It's amazing how something so small and common as a little virus can make us feel so gross. I'm tired, sniffly, coughing my head off, can't sleep at night--so I'm also grouchy. It made me start to think about how many times I've read a character fighting a cold.
Not that many. Oh sure, the plague or some horrid mutated virus, definitely (I've written a few of those myself!). But just a cold? Or allergies? Something minor that's annoying but lingers, causing the character distress?
That makes me think about how explorers introduced disease into Central and South America, devastating the Maya people. If a people have never had exposure to something, they have no resistance to it. Something like a cold or the flu, can kill in that case. We might laugh and brush it off in our modern civilized world, but I sure wouldn't want an alien ship to land if one of their crew has their version of the cold! (Plot bunny, stat!)
Maybe it's the "fantasy." I write a lot of romance and who wants to read about the heroine's snot or the hero's coughing fit that pulls a muscle or separates a rib?
So maybe the cold isn't so common.
What do you think - have you read a book where the character just has a cold?
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