Joss Whedon's Names

  • by Valerie Estelle Frankel
  • Narrated by Stephen Paul Aulridge Jr
  • 5 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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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Fascinating, if a bit overconstrained

If you could sum up Joss Whedon's Names in three words, what would they be?

surprising, mind-blowing, fun


What was one of the most memorable moments of Joss Whedon's Names?

The names and meaning in the "Frey" comics


Which scene was your favorite?

Names in "Agents of Shield"


If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

How Whedon chooses names: Like hedgehogs making love, very carefully!


Any additional comments?

This is the book Unsong's Aaron Smith-Teller would write if he was a Joss Whedon fan. "This name is not a coincidence because nothing is a coincidence". Valerie digs into the meaning and the layers behind names, brings historical, mythological and etymological reference -- as well as comparing and contrasting to other names in Joss's work. They can't all be true, because the choice of name would be overconstrained. But it makes you think: which one of those were the real reasons? How did Joss actually decide on the name? And which of those aspects is merely a coincidence?

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- Moshe Zadka

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-14-2016
  • Publisher: Valerie Estelle Frankel