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What is Britpicking?
  Posted on Thu 02 Nov 2006 by AndyM (5691 reads)
England and America are two countries separated by a common language.
--George Bernard Shaw


The Harry Potter books are set in the UK, with characters from the UK. So, it stands to reason that they should act and talk like someone from the UK. When they do not, they are referred to as being “out of character”. The term “Britpicking” has come about to mean “nitpicking” characters to make sure they act and talk like someone who is British.

Why should I care?


If your characters are “out of character”, then you may as well uproot Hogwarts and transplant it in America and replace all the students and teachers. The whole reason most people read fan fiction is because they enjoy reading new stories about their favourite characters, and if you don’t get them right, your stories will not be enjoyed.

Making an effort will mean that your readers will get more enjoyment from your stories.
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