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Pulp Fiction and The Tarantino Universe Easter Eggs

Fans of film, video games and comics love coincidence in their stories. Noticing connections between story universes, characters intertwined with characters from other works and pop-culture symbols can give fans a glimpse into the mind of the writer and director. Finding these “Easter eggs” is like mining nuggets of entertainment gold.

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Mia Wallace's near fatal mistake

Earlier in the movie, Eric Stoltz's character asks "I'm all out of balloons, is a baggie okay?"

Now I am no drug expert but am I to infer that heroin is supposed to go into a balloon and cocaine into a baggie? And Mia Wallace thought that was cocaine and that's why she overdosed?

A friend of mine who knows a lot more about drugs than I do said that's not true, but what do you guys think?

-Anonyous

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What is "Real" Pulp Fiction?

The term "pulp fiction" refers to a literary genre used to describe magazines printed on cheap "pulp" paper in the first half of the 20th century.

Before the days of TV, pulps were how young adults learned about popular culture and the criminal underworld. Stories were often grossly exaggerated and explicit for the times. It is this energy of the genre that Tarantino is trying to exhibit in the film Pulp Fiction, the same way he exhibits his love for the film genre grindhouse in the 2007 film of the same name (also shown separately as Death Proof).