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Gotten and Got

I just read a long treatment of gotten and got. To me it seems that they are words with slightly different functions. I use them for different things, though they are almost interchangeable. Gotten has a feeling of past-ness or over-ness, or maybe completion. Got is more descriptive of  something ongoing.

Apparently gotten is peculiarly American. (Do Canadians use it? Not sure.)

Some people say that it is an ugly sound. I, myself like it.

But more importantly, somebody said it 'pulls them out of the story.' If it shatters belief, I don't want that. 

So what do you all think?

Should I not use it in fiction? Is it jarring? Does it shout 'US-ian here' when you want to forget there is an author at all, and to just believe?
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