I couldn’t think of anything for today’s topic, but seeing that next week’s is ‘best character names’, I thought I give you the worst! It’s more fun anyways, right? 😉
R’Shiel / Medalon Trilogy by Jennifer Fallon
I love the books and Fallon is one of my favourite authors, but that name has been haunting me! I still don’t know how to pronounce it.
Simon Mooncalf / The Dragonbone Chair by Tad Williams
Combine a generic first name, that feels out of place in a Fantasy novel with ‘Mooncalf’? I bet he was bullied at school for that! What an unfortunate name. He’s an annoying character as well, so it kinda fits.
Durzo Blint / Night Angel Trilogy by Brent Weeks
Such a badass character – unfortunately I find the name hilarious. It just sounds so funny to me, I can’t help it.
Darken Rahl / Sword of Truth by Terry Goodkind
Why not just go all out and call your antagonist Evil McBlackheart. Meanie McEvilface. DARKEN RAHL!
Tattersail / The Malazan Book of the Fallen by Steven Erikson
Erikson gives us awesome names (I probably pick some for next week) but sometimes it’s a bit hit and miss. This one especially sucks.
Kvothe / Kingkiller Chronicle by Patrick Rothfuss
Another one of those I can’t figure out how to pronounce. Why make it so complicated?? Just call him ‘Karl’ 😉
Drizzt Do’Urden / Forgotten Realms by R. A. Salvatore
What’s a Drizzt? It sounds like some serious illness! ‘I have a severe case of the ‘Drizzt’
Darayavahouch e-Afshin / The City of Brass by S. A. Chakraborty
It took me a long time to get used to it. And I stumbled over the freaking name more than once in the start of the novel. I figured out how to say it and actually like it a little now, so this one does not really belong here… But DAMN, I hate it for making me struggle so much!
Albus Severus Potter / Harry Potter Series by JK Rowling
Nynaeve Al’Meara / Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan
It looks like you randomly threw letters together. What a dumb name. Even though I now know how to pronounce it, I don’t like it.
Gavin Guile / The Black Prism by Brent Weeks
Brent Weeks is at it again. This one needs some explanation as it is the German meaning that makes it so funny to me. ‘Gavin Guile’ sounds like ‘Kevin Geil’, which translates to ‘horny Kevin’. And ‘Kevin’ as a name that has a bit of a bad reputation just adds to it.