Monday, May 22, 2006

The Da Vinci Diet

The other day while I was in the supermarket I saw on the cover of Woman’s World with the headline:

Hidden inside the best seller, the secret scientific formula that unlocks fat.

I almost hurt my eyes, I rolled them so hard.

Please. A modicum of research produced this article:

It explains that the ‘secret scientific formula’ is the Golden Ratio which Dan Brown incorporated into his book because Da Vinci used it. The Woman’s World headline makes it sound like Mr. Brown was divulging the long sought secret to losing weight in his book. You can bet sales will increase because everybody wants in on the latest diet fad.

I think I’ll have to give this a try. Not the Golden Ratio – not the Da Vinci diet – but maybe I’ll start including weight loss tips in my stories [like I could talk about weight loss?] and see if my sales skyrocket. I can see the headline now: The Secret Sci-Fi Diet! How to drop the pounds and stay slim by reading erotic romance!

I’ll make a mint. A chocolate covered mint, at any rate.

Does anyone put little tidbits like this in their stories? Recipes? Anecdotes? Clues to a larger mystery? I envy writers who can do that, and I think it lends a little bit of special interest to a book, but I honestly don’t think Dan Brown is a secret diet guru. Do you?


Karen said...

Can we make chocolate covered strawberries a required daily serving?

JENNA said...

I'm a recipe developer by day, so I do tend to have tastier food than most. Not diet friendly though. But maybe the next book. Hey, promo is promo!

Xandra Gregory said...

I tend to write "small" - I'm more inclined to get deeply into the psyches of individuals than world-spanning major events. But I've been cultivating the tendency to hint at more going on in my stories. In all the stuff I write, I have extensive backstory that never makes it anywhere even close to the final draft, but that I need in order to picture characters, settings, worlds, and situations.

And Jenna - awesome day job! :) I bet you have some zingers.

Bernadette Gardner and Jennifer Colgan said...

Chocolate covered strawberries are the best! In fact I made some the other day. Maybe I should include the recipe in my next book. LOL.

Lynda K. Scott said...

I don't think I've ever included an actual recipe but I have had characters cooking and mentions of the ingredients they use. But, you know, that's not a bad idea (g)

As for my favorite--CHOCOLATE anything, except chocolate covered cherries. Don't like those.

Bebe Thomas said...

At this point, I'll try anything! :)

Skylar Masey said...

In my novel, Take Me in Your Heart, I did have fun creating a few "alien" dishes including a juicy drink called tropi. I'm planning on using this as part of my freebie to promote the book, since it ties into my "trade and commerce" theme.

And there was that time I used white chocolate to write a secret code in my YA. :0)