I heard a line from a character in a Television series recently claiming that someone had spent "more time on her knees than Paris Hilton".David Scroggins said:I'm trying to be careful and not do anything that could get me into trouble, but I'm scratching my head on this one. I'm in the middle of a story about a serial killer that's set in the 1970s. The guy is obsessed with movie stars from the black and white era of television. I need to make a mention of Judy Garland in the book, as she's who he "models" himself after physically.
Naturally, I can't mention any of her songs or films by either title or lyric, but could I make a mention of her name and vaguely describe a film or song? For example:
I turned on the radio, and one of those Judy Garland Vaudville numbers about the guy who got away blared through the speakers. I smiled, thinking to myself that the man I had wouldn't be so lucky.
That's not an actual line. It's just along the lines of how I would use her name. I've searched around, but I still don't know for sure if this is acceptable. Advice?