In Second Nature, I had a scene in which Griffin sneaks into a bedroom:
With the patience of a predator, Griffin inched closer to the bedroom door. Even through the thin fabric of her gloves, the knife felt cold and foreign in her hand. Her fingers trembled as she reached for the door handle.
Slowly, she moved the door handle down and pushed the door open inch by inch
It never occurred to me to have Griffin turn the door knob to open the door. Why?
Because door knobs are very rare in Germany. We have door handles instead – very practical: if you are carrying stuff, you can push down the handle with your elbow. I hear they are becoming more common in the US too.
Some front doors have knobs, but they do nothing to open the door. The only thing that opens the door is the key.
I’ve heard some Americans who visited Germany say that we have a lot more doors in our houses and apartments. Except for very modern houses, each room is separate. When you enter an apartment or house, you have to open another door to get to the living room. Even the kitchen has its own door.
In German houses and offices, doors are usually kept closed. Children are taught to close doors behind them, and if they forget, they might be admonished by comments like “Do you live on a hill?” (I heard that one a lot growing up!) – implying that, supposedly, doors close on their own if the house stands on a slope.
Apparently, Germans value their privacy in their living and working environments.
So, what can you tell me about the doors in your house? Door knobs or handles?