Friday, January 10, 2014

January's Chatterbox: Food

It is already the 10th of January and I've been so busy with things an' stuff that I forgot to post this month's Chatterbox! Never fear, though. I'm only ten days late. You've still go 20 days to play the game and that's a good long chunk of time. Chatterbox, for all you people new to the game:
 Chatterbox is an event to help authors get to know their characters and stories better. I love to talk and I love to write dialog. Chatterbox is, essentially, an exercise in showing your character via the way he or she speaks. It's fun, it is sassy, it is simple. Each month I will assign a conversation topic and it will be your duty to write a conversation between several of your characters regarding whatever I topic I designated. Who knows? You might even end up with something you'll want to work into your real novel. When you are finished writing your post you will be able to link up with me here at The Inkpen Authoress and we'll have jolly larks reading the wide variety that springs out of the assigned topic.
See? It's quite simple and easy and fun. Lots of people enter the links to their posts on their blog in the linky-up tool below (aren't you proud of me, darlings. I remembered it this month.) and we read each others' pieces on the same topic and they're all so smashingly different. This month's topic is:

"Some hae meat and cannae eat and some can eat but want it, but I hae meat and I can eat and tae the Laird be thankit."
I know I've done "coffee" as a Chatterbox subject already, but food is a thing that comes up in any book at any given point. Unless you're writing an anorexic character...but then you're still talking about food...about not eating food. So it's all the same when you're through. Food is a thing that can make people feel comfortable and at home or uncomfortable and most definitely not at home (tripe, anyone?) and it's a thing that can almost become a case of national identity as many Italian families will attest. Think about the role food has played in literature over the years...I mean, guys, the way 85% of fairytale princesses die is by eating a poisoned apple. Real kings die of surfeits of food and drink. Or poisoned food or drink. Mr. Woodhouse from Emma is forever remembered as the one who wouldn't let anyone eat cake, Marie Antoinette is forever remembered as the one who wanted everyone to eat cake.

Food's a pretty major deal.

I can't wait to read your posts! This topic could be twisted in so many is going to be amazing. Just add your posts to the link-up below whenever they are ready. I shall be waiting. :)


Éowyn said...

"85% of fairy-tale princesses die by eating poisoned apples." Never thought of that before, but it so true and such an interesting point. :)

Elizabeth said...

Ooh, this one should be fun! Can't wait to get started!

Elizabeth said...

Well, I submitted mine, but I'm not very pleased with it. :P I don't think food is mentioned enough. Oh well. :)