I'm quite curious as to how many users try this technique. Essentially it's referencing other works that complement your own in some way. For example, Atonement has a character who is mulling over his sexual desire constantly referencing Freud's essays and Grey's Anatomy (the book) in a scene. A personal concern is that my use of intertextuality might seem gratuitous, to the point where my narrative ends up resembling Family Guy. At the moment I only directly reference one other work, but I'm thinking of extending this to three by the novel's end. A secondary concern that also aggravates this fear is that the works I'm referencing aren't...stereotypically...cerebral. All three are songs released through the 1970s. So perhaps relevant to the halcyon days of my parents, when music was supposedly 'deep' and 'insightful' unlike the 'garbage of today'. But in the same breath they aren't academic journals or novels. So I fear they fall into the category of 'pop culture' references. Personally I detest the trend of constantly making pop culture references for the sake of having pop culture references in modern day fiction, and would hate to realise that I myself could be adding to this morass. For those curious, the planned uses of intertextuality are: Stairway to Heaven by Led Zeppelin: Late in the story, my protagonists will climb a tall mountain that extends past the clouds and meet a godlike character. The mountain itself will also have a temple built in the style of the Tower of Babel, otherwise known as the biblical Stairway to Heaven. (also, it was a complete accident but I realised that, since my MC travels west to his hometown and confronts his internal demons there, the line "there's a feeling I get, when I look to the west" is actually relevant!) Carry on Wayward Son by Kansas: This one was only brainstormed today (the song's relevance, not the plot point - I've had that for years). Basically, in this same hometown of my MC, there's a blacksmith bemoaning the fate of his son. The specifics aren't revealed yet, but I'm planning on having a plot twist/stinger as an epilogue where he begins singing the first four lines of the song. Right after the readership is clued into what happened to his progeny, but I'm not going to spoil that yet. Rasputin by Boney M: This one is interesting for me: it started off being a bit of a dumb reference in a chapter title - back before I had a dislike of them - but became more and more crucial as I developed my characters and setting. The very same town I've mentioned twice above is supposed to have a Russian aesthetic. Because of this I named three key characters after Tsar Nicholas, Tsarina Alexandra and Grigori Rasputin. I believe it's relevant not only because of my focus on politics and history, but also since it hints to their dynamic ('Nick' is strict, 'Gregory' is a sleazy womaniser, and 'Alexandra', while being Nick's girlfriend, is also a frivolous woman who is thought to be...ahem...adventurous). Also, just like Stairway to Heaven, there's an accidental link in the lyrics. Back before I even knew of the Rasputin song, I planned a scene where the MC would rescue his pet cat in this town after it went missing. Surely enough, there's a line in the song that reads "there was a cat that really was gone." Huh. So those were my thoughts regarding intertextuality (and a spiel on my story apparently). Another issue that popped into my mind was copyright; whether I could get in trouble for referencing other works in my own. Does anyone else have this worry, or could shed light on it?