When I was sick last weekend, one of my favorite movies was on TV. Thank goodness for being stuck on the couch!
I can say one line (really one word if said properly) and my husband knows exactly which movie I’m talking about. In my dead-to-the-world and slightly delirious state, I kept saying it over and over again, cracking myself up.
I’m not sure if the quote is so well know that you’ll know which movie I’m talking about (but you should!). Let’s see. Name this movie:
“Juanita, Juanita Wilder!”
There are plenty of other movies, though, that people know after just on word or phrase.
“I’ll be back.”
“Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn.”
“Every time a bell rings, an angel gets its wings.”
It’s not quite like that for books. People know characters (Sherlock Holmes or Harry Potter) or opening lines (“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times” or “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.”), but no one knows dialogue from a book.
It makes sense. Movies are sights and sounds. Books have to convey *everything* in written words.
I pride myself on writing good dialogue, but this line of thinking never occurred to me until the state of delirium paired with reading a book with terrible dialogue. I tried to think of books with good, memorable dialogue. I know I’ve read them and yet, I couldn’t think of any off the top of my head.
And before you try, no, in the books Sherlock never actually said “Elementary, my dear Watson!”
So, prove me wrong! What’s your favorite book dialogue quote? What good dialogue books are out there?
And, most importantly, which movies are those quotes from?