My husband and I quote movies and TV shows and books. We’re those kind of nerds. And while it might seem that we quote certain stories because they’re our favorites, I sort of think that certain stories are our favorites because they’re so quotable.
As writers, we all strive for perfection right down to the individual letters. What’s a beautiful story without beautiful chapters, paragraphs, lines, and words? In reality, it’s the loveliness (or quirkiness, hilarity, etc) of each small piece that makes up the delicious, quotable whole.
So, what is it about certain stories that makes them so quotable?
There are plenty of stories that I’ve read or watched and, by the time I’m done, I can barely remember a single line. Sure, the overarching story stays with me, but none of the individual lines really resonated. That doesn’t necessarily mean the story was poorly written, just that it lacks the universality that makes a great piece memorable.
Universality doesn’t need to be philosophical and high-minded, either. Quotes can have a creative sort of humor that readers/viewers can relate to, or they can convey a feeling that’s tough to explain. Even if the quotes don’t necessarily make sense out of context, they can be extremely powerful when you consider the story’s circumstances.
What are your favorite quotes? Quotable books/movies/shows?