Have you ever read a fiction book where the author decides to reference another work of fiction? When that happens I love it! It adds another level to the characters and story.
One example that pops into my mind is when a main character from Half Bad by Sally Green mentioned their favorite book was One Day In The Life of Ivan Denisovich by Alexander Solzhenitsyn. At the time I did not think the book being referenced was an actual book because of the type of fiction it was. Half Bad is set in a universe with white and black magic, why would it be referencing something from our non-magical world? However, when I perusing my favorite used book store the title caught my eye. I immediately grabbed it, bought it home and started almost the moment I walked through my door. The book was about the Soviet work camps from the POV of one of the prisoners. I was surprised that Ms. Green had referenced a book that attempted to portray the cruelty and the ugliness of the gulags.
At another time when I once again have Half Bad in my possession I will write about what the author’s intentions might be, what it adds to the story and how it relates to the character that brought it up.
Let me know if you have run across books referencing books, what books they were, and what your thoughts on the subject are. Do you think more authors should reference other books? What do you think about authors that bring it up?