Eat Your Words: Plot and Pudding
Devouring books and crafting meals is great--but sounding smart while you do it is even better. That’s why we’re teaching you to eat your words. In this weekly guide, we bring you literary devices and culinary terms everyone should know.
Plot (noun): the order of the story, determined by its sequence of events and major outcome.
Example: In most stories, plot is conversational. Take a simple example, such as the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. The plot follows Goldilocks as she gets lost in the woods, enters the Bears' house, tries their things, falls asleep, is found in Baby Bear's bed, and escapes. Each event follows the other, leading the reader from start to finish.
Other stories are remarkable for their lack of emphasis on this kind of plot. The Lover's Dictionary, for example, is told alphabetically, with fragments of the story coming out in each mini chapter. Upon completing the book, the reader can figure out the timeline of events but, in this case, the story is more about each individual event than their sequence.
Pudding (noun): a thick soft dessert, usually thickened by flour or some other ingredient, as well as milk, eggs and some sort of flavoring, such as chocolate.
Example: As part of her deconstructed cake platter, Saniya Husain set out to create fudge pots. The thing is, despite following this recipe exactly, what turned out was more like pudding. Luckily for her (and those she was serving), the accidental pudding was creamy and delicious--perhaps even better than the intended fudge pots would have been.