Kate Allan

The online diary of Kate Allan, author

Sunday, January 16, 2005

Heros with colds?

Still ill and keep having to go back to bed. I think this must be flu I feel so terrible.

Why do people hardly ever have colds in fiction? Its not very manly to be sniffing, but when Jack Absolute, spy and hero of the novel of the same name by CC Humphreys, begins the story on a damp, and misty Hounslow Heath waiting to fight a duel, the fact he was sneezing suddenly made him real, not just another 18th century rakish cliche.

Can't think of any other significant mere colds in fiction. Heros tend to get struck down by a fever as a minimum.


  • At 6:27 pm, Blogger wendywoo said…

    Hope you feel better soon! Flu is hell...

    Love, Wendy

  • At 8:36 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Get well soon, Kate! (And v interesting point on heroes with colds. Might be something to do with the red nose and soggy hanky, perhaps?) Kate H x


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