This morning I was editing along and thinking about the roles pets play in fiction. This is only the second pet I've written, and now that I think about it, I wonder why.
I own a cat. I think most writers have a pet of some kind or other. They enrich our lives - even if mine doesn't recognize that I'm working and her demands for breakfast are distracting. Why shouldn't our characters have the same enrichment in their lives?
As for the other MCs? Well, they don't even have time for a pet at all. I mean, if you're never home, it's kind of cruel to have a pet, right?
But I digress...
And the next pets I think of are Harry Dresden's - Mister the cat and Mouse the dog. They're Harry's companions, but throughout the series they even grow as characters . (Excellent writing, btw, Mr. Butcher.) I can't imagine The Dresden Files without either animal. I mean, my folks used to have a cat named Mister - who from all accounts was similar to Harry's cat - and I want a dog just like Mouse. How cool would that be?
So, who's your favorite fictional pet? I know I'm missing tons, but unless they really stick out, I tend not to remember pets from the novels I read. (And I'm not talking about anthropomorphic characters - like in Watership Down or The Wind in the Willows. Those aren't pets, they're peoples.)
And finally, have you ever written a pet into your stories? How'd that work out for you?
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