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

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 - Valerie Estelle Frankel 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. **