Discussion: Character Names

Posted July 11, 2014 in Discussions / Leave a comment!

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Now I’m hoping that this doesn’t turn into a rant. but no promises. Today’s discussion is about character names. This is just my opinion! I don’t judge books by this it’s just something I feel.

Where do authors come up with these names? If you’re an author please let me know!

There’s something that really bothers me though. When an author is writing a book, they can pick any name they want! So why do some of them pick such boring names? If I read one more book about Mary or John, I’m going to throw something. Not that there’s anything wrong with those name, but there’s so many character already with those names. Don’t authors want to be different? Wouldn’t they want their characters to stand out? I know when I’m reading a new book I pay attention to the names. I find it makes the author feel more creative. Especially when it’s a name nobody has heard before!

There are some really cool names I’ve seen though. A Game of Thrones has a lot of sweet and original names. I love Daenerys, Cersei, Tyrion, Sansa, those are all cool names. I find the high fantasy books have a lot of unique names. Game of Thrones, Lord of the Rings. I’m not sure why that is. A lot of contemporary books have common, boring names. I’m not saying that’s bad but when you could come up with anything why do they pick those? Even common names that are newish would be better. Something like Mary or John is boring to me. For some reason I get annoyed by it.

What about you guys? How do you feel about names? Are you drawn to unique names or common ones? Let me know!

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21 responses to “Discussion: Character Names

  1. I also prefer unique names, but I think it is normal that names in some genres are more unique than in other genres. Contemporary novels show reality, and it is a fact that there are not many unique names in our society today, except maybe foreign names 🙂
    In fantasy novels the characters live in a different world, so it is normal to have characters whose names sound so unique to us. By this, authors try to convey the feeling to the readers that they are in a different world 🙂

  2. Even I like unique names. That was one of the reason why I had named my daughter Aanya. I thought it was unique in India. After a few months I came to know, that many girls of her age are being named Aanya. It troubles me till date. Harry Potter series is one more example. Harry and Tom are such common names, but have you noticed that all other names in the story are quite unusual and not generally heard of: Severus Snape, Hermione Granger, Albus Dumbledore, Hagrid, Regulus Black etc.

    • Yea Harry Potter is the perfect mix of common and uncommon for me I think. It shows some originality. It’s funny because Harry Potter got so popular that people are naming heir kids after it so the names aren’t so unique now. Hahaha

  3. In fantasy books it’s easier to make up names, but in books set in this world, it is so much harder. I actually do not like really unique or really old fashioned names unless they fit. I am actually trying to write a book just now, and finding the naming really hard. I am finding that certain characters suit certain names.I do now what you mean though, there are many many many names, and some are used too often.

  4. I get what you’re saying, but at times I feel like writers try too hard when coming up with unique names. If I read one more paranormal romance with character names like Chastity Chayne, Faye Woods or Damien Dark I’m going to scream. Lol, you know, those names for the special snowflake charaters that need to have a name that lets us know they’re special, even if they don’t know it yet?

      • Yeah. Saeraephaena Specialsnowflak meets Darkeyez McSteamypants. I do enjoy most fantasy character names, but in the same vein they can be too complicated when it comes to spelling. I hate to look at a character’s name and I have NO CLUE how to pronounce it, there’s a problem.

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