[personal profile] wibblylever
If you can't be arsed to Britpick a story set in England, featuring English people, speaking the King's English, then I can't be arsed to read it.

Honestly. John was in the British Army. "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" was an embarrassment of the American armed forces.

Do your research.

Date: 2011-03-06 03:38 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lemonflav-lopfe.livejournal.com
Oh, God, I know!

Being a Kiwi the spelling is King's English, and a lot of our terms for things are the same. I need Brit-picking really only for certain turns of phrase and general location knowledge.

With Brit-pickers so readily available and so clearly advertised on almost all the comms, I don't see why this rash of un-beta'd un-picked fics is continuing. Maybe they're new writers and it just hasn't occurred to them. I dunno. Seems a bit silly, though. Don't Ask, Don't Tell is solely American. :-S

Date: 2011-03-06 03:42 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] silviakundera.livejournal.com
okay, wait, that can't even be an unpopular opinion. I mean, my Brit-picking skills are SO AWFUL despite that fact that I watch a ridiculous amount of Brit telly (Misfits, Sherlock, Outcasts, Survivors, Doctor Who, Skins, Hex, Luther, Miss Marple, Being Human, Spooks, Merlin, Waking the Dead, etc) and so I sympathize with people who fuck up on all the subtle things. Writing in the HP fandom gave me an ulcer.

But DADT?! I hope we can all expect to see the basic things like: they have a different military; they don't have a White House, England is in Europe, it's football not soccer, they don't call classes for teenagers "high school".

Date: 2011-03-06 11:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sarahkbee.livejournal.com
Umm...actually, some people do call it high school, although it covers ages 11-16, rather than the late teens. Admittedly I'm in my late thirties so this might be less common now, but John would quite likely talk about having gone to high school.

Date: 2011-03-07 01:52 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] silviakundera.livejournal.com
*nods* What I was trying to say that the term can't be used interchangeably:
school for ages 11-16 =/= school for ages 15-18.

But I didn't know how to describe US high school other than "classes for teens". LOL.

Date: 2011-03-06 04:33 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] schemingreader.livejournal.com
That's pretty funny! Is that really in the category of Brit picking? I suppose it is.

Date: 2011-03-06 04:50 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] veronamay.livejournal.com
Not an unpopular opinion in my book. More like really bleeding obvious, or ought to be.

Date: 2011-03-06 05:22 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] karadin.livejournal.com
I agree, if someone is too lazy to do the work, a few minutes of googling, why should I waste minutes of reading time?

Date: 2011-03-06 07:06 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sirona-gs.livejournal.com
Truer words were never spoken. I struggle with the opposite, too -- writing stories set in America, with American characters -- I have an American-picker instead! :D It's just simple courtesy to your readers to make the story as realistic and grounded as possible, and needing help to do it is not a bad thing. I wish more people realised that.

Date: 2011-03-06 10:18 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] verasteine.livejournal.com
Omg, for real? That's... bad.

I have nothing. *facepalm*

Date: 2011-03-06 10:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] irisbleufic.livejournal.com
Me neither. I really thought that Don't Ask, Don't Tell being strictly American was common knowledge!

Date: 2011-03-06 10:49 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] verasteine.livejournal.com
Yeah, me too. I mean, the Brits had something similar, but they got rid of it years ago in a famous ruling. And even then most people were eye rolling and wondering how they kept that law on the books for so long...

Date: 2011-03-06 01:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mysterypoet66.livejournal.com
*headdesk* That's not even *actual* brit-picking (spelling, words, object/brand names,) that's just knowing things about other countries, ffs. I mean, only the US/Turkey, (in nominally western countries, at least,) don't allow LGBT soldiers to serve openly.

*insert moan of despair*
Edited Date: 2011-03-06 01:05 pm (UTC)

Date: 2011-03-06 02:30 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] ashkitty.livejournal.com
Surely that isn't an unpopular opinion? I am pretty easygoing about Brit- or Ameri-picking, but some things are quite large and obvious.

Date: 2011-03-06 03:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fatty79.livejournal.com
I think if should fall under the category of so far, so obvious.

Date: 2011-03-06 04:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ginbitch.livejournal.com
True - although of course the lifting of the uk ban was comparatively recent (1999? 2000? Google has the answer but I'm connecting via smartphone. Around then, anyway). Admittedly, John would have to be pretty old to have been affected - and, of course, it wouldn't affect him now. But prior to the lifting of the ban the phrase 'don't ask don't tell' was bandied about a lot, even though it was never official policy.

It's nice to think how far we've come, even if there's still a way to go!

Date: 2011-03-06 06:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] knitmeapony.livejournal.com
Oh mercy, is that really an unpopular opinion? I don't even consider that a britpick. That's just a basic fact. You leave out the 'u' in colour, that's a britpick.

I've seen a fic set in WWII that talked about the Russians being on the other side. That's just as bad, IMO. Historic facts are, y'know, facts.

Date: 2011-03-06 09:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] claralamora.livejournal.com

Date: 2011-03-10 04:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] madrona-8.livejournal.com
I would have thought this was common knowledge?
Even if they don't get something Brit-picked, a little research is in order.

Date: 2011-04-05 12:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] coldlikedeath.livejournal.com
DADT is an embarrassment of any bloody army, if you ask me... but yeah, research dammit. And spelling,dammit.


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