All I can say is that after picking up the Dark Elf Trilogy by the aforementioned author that every time a certain characters name was written I rolled my eyes and lost my place in the book. Really, it is as bad as you think. All of the other characters had pseudo-fantasy names that at least looked foreign but this character. By Cromm(GO CONAN!), they could have meant something else. This name is so bad that it completely detracted from an otherwise decent story. It would have been better if he made up a name such as QWETBGHRU and said it meant what this characters name was in the story.
This name is so horrible that children in third world countries who can’t read or have even heard of “literature” would taunt it out of existence. It is a name that is so rediculous that it makes Mork from Ork seem like some type of shakespearean play on words. Even otherwise nonsentient forms of life snicker when they hear the horribleness of this name. It is totally gagworthy. If my eyes rolled up any higher in my head I would likely fall into a seizure.
What is the name you ask?
Get ready. Hold your breath and try not to roll your eyes or laugh because this is seriously the characterss name. :eek: :eek: :eek: :eek::eek: :eek: :eek: Matron Malice :eek: :eek: :eek::eek: :eek: :eek: ARRRRRRRRRRRRRGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHH!!! (comic book guy)The absolute worst name ever. (/comic book guy)
I warned you. You can start gagging now. Are there any other characters with names that are so bad that they actually ruin a novel other than that?
Matron Malice? Oh wow. I don’t know what’s worse- little dark elves running around, or a evil British school marm knocking around all in her path with a spatula…or something. Very hilarious.
Bilbo in the Hobbit always made me think of dildo…so you could say it detracted from the story line.
And Pip in Great Expectations always made me think of that line in “South Park”- “My name is Philip, but everyone calls me Pip, because they hate me.” “Then I shall call you Pip!” Well, maybe it didn’t always make me think of it…and it was a good book. But still. Pip. <snicker>
I can’t think of any names that ruined a novel (well, “Joe Christmas” in “Light In August” was pretty stupid, but so was William Faulkner), but I do know that Major Major Major Major absolutely MADE Catch-22.
I have a friend who is an aspiring writer and comes up with the worst character names ever. I swear she reaches into a bag of Scrabble tiles and throws a handful on the table. When I called her on the latest nonsense name, she said, “Well, it COULD be a name.” :rolleyes: Yeah, but if your reader keeps thinking about the stupidity of the name instead of whatever you’re trying to say with your book, you just lost them. Show your “creativity” some other way, hah?
FWIW, the new name I hate most in a book I’ve read is Rand, the hero from the Wheel of Time series. It makes him sound like something that’s been rotting in the sun. Then there’s Tam, his father, and Lan, his mentor. Does Robert Jordan know any other vowels?
FWIW, Hiro Protagonist was not his real name. His first name was probably Hiro, but it is described in the book that Hiro Protagonist was a screenname that he took on as a realworld identity.
The one that has always bugged me is Marvin the paranoid android from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy… He was never, not once in all of the damn books even the least bit paranoid!
Modesitt’s Soprano Sorceress series wasn’t ruined for me, as such, but it was a little jarring to have a somewhat major character (the heir to the throne for whom the titular Sorceress is regent) in a more-or-less serious fantasy novel named…
Yes, Jimbob. Yes, it reeks of The Waltons meets Lord of the Rings. I couldn’t maintain suspension of disbelief past the second book, mostly because of that name.