What’s Up With These Characters?

You’re about to embark on a brand new adventure. You have your map, your scrappy side-kick, mysterious love interest, food and camping supplies and a lot of determination and stamina.
You’re all set right?

What most authors and writers fail to include in basically every adventure story is the human aspect. I’m talking about the basic human needs.
Have they set out bathroom duties? Packed enough toilet paper? Tampons? Soap? What happens if they run out of toilet paper? Or someone comes down with a case of diarrhoea? Or has severe hemorrhoids?
Most novels and t.v. shows focus more on the struggling-to-stay-alive aspect and forget to deal with the I’m-only-human aspect.
Let’s take Harry Potter for example (Yes let’s take him and Draco Malfoy and leave them trapped in a room and watch the fireworks)
Aside from the fact that Harry dies nearly every year and you’d think, at some point, somebody would try to stop it, how about some other things?
How do witches deal with menstrual cramps? Do they have spells for that sort of thing? I would really like to know.
Or when Luna was trapped in the dungeon at Malfoy Manor or Hermione was on the run with Harry and Ron? Is there some sort of spell to siphon the blood from your person and get rid of it? That sounds rather bloody uncomfortable.


Source: Harry Potter Wikia

A friend of mine recently pointed something out (and inspired this entire post):

You mean to tell me Jasper flew at Bella for getting a little tiny cut on her finger but Edward was completely fine with being around her during her period? Come on.


Source: Pinterest

Really what is up with that? Do vampires have natural immunity against vaginal blood? Because that’s basically the only reasonable explanation.

The Hunger Games
Did Katniss ever receive sanitary pads in any of those sponsor giftbags? Did the contestants have to dig out holes to do their business?


Source: Tumblr

Any superhero form of media at all
Do female superhero costumes come with built in warming technology or are they just immune to all forms of weather? Because those outfits don’t look like they provide much cover for anything. Also do they get off-days if they have cramps or something?


How is she not freezing?

“Supergirl! There’s a monster ravaging the town.”
“Well take care of it yourself you bloody incompetents. I have a bed and a bucket of ice cream with my name on it.”

Luckily fanfiction is always present to soothe our curiosity. God bless fanfics.

What do you guys think? Should books cast some light on the biological aspect? Or would you just be glad to receive any content at all? Let me know in the comments below.

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12 thoughts on “What’s Up With These Characters?

  1. amusingfromyourfriend says:

    Yes, Yes, yes! A thousand times yes! I am on the exact same page with you on this one. This is something that constantly goes through my mind when I’m either reading a novel, watching a TV show, movie, etc. In addition to the cramps, pads, etc. what about brushing their teeth? Taking a shower? Or sometimes, after the characters have been on a journey for days, their clothes are still relatively clean with a few minor well placed dirt smudges. A question that always plagues my mind: How do Megan Fox’s pants stay so white when she’s fighting Transformers in a desert during Transformers 2? I guess we’ll never know. But, YES, I would love to see a more biological/realistic aspect in fictional narrative.
    P.S. This was such a refreshing post! You’ve got yourself a new follower 🙂 I’m looking forward for your future posts!

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    • Jemima says:

      Thank you so much!
      I guess these people keep on trying to put their best face forward and then just forget about reality.
      I haven’t watched Transformers 2 because I’m not a huge fan but who wears white pants to fight at all? And in a desert? Wow.

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  2. E. H. Graham says:

    Exactly. Good point. Great point. I always wonder about that in fantasy novels: characters going on adventures, weeks, months at a time, and never ONCE do they mention how personal hygiene is managed in the wilderness. Around roughly 5 other people.
    Not to mention shows like The Walking Dead where the ladies keep their legs smooth years into the zombie apocalypse. Also an interesting one regarding periods, with no one producing tampons…

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  3. xliteraturelove says:

    Yes! I agree with this so much. Obviously books and TV shows can’t document every moment of the characters’ lives, but writing about these things once or twice would lighten the mood a little between all the killing of innocent people and unexpected attacks from the opposing side, right? (While answering the very important vampire-period blood question.)

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    • Jemima says:

      Exactly! Especially in war scenes where supposedly they have been beheading their enemies yet their blades are still steely stainless. A little reality check would not hurt.


  4. Nightfairy says:

    This post is really interesting and your right writers never do talk about the human sides of their characters in that way, at least most of them don’t. Although I do have to point out in the case of the hungers games, there is the possibility that Katniss would not have her period because she doesn’t eat enough and that can stop it, but hey, the twilight thing is so true 😛

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