I really hope that y’all can relate to me on this because I have a problem with some books…
The characters’ names.
That’s right. Sometimes, I cannot read entire books – not because of some plot or writing or concept issue. Because of the chosen name for the character.
It can be all types of things. For example, I really don’t like reading books with my name (Katherine) or any variations on it. For a long time, I refused to read The Lux series by Jennifer L Armentrout because the main character’s name is Katy. Obviously – because I now love this series so far – it does not bother me too much because it’s told in first person. The name rarely comes up, but when it’s in third person, I can’t do it.
This also is a problem with my friends’ or family member’s names. If the love interest shares the same name as my brothers or one of my best guy friends? Yeah, no way, not happening. I’m a little bit better with my girl friends’ names or sisters, but if it’s a really emotional, darker contemporary, I will draw the line there too.
Maybe I just have a problem imaging another face with that name, especially if my mind is free to totally create the character’s face and personality.
Another naming problem that I have? If the character’s name is just totally ridiculous. I like unique names (mostly because that means I tend to avoid the above problem), but when they aren’t really real names, that gets a little ridiculous. I will give dystopian and fantasy worlds a pass because naming is a HUGE part of the culture and society, but a contemporary with crazy names? That just really bothers me.
So, do you have some problems with character names like I do?