There are all sorts of words and phrases from pop culture that have crossed over into the wider vernacular. Some are extremely well known. Others are less so, but still incredibly fun and useful once you know them. These are a few of my favorites.
Watsonian and Doylist
Definition: From the perspective of a person in a fictional world (Watsonian) or from the perspective of an author or reader (Doylist). Useful in discussion of a fiction to clarify if you are talking about “in universe” explanations for something that happened or the “behind the scenes” version of events.
Etymology: The terms have their origins in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes stories and refer to the two different people who could be said to have authored those works. Dr. John Watson is a fictional character in the same world as Holmes. To him, Holmes is a real person capable of acting and thinking on his own. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is a real author who sees Holmes as a fictional character whose actions are dictated by a writer and the outside pressures that influence the writer.
If you’ve enjoyed dining on delicious snacks at our events, thrilled to our tales of the super hero cookbooks of yore, or enjoyed any of our posts on how geekiness makes its way into the kitchen, you’ll want to check out our Food and Fandom panel at Boston ComicCon. Join us tomorrow, August 14 at 1PM as we discuss how we and other fans have brought the fiction we love to the dining table.
As you may have noticed if you’ve been keeping up with the blog or following the Ladies on social media, Muppet Trivia is almost here! But perhaps you have unanswered questions about Muppet Trivia. Maybe there are things you need to know before you decide to join us for an amazing night of Muppet themed fun. Maybe you’re afraid to ask (though I assure you, we’re all very approachable).
Well never fear! We’ve got the answers to all your Muppet Trivia questions and we’ve brought in two very special guests to bring them to you. You know them, you see them every day, and we’re pretty sure they’re two of your twenty-six most favorite letters of the alphabet. Let’s hear it for Q and A!