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Podcast: What the Fangirl #5 – What's in a Name? Dr. Seuss, Harper Lee, and Arthur Conan Doyle and Bad TV Titles

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This week we are talking about what’s in a name. First it’s book talk, as we delve into new books by Harper Lee and Dr. Seuss as well as a new story featuring Sherlock Holmes. Bri analyzes the enduring popularity of the Seuss name. We talk about the issues surrounding publication of Go Set a Watchman and the mysteries and myths about Harper Lee. Finally, we have some fun with a previously unknown “fanfic” from the early 20th century that purports to be written by Arthur Conan Doyle.

In television, we talk about how series names can make or break TV shows. Several networks, particularly ABC, have hurt their shows by using irony or jokes that turn off viewers. We go through some of the worst offenders and talk about how they do or do not live up to their names. We finish by identifying some of the best titles on TV.

Time Stamps

01:15 What Pet Should I Get
06:00 To Kill a Mockingbird
17:00 The Mockingbirds YA Novel
19:30 Shirley Jackson’s The Lottery
21:30 Sherlock Holmes
28:00 Bad Name / Fresh Off the Boat
33:30 Trophy Wife
38:00 The Good Wife
40:30 Don’t Trust the B,
41:20 Cougar Town
42:00 Blackish
46:00 Happy Endings
49:00 Bunheads
52:00 Younger
58:40 Playmakers
01:00:00 Shows with great titles: Orange is the New Black, Once Upon a Time, The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Mad Men and Kittens in a Cage

Show Notes

These books and documentary are recommended during this episode:

Go Set a Watchman: A Novel

To Kill a Mockingbird

What Pet Should I Get? (Classic Seuss)

One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish (I Can Read It All by Myself)

Dr. Seuss Goes to War: The World War II Editorial Cartoons of Theodor Seuss Geisel

The Mockingbirds

Hey, Boo: Harper Lee and To Kill a Mockingbird

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  1. Pingback: Read the First Chapter of Harper Lee's Go Set a Watchman: Prequel of To Kill a Mockingbird - What The Fangirl

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