    Much like other books about Whedon's work, this one was enjoyable to read in that it allows me to relive the original work without taking the time to actually re-watch/read. And the analysis here was pretty interesting. Unfortunately, it felt very phoned in. I get easily distracted by poor writing and while it wasn't constant, it was clear that attention to detail wasn't the foremost objective when getting this book to press. I wouldn't say I learned anything other than that Buffy is a nickname Much like other books about Whedon's work, this one was enjoyable to read in that it allows me to relive the original work without taking the time to actually re-watch/read. And the analysis here was pretty interesting. Unfortunately, it felt very phoned in. I get easily distracted by poor writing and while it wasn't constant, it was clear that attention to detail wasn't the foremost objective when getting this book to press. I wouldn't say I learned anything other than that Buffy is a nickname for Elizabeth. But it was a nice diversion this week!

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    Fred Stevenson

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    Daniel Stern

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