How many references?
For no other reason than my own amusement, I am going to sit here - right now! - and rack my brains trying to think of every pop culture reference in the text of "Red Cross" (out Sep 25th).
Some of these are blatant. Some subtle. Some no one but me will ever get. And that's the way I like it.
So what references are there? Let's see if I can remember...
The Revenant (kinda...)
Knute Rockne: All American
Harry Potter & The Philosopher's Stone (and yes, it's definitely the movie being referenced)
High School Musical
The Hudsucker Proxy
The Room (accidentally)
Paper Towns (again)
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Handbook For Mortals
Sherlock Holmes (in general, not a specific story)
To Kill A Mockingbird
The Walking Dead (referenced as The Ambling Dead)
Truth & Justice: Crime Scene Division (a made-up Law & Order/CSI series)
Vacate the Room
Call to Action (an obvious "Call of Duty" ripoff)
Five Nights at Freddy's
"Friday" - Rebecca Black
"Loverman" - Charlie Parker
"Now's the Time" - Charlie Parker
The Wasteland - T.S. Eliot
The Second Coming - W.B. Yeats
Cash me ousside
The floor is lava
Hmmm... I'm sure there are more than that.
I know I deleted a clumsy reference to the movie The Wizard of Oz. And a couple other tidbits besides.
Off-hand, though, I'd say this list comprises at least the majority of the references. How many will you catch?
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J Douglas Burton
Author of "The Sleepwar Saga" YA fantasy series. Also Victorian pulp SF series "The Star Travels of Dr. Jeremiah Fothering-Smythe".