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Is there a technique for when the title of the text is explicitly mentioned. For example; Cersei Lannister says "In the game of thrones, you win or you die", even in the 5th season of G.O.T. a dance of dragons is also explicitly mentioned.

  • Are you asking if 'game of thrones' should be emphasised? Surely the text is named after the quote - not the other way around. Could you explain what you think should be done? – chasly from UK Sep 1 '15 at 22:58
  • @chaslyfromUK That's not what he is asking. See my answer. – Dan Bron Sep 1 '15 at 23:07
  • No offence but I prefer to hear from the person who asked the question. – chasly from UK Sep 1 '15 at 23:20
  • Remember that in Cersei's context, when she says "game of thrones" she's not saying a title, she's just making clever use of words. – Jim Sep 1 '15 at 23:29
  • @Jim Yes, I imagine that's the point. She's just making clever use of words, but from a beyond-the-4th-wall perspective, those clever words also happen to be the title of the work (and from a writer's perspective, that's not coincidental). OP wants to know the name of this phenomenon. – Dan Bron Sep 1 '15 at 23:37
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Yes; this technique is known as a title drop¹.

From TVTropes, for example:

Title Drop

If a line of dialogue is the title of the episode, movie, or book, it obviously must have some great significance.

Michael: Your average American male is stuck in a perpetual state of adolescence, you know, arrested development.

Narrator: Hey! That's the name of the show!

Arrested Development

That article also explicitly lists your quote as an example of a title drop under the heading of "live action TV":

In Game of Thrones, every episode is Title Dropped since the episodes are typically named after a significant line from them, and the titles aren't displayed.

However, the one that tops them all is a series title drop and episode title drop in one line:

Cersei Lannister: When you play the game of thrones, you win... or you die. There is no middle ground.

TVTropes also offers name drop as an alternative title, but because that is a well-established term outside of film and theater circles, with a different meaning, it's probably best to stick with the descriptive, direct, title drop.

¹ Which is either straightforward or unimaginative, depending on your perspective. But in either case it gets the idea across.

  • But how is that "a technique for saying a title" - That's what it's called when you use the title in dialog, but a technique requires some steps: If you want to say the name of the show in dialog, you can first xxxx and then yyyy... – Jim Sep 1 '15 at 23:33
  • @Jim I don't think OP was using terminology as precisely as you are. From what I can glean from his question, he was using technique to mean trope: in other words, he's asking (AFAICT) what do you call it when...? It can't be a coincidence that OP's precise example is listed on this trope's page. – Dan Bron Sep 1 '15 at 23:41

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