On Quotability

Some books are just really, really quotable.

You know the type.  A book that allows you to have a witty and obscure comeback for almost every conversation.  These books are different for all of us, but almost all of us have at least one.

Easily one of my favorite books now.

For me, it’s definitely The Fault in Our Stars.  I can’t talk about an action hero without at least thinking “You can’t kill Max Mayhem!“, and I find myself blurting the words, “WHAT IS THIS LIFE?!” if I’m surprised or if something good happens.  And there’s the ever-popular “I’m a big believer in metaphor, Hazel Grace,” when someone uses a metaphor.

Quotes don’t have to happen in conversation, either.  I know there’s been lots of instances where I’ve been with a friend who’s also read TFiOS (or another book) and we’ve just recited a few lines from a certain scene.

I don’t know what it is about certain books that make them ripe for the quoting, but I find it interesting to quote something and see if anyone gets it.  Of course, there’s the downside: if no one does understand it and the quote doesn’t quite fit the conversation (see above Max Mayhem reference), it looks a bit strange.

The life of a book nerd is hard sometimes.

There are other books that I like to quote as well.  For example, if someone makes a one-liner or a joke that fits, I’ll use Fred’s line from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: “With the whole wide world of ear-related humor before you, you go for holey?”  Come to think of it, the whole HP series has some good ones.

Naturally I don’t go around speaking in quotes all the time.  This is only if the opportunity arises and if I think of it in time, which admittedly does not happen often.  Most of the time, too, I only use these around someone I know who has read the book as well.  But I’m telling you, TFiOS really does have a lot of moments that have at least gotten me thinking about a quote during my everyday life.

Anyway, that’s what’s on my mind today, readers.  Do you have any books that you like to quote?  If so, which ones and which lines do you find yourself using?

And also this, which makes me feel ALL OF THE THINGS.

Happy reading.

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11 thoughts on “On Quotability

    • A notebook sounds like a good idea, actually. I’ve been doing something similar lately, writing down good lines from The Hunger Games in order to put them on a shirt I’m making for the movie.

      • That’s a really good idea. I had to buy a twilight shirt when me and my college girlfriends all went at midnight (we still do). But yes, I have a ton of notebooks where I write whatever about my day, or book quotes, or I have taped fall leaves in them.

      • Just find one you really love. There’s a great one called Smash which comes with a glue stick so you can just glue stuff down while you do it. 🙂 I’m not good at journaling, or…using a diary, but I am good about writing things down that I want to remember because I carry my “journal” everywhere.

  1. I quote from books and movies..shamelessly. Probably my most used Harry Potter Quote..is ..I solemly swear I’m up to no good. And I have 10,000 others from J.K. I love the way she weaves words. :))

  2. Have you Listened to Video Game Books by Hank? I got it on the tour cd, and I’m not sure if it was release other wise, but goodness gracious did it give me shivers. Hearing it live was awesome too. 🙂

    • I’ve listened to it via YouTube video of his performances on the Tour de Nerdfighting. I’m hoping Hank will release it with a full album sometime in the future (or else sell the Tour CD through iTunes), because the Tour album now is too expensive for my taste. But, yeah, hearing it from live versions, I really like it.

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