The Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge is hosted by Long and Short Reviews. This week’s topic is: character names in books I can’t pronounce.
I’m just going to go out on a limb here and say oh… every fantasy novel I’ve ever read. Or most of them anyway. And let’s not even get started on the manga, okay?
Some aren’t so bad. For example, in Tad Williams’ Shadowmarch series, the hero and heroine are Barrick and Briony. Relatively normal, which was nice.
Then you get to R. A. Salvatore and you get things like Drizzt, Bruenor, and Zaknafein. But then he also tosses in such crazy names like Nanfoodle and Pasha Pook.
Also, I have to admit that I was one of those who had no idea how to pronounce Hermione the first time I saw it in print. It also wasn’t a name I’d ever encountered before either.
Manga has also thrown a lot of interesting names at me over the years. If it weren’t for the subsequent animes, I might not have ever figured out how to say Kou (Ao Haru Ride), Shuichi (Gravitation), or Ichigo (Bleach). There are a ton more, but I’ll spare you.
What annoys me more than names you can’t even begin to figure out are the ones that you think you know how to say but aren’t positive you’re right. Geralt (The Witcher). Kahlan (Sword of Truth series). Raistlin (Dragonlance Chronicles series). My husband and I argued a lot over how to pronounce Raistlin. Not sure who was right in the end though.
What character names get your tongue in a knot?