England My England: Anglophilia Explained - a new ebook by Mark Dery

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26 Responses to “England My England: Anglophilia Explained - a new ebook by Mark Dery”

  1. Chris Knowles says:

    *sigh* Amazon has locked me out of investigating that book due to region….

  2. SophieMerry says:

    Well, now maybe I can begin to understand my teenage, born-and-raised Alaskan daughter’s fascination with Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney. It’s certainly not his looks.

  3. tw1515tw says:

    Why oh why do some Americans persist in seeing us Brits as superior, better educated, deferential-to-the-aristocracy, funny people? We’re not deferential to the aristocracy.

    • Snig says:

      Television caricature.  Typical representation of a Brit on TV is usually kind of a Toff.  

    • Jonathan Badger says:

      For the same reason that many Brits (and Continental Europeans) are still under the impression that downtowns of US cities are dangerous places where you are in probable danger of being mugged even in broad daylight: it’s a combination of true but exaggerated descriptions of decades past combined with the depictions in TV and movies based on them.

  4. Tomgliv says:

    Can someone please write a sister publication to this explaining the subtle nuances of English regional accents to US members of the acting profession, particularly those involved in TV shows.  Not every criminal hard man is a ‘Cockney geezer’, rock musicians are not all ‘Brummies’ (a new addition to the repetoir since the Osbournes), or ‘Mancunians’ and the people who speak like toffs are mainly members of the Royal family.

    • phuzz says:

      I’m guessing the traditional West Country ‘farmer’ accent probably sounds quite rural to US ears as well.
      Of course, not everyone with a west country burr is a farmer, but people think we are.

    • Christopher says:

      In exchange I’d like someone to write a guide explaining to English actors how to do an American accent. With the exception of Hugh Laurie when I hear English actors pretending to be American I want to say, “The only American who really spoke like John Wayne was John Wayne.” 

      • Navin_Johnson says:

        Yeah, they’re all awful. Laurie is one of the few I’ve heard pull it off in way that’s impossible to distinguish.

        The worst example I can think of is from the new Doctor Who series. The Daleks in depression era NYC. the most comically overblown attempts at American accents you’ll ever hear. Like they were gleaned from a mish mosh of old stereotypes and gangster movies.

        • Christopher says:

          There were some equally bad American accents in the old episodes of Doctor Who–going back as far as Hartnell’s The Gunfighters.

          Here’s an odd thing, though: I’ve known several British guys who were surprised to learn that the three main members of Spinal Tap–Messrs. St. Hubbins, Tufnel, and Smalls–were American comedians. Then again I guess it’s not surprising that people who thought This Is Spinal Tap was a real documentary could be so easily fooled.

          • Antinous / Moderator says:

            the three main members of Spinal Tap… were American comedians

            You know that Christopher Guest is actually Christopher Haden-Guest, 5th Baron Haden-Guest and a hereditary peer of the United Kingdom?

      • BlackPanda says:

         A few of the actors in The Wire were British. Notably Dominic West and Idris Elba.

        • Navin_Johnson says:

           Good call. Elba was pretty great. I had no idea he was British when I first watched The Wire. West’s accent came through from time to time though. It wasn’t distracting at least.

  5. Christopher says:

    One sure cure for Anglophilia: visit Essex, because Essex is crap.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7fRGRR9SUyw

  6. Stella Cooks says:

    Essex is fantastic.

    • Christopher says:

      Although I never went there I’m sure there are parts of Essex that are nice, and I have known some wonderful people from Essex, so I know it doesn’t fully deserve the reputation Spitting Image gave it.

      But…the Spitting Image video will always be funny to me because about a week before I saw it I was in a pub and a guy who looked almost exactly like the guys in the video started talking to me. He had a mustache and wore a purple shell suit. Those were the only differences between him and the guys in the video.

  7. Mark Dery says:

    Chris Knowles: Thanks for the heads-up. Infuriating. Will ask my publisher about worldwide availability and report back, here. Where are you? U.K.? (The irony…)

  8. Mark Dery says:

    Some of you have reported difficulty downloading my e-single, “England My England: Anglophilia Explained,” from Australia. My publisher writes: “Can buy it via here: http://store.vook.com/storefronts/book/england-my-england-anglophilia-explained.html#.UUCA0dFesqs for Australia.”

  9. Anglophilia Explained???
    Two words:

    Monty Python

  10. Snig says:

    I do have to say that I always considered myself an Anglophile, based on early exposure to the Goodies and Monty Python.  Now that I’m dating a Brit, Anglophilia has a different connotation and I enjoy it a few orders of magnitude more.  

  11. Navin_Johnson says:

    Why are some native-born residents of our Shining City Upon a Hill, where All Men Are Created Equal, seduced by the fluting tones of manor-born privilege?

    Because so many Americans are in love with hierarchy no matter its source. I wonder if people would like it if it showed how servants were really treated and portrayed the Crawleys in a more realistic manner as something less than saintly, caring, loving, paternal masters…..

  12. Mark Dery says:

    Pardon my product placement, but the long-suffering hack *must* Pimp His Read: For those outside the U.S. and U.K., INTNAT’L ORDERS FOR “ENGLAND MY ENGLAND” HERE: http://store.vook.com/storefronts/book/england-my-england-anglophilia-explained.html#.UUCue9Fesqs

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