Worst Accent in a Book Trailer: Sweet Evil

I'm reading Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins right now and I've been thinking a lot about Southern accents in YA books. Being from Georgia, I'm accustomed to Southern twang much more than probably other people, but listening to the accent and reading it can be vitally different. As long as the accent isn't too jarring when I read I really don't have a problem with it. There will always be one exception to this rule though. And that's if the book takes place in Georgia. I'm of course biased to the place that I have lived twenty-one years in. 

Most authors don't live in the cities where they write, so it's easy to misjudge an accent. I've started Sweet Evil, which begins in Atlanta but the main character is from Cartersville, Georgia. At first I really didn't think the characters had accents. The only indication is that some characters say y'all (which is a frequently used term in the south). Although y'all is usually said by people who don't have twang. Like me. I'm from Georgia. Born and Bred. And I have ZERO accent. I think it's a huge misconception that everyone in Georgia have deep accents. If you look at a map, Georgia is a HUGE state! The north up by Tennessee, the south, and the parts by Alabama all usually have that southern accent. But the cities surrounding Atlanta are void of the drawl. If you ever have a chance to go to Atlanta you will realize no one in the city has any accent at all. 

I get excited when a book takes place in Georgia, but my Nancy Drew side comes out and I had to investigate further. Where did I go? The book trailer. Of course the book trailer would let me know if I was reading Georgia minus the accent or Georgia plus the accent. What did I find? The worst Southern Accent representation of all time! Unfortunately, Sweet Evil has earned my fictional award for Worst Accent in a Book Trailer. It sucks because the book is great so far. I'm going to have to think of an awesome award for it to win! Check it out below and let me know if you agree!


Does it earn your award or is there another trailer that trumps this one? Are you reading the book? Do accents in books bother you? If you're a fellow Southerner, what do you think? Comments below!
 Also check out my other award for Best Music in a Book Trailer!

6 comments:

  1. Oh, gosh. I am so insulted by that. I will freely admit that I have an accent, and that people think I talk funny but, that was just a butchering of our language. Ick. I'm from Arkansas, and my accent sounds nothing like this. But I'm not from Georgia. :)

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    1. I have no problem with Southern accents :) I'm so used to them that sometimes I barely even notice when people have them but I agree, it was butchered. I'm not sure what even accent they're going for but it's not one I have ever heard of.

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    2. Hey, I love my accent, and wouldn't trade it for any other in the world, because it's a part of me, but really, what is that accent? 'Cause, I would probably laugh if I ever heard someone talk like that. ;)

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  2. Well, that trailer breaks my heart a little bit. I have siblings in Georgia and they have a slight accent, but nothing as ridiculous as that actresses exaggerated twang.

    Although it still does look like a really good read, I dislike when they focus on the romance. It has such a promising premise with fallen/good angels. The relationship is important, but there's other serious sh!t going on.

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    1. I think accents are great because they make a person who they are. But I agree, this accent is just an actress trying too hard. I hear you about the romance taking hold of the book. That happens to me all the time. You think it's going to be some grand plot and then it's just another romance story. Ahh, well, I hope this one turns out better. The book is really good so far despite this trailer! That's a plus!

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