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Subject: Creativity peope?......
Date Posted: 6/4/2010 9:31 PM ET
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Okay does this annoy anyone?  I am reading a book and in the first chapter there are two characters named Lee and Leah?  Huh???????  Wth?  Can't they think beyond the letter L?  Does anyone know a reason why an author would do this?  My brain is getting slower and slower (not to mention my eyesight).  Why couldn't they come up with a name that starts with a different letter, let alone the entire first syllable??

Date Posted: 6/4/2010 9:39 PM ET
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It drives me NUTS.  I just read a book called The Last Child (not a romance, but still on top of the bestseller lists) and I was distracted by Johnny and Jack--best friends.  Grr!

Date Posted: 6/4/2010 9:41 PM ET
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Grrrr, I hate that!!! Johnny and Jack?  Isn't that the same name????!!!

Date Posted: 6/4/2010 10:47 PM ET
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Yes this is a big pet peeve of mine. I realize that in real life if you go into a group of people and shout "Mike" or "Bill" or "Mary" you are going to get more than once response in all likely hood. But a writer should choose to ignore that and give each character different enough names to make it easier to keep them apart.

Date Posted: 6/4/2010 10:48 PM ET
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I think Jack started as a nickname for John although I don't know how they get one from the other.  My Uncle Jack is really a Jonathan Jr.  Nowadays I think there's more boys named Jackson for a first name or just Jack. 

Date Posted: 6/5/2010 12:34 AM ET
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I once read a book about a man working in an advertising agency and EVERY SINGLE CHARACTER had a name starting with J. I kept expecting there to be some kind of explanation or joke, but there never was. It was so weird.

Date Posted: 6/5/2010 3:59 PM ET
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This is something that bothers me about the Rough Riders series by Lorelei James, most of the characters have names that begin with C. I have a hard time keeping them straight.

Date Posted: 6/5/2010 4:23 PM ET
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I would pronounce Lee,  Lee.   I would pronounce Leah   Lee- ah like from the bible.

Date Posted: 6/5/2010 7:36 PM ET
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Even still, lee and leah?  The author obviously took no time to come up with a name.

Date Posted: 6/5/2010 9:31 PM ET
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I just read a romance where the main character had the name Elizabeth.   That is ok, except when every other character in the book had a different nickname for her:  Lizzie, Beth, Liz, Bethie, Eliza.......I was really confused at first.  I think the author thought it was cute or interesting or something.....NOT.