Created By: PlayMSTForMe on February 19, 2012 Last Edited By: MetaFour on February 23, 2012

Rather Watch What They're Watching

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"Never show a good movie in the middle of your crappy movie."

Albert Einstein once said "The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources." Works that use this trope not only fail to hide their sources but create "original" works that are entirely dependent upon the audience recognizing their sources. This can create several problems, the biggest of which is that it is a bad idea to get your audience thinking about something they'd rather watch again or reread rather than continuing on with your work.

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  • February 19, 2012
    DragonQuestZ
    One line a character said does not make it a law.
  • February 19, 2012
    Catbert
    Wait what? This isn't a trope. It is complaining about allusions you don't like.
  • February 19, 2012
    DragonQuestZ
    ^ There are a lot of In Universe comments about this, but the name and description just don't work with it.
  • February 19, 2012
    Alvin
    I hope this isn't too vague, and it's not much of a comment, but I remember seeing in a book club mailer a book whose title was taken from 'Fried Green Tomatoes' and whose plot seemed a rip-off of a plot of 'Fried Green Tomatoes'.
  • February 19, 2012
    Stratadrake
  • February 21, 2012
    Tambov333
    Agree with Einstein.
  • February 21, 2012
    pawsplay
  • February 22, 2012
    lebrel
    Sounds like one or the other of these: The Mockbuster, Follow The Leader, Serial Numbers Filed Off.
  • February 23, 2012
    bwburke94
    CHARACTER NAME ALERT! Even someone who's seen MST 3 K wouldn't have a clue as to what the trope is.
  • February 23, 2012
    Dcoetzee
    I took pawsplay's name suggestion and reformatted the description accordingly. Now we can argue whether this trope makes sense or not and not about it being a Character Named Trope. I find it rather confusing, but more examples may squeeze something useful out of it.
  • February 23, 2012
    pawsplay
    I can see it.

    • Pretty Woman is a smart, funny, and inventive film... but it's no Madame Butterfly.

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