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KichigaiKitsune

A random pet-peeve.

I wouldn't usually make a journal about this, but it's just been irking me a little since Squirrelfox sent me a video earlier.

You know, I'm sitting here watching lewd videos on YouTube, reading an AAR from the Battle of Fallujah (don't ask, I have no effing idea) and this jerk comes along and shows me this video that's gonna irritate me. Thanks a bunch, Squirrelfox!

Ok, I'm kidding.

The video in question is not a particularly egregious example of the thing I'm talking about, so I won't link it here. It mostly just reminded me of something that I feel like I need to comment on.

Now, I won't lie. I call it a pet peeve, but this is a big issue and I'm obviously not keen on causing controversy or conflict. But that may happen.

As an author who, thus far, has primarily written stories featuring younger characters (having started writing at the age of twelve myself), I get irritated whenever I see children in fiction speaking in a way that is unlikely or absolutely inappropriate for their age. It's not even just in fiction: you're almost guaranteed to see this even when it's supposed to be a simple matter of transcription.

In the case of the video Squirrelfox linked me, it was a boy saying "my mom is" and it was transcribed as "my mommy is." Simple thing, right? Wondering why it irks me?

Like I said, this isn't a good example because "mom is" and "mommy's" is fairly close, though I have no doubt that the kid said the former. This particular form of the problem is minor, but it nonetheless irritates me because I think it demonstrates an underlying desire to portray children as more dependent and shallower than they really are, because that appeals to people who don't really connect with or have respect for young people as human beings. Who think of them as cute little dolls who do cute things and nothing more.

It's "cuter" and more appealing to us if he said "mommy." So we misquote him, portraying him as more immature than he really is for our own amusement. Hey, it's fine if he actually said that, but I have a big problem with seeing children misportrayed in fiction, because it frankly seems like too many people get their idea of what kids are like from watching television. If even that.

That, ultimately, is the problem. Many of the people that do seek to portray children in fiction have zero experience with them - especially online, and especially in the furry fandom.

But the problem is endemic to mainstream television, movies and books too - and 50% of the jokes about children I've seen on the internet fall flat simply because kids do not act that way.

What I am saying is that as an author with many child characters, I roll my eyes whenever I read laughably inappropriate dialogue or otherwise get the impression that an author has never spoken with a real kid for more than five seconds.

What? I can have pet peeves, okay?
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Added: 7 years ago
 
Sairento
7 years ago
10 YEAR OLDS DO NOT HAVE BABY FAT SIR.
KichigaiKitsune
7 years ago
Oh dear Christ don't even joke.
Manafox
7 years ago
I was skinny as a stick at that age. Still, baby fat is cute on very young cubs!
Kota
7 years ago
And that brings up a peeve of mine.  i absolutely cannot stand when someone misquotes someone else.  If you said that he said 'mommy is fat' but he really said 'mom's fat', then that's not what he said.  I guess that somewhat distantly falls in with your peeve.
Manafox
7 years ago
I share that pet peeve. Kids are smarter (and more articulate!) than people make them out to be.
Ccrunch
7 years ago
Hah, I could never be a writer, Didn't even consider someone could be mis-quoted. Wonder how many things i'v missed due to that.
KichigaiKitsune
7 years ago
Hehe! You don't have to write about kids, ya know! Mind you, I also get annoyed about other stuff too. I still twitch whenever I watch Resident Evil 2 (the movie).
Gobby
7 years ago
And here I thought I was the only one!  It's especially frustrating when it's characters on the cusp of puberty that get portrayed acting like toddlers.  I pretty much stopped calling my mom mommy as soon as I entered the first grade.  
KichigaiKitsune
7 years ago
Definitely not the only one.

This ticks me off enough that I can't enjoy a lot of the "cub" fiction on this website.
RainyKirin
7 years ago
I was recently rping with someone, and they brought out their character's younger brother at one point. This kid was 8 years old and was 'tawwking wike dis' and acting like a 3 year old in general. Needless to say I mad.

It's like...do people really not know how to write any age under 16? Have they never been near a kid enough to know how they speak and act? I mean I absolutely avoid being around anyone under the age of 14 and I still know that much. :T
I blame Bill Cosby.
KichigaiKitsune
7 years ago
......... *dies*

Christ above. But that's exactly what I was talking about, and furries are VERY bad at this. Fact is, I doubt many of these cub-lovers (ugh) have been anywhere near a real human child and sometimes I wonder if that's good or bad.
RainyKirin
7 years ago
Ehen, but you'd think they'd still remember how they acted at that age. Did everyone just lose their memories or am I abnormal to remember all of that? >.>

And yeah, I can't tell either really. I'm just picky about what kids I'm around because a lot of my relatives's children are holy terrors and I'd rather not have to take responsibility when they start breaking things and beating each other. Then you have kids like my friend's 8 year old sister who plays Minecraft, and Blazblue with me. :T Soooo yeah./wtf that was so off topic, I'm so sorry.
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