Guest Post: Movies in Today’s Books


Have you ever noticed when you are reading an indie book that a lot of them use movie references in the book?  I read an excessive amount and I have found that this is the case in many popular books in the indie market.

Take Amanda Hocking for example:

“As the day moved onto night, I resigned myself to spending the evening parked in front of a fan, sprawled out on the couch watching Arsenic and Old Lace on AMC until I died of heatstroke.”

“Once she confirmed that they were alright, she put in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and curled up next to me on the couch.”

Hocking, Amanda (2010-04-25). Fate (My Blood Approves, Book 2) (Kindle Locations 2711-2712). Createspace. Kindle Edition.

Or Quinn Loftis:

“Oooh, did you have the Mission Impossible sound track playing in the background? Cuz that would have been spy-tastic,” Jen said enthusiastically.

“Actually,” Jacque said distractedly, “I was thinking more James Bond-ish. You know, with the whole stakeout thing…”

Loftis, Quinn (2011-06-29). Prince of Wolves (Kindle Locations 99-101).  . Kindle Edition.

Or Shelly Crane:

That night he took me to see the new Rocky movie, then to the local all night diner for an omelet.

Crane, Shelly (2011-05-20). Collide (A Collide Novel) (Kindle Location 286).  . Kindle Edition.

My question to you is:  Should pop culture references like these be in books?  Do the movies and music references make a book feel new and popular? Or does the references make a book feel more dated and with a limited shelf life?

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