I believe that Joel and Ethan Coen are talented filmmakers, but as native Minnesota boys, why the need to make such a mockery of our Scandinavian-based accent?
Frances McDormand won a Best Actress Oscar for her portrayal of police chief Marge Gunderson in "Fargo." The movie had its funny moments and that was all well and good. It drew attention to our lovely state and even us Minnesotans chuckled at the absurdity of it all.
Until an internet friend of mine told me she figured I sound like Marge.
Wait, what? You think Minnesotans sound like this:
A member of my crit group is working on writing a leprechaun in her story. We've been working on trying to help create the right lilt to his dialogue. It takes a good ear to write a dialect and done poorly, the leprechaun could end up sounding as stereotypical as Marge in Fargo.
Have you written any of your characters with an accent? Do you have any examples of books where accents have been done well?