I have a friend who was an author, he traditionally published two books, pre- kindle then gave up, which is a great shame because they were great books. A while ago he was castigating me about my choice of names for my books. I do find thinking of names for my book hard. I started off by pulling names from a Tutor name web site. I then started using friend’s names and then in desperation I asked on Face book if anyone wants me to use their name. I ended up with Nigel and Adrian that way. Both are minor characters Adrian dies, Nigel appears in part two. He might have a bigger part in book two or that’s appears in book two and a bigger in book three depending on how I go with it.
Anyway, this friend of mine, let’s call him Rakr-hifyw destroyer of words, thinks Nigel is not a suitable name for a fantasy fiction and should use more traditional ones like Epoc the Mighty. Personally, I hate books with names I have no idea how to pronounce or just sound plain silly. After all, this is a world I have created so I wanted normal ones.
What do you think, will it make a difference?
Judging by some of the comments I don’t think I have made my self clear. I’m not planning on changing the names. I just was interested to know what people thought about names in fantasy books. My friends comments didn’t upset me just got me thinking about the whole subject. Nigel is safe for now, unless he he is wiped out of existence by an edit.