Hello. joysann rambling on here again, this time with some thoughts on names. Every now and then I’ve read books in which the authors had found a way to give me the proper pronunciation of a character’s name. I can’t say how much I appreciate this. I wish more authors would find a way to do it if a frequent character in the book has an unusual name.
There I am, sailing along reading smoothly through an engrossing story, and suddenly – Errhk! – the brakes go on while I have to sit and think about how to say this guy’s (or gal’s) name, even if just in my own head. This disruption occurs over and over again as I progress through the book, eventually becoming a bit irritating.
Speaking of guy, that’s one of them. Does this character "Guy" pronounce his name to rhyme with "buy", or does it have a French influence so it would rhyme with "bee"?
What makes a name unusual? A question to ask would be something like "How often did this person, as a child, have to pronounce/spell his/her name for someone else to write?" As a mid-western American lots of names are foreign and exotic looking to me, and I would probably delight in them if I had a clue how to sound them out. Once I knew that pronunciation, I likely wouldn’t notice it again and the dang thing wouldn’t be so distracting.
I meant to compile a list of names I’ve seen in recent months that drove me batty, but I never got around to making note of them, and so, of course, can’t think of them here. One was particularly annoying, and I wish I could remember in what book. Maybe that shows how impressed I was.
Bottom Line: I’d probably do a lot less name calling if I knew how to call that name.