Ever been a frat boy? Please help me write my novella!
July 12, 2014 9:18 AM Subscribe
Hi folks. I'm working on a new eBook, a comedy-fantasy novella about a frat boy who is appalled to find himself transformed overnight into a sexy girl. There's just one problem: I don't know jack about frats! I'm trying to research frat life, but I could really use the experience of somebody who has actually been a frat boy, or at least spent enough time in a frat to have some knowledge about them...
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The frat in the novella is a total party dump, full of boozy bros. I know this is a stereotype that doesn't reflect all frats, but I thought it was the most entertaining setting for this particular story. Even if you were a member of a more classy frat, your experiences could still be valuable here. Anything might help!
How many guys sleep in a room? Would two be unusual? Can two guys who are already friends become roommates at a frat, or do you not get a choice about roomies?
I'm trying to set up a scenario where two guys are roommates, but they have some place where they can get away from each other. If you have a roommate, are your beds always right next to each other in one room? Do the rooms ever have partitions or alcoves to give you some relative privacy? Does a "unit" ever have more than one bedroom?
What about bathrooms? Would it be more realistic for frat roomies to have their own bathroom, or just a communal one down the hall?
How frequent would the parties be, in a real party frat?
For a while my transformed frat boy pretends to be his roommate's girlfriend, so he can stay at the frat. I've read that girlfriends sometimes stay at frats, but I'm wondering how rare it is and how the other guys might react.
Any opinions about how far I can go with the bro culture? If I depict most (but not all) of these guys as homophobic, sexist jock creeps, is that just too much? Or in your experience, are some frats really gross like that?
I've read that meals are often provided in a dining hall. Does this reflect your experience?
Finally, what am I leaving out? What is the stuff that NEEDS to be there, to reflect life in a real frat?
Really looking forward to your comments!