So, one of the thing I find a lot in literature is the association of the north with the cold. It makes sense, of course. Most of the books I read were written by people from the U.S., or occasionally Europe, both places where traveling North does mean you’re moving into a colder climate. Creating and explaining a new set of cardinal directions for a story is rarely worth the trouble, and our audience is mostly going to be people in our own country, so we generally just go with what we’re used to.
There’s nothing wrong with that.
But I find myself wondering if that is going to change.
It’s the internet that makes me wonder.
We’ve been able to ship books to the far corners of the globe for a very long time, true, but on of the unfortunate problems we have had up until now has bee that, while it’s easy for someone in the U.S. who has a book published to get it to almost anywhere on the globe, there have been rather more obstacles to someone from, just for example, Nigeria to get their manuscript submitted to a publisher who can ship it to, I don’t know… Chile.
The internet, however, creates a platform that can change all of that.
And if that happens, does that mean that our cultural norms, whether they are based on geography or not, will be more thoroughly examined and more open to dismissal or interpretation?
Also, I made some nachos today, which included slicing up some fresh peppers. later I touched my face and now my face burns. Now I want to make a tribe in my post-apocalyptic universe who make peppers into a paste to scar themselves in cool patterns. I’m sure someone else has done that at some point, but now I want to do it.