I was reading this critique of a NYT "Game of Thrones" review (warning: the review is terrible) and there was some discussion on how critical reviews have deteriorated recently.
"Critics are no longer classically educated men of letters who are played by George Sanders, but busy people with day jobs who get tossed an assignment from their friend with a website." - Doris Egan
I wandered off to go read a bit about George Sanders and stumbled across this on Wikipedia:
"In 1950 Sanders drew his greatest popular and commercial success as the acerbic, cold-blooded theatre critic Addison DeWitt in All About Eve, for which he won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor."Now I saw All About Eve when I was a teenager, so the details are a bit hazy, but here's what struck me most when brushing up:
IS THIS ADDISON DEWITT THE INSPIRATION FOR ADELLE DEWITT? o_O
Acerbic and cold-blooded sounds about right (and by right I mean perfect!). Also, British. I know it's a stretch, but I can easily see Whedon being enamored with All About Eve and George Sanders' special brand of sardonic wit.
"Addison blackmails [Eve], advising her that in exchange for his silence she now "belongs" to him."
Addison DeWitt is a blackmailing critic who's All About Eve where Adelle DeWitt is a blackmailing critic who's All About Echo.
There just seem to be enough points aligning that I'm seeing a creative pattern and not a random confluence. Time travel genderswapping is COOL. That's all I'm sayin'!
[eta] Apparently I'm not the first to notice this connection.
See, this is how my brain works. I notice a seemingly random pattern but my intuition niggles and I have to follow it all the way back to the source until it makes sense. You'll never be bored here (in my brain) 'cause there's always something new to figure out. ;-)