So I’ve picked up that some soylenteers refer to traditional food as “muggle food,” which is kind of cute and funny, but it never really clicked with me as a natural thing to call it (as much as I love some HP).
What has struck me, though, as I’ve been watching Angel recently with my girlfriend, is the parallel between Soylent and the pig’s blood that Angel drinks.
Vampires in the Buffyverse do not need to consume traditional human food to survive, but they can eat it if they want to, and some vampires do eat food on occasion for enjoyment or variety. Of course, they need to consume mammalian blood in lieu of food. So Angel, a vampire with a soul, regularly purchases pig’s blood from the butcher and keeps it in his fridge to consume. His human coworkers go about their business around him, eating food at mealtimes, and when Angel needs sustenance he just grabs a glass of liquid vamp-lunch out of the fridge. Angel still drinks coffee regularly and on some rare occasions partakes of food. Fellow vampire Spike also survives off of pig’s blood but is frequently seen eating chicken wings or Weetabix for pleasure.
So, whenever my girlfriend and I sit down to watch an episode of Angel – her with the dinner that she made and me with a bottle of Soylent that I grabbed from the fridge – it all feels quite appropriate. Even when I eat the odd order of chicken wings.
Still, somehow, I don’t think “human food” or “vampire food” are likely to catch on as Soylent slang any time soon.