Imagining the world an author creates in a novel is one of the greatest joys that comes out of reading. While the words are the same for everyone, the images they inspire, the way the characters look and sound and the particular intricacies of their surroundings come to us individually, influenced by the rest of our own lives. It’s one of the reasons that while I get initially incredibly excited about a movie coming out based on a book I’ve loved, I’m always let down—story and creative license aside—because from then on out, I can no longer remember how I originally envisioned the characters and world I fell in love with. Despite this, I continue to immerse myself completely in whatever imagined world or fictional version of our own world I happen to be reading about at any given time.
It would come as no surprise, then, that when Lauren directed me to the amazing Small Demons just the other day, I immediately signed up. I haven’t had time to explore the site fully, but I know it’s just perfect for any of those readers out there who close a great book with a satisfied sigh, but then feel an underlying sadness that there is no more to squeeze out of it. Small Demons catalogs the pop culture references—every single one of them!—made in various literary works and puts them all in a compendium organized by book. You can also search for what books might feature a particular singer, actor, book, movie, song and so on and so forth, working backwards or seeing similarities and crossovers between books.
Once I have more time to explore the site fully, I’m afraid I’ll never leave, but I offer this to you as a weekend gift. Would this affect your perception of a book at all, or would you, like me, simply revel in the opportunity to understand and delve deeper into the world with which you and many others have fallen in love?