"I wonder what's up today?" is a phrase my three-year-old cousin likes to remark to himself. Well, I have a similar question to ask, except it has to do with books. What's up with book titles these days?
I feel like every single modern teen book out there has a one-word (and sometimes two-word) title. Whatever happened to putting "The" in front of something? Does it really have to be one word? What's so cool-sounding or edgy about a title being one word? I wouldn't have a problem with it, but it seems like every single author is doing this now, and I'm getting tired of it. Let's vary our titles a bit more, please?
Something else has been grating on my nerves lately. It's been going on for a while. And that is the use of "I" vs. the use of "me". Look, I'm used to people not knowing when to use "I". I'm used to hearing "It was Bob and me at the park" or "You and me are going to the mall" when it should be "you and I". It's incorrect grammar, but I actually prefer it to when someone does the other thing. The other thing drives me crazy. I can't stand when someone incorrectly uses "I" when they should use "me". For example, "Would you like to go to the park with Bob and I?". This is incorrect. Would you say "Would you like to go to the park with I?". No, you wouldn't. You would say "Would you like to go to the park with me?". "Me" does not change to "I" when you group yourself with another person in your question. But the worst part is that people who say things like "Would you like to go to the park with Bob and I?" think they're being grammatically correct. And other people think they're being grammatically correct, too. However, they are not being grammatically correct. They are wrong. Let's clear that up here and now. "I" is used for the subject of the sentence, and "me" is used for the object of the sentence. That is all there is to it!
Another thing that bothers me are incredibly fake and over-the-top Scottish accents. You have no idea how many times I internally wince while listening to a terrible Scottish accent. Even Emma Thompson, who voiced Merida's mum in Brave, irritated me to no end with her fake Scottish accent. Her Scottish accent is certainly not the worst I've heard, but it still annoyed me quite a lot. Perhaps the very fact the accent is fake irritates me. I love Emma Thompson very much, but why is an English woman voicing a Scottish queen? By the way, despite Emma Thompson's fake Scottish accent, I loved Brave and I will be reviewing it on this blog some time soon.
And lastly, I am annoyed with some people's ignorance of Irish and Scottish skin. Stop telling us to tan, and stop telling us that we "should go in the sun more". Irish skin, like mine, can easily burn. I can't tan; if I were to go out in the sun unprotected I would get freckles, which is my body's way of saying it's getting too much sunlight and can't cope. I can get sunburn within just a few minutes, and eventually even skin cancer. Our skin is sensitive to intense sunlight. Ireland is a temperate land where it rains often, and even on relatively sunny days the sky there offers natural protection to the skin. The quality of the sunlight is not so intense or as bright as it is in other places like North America. Our bodies are not made for hot, sunny, and/or dry weather. Light eyes and light skin are sensitive to that amount of light. My grandmother, for instance, is Scottish through her father, and she has very light-colored eyes. She moved to a very sunny place, and she now has damaged eyes because of it. And my mom, for instance, has very Scottish curly hair that needs moisture. Therefore, a dry climate is not healthy for it. There are other effects too, from living in a climate one is not adapted to, such as headaches and sunstroke. My mother and brother have clear blue eyes and their eyes get "burned" by bright light.
So stop expecting us to tan. And stop saying we are too pale. It is our natural skin color, and it is beautiful the way it is.
Whew, glad I got all of those things off my chest.