Friday, January 23, 2009

Blog Party -- A Tip of the (Cowboy) Hat


My husband is a big fan of westerns.

Not the romances, the movies.

So when it came time to write The Devil Inside, I knew I wanted to include a couple of Western-movie references, just for fun.

Example one: Sam Quincannon borrows her last name from the classic John Ford/John Wayne Western, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon.

Example two: Cody's middle name, Ringo, comes from two of my personal favorites. The first, Stagecoach, is another John Ford/John Wayne collaboration, this time from the best year of movies ever, 1939. The Ringo Kid is the name of John Wayne's character, and it made him a star.

But just now, I slipped and called the character Johnny Ringo. That, my husband reminded me, was a character in Tombstone. So really, it's a name that fits both classic Westerns and more modern interpretations.

Question of the Day: Have you ever noticed an "in-joke" in a book -- a reference to a movie, another book, or a song? If so, what was it?

10 comments:

Laurie said...

I've really only noted titles taken from songs or movies.

Karen Hawkins- Lady in Red =Chris DeBurgh song and An Affair to Remember- Movie

VLT twisted her title To: A Fare to Remember

Jane said...

I'm pretty sure I've recognized some in-jokes in movies or tv series, but I can't think of any off the top of my head.

LJ White said...

I'm going to start looking for these now. I probably have seen them before but just didn't pay attention. I know a lot of books mention favourite songs and movies of the authors.

Amy S. said...

I can only remember titles of movies or songs in the books.

Daun Ann said...

I know I've seen them, but can't think of any at this second.

Happy Saturday/Sunday

lindseye said...

I usually only get the really obvious references like "May The Farce Be With You" as I read more than watch movies or tv. Still I like when they are pointed out and the connection is exposed.

Laurie said...

I just remembered that Alison Kent based her "Girl Gear" series on the Sex the City TV show.

I read a historical based on The Taming of the Shrew with a heroine named Kate, with characteristics of Kate but, unfortunately, the name eludes me right now....

Laurie said...

I just remembered that Alison Kent based her "Girl Gear" series on the Sex the City TV show.

I read a historical based on The Taming of the Shrew with a heroine named Kate, with characteristics of Kate but, unfortunately, the name eludes me right now.... I believe that it was by Sarah Gabriel.

robynl said...

I have no particular example at this moment in time but I have heard of a song title being mentioned.
Also, many authors mention the songs they listen to whilst writing the book(s).

mamasand2 said...

I probably have Kate, but I've forgotten any since I tend to remember the story line more that the tidbits, even though I enjoy them at the time.

Sandie