Ugh…. All these pod people books. Viruses, climate change, whatever, let’s all live in pods. Nope, you can’t survive outside of these pods. Except that people do.
But those who live outside the pods don’t have the same tech as us. In fact there practically medieval. But they may have super powers. Shrugs shoulders. We don’t know.
Does this book description sound vaguely familiar to you? Because it sounds a lot like sooooooo many books being put out now.
And the issue I bring to you today is fabric in these worlds. Yup – fabric.
Those who live in the pods won’t have access to the same natural fibers that we have access to today. They may have some genetically engineered other kind of fabric. I can buy this; they are in pods and the RULERS of all of the tech. They can design whatever the frig they want, because they survived the apocalypse with all the tech safely locked in with them!
But the people outside the pods, who are never ever ever supposed to associate with the people inside the pods because they are the ancestors of those who were not selected to become pod people, they would now be wearing the same damned clothes. In fact if they are several generations down either what they are wearing is completely tattered post-apocalyptic or they have found some way to make fabric again. But it isn’t going to be the same way we do it now in mass quantities. Heck no. We are going back to the spinning wheal, and the loom peoples, and fabric like that is not fabric like we wear today. It is bulkier. It is scratchier. It is not flattering. Heck if you are fighting for survival out in this un-habitable place, then you aren’t going to have time to be making super awesome fine fabric. It’s gonna be like woven sac, heck yeah!
I just want some of these authors to go back and to watch the CrashCourse youtube videos about early cavitation and realize what they are doing by casting people out of these pods and what they are locking them away from. They won’t have access to the same tech. They are being locked away from technological advancements and being forced to survive in very harsh circumstances. Their priorities are going to shift. There cultural values are going to shift.
There are a lot more questions to be asked. But mostly I keep shaking my head at clothing descriptions in these books for the people out of the pod, because it’s just not realistic. I would know, I sew, I knit, I’m interested in textiles.