Hi everyone! Welcome to this week’s Blogger Panel here on Adrift on Vulcan! Today’s panelists are:
Amber from Mile-Long Bookshelf
Nara from Looking for the Panacea
Becca from Nawanda Files
Hazel from Stay Bookish
Thank you so much for joining me, ladies! This week’s question is…
Do the names of characters bias your opinions on them? Why or why not?
No, I don’t think names of characters effect my opinions of them. It fully depends on the character’s personality. If I don’t like a character’s name, but the character is really likeable, the character will probably end up changing my opinion on the name! However, knowing me, as soon as this post goes up, I’ll read a book where the name of a character does change my view of them! 🙂
Personally, I don’t think the names of characters really bias my opinion of them as much as other factors. I mean, I guess it’s not as if a character chooses his/her own name! So, for example, appearance or personality would be much more likely to affect my opinion of a character. However, there are definitely circumstances where you might judge a character based on his/her name. Think about the book The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani. The main characters in that book are named Sophie and Agatha. Who seems more likely to be the witch and who seems more likely to be the princess? It’s pretty obvious. BUT there’s definitely a limit to that judging. Once you’re actually introduced to the characters, you find that Sophie is vain and selfish, and you find that Agatha is kind and brave. Now who seems more likely to be the princess/witch?
While the names of the characters probably don’t change my opinions of them, I’d say that the naming may affect my opinion of the author. I was talking about it with Chantelle (my coblogger), and she was saying that she’d probably judge the author if there was a character in, say, a high fantasy novel whose name was Bob. Sometimes there are particular names that just seem out of place in certain settings. Like a character in a contemporary novel named Cloud would be weird, but may be perfectly acceptable in a high fantasy. Actually, now that I think about it there would definitely be certain names which would make me judge the author. Like if a character had the name “Apple” or “Barbie” I’m definitely like “the heck was the author thinking?!”
Names of characters don’t usually affect me. There are no names that really crawl underneath my skin or make me look at a character differently. Sometimes it’s hard to read a character with my name, and it takes me a bit longer to connect to them. But names really stick out for me when they expose a twist in the book. Most recently I read a book where the last names were water names like Marin or Sea-something-or-other. Most of us know enough simple Latin to uncover roots of words, and if say, a human has an under-water name—that’s a big red flag that maybe he’s not so human after all. And it pretty much ruined the whole twist. Same thing happened in another book where a guy has a name really close to Lucifer. And it didn’t take that much thinking to realize he was the big bad. Have you read a book where the names gave away a significant twist?
First of all- I find this question very interesting. I’m the type of person who appreciates names, especially when they’re names of book characters! In my opinion, names are crucial for a character to be different, distinguished and memorable. But do they affect my opinion of the character? No, I don’t think so. Character development is still what I base my opinion of characters on. However, names do give impressions. If a book character was named Bill Bonkers, wouldn’t you think he was probably a little uhm.. bonkers? We usually assume that awkward names are for geeks, common names are for the non-extraordinary. And of course, swoony names like Etienne St. Clair and Noah Shaw are for hotties. Eccentric names like Echo and Katniss appeal and interest us as well. Even cool nicknames like Four have some impact. What I’m trying to say is- names can represent characters and make them attractive. Having said that though, I remove these prejudices, dive into a book and then judge characters by their personality in the story. If I disregarded characters just because I found their names weird, I wouldn’t have gushed over Cricket from Lola and the Boy Next Door or Rusty from In Honor!
Over to you!
What do you think? Do you agree or disagree with any of the panelists? Do the names of characters decide your opinions on them? Speak your mind below!
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