Caffeinated is being taken over by other bloggers this week and today we have Terri from Second Run Reviews to discuss allusions and references. Grab a cup of your favorite caffeinated beverage,enjoy and be sure and answer Terri’s question. Second Run Reviews is a delightfully informative blog that shares reviews, quotes, movies and more. Thanks for being here today Terri…
Did You Think I Wouldn’t Notice?
An allusion, according to our friend Google, is “an expression designed to call something to mind without mentioning it explicitly; an indirect or passing reference.”
I am an English major or was an English major…am an English major. I’ve always struggled with that. Anyway, I studied English in college. For fours years, I was up to my eyeballs in literature. Mostly dead white guys except for that independent study course I took where I got to read my all time favorite classic novel, O! Pioneers by Willa Cather. I was trained to see allusions and references as I read and watched movies because typically, during a classroom discussion those allusions and references meant something to greater purpose of the piece of work we were studying. There was a time when I would see allusions and references EVERY WHERE! I’m sure it was quite annoying to be around me when I was at my peak.
But time passed, life moved on, I graduated and got away from my rabid reading and movie and television watching habits. And then something happened. I dropped cable, became an avid reader again and now I’m seeing allusions and literary connections seemingly every where.
“For 4,000 years Lilith has wandered the earth, figuring in the mythic imaginations of writers, artists and poets. Her dark origins lie in Babylonian demonology…” from “Lilith, Seductress, or Murderer? by Janet Howe Gaines, Bible History Daily
When did I first notice my weird skill popping up again? When I started watching Supernatural. I’m a newer fan of the Winchester boys (Team Sam, baby!). When the boys first encountered Lilith, I basically stopped dead. Lilith played a central role in the Season 5 of True Blood. I had to know who this Lilith was and why both shows decided to use her as a central antagonist.
And, basically, it has been all downhill from there.
I just finished listening to Code Name Verity. And the book is loaded with literary references. Some are pretty straight forward and others are just hints. Some of my favorite references involve a classic children’s novel. I don’t want to spoil it for those of you who want to read it so you can click here to see an image I found on Pinterest and read this stellar review from 2012.
I got absolutely giddy when watching an episode of The West Wing and Toby made some mention of “…all our yesterdays…” which is a quote from Shakespeare’s MacBeth. This happened right after I started listening to Cristin Terrell’s All Our Yesterdays.
She should have died hereafter;
There would have been a time for such a word.
Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow,
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day
To the last syllable of recorded time,
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!
Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
And then is heard no more: it is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Macbeth, Act 5, Scene 5. lines 17 through 28
Check out line 27. Anyone read Faulkner?
I quickly realized that The West Wing is littered with literary references and allusions. There are entire articles dedicated to it on the Internet.
So what does this all mean? For me, it means that I’m engaged in my reading. I’m going beyond just some words on a page and a quick escape. Once again my mind is engaged and firing on many cylinders. I’m seeing connections, realized or not, in what I’m reading and watching these days. And since I get some kind of weird kick out discovering these references, it’s made my hobbies of reading and watching movies and television a more enjoyable, active activity.
How about you? How do you know you are engaged with what you are reading or watching? What cool references or allusions have you noticed? Do you have a favorite one; one you think no one knows about? Share in comments. I look forward to reading your responses.
About Terri and Second Run Reviews
Second Run Reviews is home of Scenic Sundays and Rewind Review. By day, Terri M. LeBlanc is a project manager and software specialist. By night, she’s a reading wizard. Residing in eastern Iowa, in her spare time, she spends time with Jezebel, takes pictures and watches movies with her equally nerdy husband and adorable cats. She’s still researching Lilith by watching Supernatural and True Blood. Be sure and take a moment to check out Terri’s blog Second Run Reviews. She offers a little something that will appeal to everyone, and I love her directness and humor. She is a Supernatural fan like me which makes her super cool. Well except for the fact that she is team Sam. Really? #Team Dean
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