Since there are few ways to gain entry to the UK, and marriage can be the most complicated, there are many on the board looking for help. Same as on a bike or auto board - you would think they were all nothing but trouble, because most of the posters are looking for help with their problems. Those with no difficulty spend their spare time somewhere else.
There are many Anglophiles in the States. Many who trace their ancestry there feel an affinity for the tiny island nation. Same for many WWII buffs.
Is it that different from moving from say, rural Bama or N. Dakota to someplace like LA? Or the other way 'round?
There is an air of adventure about the whole LDR-foreign land experience. Even the average working guy or gal would like to have something interesting about their lives.
"Oh yea, your Great-grandpa, well yea, well, he worked worked down at the plant there for forty-five years, then he had a heart attack and, well, he died."
"But did you know your Great-grandma was from England? And that Great-grandpa lived there for a few years?"
REALLY? How cool!
It's amazing that, in this age of relatively cheap air travel, most Americans are still impressed if you have been over the pond.
Space may be the final frontier, but since that is not yet an option for most of us yet, we have to explore what we left behind. Hey, after a couple hundred years, it's all new to us!
Those who have an Ex from hell may be glad to get as far away as possible. (Can we live on the eastern side of England, honey?)
When you are finally together, your world is a lot bigger.
And the accent thing seems to stick around. Once in awhile, you'll hear another American colloquialism that is hilarious in the Brit accent. Since we often think of Brits as being rather proper (too many PBS costome dramas), slang takes on a new dimension. Think Monty Python, or Miss Hathaway trying to fit in.. It goes both ways. They have a good laugh at us, as well.
I like American girls, too. But I could probably get a group of a 100 Yanks that we wouldn't have any interest in and a group of a hundred of Her Majesty's finest representatives that we would give at least a case, or well, maybe a six-pack of Guinness for. It's all in who you happen to meet out of the billions in the world. Would the top forty songs still be the top forty if they let you choose from all of them instead of the 100 or so they let you hear?
I'd like to say there is a grand purpose, a noble calling that elevates us from the teeming millions that marry a local guy or gal.
But I would guess that for many of us, it just worked out that way. Did for me, anyway. Met her at my cousin's house a half hour away from mine. She had a great smile and said she liked motorbikes. Didn't really matter if she was a Brit or not.