Happy Tuesday!! This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic (hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl) asks us to share ten character traits that we love. Instead, I thought I would do something a little different this week. Thinking about potential character traits to talk about in my hypothetical list made me realize that there is one trait in particular that I don’t think I’ve ever read about in fiction, but would absolutely love to: food allergies. As is probably abundantly clear from the title of my blog, I have a severe nut allergy. I’ve lived with this all my life, and would love to talk all about it in a separate post if that’s something you would all be interested in. Regardless, it’s very rare to find food allergies represented in literature, even though they are common and complex in real life.
Food allergies impact so many day to day activities, the majority of which someone without food allergies would likely not even expect. I think this is the kind of representation that would really benefit from being written from #ownvoices (writers who suffer from food allergies themselves) because allergies can be incredibly nuanced. I feel like it would be pretty easy to tell just from reading a character with food allergies whether or not the writer actually had experiences with them (or if someone close to them had allergies). They are tricky, tricky beasts.
Anyways, that’s my little rant for today. I would love, love, love to read a book where a main character has a food allergy!
Do you have any recommendations for me? I would so appreciate them!! Are there any character traits that you wish were more represented in fiction? Do you have a food allergy? (Misery loves company!) Would you be interested in hearing more about my nut allergy? Let me know in the comments section below!