by Sara Rosett
I’m careful about allusions to pop culture, but it’s easy to slip up and write a scene with a reference to a song, TV show, or snippet of movie dialogue that Ellie Avery wouldn’t have a clue about. In Magnolias, Moonlight, and Murder I have references to My Girl Friday, Friends, and Who Let the Dogs Out?
Of course, we writers do have some cover on the pop culture front because of TV Land and other networks that rely heavily on classic shows to fill their hours of broadcast time. Thank goodness old shows are recycled, bringing old favorites like Star Trek (the original), M*A*S*H*, Gilligan's Island, and Laverne and Shirley to generation after generation.
Here’s a few phrases that have become so imbedded in our language that they’re now part of our lexicon:
- May the force be with you.
- Go ahead, make my day.
- It’s not a tumor.
- I reject your reality and substitue my own.
- Have fun stormin’ the castle.
- Talk to me, Goose.
- To infinity and beyond!
- Make it work, people. Make it work.
- How you doin’?
- I love it when a plan comes together.
- I’m giving her all she’s got/Damnit, Jim, I’m a doctor, not a ____.
How many can you identify? What lines from movies and songs are part of your vocabulary?