Jeez, I guess, with the exception of Holly and Julie, Beth is the only American in the gang. How difficult is it to write American English? As James said, the US spell check takes care of a lot of it. Phrases are more difficult, and yes, what Karen and James pointed out about ‘hearing’—and understanding—the characters helps; much less of a likelihood of having them sound ‘wrong.’Originally Posted by nell
And then I walk in and it’s round the world in a sentence… English isn’t my first language, but I seem to have this knack of ‘adapting’ reasonably quickly, both to accents and idiom. Which can be a problem, because half the time I don’t notice, and if I happen to reside in the wrong country, I have Jack talk about things going pear-shaped. The good news is, I now live in Canada, so there’s an above-average chance of my getting Rodney right. Skookum, eh?
Actually, I find that the cultural quirks are even more difficult to nail than turns of phrase, because there are a lot of things, especially in pop culture and pertaining to anything from drinks to television shows to music, that are quite subtle. Normally you learn them by actually living—ideally growing up—in a given country or culture. If you don’t have that advantage, it takes a hell of a lot of research (also known as watching TV ) and kind people like Beth who will correct screwy phrases and explain to you what a unit coin is.
Jack and Thor?Originally Posted by AmberLM
Siler and his wrench? (I note a distinct lack of Siler & Wrench smilies)
Okay. Seriously. I do enjoy Sam and Jack’s ongoing walk on eggshells, and yes, I do see the tension there and I do enjoy throwing it in here and there, because—apart from my being a soppy cow at heart—their tightrope act is psychologically fascinating. Having said that, I’m in total agreement with Karen as regards the four-way dynamic within the team. Each one of these relationships is fun to write, because they’re all subtly different. The relationship between Jack and Teal’c is really cool, I think. In some respects they’re probably closer than anyone else on the team, but it very rarely rises to the surface, because of who they are—but when it does, it leaves you slack-jawed, going, ‘Wow!’ To me, one of the most stunning moments, perhaps in the entire show, is Jack’s farewell to Teal’c in Lost City.
No, no rewriting of S6, at least on my part—I'm with you on Jonas and I loved that whole season. At some point I'd really like to do something with both Daniel and Jonas, because I thought their relationship was really interesting, just a little prickly and great fun. However, it's not going to happen at any time in the near futureOriginally Posted by Elite Anubis Guard
On a more general note, the fact that Jonas hasn't shown up in the books so far really was in response to what folks wanted—i.e. the original team.