I always find it interesting when readers comment on my books and they'll email me a list of "all the 20,000+ misspelled words I found in your book" and will say they had trouble reading the book "because of all though accents/phonetic spellings you added".
the list of misspelled words will be stuff like:
All the words in the first side are Scottish English spellings. All the words in the second side are American English spellings.
Those are all actual words, from an actual language, spelt correctly.
I'm not sure where they found any accents in my books, because I don't add accents to them. Likewise, I don't know where they found any phonetic spellings in my books either, because I've not added any.
Interestingly, they completely overlooked the fact that at the start of the book is a notation which states:
"The author of this book is Scottish. The story you are about to read is written in Scottish English and has not been translated into American."
I think the thing that gets me, is the fact that they are reading a book written in a different language and then complain that it's not using words from their own language, and then because they don't realize it's NOT their language to begin with, they accuse it of having accents added to it. LOL!
I find it interesting, that 90% of the 1 star reviews I get are ALL saying my books were unedited and had grammar errors and spelling errors... Here's the thing: 100% of those reviews were written by AMERICAN readers. I'm Scottish. I write in Scottish English, which yes, is not only different from American English, but is also different from UK English, and also different from Canadian English, Quebec English, or Maritime Canadian English, as it is also different from Irish English and like wise different from Welsh English, all of which are also different from Australian English and African English.
I could go on listing the variations of English that exist, as there are many more, but those are the most common and enough to give you an idea of...well...how ignorant Americans tend to be of the world they live in. It's a big planet and America doesn't own it yet.
I've got at least a dozen 1 star reviews that come right out and call me "retarded" and a few that call me "illiterate" and one that says "written like it was written by hill billy mountain folk"... why? Because I'm not an American and do not write in American English and Americans think ALL books on the planet are published JUST for them.
One American reader, got so pissed off that I did not TRANSLATE my books out of Scottish English and into American English before selling them to an American market, that she created 52 fake accounts and left 52 fake 1 star reviews on EACH of my books, all identical, and reading: "retarded author, writing retarded books, about retards, for retards" citing that "only retards publish unedited books".
And yet, she lacked the intelligence to know that there existed languages other then American slang speak. I'm sorry, who was it you were saying was retarded again? Name calling is something that is done by people of low intellect. Tsk. Tsk.
My books go through 30 alpha & beta readers and 7 editors before being published, including an American editor and American betas, to check that they are readable to American readers. The problem is that American English is a German based Language, while Scottish English is a Gaelic based language that uses completely different root words, has an entirely different alphabet, and has many words that are not translatable into American English, because Americans simply do not have enough words in their vocabulary. Its like the Inuits who have 300 different words meaning snow, and no matter which word they use, Americans just translates all 300 of them into "snow" because Americans have such a small vocabulary.
It just shows how incredibly racist, bigoted, stupid, illiterate, and arrogant some Americans can be.
Stupid because they think American English is the only type of English out there.
Illiterate, because they call other more complex types of English "gibberish" simply because they have too small a vocabulary to be able to translate non-American English words into American English.
Arrogant, racist, and bigoted because they expect UK, Aussie, Irish, African, Canadian, and Scottish English authors to have their entire book rewritten and translated in American English just to pamper their ignorance that other types of English exist.
You don't see UK English speakers lashing out on American English books, calling the author a "retard" because they wrote the book in American instead of English, do you? No.
Do you see Aussies slaughtering American books with 1 star reviews simple because the author refused to use OZ-speak before selling the book in Australia?
And Americans wonder why so few European authors are willing to allow their books to be sold in America? This is why. Americans only want non-American books IF the author has the book TRANSLATED into American English first.
Now not all Americans are like that, no, but, there are far too many non-American authors having their books attacked by mean spirited, hate filled 1 star reviews that are nothing more than an American showing off how ignorant they are that not everyone on the planet is an American like them. American readers simultaneously demand more diversity in their books while raging unwarranted fury at any book that actually is diverse.
If Americans TRULY want more culturally diverse books being sold in America, maybe they first need to learn how to stop making culturally diverse authors feel unwanted in America?
There are tens of thousands on European, African, Australian, and Canadian authors who simply REFUSE to allow their books to be sold in America because the bitterness and hatred for any book written in a form of English other then American English is so out of control among American book reviewers (and not just talking self-published authors here - I means regular big house published authors who come right out and tell their publishers they DO NOT want their books sold in America).
American reader-reviewers really have a bad reputation in the world of non-American authors, to the point that America simply is not getting the diversity of books, it supposedly wants.
Now there's nothing wrong with leaving 1,2,3, star reviews, no. Certainly not. But to do so, simply because you are an American and the non-American author did not write their book in American English, that is just ridiculous.
Oh well. Haters gotta hate.
I do find it funny the wide and varied reactions American readers have to reading non-American English.
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