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!