Friday, February 6, 2015

Foreign Countries vs. Alien Worlds

I’m reading this Australian book, that has Australian terms, and I’m like, “What the hell does that mean?” Thank goodness I have my daughter (she lived there for 9 months). She was able to tell me an esky is a cooler (actually, an Eskimo cooler). I never would have figured that out.

In any case, it’s kind of interesting seeing how life there is just a little bit different than it is here and makes me think of alien worlds. Why wouldn’t alien worlds be just a little bit different like Australia is different than USA? Or Africa? It’s possible, right?

Anyway, that’s all I got today. But I’m willing to discuss!

Happy Friday J



JeffO said...

I suppose it depends on where you go. Australia is a very western culture (so I believe), so it probably doesn't feel all that different. I suppose it's possible that alien worlds could feel just a little different, depending on how they evolved.

Maria Zannini said...

It doesn't matter if the word is from an alien world or an (earthly) foreign land. If it doesn't make the meaning clear by association, then it's a shortcoming.

I like learning new words, but only if I can understand what they mean. I don't have to understand it in the same sentence but at some point during the book, I have to be able to make the connection.

Stacy McKitrick said...

Jeff - I guess my imagination can't fathom an alien world advancing if the people weren't similar to humans.

Maria - For that esky word, even in the sentence it was used, I couldn't figure out what it was. But the book was published in Australia and that word was used in the POV of the life-long Australian. So I'm sure no Australian was confused by the word (as my daughter knew right away what it was). I guess it's something to think about if I'm using slang in my books and expect them to appear in other countries.

Paula Millhouse said...

It's a good question, Stacy.
My alternate fantasy universe, Chalvaren, is essentially the same as Earth, with a few minor differences. Dragons. They have dragons. :-)

But, it looks a lot like our world, and I like that.

Stacy McKitrick said...

Paula - I tend to like it when fantasy or alien worlds are similar to mine. Makes it easier for my poor brain to follow! Haha! Thanks for stopping by!! :)

Zan Marie said...

I have writing buddies in Australia and, you're right, it's a different language. Thanks for dropping by my blog on Blitz Day!

Stacy McKitrick said...

No problem, Zan Marie. Nice to see you here, too. :)