Okay, but this actually REALLY FUCKING BOTHERS ME
:engage Ruiner mode:
We know exactly who said this: it was Margaret Atwood. That attribution isn’t hard to find. Googling any variation of the quote pops her name right up.
The Fall was written by a man (Allan Cubitt), and here he is plagiarizing a quote from a woman about misogyny.
I don’t think it’s an exaggeration to use that word: a real woman in real life may forget the source of a quote, but for a man to put unoriginal words in a fictional female character’s mouth without giving credit to the woman who first spoke them? That’s fucking gross. There are absolutely going to be people who watch this show and think, “Wow, Alan Cubitt is ~sooooo insightful~ about women.”
This scene would have lost nothing if the character would have credited the words back to Atwood instead of “idk my bff jill?” Except, of course, Cubitt’s opportunity to take credit for a woman’s words.
“…a real woman in real life may forget the source of a quote, but for a man to put unoriginal words in a fictional female character’s mouth without giving credit to the woman who first spoke them? That’s fucking gross.”
This is important - writers often do things that seem to make sense to them but because of their blind spots miss the way their choices impact real people. I understand the impulse not to use the author’s name: it seems realistic, like she didn’t have this locked and loaded for an appropriate situation, it’s just something she half remembers. On the other hand, people remember specific attributions all the time, and when given the chance to draw attention to a female author or not, you probably should find the way to do so. Even a line like, “A famous author once said…” would drive viewers to Google.