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What makes a good quotation? That's what I want to explore here with express focus upon those used in this wiki's articles.
A good quote is quotable
A quotable quote is one you'll want to say aloud. As often as you can fit it into conversation. It brings joy to both the speaker and the listener. If truly quotable it will have meaning even to those not familiar with its source. For example,
"Well, that's cast rather a gloom over the evening, hasn't it?" would work just about anywhere while
"Then you must cut down the mightiest tree in the forest... with... a herring!" might only be appreciated by a true Monty Python fan. Both would be appropriate for the purpose of a fan wiki but the former has slightly greater merit.
A good quote is unique
You should never have to follow a quote with "You had to be there". A unique quote is specific to its source and represents it well.
"Aren’t you a little short for a stormtrooper?" is a quote that captures the Star Wars franchise well while
"What a piece of junk!" could be from anything. It may be from a memorable moment in the film or the actor may have given a great line reading but the quote doesn't hold its own.
A good quote is succinct
Shakespeare wrote in Hamlet that "brevity is the soul of wit". The primary job of a scriptwriter is to move the story along and little of what they write makes a good quote regardless of how moving or exciting but then here and there they may sprinkle their writing with a particularly well crafted line. On AHS the writers give most of the juicy stuff to Jessica Lange while the rest do the grunt work of plot advancement. Transcribing the lines of your favorite scenes does not a good quote make.
There are probably some other good guidelines and I welcome ideas in the comments section for updating. I will definitely be adding some more regarding the use of AHS Wiki's line and dialogue templates once I do further research and get some sleep.