Thought I'd try and get a discussion going about alluding to other works of literature when writing your own stuff. I find it fun to hide little Easter eggs in my prose. But it can also buttress a point trying to be made, and further engage the reader by making them look out for hidden statements which give deeper meaning to the narrative. Plus, it's always polite to tip your hat to your influences. I reckon they deserve to be acknowledged in a playful yet respectful manner, seeing as they've kinda had a beneficial effect on your life. Of course, the opposite can be true. Finding ways to snipe at authors you detest can be fun as well. Also, how often do you check something you have written, only to find annoying instances of unconscious literary theft scattered throughout? Examples of this would be welcome. If you can bear to make it public.