Are there any books where the characters fart? Or shit? Brush their teeth? I feel like very often in books/movies the normal every day behavior stuff is skipped entirely. I realize it might be gratuitous but there's a lot of gratuitous stuff in books.
>inb4 diarrhea dany
OP there are slightly related things in the humanities that talk about stuff like this, the suppression of the "incidental" in relation to the "consequential" aspects of experience or history or stories or narratives or whatever
unsurprisingly has political dimensions, sometimes in surprisingly deep ways
the history of every day life is an interesting thing to look at
also foucault's archaeological method / archaeology
but OP i think you have hit on an interesting perspective and that you should develop it by seeing what else has been said on the topic
it might take some digging but your nagging suspicion that there is something to movies/books/narratives eliding "gratuitous" detail is definitely interesting
Swift felt novels glossed over bodily functions, so a large portion of Gulliver's Travels revolves around the titular character finding a place to shit in all these fantastic lands he finds himself in.
There's a lot of amazing misanthropy and disgust of humanity in Gulliver's Travels, like the descriptions of the disgusting details of the giants' bodies in Brobdingnag or the horses' bodies, the bodily functions of Gulliver fit into that
I'm shitting my brains out!
All Quiet on the Western Front describes the soldiers having a jolly time pooping together. It addresses how the sense of privacy gets lost and they just feel camaraderie. If they ingest together why not excrete together?
>have heard of GOT but never got into it
>browse /lit/, stumble upon the diarrhea pasta
>start to read GoT
>realize I don't know when the pasta takes place or who is in it (nowhere does it say "dany shat")
>decide I don't want to know yet
> want to discover this glorious paragraph in it's natural habitat, the book
>wonder how each woman in GoT could end up shitting by a lake's shore
>some anon makes this thread and has to tell me it's dany
I know you had no way of knowing but fuck
Look up indian literature.
Some of the best passages of hindu lit happen in the designated shitting streets.
I'd rather think it is related to an author struggling to keep the reader's attention. Scenes about people doing daily atomic activities are only productive if they are used as a manner to exemplify character development.
Per example: go to the bathroom and realize the shower has been turned on even when main character only uses cold to spare energy. Main character realizes it is a metaphore for the gap between him and the person who has used his bathroom as the warm water only burns the protagonist. It can also be a metaphore for the possibility of sharing physical and personal space with another individual.
Nothing like pooping with two more buddies in a shitting street to realize how little the body matters when we are not trying to hide it.