OK, so in the latest Entertainment Weekly, they have comments about the article they did on Robert Pattinson back in March. There were a few different viewpoints and one made a comment in the general area of “with his sly humor, he is the next Colin Firth.” Insert cough.
I thought about this for a while and I think it isn’t what he said, but his accent. Now I realize that Entertainment Weekly is a magazine and you can’t hear his accent, but am I the only one who reads whatever a Brit says with an accent in my head? I do not read it the same. I just don’t. So I think this commentator read the article with a British accent and now thinks RPatz sounds like Firth. Because they actually don’t sound a thing a like and their accents aren’t similar either, but unless you are talking about a really different accent, like Scottish, Irish or Russell Brand, most British accents sound the same to us across the pond. (Or are we across the other pond?)
And for most of us across one of the ponds, all British accents, including Irish and Scottish, sound incredibly good. Pattinson could read the Joy of Cooking and I would bat my eyes and ask if he was talking to me. (And let’s be honest, if he were reading a cookbook, he would NOT be talking to me.)
I think to find out if you really like someone British, you have to read what they say out loud with your own accent or have someone read it to you. Then you can hear the words instead of the ever so quaint drop of ‘r’s’.
Or you can move to the British Isles. I lived there for 18 months and when I was finished, I had realized that not everyone who sounds like Firth, acts like Firth. And if we are being petty, but realistic about it, they don’t look like Firth either. For this to work, however, you must stay there because after a few years away, I am back to thinking my grocery list read with a British accent is sexy. Very, very sexy.
I feel that by writing this, I have helped society. I think less women will runaway and marry a British Islander after only one phone call (or reading an article with a fake accent.)
And am I wrong that this ailment affects mostly women?
P.S. You are welcome.