Character Names in books I can’t pronounce is today’s writing prompt from Long and Short Reviews.
I don’t read fantasy or sci-fi, so most of the names I read I can pronounce, but there have been a few in literature that I’ve stumbled with over the years.
As an American, I will say unabashedly, HERMIONE GRANGER was a name I had so much difficulty with, as did my daughter, when we first read the Harry Potter series. We both thought it was pronounced HERMI-ONE ( like the number 1) until I heard JKRowling’s pronounce it on the Rosey O’Donnell show. After that we were good.
HERCULES POIROT by the amazeballs Agatha Christie. I read my first Poirot when I was 12 and thought his name was pronounced HerculEEEEZE PI-O-RATE. Nope. Not even close.
SCHEHERAZADE. Too many vowels and consonants placed too close together on this one for me to be able to pronounce it correctly until I heard it done so my a librarian.
Those are the ones I can remember from the top of my head. Let’s see what some of the other authors in this challenge have to say: L&SR
And before I forget, tomorrow night, JULY 23 I will be the featured guest on the Love Romance Reads Facebook chat because my summer book VANILLA WITH A TWIST was voted the book of the month. Hope you can join us – it promises to be fun!
Here’s the link to join: LRRBoTMChat