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Using pop culture in fiction


Today I went a-visiting across the pond   .  .


My good LJ friend and soon-to-published author, Terri-Lynne DeFino (aka bogwitch64), has opened up her on-line home to me .

Of course, I didn't realize until I got off the boat that she lives in Connecticut - note to self, next time check the address before leaving.

Still, I got back to the USA as fast as I could, then made my way over to Terri's computer.  


I thought it might be fun to talk about the use of pop-culture in fiction and why it's a good thing.  The actual title is 'Connecting with your audience', which is a little ironic, since I'm not actually here, but over there.

Anyhoo, if you'd like to join in the fun, here's the link to: The best darn party you ever went to sensible discussion at Bogwitch's place.

I hope you can make it.

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jongibbs
Jun. 17th, 2010 12:57 pm (UTC)
Thank's, Irene. If it makes you feel any better, I make loads of typos. I usually catch them early on, but one or two always seem to slip through :(
wordsrmylife
Jun. 17th, 2010 09:55 pm (UTC)
Nice post. Pop culture references that are insider "jokes" do add to material, probably because everyone likes to be in on something like that--and those who aren't don't even know they're missing anything. If they add to the fun for writer and reader, I say, go for it.

It's when the pop culture references fill the dialog and narrative that they become a problem, because they date the work.
jongibbs
Jun. 18th, 2010 01:04 am (UTC)
I know what you mean. If they aren't subtle, and carefully chosen, they won't work.
ex_camillea
Jun. 18th, 2010 02:19 pm (UTC)
... Did you know I have a morbid fear of emoticons?

Those smug little orbs of yellow torture me with their orby smugness.
jongibbs
Jun. 18th, 2010 04:13 pm (UTC)
Oh dear, sorry about that, Camille. I feel the same way about clowns and balloons.

PS: You have no idea how hard it was not to add a colon + left bracket just then.
ex_camillea
Jun. 18th, 2010 04:21 pm (UTC)
Yes. They've infected nearly the entire online population, like virtual zombies.
jongibbs
Jun. 18th, 2010 04:24 pm (UTC)
I'll try to remember not to use them in comments to you, but please accept my apologies in advance, should I forget.
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