It seems a common problem for Europeans and Americans to have issues communicating due to the vast difference in age of the cultures, and the common assumptions that do not exist in both cultures. Americans, by and large, tend to be more optimistic, never having Bubonic Plague, or WWI, and WWII on their doorsteps, or having to live in fear of the Soviet tanks that patrolled streets there up until the 80s. Humour is another thing that is sometimes problematic, with European humour being generally more cerebral and American humour being more guttural. My point is, if writing a book where you hope to find a large audience among Americans, you might want to keep those differences in mind at all times.
Originally Posted by rudolf