Monday, March 2, 2015

Good Day and Food in Fiction

Today was a good day for me, even though it was 39 °C. I got a lot of data done, but there is such a long way to go. At least I have a good reason to push forward now, as this is the final year for my brother to finish his PhD. I’ve been doing his data for him (as my day job). So when all is said and done I can focus on my writing full-time, for a while at least (until I get another day job).

Has anyone ever thought about the topic of food in fictional writing? I recently did. My Thelum series is set in a fictional earth-like world. However, my characters still eat food found on earth. Why? Because when I started out my writing I didn’t want to use earth as a setting. I found it easier to create my own world than find my way in the current one.  It’s too late to change it now. My manuscript is already off to my editor. But it doesn’t stop me from thinking about these things.

How are you doing on this Monday? So, do you think it’s plausible to still eat pizza and pasta on another planet when we earthlings know pizza and pasta is associated with Italy? 

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  1. So, I just looked up the conversation of 39 degrees Celsius to Fahrenheit, and...WOW. That's hot. I hope you're keeping cool!

    I would think it would be perfectly plausible for your characters to eat pizza and pasta and whatever else they'd like. Your world, your rules, right? Maybe in your world, pizza originates from somewhere else.

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    1. It is really hot and I don't like the heat. I feel like I'm melting. Thank you M.J! That is exactly what I thought. Thank you for putting me at ease.

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  2. I think I've read that pizza and pasta didn't originate in Italy, although we associate them with Italy. I think you should use whatever food you like. Inventing and describing foods seems very time consuming to me.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. Thank you Janie! I feel so much better now. Whew!

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  3. I wish it was that warm in England! Actually, no wait...my face swells up when it gets past a certain temperature, so maybe not...anyway...I think it's fine to use normal food in your novel, after all, it's set on an Earth-like world, so why not use Earth food :)!

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    1. Thank you Rachel! That is what I thought! Pizza is great everywhere, but I was worried someone would over analyze my choices and rip me apart, I will trade you the heat for the cold anytime. I look like a little sweaty pig.

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  4. Cold here, but I like the cold.
    I don't see why similar foods wouldn't be invented in another world.

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    1. I like the cold too! The heater works better than the fan. Thank you Alex, your comment did set me at ease, after all, you write about other worlds all the time. Much appreciated :)

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  5. I'm with everyone else on this one, Murees. Your world, your food!

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    1. Thank you Karen! Your words really help.

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  6. It's rather warm where you live. It sounds like fun creating your own food world!

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    1. It is. I can't wait for winter. I like writing about my characters enjoying a meal together and then I end up craving the food later.

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  7. I like stories that include descriptions of what the characters are eating. I remember a scene in the movie City of Angels where Nicholas Cage's character is in the library and he described how he liked the way that Hemingway always described how food tasted. So I always look for that when people describe food, because they usually only list the food items rather than describe how they taste.
    I've heard that the pizza that people eat in Italy tastes different from how it's made in America, so maybe you could do something like that with your story. That is, even though it's not set on Italy/Earth, you could still describe the characters' own version of what pizza is like.

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    1. Thank you! That is a great idea. I will definitely try it, as book two (which I am working on) has so much more food scenes than my first book (which is at the editing phase).

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  8. Or pick regular food and alter it slightly. Like putting things on pizza that you'd never find there. Wait a minute...is there anything left that hasn't been tried on a pizza?

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