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Initial post: 16 Dec 2013 12:25:14 GMT
Last edited by the author on 16 Dec 2013 12:30:25 GMT
Jin says:
Does anyone else have this problem or is it just me...... Over the last few years I have been reading extensively - I love historical fiction as well as modern day stuff ( smart chick lit) However, I just cannot get into anything American over the past year - I seem to want to reference only anything British. I have a mental block with any language used, spelling differences and locations. Am I alone???

it's only been fairly recently and since I've been reading a lot more. Just can't get my head around it!!!

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Dec 2013 12:28:51 GMT
CBRetriever says:
maybe - I don't seem to have any problems adjusting to a switch to reading British English unless the words (placcy and skinsuit) are totally unfamiliar to me

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Dec 2013 13:36:11 GMT
gille liath says:
I'm the same, I don't feel foreign books are as relevant to me although there are some European authors I like. It's the same with American telly, though for some reason not films.

What's a skinsuit?

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Dec 2013 13:44:01 GMT
Last edited by the author on 16 Dec 2013 13:44:25 GMT
CBRetriever says:
I think someone here told me it's a spandex exercise or tunning outfit

I'm open to all kinds of writers - I enjoy a lot of the Scandinavian crime writers as well as the English ones (they're foreign to me). I love some British TV (foreign again), some French TV (i'm not French though I live there) and US TV

a good story is a good story, plus it's interesting to read about other times/cultures

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Dec 2013 13:51:27 GMT
gille liath says:
Each to their own; but there's more to books than stories and milieux.

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Dec 2013 18:37:24 GMT
CBRetriever says:
I'd hate to miss out on either Oliver Twist or To Kill a Mocking Bird or Steppenwolf because I couldn't relate to their setting and language - it's an excellent opportunity to broaden ones knowledge of other cultures, slang, concerns, etc

I post with a bunch of English speakers (mostly from the UK) over at and we're always recommending books about other countries. Even in American books, there are lots of cultural differences: The Color Purple isn't in my dialect or milleau, nor are the Tony Hillerman's SW US Native American mysteries nor Faye Kellerman's books about a Jewish cop and his family in LA nor Dana Stabenow's Kate Shugak stories about an Alaskan native

I only notice the difference when a word is used that I don't know and i learned on this board that walking on the pavement doesn't mean walking in the middle of the road, but on the sidewalk

Posted on 16 Dec 2013 19:29:16 GMT
Little Egret says:
And in British legalese the two parts of a road are the footway and the carriageway !

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Dec 2013 19:34:24 GMT
Completely unrelated but it was Oliver Twist that emphasised the power of punctuation to me to lend impact to writing.
That was a long time ago now, but I owe a debt of gratitude to Mr Dickens.

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Dec 2013 20:30:23 GMT
gille liath says:
But that's what I said: it's not just the setting.

I know it's axiomatic for Americans that Mockingbird is a Great Novel. Few these days would agree that OT is. But Hesse - yes, he's one of the exceptions.

Whatever. The OP wanted to know if she's alone; I was just saying, she's not.

Posted on 17 Dec 2013 04:21:37 GMT
Jin says:
Hi, thanks all for the great comments. Yes Mockingbird,etc all great and I have read them with pleasure. My problem seems to be with modern day fiction. I love American TV and films though! Just having this block with reading!!!!

I've read lots of European and asian authors and have loved them. I've downloaded novels without realising they're american and can't really get past the first few pages - now I am checking before downloading.

Quite right - I just wanted to know if I was alone and weird ( Maybe deep down I know I'm weird!haha) so this is not a criticism of anything American and nor do I want to offend.
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