epiphany_maria (epiphany_maria) wrote,

Book Review: Investigating Firefly and Serenity

Investigating Firefly and Serenity Edited by Rhonda V. Wilcox & Tanya R. Cochran

While 'Finding Serenity' was a collection of fan essays, this tome is more serious and academic. Way more academic. The contributors to this collection go very deep into the show and movie, I think they are reading way too much into it at times to the point that they are seeing things that aren't there.

The essays cover a variety of topics from use of language, feminism, prostitution, masculinity, dystopia, race and religion. Some essays are interesting while others go off on wild tangents that bear little or no resemblance to what was shown on screen. Also in an extremely irritating fashion the authors make numerous reference to other essays (and or speeches) that seem far more interesting and you have to comb through the very long works cited section to track down where they appeared. The authors also seem to assume that you are knowledgeable about every other essay ever written on 'Firefly'.

This tome has flaws, but it is a good read if you're a 'Firefly' fan.
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