I recently got an e-mail from a reader who is also a writer. He explained that he liked my stories, but had a list of some 40+ corrections.
I knew what was coming, so before he sent the file with the corrections I tried to head him off at the pass.
I explained that as far as I was concerned, dialog both spoken and internal was a "free fire zone." It's kind of like Vegas, what happens there, stays there. Almost no one, least of all a bunch of teenagers from South Georgia, speaks perfect English. They have nuances, slang, dialect, and just plain laziness in their speech. If that's the way I envision them speaking it, that's exactly how I write it.
I was surprised to get a reply completely disagreeing. This person seems to believe that most people speak and think in grammatically correct and perfectly pronounced (and thus perfectly spelled when written) English. Not that their is such a thing as perfect English, we have style guides to try to define just what flavor of English we're working with on a given day.
It just makes no sense to me. I pointed out that we had both probably read numerous stories where the dialog was so formal that it was wooden and unbelievable. Still he persists that I'm wrong.