If I'm reading a new release, the references feel fresh and current. I relate to the characters more. I laugh at the jokes involving current TV shows, books, celebrities, etc. And as an author, it's fun to describe exactly what show my characters are watching or what book they're reading.
If I'm reading something from a few years ago, the references can feel stale. Celebrity couples break up, shows go off the air, and instead of drawing me into the story, the references instead make me think, I forgot about that.
I noticed so many outdated references in a book I read that I started jotting them down:
- Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt. Does anyone even remember when they were a couple? Brangelina is the only story now. Of course, if someone stumbles upon this post in a year or two, will they look at that reference and wonder Bran... who?
- The Today Show with Matt Lauer and Meredith Viera. Maybe the author should have left out the names of the hosts? The Today Show has been around for a long time. The book I read was only a few years old, and we're already on the second new host since Meredith left.
- Teenage vampire movies. It's true they were wildly popular for a while, but now The Hunger Games in all rage.
- TomKat. Again, does anyone remember this old news?
Do you enjoy books that contain elements of pop culture?