I’ve been quilting for the past two weeks. When I sew, I set an audio book up and listen to someone read aloud to me while I stitch. I’d rather have company, but in lieu of someone sitting there chatting with me, I’ll take a story.
This week, I queued up “How To Flirt With A Naked Werewolf” by Molly Harper. Now, before I say anything, I want to tell you that I really liked this book. It’s a super read. Light, funny and quirky. The heroine was raised by hippies and had a lot of parental baggage. She is a southern magnolia who runs to Alaska to escape her crazy parents who interfere in her life.
I really enjoyed all the drama. The book is told first person so you really feel like you understand the heroine and all her foibles, worries and needs.
And since it’s got werewolves, there’s some action–which I love. One of the things I found interesting was that in Mo’s point of view, she channels Jennifer Garner as Sydney Bristow in “Alias”. Kind of a ‘what would Sydney do?’ moment here or there when things get violent.
I didn’t watch Alias while it was running weekly, but a year or two later, I watched the whole series start-to-finish with a girlfriend and I enjoyed it immensely. So I know who Sydney Bristow is and why the heroine would think of her in a scary situation.
But what about in five years? Will anyone remember that reference in a few years? That TV show ran for four or five seasons. It was good. It might be in re-runs, but it might also fade away. Is using a reference like that in the best interest of the long time viability of the book??
Here’s what I’m thinking… there are a LOT of references she could have used that have already stood the ‘test of time’. Like say, for instance, James Bond. If she said, ‘what would 007 do?’ she could be fairly certain that thirty or forty years from now, people would still know who James Bond is. That franchise has been around for over forty years.
So using a modern reference is dicey. At least it can be. Or is it just me? Do you wonder if some things in books will stand the test of time, or if ten years from now, a new generation of readers will scratch their heads and wonder?