Calling All Ficcers
Some time ago, it was suggested that what fanfiction writers in the Harry Potter fandom truly needed, was less an English/American dictionary, but a guide to areas of British culture that really did not over-lap too well. Now, several months later, we have taken the foolish decision to make this colossal task into a project.
While we are both Harry Potter fans and the Manual is largely borne of the anguish inflicted by 'untranslated' fics (or just misinformed writers), we don't want to make it exclusive, and we would like your help - and the help of people you know - to cover as many aspects of Brit-Picking as possible, making it accessible to as many fandoms as possible.
This will not just be an English/American dictionary, but more like a survival guide to aid those not so versed in the British way of life. We plan to cover as many aspects as possible, including:
Money - identification and value (did you know the British £10 note is orange and features Charles Darwin?);
Clothing - what not to make them wear (Burberry=Chav);
Places - where they'd live, where places are and why a low wage won't buy you a flat on the Thames...
Culture and Etiquette - pubs, clubs and not speaking to people on the Tube...
Shops - we've never been to Wal-Mart.
Speak No Evil, Hear No Evil - why Hermione would really never tell Ron to "Hand me them goddamn cookies, already!"
A Dictionary-style list of common mistakes and their alternatives.
We are also considering:
A Brit-Picking service - a list of people who volunteer to Brit-Pick for other writers;
A Recs Page - a recs list of fics that illustrate Brit-Culture accurately (includes both British writers and international writers more adept at the practise).
This will probably all be placed on a website of its own in time, for everyone to access as and when they need to.
If you think you can help by writing up descriptions of places you know (they don't always live in London!) or local culture that significantly differs from that of us cold-shouldered Southerners, drop us an email at speaknoevilproject @ gmail.com.
If you would like make suggestions for the Dictionary please submit them in comments with anything else you would like to add.
If you don't mind spreading the word by linking to this post, we would be incredibly grateful.
We hope you'd all like to help us - this is going to be quite a project!