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Sep. 21st, 2013


"English" is synonymous with "messy." Sorry to break it to you.

A bit of background before I get into the meat of this post...

I write collab fanfic with wingedflight21 on a fairly regular basis, and post it on our shared account. We mostly do this for fun, and for stress-relief, and -- well, frankly, neither of us takes it all that seriously. We once resolved a 60K plot arc by strapping a laser pointer to a canary. We laugh more than we angst. We try to one-up each other all the time, playing the "how can I make this situation even more ridiculous" game. We banter, a lot.

And then we write other stuff, in our own worlds with our own characters, and we take that a little bit more seriously (but still, not by much). The bantering is still there, and so is the fun.

Almost since our first post, we've had one reviewer return with every update to our ongoing WIP with their own input. With each chapter we post, they point out one or two things that they believe we got wrong. Which is fair enough, and I don't want this post to be mistaken for whining about a poor review or two -- I know readers are not obligated to be nice, and I welcome constructive feedback with open arms! Or, heck, if you hate what we're doing, we don't mind. I know we were all raised under the "if you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all" umbrella but this is the Internet, and I know that a certain degree of conflict is par for the course.

And I kind of love that fact, because it allows for the start of conversations. We can learn as much from what we don't like -- and from who doesn't like us -- than we do from the people and things that we love.

Unfortunately, that's not what I'm talking about here. Pedantry is the word that comes to mind, along with a very specific set of pet peeves. As a self-identified "honours English major" (as they proudly informed me in a PM in order to justify their authority, apparently not realizing that this was also my area of study!), they once wrote us a six-paragraph essay on the proper usage of em dashes. Our later research turned up several errors in their explanation of them. Generally, however, their input trends more towards "helpfully" correcting American spellings or terms that slip into our fic.

Example? Their most recent input was a three-paragraph rant on the usage of the word "movie" as opposed to the "proper" alternative of "film."

So today, boys and girls, I'd like to ramble a little bit about language localization, pedantry, and the basic aim of an English degree -- or, at least, the point of an English degree as I understand it to be, one semester away from finishing my BA.
See you under the cut!Collapse )

Jun. 13th, 2012



Jay here!
You might have noticed this is a new account. I realized that every single other site I'm on has the same username, so I recreated my LJ so it's all consistant and stuff. 

That's all - carry on!