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Thread: How do you properly attribute a quote made by a fictional character?

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    How do you properly attribute a quote made by a fictional character?

    I'm thinking of something I read recently in a fictional setting, but worse than a fictional quote, I'm leaning toward recalling it not as a direct quote, but a saying referred to by another fictional party.

    The saying was something along the line of:

    'It's easier to forgive someone for being wrong, than to forgive someone for being right'

    I have some affinity for that opinion.
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    Re: How do you properly attribute a quote made by a fictional character?

    That was a real question.

    Do you attribute the quote to the fictional individual who said it, or the real life person who wrote it?

    The first makes more sense to me, but I'd appreciate some wordy person in the know cluing me in as to the bottom line.

    Does one do a dual attribute, fictional character AND author?

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    Re: How do you properly attribute a quote made by a fictional character?

    I would think "Quote" - character in title by author. You have to credit the author of the words. It drove me crazy when Robin Williams died and he was credited all over the place with movie quotes.
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    Re: How do you properly attribute a quote made by a fictional character?

    Thank you, Gutmutter.

    Seems like I've seen it served up elsewhere differently,but I couldn't recollect how.

    Your method seems like it would leave no doubts.

    Thanks again for responding.

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    Liking your avatar alot.
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    Re: How do you properly attribute a quote made by a fictional character?

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    Re: How do you properly attribute a quote made by a fictional character?

    I've been thinking about your question a lot and I'd like to qualify my previous answer... if you're citing a quote in a paper, it would be different from how you would do it, say, on Facebook. If there's a picture of Alice in Wonderland talking to the Cheshire cat, you could just cite, "Alice". The assumption would already be there as to where it was from, but you would be clarifying that it was Alice talking. If there's a picture of Robin Williams with a quote, you could just cite - Dead Poets Society... people would assume it was his character's quote, but you'd be clarifying what role it was from (as opposed to something he came up with himself). But if you were writing a paper, the citation would have to include the author.
    Like I said, I've been giving this great thought.
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    Re: How do you properly attribute a quote made by a fictional character?

    Gutmutter, your thought of great thinking on this topic has me jokingly reaching for an analgesic.

    I Do appreciate the thought though, you betcha, seeing as I'd truly wondered about this question.

    Even without having a paper to consider, a more formal format strikes me as appropriate.

    I've never seen Dead Poets Society, and I STILL know enough about what's going on in that tale to understand the kind of reference you point toward.
    So very many people don't read, period, and do, their familiarity likely won't match the individual attempting to make a point, so the formal format seems more appropriate overall, to me.

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    Re: How do you properly attribute a quote made by a fictional character?

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