Quotes in novels
February 13, 2007 6:13pm CST
I was thinking about using a famous quote at the beginning of each chapter. Has anyone else done this in their books? Do you think its a good idea or a bad idea? I thought that it would add a little history to the book and would sum up the chapter well. But I also wasn't sure if it would bring up copyright issues since I would of course put who the quote is by. Do you think it would still be an issue?
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6 Mar 07
Some quotes are famous that they are used all the time, I am not sure what copywrite issues would come into play on this type of thing, but I have seen it done many times and I find it to be a great boon to the stories I have read. Or at other times the quote has caused me to look up the reference. For instance, in one story I read describing the friendship between three characters two of them turned to each other and referred to the third friend as "The Thousandth Man" I am not sure if you are familiar with this poem, I was not, until I read the book, since I knew where the quote was from because the book specified it, So I went and looked up to read it and save it, it is by Rudyard Kipling, and it is wonderful and beautiful and something of Kipling's that some how was overlooked when I was in school, Just to teach the sentiment this is something that should be included in the poetry section of high school english, I don't even remember most of the poets used for high school english. Yet I remember this, because I read "the thousandth man" by Rudyard Kipling, in a book and wanted to understand the relationship to the story and the reference. Some quotes are wonderful and should continue to be shared.
6 Mar 07
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