A broad definition of a nature faker was someone who ascribed human thoughts and emotions to animals, or exaggerated physical abilities to animals which they did not possess. Novels about animals (The Call of the Wild, White Fang, Black Beauty), were becoming extremely popular around 1900. In this genre animals were portrayed as not just having human emotions and human goals, but achieving extreme human ideals. This was nothing new (think
Aesop’s Fables), but soon journalists began writing papers and essays describing their experiences with animals in the wild, where they assigned human motives to the animals they claimed they watched.
This made other authors, like John Burroughs, very frustrated. John Burroughs, a strict naturalist, didn’t think that these novelists - and more especially these journalists - had a right to “take liberties with facts”. He called these essayists the “yellow journalists of the woods”. The anti-fakers were angry because they believed these nature fakers weren’t just making mistakes, they were purposely inventing facts to pass off as truths.
Around 1905 President Roosevelt, whose love of hunting and the outdoors was notorious, began to weigh in on the debate. He became fast friends with Burroughs and began to write his own articles to discredit the “nature fakers”. He described one story, purported by it’s author to be true, where a wolf leads two children through the woods and back to their home “in a spirit of thoughtful kindness” as preposterous, and scoffed at another story where a hunted fox left a bribe for the hunters.
Jack London and other popular authors of the time like Richard Harding Davis, Rudyard Kipling, Mrs. Humphrey Ward and Rex Beach came under fire for being “Canada fakers”. Arthur Stringer, a Canadian novelist, accused these authors of sentimentalizing and sensationalizing the Canadian wilderness and touting fiction as fact. He took issue with their descriptions of the Native Americans, the RCMP and the state of the law (most authors described Canada as being one huge wild west where witnessing vengeance shootings and vigilante justice were humdrum daily experiences for the average Canadian), the Hudson’s Bay company employees (depicted as wearing head to toe furs), the weather (“Jack London in his resolve to give us goose-flesh while dwelling on the awfulness of the Northern Cold - it must always be spelled with a capital C”, most authors depicted Canada was a barren frozen wasteland, while in real life these same locations were extremely lush or filled with wheat and barley fields as far as the eye could see), the geography (Mrs. Humphrey Ward had one scene where a character stood at Lake Superior and could see the St Lawrence river, although it’s roughly 895 km away), and, of course, the animals, especially sled dogs. Stringer said that these novelists would spend a couple weeks or possibly a month vacationing in Canada and came back believing they were experts on the country.
Scenario: Izuku and Ochako meet each others' parents
(I preface this by apologizing for taking so long to answer this because I only noticed the ask when I was at work and I couldn’t exactly answer then so…)
Oh my gosh that would so sweet. Mostly because both of these kids come from homes that raised them with love and affection and emotional support so they would get along with each others’ parents without a hitch.
Though I think Ochako’s parents would throw Izuku for a bit of a loop with how…energetic they could be. One Uraraka was pretty hard to keep track of at first, having to deal with three would be quite the ordeal at first. Also if he lets slip that he was raised by a single mom, her dad might try to take him under his wing…well, unless All Might gets figured into the picture (then again, you can never have to many dads!)
Bonus if he gets introduced to them as her boyfriend: Ochako tells them ahead of time, and Mr. Uraraka gets ready to put the fear of God into whatever hopped up punk who thinks he can lay his hands on his little girl, and as he opens the door with his best death-glare and standing up to his full muscular, construction worker height…he meets Izuku.
Short, nervous, inoffensive, polite and nice and clearly scared out of his wits and really bad about hiding it Izuku. And he doesn’t quite know what do with himself as Izuku stands in the doorway shaking in his over sized red shoes.
He tries to make himself as small and non-threatening as possible as he invites the boy in. Ochako tries her best not to look embarrassed and/or angry with her dad. She fails.
They get along just fine after though, and her parents waste no time in asking them when they should start planning the wedding, meanwhile Ochako buries herself in the couch and Izuku’s face catches fire.
Also consider: At some point Izuku wonders around town on his running route and he stumbles across a construction site. He sees a few people struggling to lift up a huge piece of wood, one of the workers slips and closes his eyes for the impact…that never comes, because Izuku used a burst of OFA to catch the wood before anybody got hurt.
“Are you okay!?”
Mr. Uraraka can only blink up at this scrawny kid holding up a piece of wood three times his weight with only minimal effort and stutter, “Uh…yeah kid, thanks…”
The boy leaves and Mr. Uraraka can’t wrap his head around the fact that he managed to catch that beam of wood so easily…until his daughter brings a friend home to study for a test at UA and he laughs as Izuku gapes at him in recognition,
“Y-you’re the worker who-!”
“Ah, a hero-school student, that explains it.”
As for the other way around, I remember a post about Inko meeting Ochako and them getting along and bonding over their quirks, but I also think Ochako would really admire Inko for the fact that she raised Izuku all on her own. She remembers how hard it was for her parents to raise her and keep a household as she grew up, even when they tried to hide it from her, and there were two of them, so meeting someone who carried the weight of raising a child with seemingly no help would be a bit humbling and awe inspiring for her.
But the both of them would get along swimmingly though. they could talk at length about a bunch of stuff, mostly about their quirks because they are pretty similar, but also about how Ochako is doing at school and some such.
But if Inko catches wind of Ochako’s money saving tactic of not eating ohhhh boy. She would make sure that Izuku would invite her over as many times as possible to make damn sure that she gets a proper meal come hell or high water.
And she packs her lunches along with Izuku and gives her her number so she can call her to make sure everything is okay and Ochako, self sufficient Ochako who has made of point of not being a beggar and making it on her own so people won’t have to carry her and wouldn’t have to worry about her, is a bit overwhelmed by the fact that this sweet woman, who already has so much on her plate, is taking so much time out of her day to help some kid she barely knows.
She actually asks Inko why she would want to burden herself like this so easily one day when they’re alone and the older woman just looks a bit confused before asking, “What makes you think you’re a burden Uraraka-chan?”
Izuku walks in on Ochako hugging his very flabbergasted mother and all he can figure to do is smile..and than worry when Ochako starts crying a little…
And Inko would be so happy if they started dating, she would just start gushing about it to anyone who cares to listen and she’d spoil Ochako any chance she gets like she’s the daughter she never had, and Izuku is very happy they get along so well.
…he’s significantly less happy when his mom shows off his baby pictures, especially that one of him in an All-might onsie.
This was so much fun to write and I want this to happen in cannon so much please Horikoshi