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Authors Answer 47 – Portraying Cultures in Fiction

Of course the meaning and importance of this question varies a lot depending on what kind of story it is.

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If you want a novel to come alive, you don’t want a generic group of people. You want some culture. Culture is an important part of life, and different cultures are often shown in novels, whether real cultures or fictional ones like in fantasy. But how do authors handle cultures?

320px-Modern-ftn-pen-cursiveQuestion 47 – How do you portray different cultures in your writing?

Linda G. Hill

I don’t. I like to know what I’m writing about, so if I was to include another culture in my fiction, I would demand extensive research of myself. Research takes a lot of time, and time isn’t something I have a lot of… so… I haven’t, really, had any cultures in my writing that aren’t my own.

Allen Tiffany

Great question. Doing this is tough. You have to be judicious and clever as you share aspects of different cultures, especially if you created them (such…

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Has the English language become inherently cynical?

I needed to write a description of a character the other day and started with the word “moralistic”, but thought there might be a better word so I looked for synonyms.

It’s possible that I didn’t look hard enough, but as far as I am aware, the English language does not have a single adjective that means either “thinking and talking about morality a lot” (which was what I was looking for) or “advocating moral concepts” that doesn’t either directly suggest hypocrisy, or have a conflicting alternate definition.

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J is for Japan

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I blog about Japanese popular culture a lot, but I haven’t said that much about the country itself. I’ve actually always thought it was a pretty interesting place since well before I got into anime fandom.

I particularly like Japanese mythology, folklore, fairy tales, and ghost stories. Magic foxes that can take human shape, princesses from the moon, objects that come to life and become vengeful after being thrown out, things like that. You can see how influential some of these stories are, but they’re all very interesting in their own right as well.