Americans have always been fascinated with the customs and alluring accents of the English. Now more than ever everyone seems to be fixated on everything involving the U.K.—their music, television programs, and even their fashion. If you haven’t yet realized it, take a moment and think about how many people you know that like One Direction, or the X-Factor, or Doctor Who.
The Olympics, which were held in London this year, may have started this culture craze, but it could’ve begun with the Royal Wedding last year, or even as early as the 2000s with J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series. It’s always difficult to trace the exact moment where most fads begin, though in this case it seems more likely that Tom Daley, Mo Farah, or other Olympian favorites spurred this sudden obsession.
A handful of the most popular musicians we hear nowadays are also from the U.K. Bands like Coldplay and Mumford and Sons have been around for a while, but they aren’t nearly as popular as artists like Ed Sheeran, One Direction and Muse. It’s possible that the similarity between Sheeran and Taylor Swift’s style of music contribute to his rising fame, and the popularity of Muse can be explained by their talent and relevance. One Direction, however, is self-explanatory; form a British pop band with five cute teenage boys and you’re almost guaranteed to succeed, as Simon Cowell figured out.
To be honest, some Europeans don’t exactly have the highest opinions of us Americans, but that hardly alters our perspective of them and their culture. Everything seems so majestic, so beautiful, and so classic in London. We are fascinated with their slang and their mannerisms. The Royal Wedding, which had nothing to do with the United States, was on the front page of most of our magazines. It’s hard to tell whether this craze is just a passing trend or if it’ll continue to escalate; nonetheless, we can appreciate the amount of influence that the British seem to be having in our society and enjoy their unique forms of entertainment.
Nataly Capote-Torres / Chief Copy Editor.