TANTALIZES THE TASTBUDS
Exotic settings are easy to escape into! Whatever the genre. They are warm, interesting, exciting, and usually informative. I am thinking of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. Both one and two, were brilliant. The setting made it extra special. No doubt about it. And the cinemas are heaving with people going to see them. And what about Pirates of the Caribbean? All box office sell outs.
My novel THE LAST YEAR OF CHILDHOOD, is set in the exotic countryside of 1917 Trinidad, where much of the land was still rainforest.
TEN things EXOTIC about THE LAST YEAR OF CHILDHOOD
1. The setting is in a village deep in the countryside where much of the land is still rainforest, cool and warm at the same time.
2. The climate is tropical, which means that it is always sleeveless weather even at night.
3. Fruits are juicy and abundant. Birds are colourful. Blossom and flowers are bold.
4. Tropical landscape are full of clearly defined greens, reds, oranges, yellows, pinks, blues
5. The food is multiculturally tantalizing - Indian curries, Spanish flavours, Creole pepper pot, Chinese fried rice.
6. People are always welcome. Food and drink are always offered. It is good manners to accept something, or offence could be taken.
7. Language and dialect add to the exotic experience.
8. The pastime is full of merrymaking, and music from Indian drums and African songs, combine.
9. Everyone is invited to ceremonies and celebrations - Weddings, Hindu prayers, funerals.
10. All celebrations are a elaborate affair. Generosity by the host is always evident.