I'm the past two months, I've talked with 7 different people named Sarah, and it got me thinking. They say novels are just life without the boring parts, and while you don't want books to be boring, the little things in life are what make it up. So here are 5 Things that happen in real life that don't happen in novels.
1. People with the same name. Like I said, I've had conversations with 7 Sarahs in the last few weeks. I also know a large number of Emilys, Elizabeths, Rebeccas, and about a million Austens. But in novels, each of these names is conveniently assigned to only one person.
2. Sneezes and Hiccups. Unless it is to further a plot, when was the last time a character randomly sneezed? Yet I sneeze all the time. I'm likely yo sneeze once or twice a day for no apparent reason.
3. Owning pets. I actually didn't think of this one, Emily Rachelle of Emily Rachelle Write actually thought of it and pointed it out. Pets are normally only in a novel if they are important to the plot. But in reality, almost everyone I know owns a pet in some way.
4. Normal Religious People. It seems like in non-religious novels, all the characters are either completely okay and in agreement with each others atheism, or they all enjoy making fun of that one cooky religious person who acts like an idiot living in the middle of nowhere. In real life, there are more than a few people I know who believe in God, pray before meals, and talk about it, even with their non-Christian friends. Yet in novels no one seems to be casually religious. (Please forgive the term.)
5. Daily Chores. In real life, I have chores like feeding the dog and cat every day. I also mow the lawn, babysit my siblings, cook food, do dishes, and a plethora (bonus points for use of that word!) of other things. Characters in contemporary novels seem to have a lot more time in their schedule than your typical 16 yo. Contrary to popular belief, high schoolers are filling out scholarships, college and job applications. We're also thinking about internships, college majors, community service, on top of the family chores we are required to do each day.
What do you think of my list? What other items would you like to add? Leave a comment and let me know, or better yet, write up a post of your own!
Thanks for reading and have a great week.