Writers! Read this:) You will be happy you did!
I don’t know about you, but I love reading books that allude to other stories or bodies of knowledge. The allusions can be as simple as character or place names or as complex as a borrowed plot. These allusions—when most skillfully handled—require no explanation but deepen the experience of the story for readers aware of the reference.
One great example that comes to mind is the naming of some of the characters in the Harry Potter series. Let’s start with one of my favorite characters, Sirius Black. Sirius, along with his brother Regulus (and some other members of the family), are named after stars. The star Sirius, it so happens, is also known as the “Dog Star” and is in the constellation Canis Major (Greater Dog). Now, not knowing that Sirius is the Dog Star, and thus, Sirius Black’s name actually describes his Animagus form of a big black dog…
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