Natt (nattish) wrote,
Natt
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Brit-picking, language, and culture.

I've been wanting to know more about people's opinions of Brit-picking and other culture/language subjects, and a post saeva's made at hp_essays has gotten me on the ball. So. Questions to be answered!

Poll #302234 Brit-picking and Things Related.

What nationality are you?

What is your native language? (If English, please specify which country as well.)

If you are not British, do you have your HP fanfics Brit-picked?

Yes.
12(25.0%)
No.
16(33.3%)
Sometimes.
20(41.7%)

If you are British, does it annoy, startle, or otherwise interrupt your reading to come across cultural or linguistic oddities in fics?

Yes.
6(46.2%)
No.
2(15.4%)
Sometimes.
5(38.5%)

If you have your fics Brit-picked, why?

For my own satisfaction. I want to be as accurate as possible.
14(40.0%)
I want to make the story realistic for British readers.
0(0.0%)
Fandom pressure. Other people say it's a good idea, so I do it.
2(5.7%)
Other.
5(14.3%)

If you DON'T have your stories Brit-picked, why not?

Too lazy.
7(22.6%)
It's going a little far. Fanfiction is just a hobby!
1(3.2%)
I read a non-British version of the books. I write according to what's in those.
2(6.5%)
Other.
15(48.4%)

Since you started participating (or observing) fandom, has your communication with people from various countries affected the way you speak, write, or go about your daily life? (Do you use different slang words? Do you misspell words like color/colour or realize/realise? Do you understand more of the content in foreign films?) Please comment!

Yes.
26(48.1%)
No.
11(20.4%)
Somewhat.
17(31.5%)


It irritates the hell out of me that I need to have my story Brit-picked in order to give all potential readers the best experience they can have; but that's what's got to be done, in my opinion, so I do it. A lot of the time, anyway. (I have found myself wishing this Harry Potter fellow were American, or, at least, that Rowling were American, so fanfic would be more convenient for me to write.)

I can imagine how, for a British person, it would be odd to come across things uncommon in Britain in an HP fic. Still, I'd like to know first hand. Does anyone know of any fanfics written about American stories or T.V. shows, etc, that contain Briticisms? Any fandom is fine. I think I'll go search for some on my own too, but if anyone could rec something, that would be a great way for me simulate being a British person and reading an HP fic full of Americanisms.

On the side, what would you call American-picking? The term American-picking is clunky!

Yank-spanking?

"Excuse me, Natt, would you mind giving me a good, thorough Yank-spank?"

"Er..."

"I mean my fic!" *flushes*
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