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



These books and documentary are recommended during this episode:

To Kill a Mockingbird

What Pet Should I Get

One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish

Dr. Seuss Goes to War

The Mockingbirds by Daisy Whitney

Documentary – Hey Boo



Bri is the founder and co-editor of What the Fangirl. She loves chai lattes, Disney and fairy tales.

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