Lutefisk is one of those uniquely awful ethic dishes. Just ask my husband… yes, wasabi payback…priceless. To understand how a Norwegian such as myself could despise lutefisk so much, let’s take a look at how it is made.
First, you soak the stockfish in cold water for 5-6 days. Then soak it in a cold water and lye solution for two more days. This will cause the fish to swell and produce a jelly-like consistency. Then soak it in cold water an additional 4-6 before cooking.
My stomach roles just to think about a fish being jelly-like in texture and soaked in lye. Eww! Maybe the consumption of Lutefisk is what makes all of those Ole and Sven jokes so believable. Who else would be crazy enough to eat lutefisk.
Lots of times writers have lutefisk type heroines. You know, watered down and warped by their environment. Truth is, some heroines really annoy me with their passive and dramatic personality.
The world does not end when you break a nail and making a concise decision is not your enemy. Sheesh. Sometimes we really need to shake our characters. We can’t let them be passive. Those aren’t the kind of characters our readers want to be like.
5 Tips To Create A Likable Heroine:
*Make them competent. We all want to be competent in our lives. We want to be successful and have a well sought after skill. Our Heroines competence is what draws us to them.
*Make them resilient. Characters who stand up for what’s right and don’t give up when things get tough earn our admiration. Their ability to keep struggling to reach the prize inspires us.
*Make them empathetic. Put your heroines in situations where we can relate to them and feel sorry for what they are facing. We must care about their cause or goal in the book. It should play on our heartstrings.
*Make them vulnerable. If our heroine seems like a stone person with super human powers then it becomes more difficult to cheer them on. We like the underdogs, the ones who have to fight huge odds, the ones who are vulnerable but still fight no matter what it costs them.
*Make them Courageous. A heroine with courage makes us want to be just like them. To fight the battles we long to fight. To stand strong in the face of challenge is an inspiration. It also shows readers that they too can be courageous.
A Few Of My Favorite Heroines Can Be Found In:
(For more tips on characters go to My Book Therapy and search available articles.)
What ethnic food do you think should be banned? (Lutefisk is my vote)