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12 August 2012 @ 08:25 pm
Please Just Stop POST  
simplyn2deep posted that the Governor's name in Hawaii Five-0 is Sam Denning

That got me to thinking about other fandom pet peeves. What drives you crazy? Or - what makes you abuse your back button?

Okay, I'll start:

Can we not say "he/she padded to the bathroom" for a while? It seems like it is in Every. Single. Story! "Walked." "Shuffled." "Made his way."

Also, Steve McGarrett is a SEAL. He is not an ex-SEAL, an ex-seal, an ex-Seal, a seal, or a Seal. He IS a SEAL. He is in the reserves, yes. But he is still a SEAL.

From a grammar perspective, please please please learn the difference between it's & its; their, they're & there; your & you're. If you aren't sure, please ask someone who is.

What drives y'all crazy? Share. (Be nice, though. Don't call out anyone in public.)
The Huntress: StevePickMehuntress69 on August 13th, 2012 12:37 am (UTC)
I've done so many of these rants, especially on grammar, but as far as H5-0 specific, I have referred to Steve as a "former SEAL", but in the sense that he is no longer active (I've had him resign a few times). I have a friend who refers to himself as an ex-marine (retired), so that's how I have referred to Steve. I also use a thesaurus when I write fic so as not to use the same word as a constant. There are but so many times you can use "slow" LOL. Oh, and yes, SEAL/Seal drives me nuts. (ETA: And don't get me started on to, too and two (or) lose/loose, which tend to pop up more than anything else.)

Edited at 2012-08-13 12:41 am (UTC)
Are 6 dogs too many?: Steve WTFtkeylasunset on August 13th, 2012 12:43 am (UTC)
I haven't seen many of these "please stop" posts but I can imagine they are pretty pervasive.

Oh yes - to, two, too; and lose/loose!!! Forgot those.

The Huntress: SteveWhyMehuntress69 on August 13th, 2012 12:50 am (UTC)
I wouldn't know where to look on my LJ for my rants on this, so let me add - "Britishisms". I love Brit English (I have relatives from London) and have grown used to the use of the letter "u" (humour, colour, etc) BUT - in the US we do not call our Mother's "Mum" and we do not use a "lift" or a "loo", and we call "chips" french fries LOL.
nandolove28nandolove28 on August 13th, 2012 03:21 am (UTC)
Going on this, I get *really* annoyed when someone uses 'arse'. Danny and Steve would not say 'arse'. Maybe if Rachel was talking but when I've seen it, it has been Danny, Steve, Kono, Chin, etc...
a geek in such the wrong way: blackadder-cunning planhaldoor on August 14th, 2012 04:21 am (UTC)
Yup, and it works the other way too, when Brit/Aussie/Kiwi characters are made to say/do American things they just would not say or use! Checking where your character is from via a beta from that part of the world is a good idea at times, methinks. ;-)
From a little spark may burst a mighty flamedante_s_hell on August 13th, 2012 12:46 am (UTC)
You know, it's funny that you mentioned "padded" to the bathroom. Every now and again, I notice that I use certain phrases over and over again. So when I edit, I try to come up with something different. It's not always easy, though. Of course, I see some of those same phrases in other fics, too. I guess we all have our old standbys. Unfortunately, it makes the writing stale and uninteresting.

One thing that I notice in H50 fic is when they want to show possession as in Danny Williams' car. Sometimes, authors put the apostrophe before the "s". That jars me every time I see it.
The Huntress: SteveWhyMehuntress69 on August 13th, 2012 12:52 am (UTC)
The dreaded/misplaced apostrophe drives me batty. And yes, I've used "padded" also (runs off to hide in corner).
From a little spark may burst a mighty flamedante_s_hell on August 13th, 2012 12:54 am (UTC)
I think we've all used "padded". Walked is so pedestrian. Pun totally intended. :-)

And sometimes, there is no apostrophe when there should be one. That drives me a little crazy as well.

The Huntress: DannySawStevehuntress69 on August 13th, 2012 12:56 am (UTC)
http://thesaurus.com/ is a wonderful place when you're writing.
Are 6 dogs too many?: Cap Americatkeylasunset on August 13th, 2012 12:59 am (UTC)
Yes!! One of my best friends - thesaurus.com!
a geek in such the wrong way: H50-of course!haldoor on August 14th, 2012 04:22 am (UTC)
fandom_grammar is also brilliant!
From a little spark may burst a mighty flamedante_s_hell on August 13th, 2012 01:05 am (UTC)
I keep a tab open just for the thesaurus. I also have pages of printed action verbs I can consult if my brain isn't functioning correctly. :-)

Some professional writers use he said/she said for everything. I guess you could call it a style, but I like to mix it up and include a different action just for variety. I think most readers probably appreciate that as well.

What do you think?
The Huntress: SteveWhyMehuntress69 on August 13th, 2012 01:28 am (UTC)
I made mention of this to a wonderful author, the he said/she said. I told her similar because I have been through it myself. Yes, mix it up - murmured, mentioned, added - these are other words to use. And I swear, if I see Mcgarrett again instead of McGarrett, I will shriek myself.
marence, an eternal studentmarence on August 14th, 2012 01:37 am (UTC)
Many of the style guides used in academia require one to use the simplest descriptive verb- s/he said, s/he walked, s/he ate - and leave it at that.
They also expect one to use one instead of you, and I put it in the above sentence to show it off. One likes to let one show off; it is pompous and arrogant sounding, and would smack you upside the head if that wasn't bad grammar.
Are 6 dogs too many?: Danno Srslytkeylasunset on August 13th, 2012 12:57 am (UTC)
There's nothing wrong with "padding" somewhere. It's a lovely image. I have just read it SO MUCH lately!!! I've used it. But I won't be doing it any time soon!!!
Lizet Elaine: Hawaii Five 0::Kono::crazysimplyn2deep on August 13th, 2012 01:00 am (UTC)
I could be wrong, but I don't think I've used it. now i want to for the hell of it lol
marence, an eternal studentmarence on August 14th, 2012 01:50 am (UTC)
About a year ago, I pledged to never correct grammar or spelling on the Internet, because it 1) never helps and 2) made me look like a pompous ass. I think I was an English teacher in a past life, because I cringe even at typos.

The lack of proper punctuation and capitalization annoy me greatly. Using a homonym annoys me. Not having an editor of some sort, even an anonymous beta reader from LJ, look over and correct your work before posting annoys me. People who think that freeform prose = story annoy me (freefrom prose can be a prose-poem, or a drabble, but rarely qualify as a actual story).

Oh, one final annoyance - a stylistic thing that just looks wrong to me, even though it makes sense - commas outside the quotation marks (e.g., "Hi there", she said.)
a geek in such the wrong way: amusement-memo from Godhaldoor on August 14th, 2012 04:18 am (UTC)
So with you on those grammar ones. It's not all that hard! We all slip occasionally, but if you're ficcing, take time to actually figure out the one you mean, or get a Beta reader, dammit! One of mine is the mis-use of apostrophes. Plurals DON'T need 'em, please remember! Jeez, Wayne.

Oh, and epithets; 'the tall man', 'the former detective' etc instead of just their name. Yes, sometimes it's appropriate to use 'the man' or 'the other guy' or something as otherwise you'd be tripping over names in one sentence, but once you've been writing a while, it reads so very wrong to see someone referred to as 'the blond detective' or some other description, especially when it's in their own POV. *sigh* It certainly makes me click away after a while.

Edited at 2012-08-14 04:26 am (UTC)