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Subject: bad names redux
Date Posted: 4/2/2008 2:55 PM ET
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I started a thread ages ago about bad names in romances... it came back to me today, when I found the hero of Bought for the Frenchman's Pleasure is named: Romain.

I don't care how authentically French it may be, I really do not want a hero who makes me think about lettuce. (Insert your own wilting joke here.)

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I never liked the hero Roman in Linda Howard's SARAH'S CHILD. Especially since he wasnt one and he was a dick to sarah.

Date Posted: 4/2/2008 3:16 PM ET
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Willa - " I really do not want a hero who makes me think about lettuce."   Thanks, I almost peed myself laughing:P  I always thought Kathleen Woodiwiss came up with some of the most eye-rolling names for some of her heroines.  I could never stand the name "Reggie" for a hero.  It gives me a mental image of some guy with center-parted hair, a handlebar moustache (waxed), and a checkered 3 piece suit:P

Oh - and Gus, from Heart of the West by Penelope Willaimson.  PUH-lease.  He wasn't the hero, but still.  He was handsome and charming... and named Gus of all things.



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Date Posted: 4/2/2008 3:31 PM ET
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It's not so much bad names that bother me, it's names I can't pronounce!

For example, the book I'm reading now...

Hero- Brandubh; Heroine- Eibhlin; Hero's Mother- Sadbh; another secondary character- Caoimhe

 

Date Posted: 4/2/2008 3:34 PM ET
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Oh - and Gus, from Heart of the West by Penelope Willaimson.  PUH-lease.  He wasn't the hero, but still.  He was handsome and charming... and named Gus of all things.

Gus Gus!! All I can think of is cinderella lol

Date Posted: 4/2/2008 3:46 PM ET
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Eileen:

I've got to know--what book are you reading? Are those Irish names? Scottish?

 

eta: Okay just had to look all of them up:

Bran-DOO

Eileen

couldn't find how to pronounce Sadbh

KEE-va



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Sadbh is sive rhymes with wive



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I just started Heaven, Texas and the hero's name is Bobby Tom Denton.  Cracks me up - makes me think of Billy Bob or Bubba Gump or something.  Yee haw!

When I first started reading the Black Dagger Brotherhood series, those names really threw me for a loop.  Wrath, Rhage, Zsadist, Vishous, Tohrment, Phury, Dehstroyer, Tehrror....  huh?  lol!!!



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This makes me think back to college for some reason.  Junior year I was in a smaller class.  At the begininng of the term the prof. had everyone go around and introduce themselves.

This one rather ordinary (but nice enough) looking guy gave a big sigh when it was his turn.  He finally said "hi, I'm Dirk...............and yes, my mom is really into romance novels."

The class was rolling, and of course I've never forgotten apparently.  I'm pretty sure it was Dirk...or one of those other really strong "Manly man" kind of names you only actually see in romance novels!

Ah, takes me back to my youth!

Sara

Date Posted: 4/2/2008 6:21 PM ET
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Does anyone else think it's kind ooky when romance novelist name characters after their kids or vice versa? I really would not want to write a sex scene starring someone named after my son. Not that I would want to write a sex scene anyway. My husband and I have made a deal that if I ever start writing romances, he will do the sex scenes. ;-)

Date Posted: 4/2/2008 6:24 PM ET
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I dont mind if characters are named after son/daughters or father/mothers.

I did think it was ookey that Whitney and Clayton are the names of Judith McNaught's son and daughter since they are a couple in the book and have rape and sex with each other.

Date Posted: 4/2/2008 6:26 PM ET
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I hate the gender neutral names. I just read a book where the heroine is named Linden and all I could think of was Caroline Linden.

I also hate Morgen and names like that.

I refuse to read Barbara Pierce anymore because her plots dont make sense and she really loves the gender neutral unusual names.

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I've never been a fan of the name Brock so every time I see it in a book I just cringe.  Its (to me) a "less than manly" name.

Sherri



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When I first started reading the Black Dagger Brotherhood series, those names really threw me for a loop.  Wrath, Rhage, Zsadist, Vishous, Tohrment, Phury, Dehstroyer, Tehrror....  huh?  lol!!!

Oh - to paraphrase the bad baby name site : "Brought to you by the letter H"

Date Posted: 4/2/2008 7:23 PM ET
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ooo  the names is the black dagger brotherhood totally made me want to throw the darn book across the room.  Seriously it bugged me so much that it took me a while to get over it and enjoy the read! 

you could just tell the author thought it was sooo cool to add all those Hs in the names. blech blech blech!

i hate when authors try to be "hip" since unless they are it comes across as phony.



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"I did think it was ookey that Whitney and Clayton are the names of Judith McNaught's son and daughter"

EWW! EWWW! EWWWWWWWWW!

I SO did not need to know that! ;-)



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Date Posted: 4/2/2008 7:37 PM ET
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One of the weirdest names I've ever seen in a historical is Restell in If his Kiss is Wicked.  I think this is actually a family name, but it was his first name and he was supposed to be english. 

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I can't remember the book, it was a long time ago, but Alphonse has stuck with me a while as a terrible hero name.  Can't you hear the heroine, gasping in breathless rapture: "Oh, Alphonse, take me now!"  ;)

Katrina

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"I did think it was ookey that Whitney and Clayton are the names of Judith McNaught's son and daughter"

EWW! EWWW! EWWWWWWWWW!

I SO did not need to know that! ;-)

 

Obviously, you never read the dedication at the beginning of the book. It's all there in black and white. It's not like I searched around for the dirt.

I never got used to Restell. I kept on referring to him as Retell instead.

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If the name is overly complicated, like Breanghach or something, I just mentally shorten it to "Bob" or "Brenda".

Date Posted: 4/2/2008 8:22 PM ET
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"Can't you hear the heroine, gasping in breathless rapture: "Oh, Alphonse, take me now!"  ;)"

Alphonse makes me think of a story my husband told me about, that has the oft-repeated line "After you, my dear Alphonse." Which really adds something to the "take me now" scenario.

Date Posted: 4/2/2008 8:59 PM ET
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Those names in that Black Dagger Brotherhood series? That's real? I mean, those are real books and the characters truly have those names?

I started laughing when I read them because I thought it was a joke! Now all I can hope is that some parents don't read those books and think "oh let's name our new little one that!"

 

Serious? Those names were put in books as serious names?  I'm still agape!

Date Posted: 4/2/2008 9:33 PM ET
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Yes, Barbara - they are for real!  But please don't let that deter you from reading the series.  They are so good - definitely the best books I've read in quite some time.

Date Posted: 4/2/2008 11:40 PM ET
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I was browsing books and almost picked one up til I read the hero's name was Cletus.  It went back on the shelf. :P   One of the most unusual hero names I've come across is St. Bride.  Love the book, but I still snicker of the name, lol.

The one thing that bugs me to no end is when I'm reading a historical (which is almost always) and the hero/heroine's name is something that so would not have been used in that time period.  BIggest folly off the top of my head is the heroine from "Say You Love Me" by Lindsey.  I read the book and kept getting aggrievated knowing that Kelsey was a guy's name in 1820.

Date Posted: 4/3/2008 12:40 AM ET
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ooo Cletus Alphonse, you hunky man you!  take me now!

 

rofl  i can't think of a worst combination than those two.

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