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In fact, let's make this simple. - Wemyss's Appalling Hobby:
From the Party Guilty of Committing 'Gate of Ivory, Gate of Horn'
In fact, let's make this simple.
Poll #1791333 Is Britpicking dead?

Does the struggle in fact avail naught?

HP fandom's moved on.
HP fandom doesn't care about Britpicking.
People care about Britpicking, but not greatly.
We may as well give up Britpicking.
HP fandom might Britpick if YOU weren't the face of it.
YOU ought to give up Britpicking.
I or a nomination in comments ought to do it.
... Instead of you.
What's Britpicking?
Do I get marmalade if I tick this box?

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sgt_majorette From: sgt_majorette Date: October 31st, 2011 04:18 pm (UTC) (Link)


But not the nasty sweet kind we got in school...
blueboyfey From: blueboyfey Date: October 31st, 2011 04:25 pm (UTC) (Link)

Hey now, that's not very sporting...

You're proving your point by making us either admit we don't care about Britpicking or we think about ticking, marmalade, and boxes all together (some people's peccadilloes are private!!) :)

It wasn't offered, but I think Britpicking is very important and know I enjoy fics that have it much more (caveat if the author has a particular established style and it doesn't fit with the style).

Now, can I have that marmalade please?
From: winterstorrm Date: October 31st, 2011 04:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
Lack of Britpicking in HP drives me crackers.

Harry and Draco do not walk on the bloody sidewalk and change diapers!

Now, I like lemon marmalade if you don't mind.
shezan From: shezan Date: November 1st, 2011 02:50 am (UTC) (Link)
Harry and Draco do not change diapers OR nappies, full stop.
tiferet From: tiferet Date: October 31st, 2011 04:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
I have no idea what's going on in HP fandom, but I find the posts valuable because I'm still writing my stuff, which I have denuded of pretty much everything Rowlingian on account of I like my stuff better than hers. :)
mayfly_78 From: mayfly_78 Date: October 31st, 2011 04:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
Even though I do prefer jam.
germankitty From: germankitty Date: October 31st, 2011 04:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
More Britpicking, please ... which is strangely weird for me after years of learning British English at school and University and I've deliberately trained myself to use American English because of fandom. (Writing in two American-based fandoms will do that to you. *sigh*)

And as a non-native speaker, I'm as sensitive, if perhaps even more so, to linguistic nuances than a lot of Brits themselves ...
thisgirl_is From: thisgirl_is Date: October 31st, 2011 06:59 pm (UTC) (Link)

Lime, for preference

I think I've missed a previous post, because I'm working my way back. But I think that there are people who care, and people who don't, and there always has been. Whether the relative proportions of the groups have changed, I couldn't say.

I can't really say too much for respect for canon, because I am playing in the Merlin pool, and ignoring most of their canon with gay abandon. To my mind, that's part of the fun of fanfic, although one really ought to at least acknowledge that that is what one is doing.

If I were waving, rather than drowning, I'd offer to assist but I- *glugglugglug*
tudorpot From: tudorpot Date: October 31st, 2011 07:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
thick cut
treacle_tartlet From: treacle_tartlet Date: October 31st, 2011 08:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
Britpicking will always be important to some of us. There are few things that will make me hit the back button faster than hearing an author's American voice ringing out in a fic written in a British fandom. I suppose Britpicking is much the same as any other aspect of constructive criticism or editing - there are people who want to make their work better and those who just want praise no matter what they've produced.

It is a matter of balance, though. There is little point, surely, in making a story so densely British that it becomes incomprehensible to its non-British readers. That is one of the strengths of the Harry Potter canon, I think; that it manages to be very definitely British while remaining accessible to non-Brits.

Now, about this marmalade. For preference thick cut Seville, and made with brown sugar instead of white...

Edited at 2011-11-01 08:56 am (UTC)
blueboyfey From: blueboyfey Date: November 1st, 2011 04:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
There is little point, surely, in making a story so densely British that it becomes incomprehensible to its non-British readers.

Oh, I really agree with this! There does have to be a balance as well (and besides, England is so diverse that there is no one standard set of, say, British slang, cultural practices/interests, etc).

Sometimes I can tell a fic is really good, well written, but I know I'll need to open a bottle of Prosecco before I can finish it because it's so densely British that it's barely discernible to me.

I think the best ones have balance, are legible to a non-Brit, but at the same time, teach us non-Brits something new about some aspect of English culture, politics, language use, economics, geography, and so forth. There was one writer, who no longer writes for this fandom, who excelled at this.
shezan From: shezan Date: November 1st, 2011 02:49 am (UTC) (Link)
Britpicking is URGENTLY needed in the new shiny Sherlock fandom. Would you be interested?
sgt_majorette From: sgt_majorette Date: November 1st, 2011 05:10 am (UTC) (Link)

Britpicking is the Least of Your Worries...

Guess where I found this: "Albus couldn't sleep... it was September 31, and in less than 15 hours he would be sorted..."

I'm no connoisseuse of hard liquor, but according to what I read, this would seem to be a single-malt scotch, straight-up kind of moment.

Edited at 2011-11-01 05:11 am (UTC)
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