I’ve noticed while reading the Sookie Stackhouse novels that Ms. Harris drops quite a few details that some might deem unnecessary.
For instance, we always know not only what Sookie is wearing- but what everyone else is wearing too.
We spend some time in each novel eating.
Reading. (Yes. Sookie likes the library)
And working at Merlotte’s- where we follow Sookie as she picks up people’s orders (we get a detailed account of what most people eat too. The chicken basket. A salad. Or burgers Lafayette.)
And yet... I wouldn’t change any of that for the world. While binging on these books, I really feel like I’m in the small town of Bon Temps. Like I’m having a mind-vacation in the Louisiana bayous. The small details about Sookie’s everyday life not only help me relate to the character but really pull me into her world.
Part of this might have to do with the fact that there are always so many conflicts, and tension, and things going on around Sookie that the small details describing her ‘downtime’ are a nice break from all of that for the reader.
But I’m not convinced this would work as well in say, your normal contemporary romance where the plot is more level with less suspense.
What kind of details do you include in your writing? What kind of details drive you nuts? And what details can’t you live without?