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I want some help writing a character.

Her name is Christina and she lived in an underground bunker, in a post-apocalyptic world, so she’s really sheltered. But she has to leave, along with a group of more experienced Wastelanders, and has to adapt to the surface.

In this world the bunker dwellers basically live in strict totalitarian-esque place, where the population are made to follow strict rules, upkeeping their shelter and society. The surface by contrast, is the opposite for the most part. Nomadic scavengers and raiders, with scattered farming settlements and more primitive tribal societies.

How do I realistically write the culture shock that Christina experiences on the surface?

  • Could you maybe provide more on her own "culture" so we can go on about thinking what can shock such a character the most? For example lets assume they view sex as means to an end and have a strict no sex for fun policy. She goes to Gomorrah and she is shocked to see the there is something called prostitution. Also with good stuff. They all read, write, even play an instrument. Outside well. People are idiots So please provide more on the culture of the bunker – Seallussus Aug 13 at 0:32
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    This is a question better suited for Writing.SE, not Worldbuilding.SE – Halfthawed Aug 13 at 1:51
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    @Halfthawed's right, questions about how-to-write belong on Writing. Remember, worldbuilding (on-topic) is about developing and consistently using the rules of a fictional world wherein an infinite number of stories can be told. Storybuilding (off-topic) is about circumstances, plot, and character choices/actions. My understanding is that early-on the idea was floated to create a "storybuilding.SE" site, but no-one could figure out how to make it work under SE's rules (I doubt it could be done today, but the sites are getting more flexible). – JBH Aug 13 at 5:08
  • Also...have you watched "the100"? Totalitarian underground bunker & totalitarian space station societies vs nomadic scavengers/raiders? Check! – EveryBitHelps Aug 13 at 12:46
  • The first thing about her shock is that she's probably suffering from agoraphobia and doesn't realize it until she sees the sky the first time. – Mary Aug 14 at 4:22
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If there are a group of them they probably won't suffer from culture shock, unless they're living as part of a larger community.

Sounds more like they will be camping in a wilderness, which obviously will have challenges , but they will bring their culture, language, assumptions and prejudices with them.

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  • No, it’s one character living with a group of experienced wastelanders. – DT Cooper Aug 14 at 18:22
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Maybe it can be kind of like the film Blast to the Past and Brendan Fraser when he comes out of his bunker and he experiences culture shock. They made it comical but your story can have a different arc and you can make it whatever you want it to be. Great concept!

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