With regards to fanfic accuracy, certain details I'm not bothered about, but with language I always am. I've read MMFD fanfics, where the whole dialogue is in American-English, and that DOES bother me. It's set in England, we say trousers not pants (pants are underwear here), we don't go to high school we go to secondary (or senior) school, followed by sixth form college (or just "college") at 16-18. This isn't a comment about your fanfics, it's a comment about others I've read!
And it’s totally ok to be aggravated with things like that but it’s also important to keep in mind that everyone’s language differs. It’s also HELLA important to remember that a lot of people have learning disabilites and so conquering their own language might be a challenge.
If you don’t like the way someone writes something, best thing to do it to A) stop reading and B) remind yourself that this is something this person does in their spare time for fun and it’s 110% not ok to bash them because they don’t get everything correct.
Yes! Well said, as usual!
I try to be accurate in my language, but I’ve also been steeped in British culture from an early age. I’ve seen some people ask qualifying questions about stuff they don’t understand to make their fics more accurate, but no one HAS to do that. Sometimes people have a one shot in them that they just want to get out, and that’s absolutely fine. Often people are writing in their second (or third!) language, so it’s unfair to expect them to get everything spot on. (It’s unfair to expect ANYONE to get everything spot on.)
It’s all about supporting what you love and not bashing what you don’t. If someone wants to write, to tell a story to the best of their abilities, no one has the right to tell them they shouldn’t. No one is forcing us to read anything.
I want to add that I’m from Northern England and I call it high school.
Unless is impossible to understand, I think is better to use English with some words from a different region than misuse/abuse slang because a person is not comfortable writing with a Lincolnshire ‘accent’.
The people who read the stories are also from different parts of the world and writers have to make the fics “vocabulary friendly”, otherwise the story would be a sure skip.
On the same vein, some girls have approached me and talk about things they don’t like in fanfics (1st person, 3rd person, AU’s, topics, etc), one of them being when the dialogues are written with the pronunciation in mind (“c’me ‘ere I wanna tell ya summat”), mainly because it’s distracting when complicates the understanding of the story. Big dilemma arises.
So, I can’t imagine the contradiction for writers, to please the accent, the region, the grammar, the story, the accuracy, the quality, the lenght, the continuity, the update span, lalalalalala pfffff (really, love to the fabulous ff writers).
I say, if the writing style doesn’t meet someone’s preferences, they can skip it or if it’s imperative to say something (everyone makes mistakes), then approach the person and offer help in the topic, but don’t be an ass!