My inner English teacher is weeping in anguish and trying to kick my slumbering inner Science teacher into wakefulness so she can create a time machine to go back in time just to make sure everyone is present on the day this concept is covered in class.
Or like any time they open a book.
And dismay. Let's not forget the soul-eating dismay over the state of capitals and punctuation in dialogue. I need someone sitting by me and hitting me in the face when I even think of reading fanficiton these days. I'm pretty sure I'm developing an ulcer and an unattractive facial tic from this state of affairs.
I really just do not understand how this is happening. There cannot possibly be this many people who don't know the rules of quotations. I need to research the grammar rules of every other country to find out if it's that much different from standard English usage, and maybe things are getting lost in translation.
I just saw yet another example of the misuse of periods and capitals in dialogue. I think I may need to stop reading fanfic. I'm wondering if this is the fault of one or two betas who spread this idea around like a virus, corrupting correct grammar users into this depravity.
I will pay Misha to make a PSA to stop the madness. Now that would be a random act of kindness.
This might be a really stupid question, but have the rules for punctuating dialogue changed recently?
I was taught that it goes like this -> "I really like this show called Supernatural," he said.
However, I have been seeing this a lot lately -> "I really like this show called Supernatural." He said.
And when I say a lot, I mean A LOT. It's been like that in at least 4 Big Bangs I've read, not to mention smaller fic. It's really easy to miss, because who pays that much attention when you're expecting to see what you know? But once you see it....wow. It's in every piece of dialogue in the entire story. And I just cannot imagine a beta missing that for an entire Big Bang, much less more than one.
Please tell me I'm not crazy. Or, if I am, please inform me of the history of this change because it's making me want to tear my hair out.