Dear Publisher/s and/or Author/s
Two thumbs up for recently producing and creating m/m romances set in the Land of Oz. That’s pretty awesome.
What’s not so great is the whole use of American idioms and language in what is meant to be an Australian story.
Well, to be completely honest, it’s more than ‘not so great’.
It’s completely and utterly fucked.
For example, ‘shift’ is a doing word. That is, you ‘shift’ something. It is definitely not a car. For future reference, a car with gears and a clutch thingy is called a ‘manual’ here.
Yeah. Not really that similar, is it.
Also, we Aussies don’t go outside to ‘grill’. That would be something healthy people do inside their house; hopefully in the kitchen. We Aussies throw shrimps and
roadkill other stuff on the ‘barbie’. That would be our slang for a barbecue.
Yeah. That may sound familiar to some of you.
Oh, and that argument about changing words so Americans readers can understand what’s going on??
(a) I’m pretty sure most of them aren’t as stupid as you think they are,
(b) don’t be so bloody lazy,
(c) that’s why God invented Google, and
(d) the rest of the world manages to deal with it so get a friggin’ clue already!
Kris of Kris ‘n’ Good Books.