From britian but stories always based in america (38)

1 Name: Nadine : 2010-03-03 03:52 ID:717D5hxd

Im from northern ireland yet when i write a story is always seems to be based in the likes of america, it just seems easier to base it there even though I'm from the UK :S anyone else seem to notice this

2 Name: セーラーエリスは刀の女ですか。 : 2010-03-03 05:06 ID:/xuzdWJg

well I'm greek but all my stories are based in Japan [since my characters are Japanese] in one story there was a trip around the world it was placed back in time so the trips of course were longer etc. I had an English man and his Japanese lover, they stopped in Damascus where the man purchase an Al-Din pocket watch. they gave birth to one of the protagonists of the story in Cremona Italy, and five years later the man and his daughter went back to Cremona to purchase a Stradivarius violin. [why Cremona? because Antonio Stradivari has his store there and the story timeline was around the time that real life man lived] they also made a trip around europe and North America before they returned to Japan.

3 Name: RayRay : 2010-03-03 09:58 ID:vWuduqYN

I find it easier to base a story in England actually, I don't know anything about America or its traditions or anything like that... so it would just be completely incorrect.

I would have more luck setting a story in Canada, at least I know people who live there and stuff.

4 Name: Harbinger of Doom : 2010-03-03 13:45 ID:qPUvUp9Y

Normally its americans doing stories set in the UK, especially with HP fanfic, with the exception of "Salem acadamy fics" Etc

5 Name: J : 2010-03-03 18:34 ID:RozIraxv

It depends entirely on the story. If it seems appropriate to set it in America, I will; if it's suited to a British setting I'll set it in Britain; if Egypt is best, I'll set it in Egypt; if it's irrelevant I won't mention it.

It goes without saying, that if it's fanfiction then it will be set in the same country as the series said fanfiction is based on (unless for a specific plot reason).

6 Name: TweenyGirl : 2010-03-07 08:28 ID:djQ2B6an

I actually mix it up a little, :) for instance,
'she picked her car keys up, sighing, and headed away from the big headed teen. She has had enough of dealing with idiotic boys. She stepped into Walmart scanning the shelves for a quick desk organiser. Everything had to be organised. If you weren't organised, bad things could happen. She had learnt that, the hard way. After paying and stepping out, a bright advertisement flashed in front of her eyes. She stopped abruptly, chewing what she had just seen. Was she imagining it? Just like how she imagined it on T.V. Surely, she was. There was no way he- Someone crashed into her from behind.
"Watch were your going!" she automatically responded angrily. He turned around. She gasped. She knew she had seen him before. The guy from the cubicle in the London Underground. They guy who was in that bright yellow newspaper. The Guy who was her ex boyfriend, that guy who....
Was A Killer.
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did you notice it? The london underground and WALMART?!

7 Name: J : 2010-03-07 13:14 ID:RozIraxv

@ TweenyGirl: That's just stupid. You're either in America, in London, or in some parallel universe. Unless there's some explained plot reason (I.E she used to live in the UK now she lives in America), that just makes it look like you made an idiotic mistake.

8 Name: LMC : 2010-03-21 01:03 ID:ryd/ezeu

I#m British, and so far I've only written fics set in America. It's quite fun writing with American slang, although I do often have to look up a phrase to see if Americans use it. I always use British spelling, though.

It has got to the point now, though, where I just write the fic, and then use Find & Replace to get rid of the words "trousers" and "sofa".

9 Name: LMC : 2010-03-21 01:03 ID:ryd/ezeu

I#m British, and so far I've only written fics set in America. It's quite fun writing with American slang, although I do often have to look up a phrase to see if Americans use it. I always use British spelling, though.

It has got to the point now, though, where I just write the fic, and then use Find & Replace to get rid of the words "trousers" and "sofa".

10 Name: tilldeathdouspart789 : 2010-03-21 01:13 ID:dkNyAmAr

I base it in Japan or America, even though I am British. I also use American words i.e Trashcan instead of rubbish bin.

11 Name: Sabulana : 2010-03-21 02:34 ID:XycYv4Fe

>>6 & >>7 I hear in a few years, all ASDA stores will become Walmart since the company was bought out years ago. >.> Maybe it's a fic set in the future? XD

12 Name: ... : 2010-03-21 04:07 ID:W2jqT4Xs

Out of interest, where's 'Britian'?

13 Name: tilldeathdouspart789 : 2010-03-21 05:48 ID:dkNyAmAr

I don't know where Britian is, but Britain is the UK. The seperate country in Europe in the north-west.

14 Name: Anonymous : 2010-03-21 16:08 ID:2h2jYTLC

actualy the UK is only England and Scotland combined Britain is England, North Irland, Scotland and Whales

15 Name: tilldeathdouspart789 : 2010-03-21 16:13 ID:dkNyAmAr

Is it? I always thought that the UK was all of them... Just goes to show how much I know about my own country...
sigh...
-_-'

16 Name: ... : 2010-03-21 16:42 ID:W2jqT4Xs

'Whales', indeed...

17 Name: Scourgeofthegalaxy : 2010-03-24 18:21 ID:GAZ7umcr

Hey, don't forget Island. I love the mythology there, like the LEPrecon's. Aw, yeah, Artemis Fowl reference.

If people ask why I write Mum instead of Mom, I tell them it's because I can actually speak 'proper' English. Makes them shut up and laugh, so...

18 Name: ... : 2010-03-24 18:36 ID:W2jqT4Xs

For the purpose of maintaining my sanity, from now on I shall assume that all homophones in this thread are intentionally misused for humorous purposes.

19 Name: RayRay : 2010-03-24 18:50 ID:dYU4UZ5l

Ellipsis, I think that's the smart thing to do.

20 Name: ... : 2010-03-24 18:56 ID:W2jqT4Xs

I think it's the delusional thing to do, but one can live in hope.

21 Name: J : 2010-03-24 20:51 ID:RozIraxv

Whales? Island? Oh god, I don't know whether to laugh or cry.

22 Name: Anonymous : 2010-03-26 12:24 ID:jm+Q/ONT

I'm from Britain, yet I write my fanfics in America, and I use all the american word and spellings in my writing. I dont think there is anything wrong with this.

23 Name: Fee : 2010-03-27 09:52 ID:5nMbgm/3

>>15 No, you're right. Uk is England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Great Britain is England, Scotland and Wales, hence at sporting events it is Great Britain & Northern Ireland.

Just sayin'.

>>22 There isn't anything wrong with it, so long as you can use the Americanisms properly.

24 Name: tokyomajin : 2010-03-27 11:26 ID:jY0RbNL8

I try not to really place my stories. I try and keep it ambiguous so that it doesn't alienate my readers and I'd hate to write about somewhere I have no idea about =S lol

25 Name: Madii : 2010-03-27 12:22 ID:auaZM+8/

>>24 I agree there unless it's obvious where the characters should be, I try not to mention places.
It would make sense to place it somewhere you're familiar with but I always find I end up going off-track.

"Whales"? I died.

If you're placing it in America and you're a British writer, for example, it would make sense to use American terms and spellings and vice versa.

26 Name: DarkSword512 : 2010-03-27 12:28 ID:8XCczW+/

>>17 AF ftw XD

>>22 I've done that once, but only because the character's accent was American so it didn't sound right with "mum" and not "mom".

I've noticed this aswell actually. Although none of my stories have been based in America, they've never been anywhere close to home (but that might be explained by the fact that the series they're based in isn't on Earth XP). However, I've got a real story that I want published someday and it's not set in the UK either.

27 Name: Rhanw : 2010-03-27 14:12 ID:sAkoEaRN

I always use American colloquialisms for American characters and vice versa. It makes sense to me.

28 Name: LawleyPop024 : 2010-03-27 14:48 ID:yxdd1GVU

Well, I'm British, and it depends what I'm writing a fic about. Io then it depends if I want anything to happen in another country.

E.G, if I'm writing for Alex Rider, it's set in the UK (unless he's on a mission, so...meh).

If I'm writing for Supernatural, however, it'll be set in America (unless there's an important point in the story, and they go somewhere else).

So far, though, all my stories are set in the place the actual fictions are.

Also, I try and make the language suit the place. I have a story on hiatus, set in America. All words are spelt britishly, but I put "Mom", instead of "Mum", due to the way the characters would say it.

29 Name: Windesque : 2010-03-28 05:15 ID:BAvtciRU

Use whatever is appropiate. There was one HP fanfic set in America, for no good reason that I remember.
If it's best in England, then it's set in England. If it's best in America, it's set in America.

And somebody above, it's the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

30 Name: tokyomajin : 2010-03-28 13:49 ID:NT/0SCDL

>>25 I have to agree, sometimes its best to keep the story in the place it was originally written.

and whales has made me sad. As someone with welsh family the misspelling of wales is painful lol!

31 Name: Elkkun : 2010-03-30 03:40 ID:NHEaUSeu

>>30 I'm part welsh from my mother's side. hehe

32 Name: 9shadowcat9 : 2010-03-31 00:28 ID:Hl6AnTHb

I invent a place. To be honest, I've never left England and I know more about AMERICA then my home country. It's very funny when you think about it.

I use American spelling to, drives my teachers daft. I just laugh until they mark my work down for 'bad grammer'.

It sucks. TT_TT Ah well, life's fun like that. - -;

33 Name: Dazed : 2010-04-02 12:23 ID:9FUskoxR

Well, I'm England but the books my fanfics are based on are all set in America and because I try and stay as close to the book as possible and even try to duplicate some of the authors writing habits I use American slang and always have my fanfics based in America. However, I sometimes forget myself and use English slang, and I sometimes bring British OC's into them.

34 Name: Splish : 2010-04-20 09:31 ID:SNGyqKX8

It really does depend, I'm from Britain. I find it's so much easier when writing in first person and creating a character that at some stage of their life has lived in Britain so has grasped some of their concepts. The Kick Ass fic I'm currently writing is written in the point of veiw of Todd's half sister from England and I'm able to delve into both American and English variations of words. It is more difficult to write American fics but because of the world we live in I find I use American slang in my everyday conversation anyway, for example I seem to have an obsession with the word "awesome." :D

35 Name: Rhapsdy : 2010-04-20 11:30 ID:+HKCTGSs

I'm English as well. I find it's just easier to write either where the original is based, or just not specify. For example, I mostly write anime fan fiction, so it's mostly based in either Japan or America. So just do a little research and use the style of the original. Alternatively, you could write it in your own style. You might get some backlash from it, but at least you're comfortable with what you're writing.

36 Name: Rianick : 2010-04-22 08:21 ID:girjYPfE

I'm English. I have been doing the battle of spelling for years, as a programmer most languages are written in american english, my teachers hated me too! I always try to do good english and my stories are always set in the country of origin for the fiction. I have found that although we are the senior country (hehe) most american can't cope with our "correct" use of spelling and grammer. :D

37 Name: New1Romantic : 2010-05-03 06:28 ID:IU6WF7hv

I'm English, so I tend to use English phrases accidentally with out realising. I always use Engish spellng and geerally Engish terms like sofa, because people aren't idiots and know what you're talking about.

Generally, if astory is explicitly set in America or Japan or somewhere, I'll set it there, but if it's an AU and location is not explicitly mentioned, it automatically gravitates to England/London.

I try to keep people's speech patterns to their country of origion though, but in 3rd person narative, it doesn't matter what slang I use as long as people understand it.

38 Name: Henna : 2010-05-22 10:26 ID:ju6ENruk

I swear, I always set every fanfic in the states and almost all of my work to publish (whether thats ever gonna happen or not, we do not knoww) is set in LONDON, maybe cause i know it real well =)
i sometimes try to stick to american words if the fic is set in america, but i usually end up using london slang in it, innit ;) (SEE! lol)
I guess as long as the plot is good and people love it, the language doesn't wholley matter, however, americans do have reallly strange grammar (not grammer, love) and miss out words in sentences (which makes them phrases not sentences, like i'll be back 8, the 'at' is nowhere to be seen, now if you used this in London, people would worry about your education)
and for your kind information, american english is not english, it's american. because it's not the language spoken in ENGLAND (cause you don't actually live in ENGLAND) it's the language spoken in AMERICA. WE took our language there, doesn't mean they make it their OWN, it's ours, it always was and always will be.
this is a really soft subject btw, i get realllly worked up about this whole american english thing, so I'll be going now ;) xx

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