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I wish top-notch writers would do basic research. Most of them do, but every so often... they don't. And then they get rec'd anyway, and I start shouting at the monitor, because it's a good story, and I want to keep reading it, but IT'S OMG WRONG.

In this case it's a Merlin post-grad AU set in London. Only they've transplanted the US system of postgraduate studies requiring the student to teach. That doesn't happen in the UK - postgrads don't teach unless they've taken a teaching job (and this is very rare - generally only done by people who intend to become teachers, don't have full funding and need a job, and don't mind adding an extra year on to their studies to compensate for the time lost to a job). And if they have a teaching job it's completely separate from their studies, would not give them any credits towards their qualification, and they'd be paid for it.

They've also transplanted the US system of interning. While this isn't unheard of over here, it's far more likely to be called a work placement or work experience.

I'm only on chapter 2, and I really want to know what happens in the story. From what I've read so far, the actual story has very little to do with the cocked-up student shit. If you don't know how it works, you don't want to do the research, and it's not relevant to the storyline, why in the name of God would you transplant some American into a story set in the UK?

Edit: Oh God, they transplanted the US medical system and the US legal system too. *headdesk* Okay, I'm officially too pissed off to finish the story now, and it's going to nag at me, dammit.
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