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Initial post: Mar 26, 2011 8:52:14 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 26, 2011 8:55:20 PM PDT
SunFlowers says:
Are you particular about the hero and heroine's names in the books you read?

I don't think a hero needs some cheesy/sexy name but sometimes there's just some names that just don't jive with the hero. Or the heroine for that matter. I think out there names sort of ruin the fantasy/fictional element to the story;

I read a book awhile back and the hero was Larry. I kept on reading but the whole time the name bugged the crap out of me. The heroine's name wasn't bad but Larry just felt wrong.

I mean, no hero would be named Bob but Robert can work. I've skimmed a summary and the hero's real name is Byron and to me that's just awful.

Similarly I've seen a group of books with bad heroine names and I feel kind of bad not wanting to read them on principle because I can't see myself reading a book with a heroine named Diamond.

Am I the only one particular like that? I don't need him to be Sebastian or Dante but come on Bob, Byron and Larry are kind of lackluster and don't feel hero worthy.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 26, 2011 8:57:16 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 26, 2011 8:57:27 PM PDT
I think part of the reason I didn't enjoy the one jo davis book I read was because for me, Howard is not a good hero's name...

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 26, 2011 9:01:26 PM PDT
SunFlowers says:
Yeah, Howard is bad.

I think the name Devlin is kind of overused in historical but I do think it sounds hero enough and mysterious enough. Devlin whoever, Lord Devlin, etc.

I'm reading a book now that I've seen recommending all over and I'm not feeling the hyper but here the heroine is nicknamed Freddie and that's just ugly and awful and this heroine is suppose to be very beautiful. Yet she has a bad first name and a boyish, uncute unfeminine nickname. I don't know what the author was thinking.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 26, 2011 9:10:55 PM PDT
I see Devlin and I think devil and therefore bad boy...maybe

Posted on Mar 26, 2011 9:28:22 PM PDT
T. L. Haddix says:
Freddie - that sounds familiar. What's the book, if you don't mind me asking?

I picked up a book one day in the UBS, and no joke, if I recall correctly, the hero's name was Shanghai Knight. Okay, what was the author/editor/publisher taking that day???

I tend to put down books where the hero/heroine are named the names of my family members or close friends. It's just too distracting.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 26, 2011 10:50:34 PM PDT
SunFlowers says:
Freddie is the heroine in The Devil You Know. A book extremely hyped up for a rather lackluster/boring story imo.

Posted on Mar 27, 2011 12:13:05 AM PDT
meloco says:
Fred, Henry, Bruce, Barry, Trevor probably wouldn't go down too well as romanitic heros.
Harriet, Henrietta, Bernice, Dulcie, Doreen, or Nolene don't particularly appeal to me as heroine names.

Posted on Mar 27, 2011 6:29:42 AM PDT
I read the first Zoe Archer book, Warrior:, and loved it. The second one, however, had a heroine named London (for her first name). I just couldn't get past that -- London? really? Like Victoria Beckham calling her son Brooklyn, I guess. Ick.

Posted on Mar 27, 2011 6:31:33 AM PDT
Eden from this book ----> Reckless (The Star-Crossed Series)

Posted on Mar 27, 2011 6:46:32 AM PDT
G. K. Chesterton wrote a short story (The Scandal of Father Brown) that pointed out that people's names often don't match the people.

I'm not bothered by strange names. I am bothered by names that don't fit the time or place. I'm pretty ignorant about names, but if I read a book about a girl named Madison, she better have been born after the movie Splash (1984) which started that use of the name.

Posted on Mar 27, 2011 7:17:26 AM PDT
P. Emery says:
It only really bothers me if I can't figure out how to pronounce the name. If I can't decide within the first or second time, it becomes very distracting.

Posted on Mar 27, 2011 8:53:15 AM PDT
I just read a book where the heroine's name was "Fayre". I liked it for its originality!

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 27, 2011 9:09:51 AM PDT
H. Sullivan says:
So funny, I was just thinking this about the names in the book I just finished, As You Desire by Connie Brockway. Ok, so I know it's a much-loved book, as it's on all the fave's lists, but I just thought it was so-so. I really couldn't get past the heroine's name, Desdemona. Really?? And her nickname, Dizzy, was worse. I really didn't like the hero's name either, Harry, which automatically made me think "hairy"!! He just bothered me in general, with his lackluster self. I'll stop bashing the book now, but had to put in my 2-cents!!


Posted on Mar 27, 2011 9:26:21 AM PDT
Reader in NJ says:
I can't stand the name Tarquin for a hero. Makes me think of a horse. I also don't like it when authors use names that aren't appropriate for the times.

Posted on Mar 27, 2011 9:32:44 AM PDT
Kris C. says:
I find it funny when the hero or heroine has a "worthy" name, but siblings have normal names. It's like the author said, "This character is worthy of a HEA because his name is Micah; however, his brother Bob will never have a book of his own...or Bob is already married to Sue while Micah is wooing Elena."

Posted on Mar 27, 2011 9:35:49 AM PDT
B says:
I've not read books before because of the heroine name, I don't think I've ever because of the hero's. I am very much of a name person, so, a name I don't like is almost painful to read. I think the two worst ever have been "Sonia" and "Regina". Made me want to cringe on every page.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 27, 2011 9:36:28 AM PDT
H. Sullivan says:
I totally agree about the sibling's and their other halves' names. I know not everyone can have an amazing, romantic name, but why does sister Clementine have to be married to a Ralph?

Posted on Mar 27, 2011 9:39:11 AM PDT
H. Sullivan says:
Ooooh, I also just read Bridal Season by Connie Brockway, where the h's name is Letty. It made me think of a housekeeper or the cook!! I hated that name!! What was worse was the name of the lady she was impersonating--Agatha.

Posted on Mar 27, 2011 12:37:02 PM PDT
Geekamicus says:
I just finished a book where the hero's name is Sylvester ( Sylvester: or The Wicked Uncle). I guess it wasn't too bad because they called him by his title and not his name. But while it may have been a popular regency name, sufferin' succotash, it just wasn't sexy. I also read a book a while back where the hero (in 12th cent. Scotland) was named Raven. Apart from only being able to think of Edgar Allen Poe (a singularly unsexy man), it seemed jarringly anachronistic. Nevermore.

H. Sullivan, in A Knight in Shining Armor, a tangential female character is named Lettice. I think it was an authentic historical name, but when I was reading it, I read it as La-tise. I just listened to it on Audible and the narrator pronounced it like the salad ingredient. In the same book the heroine's name is Douglas. I know the character is named after the wife of Robert Dudley, Queen Elizabeth's favorite, but it was just weird.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 27, 2011 1:15:05 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 27, 2011 1:17:02 PM PDT
D. Shaw says:
Some of the authentic historical names are a challenge, think Wulfric from Slightly Dangerous by Mary Balogh! I have to consciously get past the unfamiliar name but I honestly think they add great historical tone to the work. Having said that perhaps Edwina or Edith not so much. ;-) What I do have trouble with is names I can't pronounce without going to a dictionary. I just can't seem to relate to a character that I can't "hear" in my head...
BTW a great web site for names can be found at

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 27, 2011 5:11:36 PM PDT
SunFlowers says:
Letty is the housekeeper name! I don't remember who said it but Eden is kind of heroine like. On the soap opera Santa Barbara from the late 80s one half of one of the big supercouples on that show was Eden and her boyfriend then husband was Cruz so I can see how Eden became popular for a heroine name.

Sort of Biblical pure, the heroine is sweet and everyone loves her but mysterious and exotic in a way.

Posted on Mar 27, 2011 5:19:38 PM PDT
Beesocks says:
for me, the Black Dagger Brotherhood names :P who names their kid Szadist or Rhevenge?

Heroes named Brady (that's my brother, eww) I've skipped a couple of books for that reason

Posted on Mar 27, 2011 5:22:58 PM PDT
Gwenn Wright says:
Larry!? Sorry, that had me laughing. As a writer I can't imagine choosing the name LARRY for a hero! What the heck?! Names are very important when I'm writing (my family saga is centered around the heroine's name) so, naturally when I read it's something that is hard for me to overlook. Don't know if I could be entertained by Larry or Brooklyn. Ug!....I like Bruce tho. But it's a family name and all the Bruce's I've known have been gentleman warriors, so I guess that's skewed my perception!

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 27, 2011 5:28:55 PM PDT
SunFlowers says:
I can't even read the BDB books because I can't pronounce ANY of those names. I can't get into a book I can't pronounce. It took me years to get up the nerve to look up how to pronounce Hermione from Harry Potter.

I still can't pronounce half the names of the wizard people or their groups or schools and knowing kids can that's a shame for me, lol. But I'm not interested in those books, pronouncation aside.

Posted on Mar 27, 2011 5:45:54 PM PDT
I like characters to have names, not noises. Any book with a heroine named Znootch would go straight back on to the shelf.
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