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Can you help me with a literary game?

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Reallytired17 Mon 11-Dec-17 21:09:41

I’m trying to come up with literary pieces where the characters and/or titles have fallen into common lexis due to their popularity.

So I have got:

“Jekyll and Hyde character”
“A right Scrooge”
“I must have fallen down a rabbit hole.”
“A regular Romeo and Juliet.”

Anyone else care to contribute anything? smile

wheresmyliveship Mon 11-Dec-17 21:11:00

No shit, Sherlock

ScreamingValenta Mon 11-Dec-17 21:11:14

Malapropisms, from The Rivals.

dementedma Mon 11-Dec-17 21:13:28

someone who looks young is often referred to as Peter Pan

ScreamingValenta Mon 11-Dec-17 21:14:05

Big Brother (loads of applications nowadays!) from 1984

Uninspirednamewise Mon 11-Dec-17 21:14:21

Big Brother

ringle Mon 11-Dec-17 21:15:13


Reallytired17 Mon 11-Dec-17 21:15:27

Wheres grin

Thanks! Good ones. Keep em coming! I’m not very inspired tonight.

MrsBadger Mon 11-Dec-17 21:15:54

Grinning like a Cheshire cat

(I thought I'd come up with loads but I'm actually struggling)

iklboo Mon 11-Dec-17 21:16:49

Mad as a hatter
Jesus wept

Reallytired17 Mon 11-Dec-17 21:16:56

Ha ha, so did I! I thought of Scrooge and Jekyll and Hyde and was so smug, then sat down and was all ‘hmm - best ask Mumsnet’ grin

Figment1234 Mon 11-Dec-17 21:17:17

Catch 22?

LondonLauren Mon 11-Dec-17 21:18:06


nightshade Mon 11-Dec-17 21:18:16

Far from the madding crowd.

LemonysSnicket Mon 11-Dec-17 21:18:23

Lolita's in Japan ( style/ fashion movement).

TheOnlyLivingBoyInNewCross Mon 11-Dec-17 21:18:31

Not a pleasant one, but Lolita.

Svengali from Trilby.

ScreamingValenta Mon 11-Dec-17 21:18:51

A Catch 22 situation (if that counts, as Catch 22 was popularised by the novel).

Dapplegrey Mon 11-Dec-17 21:18:57

I've seen strap lines which are variations on 'Love in a Cold Climate'.
Socially ambitious mothers are sometimes called Mrs Bennet.

nobutreally Mon 11-Dec-17 21:19:36

'having a portrait in the attic' cf Dorian Gray
seventh circle of hell (Dante)
Brave New World (Tempest)

nobutreally Mon 11-Dec-17 21:22:15

Bet there are loads of children's ones ... but I can only think of the grinch at the mo...

RobinHumphries Mon 11-Dec-17 21:23:16

Brave New World is by Aldous Huxley

JoanLenin Mon 11-Dec-17 21:23:25

Ugly duckling

Reallytired17 Mon 11-Dec-17 21:23:31

Fabulous. Catch 22 is an excellent example. Lolita would also be an excellent example but probably a bit inappropriate grin I like Pollyanna as well.

LondonLauren Mon 11-Dec-17 21:25:06

Also, Micawber

MrsBadger Mon 11-Dec-17 21:25:38

A Trojan horse

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