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Behavior that bothers you in fiction that doesn't in real life?


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#1 Mercurius

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Posted 01 October 2016 - 10:36 PM

Now for the reverse it tends to be pretty easy for people to answer, since a lot of people for whatever reason just enjoy watching assholes be assholes to other people in contexts where it doesn't really matter but not when it actually counts or is toward them. I recently recalled a memory of someone criticizing Bella Swan (yes, the Twilight character, I'm not really trying to defend her, since she is probably a bigger issue of that franchise than Edward Cullen is and it's not because she's a mary sue, but it is the most notable example I can think of) for being depicted as getting lost inside of a new town she has never been to or chose to be at.

 

For all I know the same person who criticized her for this may lash out at teenage girls who are lost that try to ask them for some directions IRL (I doubt it since even if they get mad pissed they probably are smart enough not to make a scene) but otherwise I'm just like...seriously? Bella is a teenage girl who has no familiarity of her current surroundings who probably can't even drive a car or cook her own meals. What's so terrible about her getting lost? 

 

I'd try to think of an example myself but nothing's really coming to mind at the moment since I don't really have much of a viewpoint difference between real life and fiction...


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Posted 01 October 2016 - 11:45 PM

Uhh, I'm not sure this would be a good example since this person just seem overall weird and deserves being told "Yeah, people get lost in places they haven't been before or don't know very well... news at 11?"

 

Then again, I can't think of any personal examples that would make more sense myself, so...



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Posted 03 October 2016 - 12:26 AM

Poorly formed thoughts are probably the top of my list for "things that kind of bug me in fiction and are acceptable in reality".  Realistic diction on TV or in books is completely unrealistic.

 

Try taping a conversation, then typing down exactly what you said. 

 

Spoiled is a copy of what I had when I tried this once a few years ago (only my side):

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Reading that makes my head hurt to some degree.  You get repetition all over the place and I'm obviously speaking without really thinking or organizing my thoughts either. 


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Posted 03 October 2016 - 11:37 AM

If the only fault they can find wrong with Bella is her getting lost, they have some SERIOUS problems...

 

On topic:

Things that bother me in fiction that don't in real life?

 

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...Southern accents.

 

In fiction, southern accents are usually over-exaggerated to the point where everyone uses "y'all" when they're only speaking to ONE PERSON. I live in the south, in a rural area, and nobody I know says "y'all" when they're speaking to a single person. Because "y'all" is plural. Even country hicks know that.Not to mention the actual accent itself is, as I've already stated, over-exaggerated to the point where it actually grates my ears to listen to.


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Posted 03 October 2016 - 11:45 PM

YES! Accents in general tend to be heavily stereotypical in fiction for whatever reason, it's really annoying and sometimes it even shows prejudice from the author(s). (I feel so dumb now for not thinking of it in my previous post, it's such a widespread issue.)



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Posted 04 October 2016 - 12:55 AM

and sometimes it even shows prejudice from the author(s).

Likely another reason why I hate fictional southern accents. The people who have them are always stereotypically dumb, absent-minded, forgetful or otherwise simply not "normal."

 

I'm only really familiar with southern, so I can't really talk about accents other than that one, but you're likely right. Fictional accents likely grate the ears of ANYONE familiar with said accents in real life.


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Posted 04 October 2016 - 02:09 AM

The only series of books I've read that didn't absolutely butcher a southern accent is unfortunately not all that great of a read. Not bad by any means, but I've got better material I could be reading instead(though in that case the author would have no excuse to mess it up as she herself lives in New Orleans, the only city the plot takes place in)




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