I thought a thread where we could discuss Dawn's ever-changing food habits would be interesting. Do you guys have any examples where her vegetarianism/food habits are mentioned? For example, choosing the chicken in California Girls and saying she's not a "strict" vegetarian. I think in the beginning of the series, she just liked to eat healthy and didn't eat red meat, right?
In Dawn and the Disappearing Dogs, she says that she's a vegetarian not because she "feels bad for the cows" but because she just doesn't like the taste of red meat. That was weird to me, because I'd always assumed her eating habits were for both ethical and health reasons.
When I was a kid, the descriptions of the food Dawn and her mother ate were SO weird to me! But now I eat the same types of things and I love reading about her tofu and bean sprouts. It bugs me that she was never consistant with her eating habits, but I just blame it on the ghostwriters. I think it's kind of neat that Ann chose to include a vegetarian character. Definitely not something I'd expect to see in a series like this.
I feel like as the series went on Dawn became more and more militant. At first she was just like, ew! sugar!, and then by Stacey vs the BSC she needed to make a wall with her menu to protect her from the "carcasses" at Burger Town.
"You may not believe this, but I was good at acting evil."--Karen Brewer
I think Dawn's whole character became more annoying as the series went on. At the beginning, she was one of my favorite characters but the more books I read, the less I liked her. She seemed particularly... extreme... in some of the ones where she was in CA. Maybe this is because she was around her supposedly "nonstereotypical" CA friends. It seemed like the ghostwriters butchered (maybe I shouldn't use that word in this thread her character more with each book.
Post by sotypical42483 on Jul 25, 2006 12:09:51 GMT -5
I love Dawn and her hippy, vegetarian ways. I just thought it was weird that everyone she hung out with in CA was the exact same. Sometimes I read Dawn's meals and where I used to grimace as a kid, I'm like mmmm sounds good now I also agree with her when she comments on other peoples food. I do the same thing sometimes. Mostly only to my bf (he eats nothing but frozen, processed crap! Dawn would die!), at least I know not to say it to strangers. Sorry but reading about Claudia munching on candy and chips at all hours of the day is gross. And I do shrink away from my bf when he eats McDonalds burgers and crap in front of me, so I can't really rag on Dawn about the Burger Town thing either. lol.
Post by wordnerd98 on Jul 27, 2006 15:14:42 GMT -5
I’m an omnivore, but I eat a lot of vegetarian meals because eating meat at every meal, is gross to me. Tonight for instance, I’m making a cheeseless pizza with wheat crust, veggies, and humus instead of tomato sauce.
I will probably never eat some of the more “hardcore” health foods like tofu-ginger salad that Dawn eats though.
cheeseless pizza with wheat crust, veggies, and humus instead of tomato sauce.
Holy crap, that sounds good! I've never had hummus on pizza. I think I'll have to try it sometime.
sotypical, I'm like you. I can't really rag on Dawn for the comments she makes about fast food and stuff because I always find myself agreeing with her! But does she really make comments to strangers at some point in the series? I don't remember that (or agree with it!), but I haven't read a lot of the later books.
Post by sotypical42483 on Jul 28, 2006 12:49:41 GMT -5
I do eat meat, but on occassion. I don't like, fry up burgers at home or anything, but I'll eat pepperoni and stuff on pizza I think of Dawn allllll the time when I watch my bf eat. I think of this board, too! I guess this is why I'm not a Dawn-hater (maybe hater is too strong of a word), but I don't snark on her for the health and environmental stuff.
I like that Dawn's a vegetarian, because I am too! But for that reason I think it's so annoying for me when she suddenly eats chicken, or preaches about how she doesn't care about killing the animals, it's just her health she's worried about! Aargh, ghostwriters
I agree, inge! I hated in California Girls when she ordered the chicken and said that she's not a "strict vegetarian." I mean, you're either a vegetarian or you're not and if you eat chicken, even every once in awhile, you're not! I also hated when she'd give the disclaimer that it's not because she cares about the animals.