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.
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?