This month, I'm sharing my observations on world building and setting in a bunch of different stories.
Romance: What are the norms of romance and courtship within a world?
In the Shakespearean world of ROMEO AND JULIET, a boy can call for a girl outside her balcony at night. Depending on the suitor, I'd either find that sort of sweet or really creepy.
In the movie, The Lord of the Rings, Arwen gives away her pendant necklace to Aragorn. There is some debate online about whether Arwen is really giving away her immortality in that scene. Your thoughts, LOTR groupies?
In Amanda Hocking's SWITCHED, Wendy is a Trylle princess who is not allowed to hook up with any boy who could taint her royal bloodline. That means she can't be involved with Rhys, who's human, or Finn, who's a tracker. These rules make life hard for Wendy because Finn is her bodyguard and mentor, and the two are very attracted to each other. Sometimes the romantic interest and raging hormones are totally there, but rules, spoken or unspoken, might keep marked citizens from expressing their feelings for one another. Though sometimes rules get broken...
Recreation: What do people do for fun or sport? What do people's interests tell you about their world?
There's quiddich in HARRY POTTER, hunting in THE HUNGER GAMES, and battle simulations in ENDER'S GAME.
In James Patterson's MIDDLE SCHOOL, THE WORST YEARS OF MY LIFE, Rafe entertains himself by embarking on a mission to break all the rules at his school. He sets off the campus fire alarm, misbehaves in class, and runs through school half-naked to earn "points." Rafe's mischievous behavior masks a boy who is struggling at school and at home.
What are other examples of romance or recreation in stories?
What is the most romantic thing someone has done for you, or vice versa?
What do you do for fun when you're not writing or blogging?