The Art Of Pronouncing Book Character Names

Book character names– You just gotta love them. Even the ones you´re not sure how to pronounce.

As avid readers we´re often confronted with characters who have standard names. Whether they´re gender-specific names or gender-neutral… a reader has a good chance at pronouncing a book character´s name correctly. I mean, it´s hard to verbally butcher Dylan, Michael, Daniel, Gabriel, Cole or Samantha, Jessica, and Mathilda.

But then we discover a book that has characters who don´t have standard names. That´s when things can become tricky for a reader.

I´ll admit that I belong to those people who have problems pronouncing unique names, especially when reading fantasy. Usually, I just go along with whatever pronunciation I come up with and continue reading. My mental pronunciation of a character´s name is final no matter how often others try to correct me. I can´t help it. It´s like I´ve set my version of a name in stone.

 

Let the mental name pronunciation games begin ( and end )!

Fantasy authors love to give their characters that extra something. That particular sprinkle of special to make him/her/it stand out from all the others. They could be bold and fierce, beautiful, and deadly… They could kill demons and stare into Medusa´s eyes without turning to stone. That someone can´t be named Jimmy or Candy ( apologies to all the Jimmys and Candys IRL. Y´all are awesome in your own right ). The deadly warrior has to have a name that lives up to their reputation. They need a name that´s unique. So, what some authors will do is either take an existing name and tinker with that or they´ll play around with the alphabet- Creating names 50% of the reading population can´t pronounce.

From what I´ve seen, many of these difficult names often have the letters Y and H in them. Not to forget the hyphens, tildes, a slashed O, and sometimes an umlaut. For anyone who isn´t familiar with these letters or special characters ( for lack of a better term ), any name would be hard to pronounce correctly. It´s a challenge.

But do not fear! Not all authors leave their readers clueless. Some authors have pity with their readers. Some books have a pronunciation guide. Personally, I find this semi helpful. Most books include this little addition in the last few pages. Meaning: when the story has already been read. This means a reader who was unsure about a name spent 2-7 days mentally pronouncing a name wrong. The books that have a pronunciation guide in the first few pages are more helpful.

Unique Names Aren´t Tied To One Genre Only

Unfortunately, the fantasy genre isn´t the only genre that has difficult to pronounce names. We see this happen in romance, YA, historical, etc. Names can sometimes match the setting of a story. If a story takes place in Norway then I do kind of expect to see typical Norwegian or Norse names. For me, there´s no greater challenge than trying to pronounce a Gaelic or Norse name, especially when authors pick the most difficult name known in the history of names. The tongue twisters. The names even the natives can´t pronounce correctly. These names often leave me with no other choice than to come up with another name for the character.

Yes, I´ve occasionally given characters that had difficult to pronounce names other names. I´ve done this mostly because I was fed up with the guessing game.

Feyre, the main character from Sarah J. Maas´s A Court Of Thorns And Roses quickly became Fey. Just Fey. Feyre could be pronounced Fire-re or Fairie, right? The correct pronunciation, though, is Fay-ruh.

Laoghaire, a character from Diana Gabaldon´s Outlander, became Longhair. How was I supposed to know the correct pronunciation is Leery? Laoghaire looks more like Longhair than anything else. I´ve been calling that character Longhair ever since ( and funnily enough, no one has corrected me ).

It´s understandable why many authors decide on odd/unique/special/ancient/made-up names for their characters. These names aren´t easy to forget. They leave a lasting impression. Of course, this leaves me with a whole lot of questions for authors. Questions that´ll most likely stay unanswered. But that´s okay. I don´t really need to know why some names exist. I also don´t need to know if authors expect their readers to come up with the correct pronunciation from the get-go. Still, I wonder….

So, what´s the best way to go about this issue? I have no clue. I´ll stick with doing what I´ve always done.


What about you? Can you relate? Do you occasionally have problems pronouncing book character names? Which name has been the most difficult to pronounce? Let me know in the comments below. I´d love to chat. ❤


Thank you for reading my blog post. I totally appreciate it.

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10 Bookish Memes That Will Brighten Your Day

What would our small book universe be without bookish memes? Probably only half as great.

The bookish memes below are what I would classify as “It´s funny ’cause it´s true.” because… well, they hit so close to home ( don´t all book memes? ). They express moments we´ve either felt, thought, or lived through.

Alas, here are my 10 favorite bookish Memes that´ll hopefully brighten your day.

#1 That Dreadful Moment...

#2 Word.

#3 Marie, who hurt you?!

#4 Naaw, the good old days.

#5 The pain is real, folks.

#6 YES!

#7 They forgot the re-read option.

#8 Sometimes it´s the combination of reading all night and wine.

#9 I know the feeling.

#10 But ONLY just in case.


Out of all 10 memes #5 is my all time favorite.

What about you? Which of these bookish memes can you most relate to? Let me know in the comments below. I´d love to chat ❤


Thank you for reading this blog post. I hope you enjoyed.

Much bookish love,

Thank The Books It´s Friday

Hello and welcome back 

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Thank The Books It´s Friday!

 

Boy, what a week it´s been, huh? Makes me really want to sit back and drink a whole bottle of wine alone and just think about how peaceful life is… offline. Let´s bring out the Friday squirrel to celebrate the weekend, shall we?

 

 

And while we´re at it, let´s hope no author on Twitter decides to make ungrateful statements for the next… I don´t know… 5 – 20 years? Possibly never again?

I´m sure you´ve seen the recent book Twitter shit-show created by the ( to me very unknown ) author Elizabeth Bear.

 

 

A kind reminder to people who tag authors in book reviews. How thoughtful. How ballsy. How generally rude.

Of course, I disagree on so many levels with this statement. The whole tweet is just a load of bullshit. It´s generalized and targets everyone in the book community. It´s also not specific enough. Are we talking all review posts or just the negative ones? I haven´t learned the art of sniffing out the specifics yet so it would´ve been slightly helpful if the author had been more clear instead of presenting a limited and highly unprofessional tweet.

This tweet caused quite a bit of a stir in the book-Twitter community. Book bloggers, authors, and even readers stepped forward to voice their disapproval. I can´t blame them. The tweet was a virtual slap in the face. Oh, speaking of face slaps… After having followed the thread for some time I spotted something even more disappointing.

 

 

Neil Gaiman, too?! Bitch, that burned.

 

This is, without a doubt, a touchy subject. It shouldn´t be, though. For all I know, the majority of the book blog community isn´t fishing for praises, compliments or even acknowledgment when tagging authors in positive review posts. Tags aren´t meant to cripple authors emotionally or piss them off.

I mean- sure. Authors have the right to voice their opinions. Go ahead and do your worst. But if that means pissing off a huge chunk of the book community then I´d say that´s not the way to win new readers or keep the ones that´ve been loyal ( indirectly waving at you, Neil Gaiman ).

A piece of advice for Elizabeth Bear: Try not to speak for all authors next time. Also-socializing is wonderful but not mandatory. A simple mention in your bio would´ve prevented a whole lot of backlash.

 

 

Uugh. See? A royal shit-show. People, we´re not even halfway through February and there´s already drama. I recently made a bet with a fellow book blogger on when the next literary shit will hit the fan… My bets were on late Spring, early Summer. * sigh *

 

So what else is new?

 

Oh! I´d like to give a loud Fuck you, very much to my daughter´s friend and their mom for giving me and the kids Scarlet fever. I´m on day 4 with a temp of 39°. I feel like I can fry eggs on my skin at this point. To be honest- I never thought adults could catch the Scarlet fever. I was wrong. I was also wrong to think this would pass quickly. As of now, I´m sofa bound with nothing to do but snooze off a few times during the day from being so exhausted and suffering during the night. Yes, dear friend´s mom… I hate you with a passion.

I decided to go online book shopping tomorrow. Deep down I know it´s just frustration shopping but at this point- I don´t give a rats ass.  * purposefully ignoring the stack of unread books next to me *

 

That´s about it for this week, my dear bookish Padawans. I hope you didn´t suffer too much through this minor aggressive post. My apologies. I´m not feeling so hot. I´m actually burning!

 

Before I go: Did you watch the Twitter show? What are your thoughts on the author´s tweet? Should authors make such demands? Let me know in the comments below. I´d love to chat ❤

 

Sending out lots of health and great positive vibes!

Enjoy your weekend.

Much bookish love,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10 Bookish Memes That Hit Close To Home

And here we are once again. It´s great to have everyone back for another bookish meme parade. This time we´re Team – Reader.

A friend once said readers don´t really have problems. Well, guess what? We have more than you´d think. Granted – We´re dealing with first world issues… But, they´re still issues, ya know? Things that frustrate us, annoy us and even things that make our blood boil.. Those are OUR issues.

Alas! We shall begin with 10 Bookish Memes That Hit Close To Home…


 

#1    Rational Investment

Although, you won´t see me saying anything out loud when standing in front of a $25 book. I´d just wordlessly let a tear roll down my cheek and hope someone will have pity and buy me the damn book.

 

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#2    The Science Behind Our Relationship With Books

This explains E.V.E.R.Y.T.H.I.N.G.

 

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#3    A Book Addicts Life

4. How I´m going to finish the books I started months ago

5. Thinking about starting a new book

6. …

 

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#4    It´s The Movement That Counts

We give our brains a good workout. That should be enough.

 

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#5    Life Goals

I definitely see myself on a remote island with an unlimited supply of cocktails and books. That will also be the day when my reviews will be a simple ” Fuck yeah” or “Fuck no”.

 

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#6    It´s All About Priorities

No comment.

 

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#7  The Ugliest Face Of Our Book Universe

Bah. I hate, HATE books with the movie version cover. * Storming off to get a much-needed bottle of rosé*

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#8  Our Empty Threats

That´s what we do. We´re so passionate about our books that we even threaten no one in particular while reading. The words just come out of our mouths. It´s not our fault.

 

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#9   Our Determination Is Limitless

I seriously don´t know why people keep doubting us when it comes to wanting to finish a book. We said we would, right?

 

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# 10   The Good Ol´ Cliffy

This is actual footage of me when I encounter a cliffhanger. Even the dialogue is spot on.

 

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That´s a wrap for today. I hope you enjoyed the 10 Bookish Memes That Hit Close To Home.

 

Which one is your favorite? Which one can you relate to? Leave a comment below. ❤

 

Have a wonderful day.

Much love and many hugs,

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10 Most Revealing Book Titles

Hold your knickers in place, folks, because this is going to be a special awkward post on the 10 Most Revealing Book Titles! Because the internet doesn´t have enough of these `Top 10 Most…` posts.

Don´t tell me you didn´t see this coming. Seriously, you just had to know I´d not only want to reduce myself to examining book cover images. Nu-uh, mister / missy. I´m going to take this a step further and tackle book titles, too!

Because there´s a whole book universe filled with crazy, suspicious, revealing book titles out there, especially in the Lit-world.

We´re all good at judging a book by its cover. I say a title deserves just as much judgement.

A book title is important. Just as with the cover image, the title represents a book. The title has to be just as eye-catching as the cover image to grab a reader´s attention. Besides, a book without a title is going to be a bitch to find. Can you image the chaos title – less books would create in our world? I´m not going to even try imagining that because my brain will probably start to hurt after 5 minutes.

Remember the part where I mention how a title represents a book? Yeah, some writers / authors ( whoever the foo foo picks a title ) take this little aspect too far and reveal the who story – Just with a few words. And some…. * bracing myself for this one * just don´t give a hoot or they give too much of a hoot- thinking they´ve gone all creative with their book titles. These people haven´t understood the meaning of `make or break`. In many cases, authors tend to break more than make.

Another thing I´d like to add is: If you have a wild imagination ( like myself ) and find humor in almost everything in life ( even book titles. ESPECIALLY book titles ) then you´ll have a hard time finding a title that´s actually interesting instead of humorous. For example: When I see a book in a bookstore with the title `What If It´s Us`my mind will immediately create a convo that looks something like this: “What if it´s NOT us, huh? What if it´s the other guy with the comb – over in aisle 3? What if I was a giant? Would they let me have all the corn flakes boxes for free?” Do you feel my pain? No?

Still, `What If Its Us`is, despite my weird ways, a great title. It´s catchy. It makes me want to find out more about the book. The title doesn´t spoil the story.

Nevertheless – Book titles are a matter of taste. What I find weird doesn´t mean it IS weird.

Here are my 10 Most Revealing Book Titles! Feel free to chip in the comments below if you agree or disagree with this list of quirky and questionable book titles.

  1. Drive Me Wild – Julie Kriss

I see what ya doin´there. A guy with arms as thick as my thighs, tatts and a little thumb to lip action… add the revealing title and I know without reading the blurb what the book is about. Do I find the title catchy enough? Nope. Ain´t nothing driving me wild here.

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2. Good Gone Bad – Giana Darling

I really appreciate not having to buy this book now because I know the story has a character that´s gone from good to bad. And by the looks of the guy´s face in the image… He looks like he´s giving me the “You really sure about getting this book?” look while escaping prison. Is the title catchy? Not for me. Too revealing and not interesting enough for me.

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3. Once Upon A Texas Christmas – Katherine Garbera

Of course. A Texas Christmas. Gottcha. I predict Texas and Christmas. My gut tells me I´m not far from the truth. Aside from the fact that I loathe Christmas romance novels I´d say this would never be something I´d want to buy. Is the title catchy? No. It´s too long and something people can easily oversee, unless they´re looking for this particular type of read.

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4. Uncockblockable – Shay Savage

Damn! What a title. To tell you the truth, I wouldn´t know what to do with a book with that title. Probably never read it because it has the word cock in it. Look, I have a potty mouth and can be vulgar with the right company… but the word ´cock´doesn´t necessarily belong in a book title. I might be alone with this opinion but hey… it´s a turn off for me. Also, the title is placed in the worst place ever. On a shirt? The author´s name is more prominent than the title. Do I think the title is catchy? Yeah, for the wrong reason.

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5. Possessed By The Vampire – Kellie McAllen

Is this some weird spanky spanky vampire romance? If so, then I´ll pass. Is this perhaps a romanticized bloodsucker tale about a young woman who is mad with lust and a vampire who´s dying to control the young woman´s libido? Is that an Aztec temple in the background?! Do I think the title is catchy? NO! The title is a tad too tacky for my taste.

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6. The Bull Rider´s Christmas Baby – Laura Marie Altom

Understood. The baby is due on Christmas. His/her father is a bull rider who I assume is also a cowboy ( the hat is a dead giveaway ). No more details needed now. I can go to bed at night knowing I skipped this potential brilliant read that has Christmas feels, a cowboy / bull rider and a baby in it. Is the title catchy? Absolutely not.

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7. The Hero And The Hacktivist – Pippa Grant

Thank you, dear person who picked the title. It would have been a bitch finding out what the characters do for a living while reading. Who wants to do that anyway? Reading is too much work. The more you reveal on the cover the better. Do I find the title catchy? I find the cover flippin´lazy.

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8. Held Captive By The Cavemen – Shoshanna Evers

Tell us more, dear person who was in charge of the title. Would be a shame to leave out all the other bullet pointers. Do I find this title catchy? Uuhm… I don´t know what to think. I can´t stop all the naughty comebacks in my mind for this title.

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9.   The Loneliest Alpha – T. A. Grey

Oh, this is a bit depressing. The alpha is not just lonely – He´s the loneliest Alpha, probably from all Alphas existing. He ain´t looking so lonely on the cover image, though. Hey, Alpha of all Alphas, explain yourself! You´re sending off some mixed signals here. Do I find the title catchy? Good Laawd, no.

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10. Everyone Poops – Taro Gomi

* slamming hands on table * I KNEW IT! Lol. This is by far my favorite weird book title because it´s not only weird, it´s double weird because it´s for children. I don´t know about you but I think the poop topic doesn´t need further explanation because there´s no avoiding the act itself. Why this needs a book is beyond me. What would book #2 look like? `Everyone Poops Different Shapes and Sizes`?

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That´s it for now, dear bookish Padawans. Don´t worry, though…There´s more to this category than you could ever imagine. A whole book universe filled with weird book titles. Stay tuned. ❤

But before I leave…

Do you have a favorite book title that reveals too much of everything? Let me know in the comments below. ❤


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