Welcome to Liza O'Connor, who shares an interesting perspective on foreigners.
Why do the French hate Americans? I found over 30 blogs discussing this puzzle.
But first, let me address the possibility that it is not just the French who hate Americans. When I was in Australia and New Zealand people kept saying, “I normally hate Americans, but you’re right enough.”
Since I know without question, I’m not even close to being the ‘nicest American alive’ I concluded something was odd about their perspective. “What’s wrong with the other Americans?”
“They come in buses, wear polyester, and talk loudly.”
Then later someone else complained about the Japanese.
“What’s wrong with the Japanese?” I asked.
“They come in buses, constantly take pictures, and chatter non-stop.”
Suddenly a light bulb went off in my head. “Is it possible you just hate buses?”
The guy laughed. “Maybe…”
Since a great deal of tourist take bus tours while in France, this looked like a possible explanation for the French detestation as well.
And why are buses so detestable? These aren’t ‘let’s go to work buses’. These are tourist buses — a roaming infestation of noise, gas fumes, and cacophony. They are like a giant cicada that swarm into a boutique or restaurant, sending the regulars clients fleeing. Then after they quickly devour their food, they swarm outside to swarm the shops before landing back in the bus.
There is also the general inability to speak French. The French LOVE and protect their language, probably more so than any other country. They believe it the most beautiful language in existence and actually write laws to protect it and often to let ‘new words’ come into the vocabulary, instead insisting old words must be found to describe the item.
In my book, Adam creates a program to help Amanda learn to speak the language perfectly, and she never travels in a bus, but she’s still hated by the other French students.
Birth of Adam
Book 2 of the Artificial Intelligence Sci-Rom Series
With a new identity, Amanda believes she has left her past behind. Then she acquires a stalker. She contacts the FBI and in doing so alerts a program she once created to her location. Now ensconced in the internet, the program is safe from harm, smarter than ever, and sentient. Presenting itself on her phone as a handsome face with a sexy British accent, “Adam” ingratiates himself into Amanda’s life. To ensure her safety and happiness, the sentient program proves there is absolutely nothing he can’t and won’t do.
“This is ridiculous! What is it about Miss Carrington that bothers you?” he demanded.
Amanda grimaced. This was certainly not how she wished to start her morning.
“She doesn’t think rules apply to her,” one of the Europeans said.
“She’s a freshman and shouldn’t be here,” another added.
“Wait, two days ago the accusation was that she was too old to be here,” he reminded them.
“That too,” Davy replied.
“She never goes out with us to the bars.”
“She never hangs around with us at all.”
Pinchot looked at Amanda. “Anything you wish to say?”
“No,” she replied.
“Well, I’ve no idea what rules I’m not obeying, and I don’t like bars, nor do I hang around with people who don’t like me, and I’m astounded, given the anti-American sentiment at this school, that any of the European students would think I would try to hang out with them.” She looked at the guy who’d made that declaration. “If you want me to talk to you, you have to make the first move, because I’m not approaching someone who hates Americans just on principle.”
He looked momentarily confused. “You’re American? But your accent is perfect!”
“I work on improving my French every day,” she replied. “And thank you for the compliment.” She looked at Pinchot. “I’m not certain why we had to discuss this. Nothing is going to change. Beth’s jackals think whatever Beth tells them to think, and the Europeans hate Americans, and I don’t have time to deal with all this nonsense, so yes, I live in a nice house with really nice people so I don’t have to find fish in my bed and spit in my food.”
Pinchot sighed and threw up his hands. “Well, I tried.”
The way he said it made her feel as though she had failed him, which upset her greatly. When class was over, she attempted to talk to him, but he ordered her to her next class.
Fortunately, her next period was her free class, because she had a great need to cry. She found her way to the giant windows with the chairs and sat down. It wasn’t her fault Beth had turned everyone against her, and it was certainly not her fault the European students hated Americans. Nor could she blame them. If the only people she had met were Beth and her jackals, she’d hate Americans too.
She didn’t bother trying to stop the tears. God, she was thirty-seven years old and somehow hanging around with these children had turned her into a child all over again, with all the same miseries she’d endured the first time around.
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Liza O’Connor was raised badly by feral cats, left the South/Midwest and wandered off to find nicer people on the east coast. There she worked for the meanest man on Wall Street, while her psychotic husband tried to kill her three times. (So much for finding nicer people.) Then one day she declared enough, got a better job, divorced her husband, and fell in love with her new life where people behaved nicely. But all those bad behaviors have given her lots of fodder for her books. Please buy these books, because otherwise, she’ll become grumpy and write troubled novels instead. They will likely traumatize you.
Mostly humorous books by Liza:
A Long Road to Love Series: (Humorous Contemporary Odd Romance)
Worst Week Ever — Laugh out loud week of disasters of Epic proportions.
Oh Stupid Heart — The heart wants what it wants, even if it’s impossible.
Coming to Reason — There is a breaking point when even a saint comes to reason.
Climbing out of Hell — The reconstruction of a terrible man into a great one.
The Hardest Love — Is to love oneself. Sam’s story.
The White Oak-Mafia Series: (Spunky, strong women who have given up on love, but find it anyway)
A Fortune to Die For — Megan wins the Mega Times Lottery and discovers it comes with a curse. Soon even the Mafia wants to kill her.
Unexpected Love — Coming Soon: What could be stranger than a British Prince falling in love with a Mafia Princess?
Requires Rescue Series: (Contemporary Romance where even the strong needs help.)
Saving Casey — Cass wakes up in the body of a troubled teen who has burned every bridge imaginable. Her only choice is to turn this life around, but that’s much harder than she ever imagined.
Saving Molly — Coming soon: Sean rescues a young woman who smiles too much, and she saves him and his child in return.
Ghost Lover —Two British brothers fall in love with the same young woman. Ancestral ghost is called in to fix the situation. And there’s a ghost cat that roams about the book as well. (Humorous Contemporary Romance)
Humorous Sci-Fi series
The Gods of Probabilities — In the Multiverses, anything can & does happen. Join the bickering Gods and the sentient beings they oversee.
Surviving Outbound — Earth is doomed, but the odds of surviving outbound isn’t much better.
Surviving Terranue — Welcome to Terranue. Prepare to be baked, pummeled, and frozen. But first you’ll have to survive the black death growing in the cliffs.
Surviving Sojourn — You know you have reason to worry when a hyper-grown one-year-old is made captain of the ship.
Sci-Fi Romance with Artificial Intelligence and Suspense
Public Secrets — Carla Simon is a best-selling novelist besieged by death threats and lawsuits because her stories keep turning out to be true.
Birth of Adam — Carla changes her identity and enrolls in college, but the AI program finds her and ensconces its life into hers.
The Adventures of Xavier & Vic Sleuth series: (Late Victorian/Mystery/Romance)
The Troublesome Apprentice — The greatest sleuth in Victorian England hires a young man who turns out to be a young woman.
The Missing Partner — Opps! The greatest sleuth in Victorian England goes missing, leaving Vic to rescue him, a suffragette, and about 100 servants. Not to mention an eviscerating cat. Yes, let’s not mention the cat.
A Right to Love — A romantic detour for Jacko. Want to see how amply rewarded Jacko was when he & Vic save an old woman from Bedlam?
The Mesmerist — The Mesmerist can control people from afar and make them murder for her. Worse yet, Xavier Thorn has fallen under her spell.
Well Kept Secrets — The problems with secrets is that they always come to light, no matter how you wish to silence them.
Pack of Trouble — Changes are a part of life, but these changes almost kill Vic.
The Darkest Days — Muddled cases make Vic very grumpy.
Untamed & Unabashed —The youngest of the Bennet sisters, Lydia, tells her story. A faithful, yet provocative spinoff from Pride & Prejudice. (Warning: Lydia is frisky.)
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