Whether it's an inside joke, a hidden message, or a reference to something, I love finding Easter eggs in a book. These fun and surprising gems often draw me further into the story, adding an extra layer of intrigue.
Today, I'm sharing my top three favorite places to find (or hide) Easter eggs in fiction.
Characters can be one of the easiest ways to sneak in an inside joke or reference. Familiar snippets or topics pop up in dialogue. Names are anagrams for something else. A character from one story unexpectedly appears in another. All are options ripe for the picking.
2) Places and Things
From businesses to fictional technology, hidden treasures can be found among the items staged in a scene. In fact, in the book I'm currently reading, the message on a half-burned sign revealed a subtle nod to its unfolding situation.
To me, events can be the most challenging to place to slide in a little something extra. But it is possible. For example, have you seen "Ferris Bueller's Day Off"? Recently, the iconic chase scene from that movie has been recreated in both a Dominos pizza commercial and in "Spider-Man Homecoming." (Okay, the example is from a movie, not a book. However, it's a good one and one with which many people are familiar.)
I love finding and placing "Easter eggs" in books and movies. A beta-reader for one of my stories commented on enjoying finding them in my story. She found I didn't consciously realize was there!ReplyDelete
It’s interesting how things like that sneak in! I’ve found a few unintended ones before while editing.Delete
I'm always impressed by authors who use Easter eggs -- something that doesn't come easily to me. ☺ReplyDelete
Finding them is always a treat, like a secret connection or a hidden door. :)Delete