Come on! (A little Lionel Richie never hurt anyone, right?)
Today, I'd like to talk about a world-building detail that I think can add depth and believability to futuristic novels.
Celebrations. Holidays. Traditions.
But I think in future novels I write, I'm going to pay a little bit more attention to the holidays, traditions, and celebrations that are prevalent in the new society. I think they can give great insight into the world and how it came to be, provide setting details in a unique and rich way, and give the reader something somewhat familiar that they can grasp onto.
So will there be an Independence Day in my next novel? Will the people celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, births, or weddings? Will there be baby showers? Graduation parties? Funerals?
Of course, I'm not sure right now, but I think this aspect of culture is one that should be considered when developing a futuristic society.
What do you think? Have you read a novel with a futuristic society that references the celebratory traditions? If so, let me know -- I'd love to read it to see how it's done.