Homecoming and Culture


I’m crawling out of the editing cave tonight because something kept pining on my consciousness as I reread my editor’s comments. Culture. Every country, every people, every family has its own culture. 

Last night I had the pleasure of attending what some might call a concert. Us West Indians call it a fete. A fete is, music, drinks and dancing until you’re ready to drop.  It has been years since I’ve been to a fete. And while I enjoyed myself thoroughly there’s something about going back to your roots, to your culture when you’ve been living outside of it.

It is a theme in a few of my stories and so I wonder do you guys know of any books where the main character gets welcomed back into the fold? I know that I’ve read contemporaries but I don’t remember any paranormal stories.

How does a character feel when they are a werewolf , a vampire, hell a zombie hunter in a post-apocalyptic world? Are they any rituals?

3 thoughts on “Homecoming and Culture

  1. I think Kelley Armstrong’s Women of the Otherworld is sort of in that vein. In the 1st novel the werewolf has lived away from other supernaturals for a long time..but connections are slowly rebuilt.

  2. The first thing that comes to mind is Laurell Hamilton’s Merry Gentry series. I haven’t read it all but the main character is a fey princess living in exile but she has to return to save her people. Only most of them are trying to kill her, of course. I can think of lots of fish out of water stories, but not really any fish returns to water stories, lol. Interesting!

  3. The SFR I’m working on right now has this theme. My character is returning to his home planet after being stranded on another world in book 1. It’s going to be a bit of a culture shock for him, not just with small things, like annoying other drivers by driving too slowly when he first arrives home, to realising that that there were a lot more problems in his world than he realised previously.

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