Spike or Mike?



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Did get a reply a few weeks ago from Spike Milligan Productions granting me permission to use some quotes in The Dandelion Tree, for a small fee.

Thinking hard about it, as I had already replaced some of the quotes on the version posted on my site Tales From The Tree in Chapter 1.

The quote was to be inserted into the text as follows:

What is yours about?’ said the woman.

‘It’s The Bible According to Spike Milligan,’ said Isaac trying not to look at her breasts.

‘Is it funny?’

‘Yes.’

‘Read a bit to me.’

‘Er, okay …’ Isaac flipped pages in his book. ‘Um …'The Lord God said of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat, but he was apprehended at the check-out and forced to pay.'

The woman laughed; as she did her face lit up like a Christmas Tree in a bleak December. A man on the other side of the train straightened his paper and tutted.


What I used in the end was a version I wrote in the style of Spike, as I had not received permission at the time of posting :

What is yours about?’ said the woman.

‘It’s The Bible Revisited by D.B Night,’ said Isaac trying not to look at her breasts.

‘Is it funny?’

‘Yes.’

‘Read a bit to me.’

‘Er, okay …’ Isaac flipped pages in his book. ‘Um …In the beginning God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and lo roads were dug up and electricity piped to every house. And man planted the garden of Eden to reduce God’s carbon footprint.’

The woman laughed; as she did her face lit up like a Christmas Tree in a bleak December. A man on the other side of the train straightened his paper and tutted.

There is also another quote later on in the book.

So what do you think?

Obviously I can't compare with the genius of Spike Milligan, but in the context of my novel should I use Spike or write my own material?

2 comments:

Random Magus said...

When you're quoting wouldn't you necessarily have to use Spikes'??

Mike French said...

Yes, if I use his stuff. But not if I use my own.

Thanks for dropping by!