The most recent Time Out Global Dating Survey questioned over 11,000 people in 24 cities around the world and asked them, ‘What is the most romantic accent?’ The resounding and overriding answer was the British accent.
Now, it wasn’t made clear as to which British accent they referred, but I’m assuming they meant the traditional RP (Received pronunciation) that you hear in movies, usually voiced by the British villain of the piece. Refined, classic, educated. Think Tom Hiddleston as Loki (Avengers Assemble). Alan Rickman as Snape (Harry Potter). Benedict Cumberbatch as Khan (Star Trek:Into Darkness). Look at this lovely advert, The Art of Villainy by Jaguar:
But, as we all know, there are many UK accents, as discussed in this clip below (QI) The discussion about the perception of accents begins about 4:15 but the whole thing is funny if you want to have a laugh. (Hosted by Stephen Fry, Guests Alan Davies, David Mitchell, Sandi Toksvig and Rob Brydon)
The poor Brummies (Birmingham) don’t come out of it very well! I like lots of different UK accents. And worldwide, too.
In our romance stories, we often have heroes with pronounced accents – sheikhs, Italians, Greeks always seem to be on the shelves. So what do you think? What is your favourite accent? UK or otherwise?
Louisa Heaton’s most recent release is His Perfect Bride? (Out now)