As a huge fantasy nerd, I have a confession.
hate dislike 97% of all fantasy names. Most of these names don’t follow the rules of naming. What are these rules, you ask?
I don’t know. But they’re there. I promise.
Fantasy names are a problem for me. Here are three reasons why.
Reason #1 : Fantasy names are overly dramatic
Example : Four (Divergent Series)
I’m sorry. That’s not a name.
Another example : Wylan Van Eck (Six of Crows)
What name book are authors using? What does that name even mean?
Yet another example : Prince Greening Grandemalion AKA “Po” (The Graceling Series)
Why not just name him “Po?” I get he’s a prince, but still.
Reason #2.1 : They’re spelled weird.
Example : Miryam (A Court of Thorns and Roses Series)
Please. Just spell it “Miriam.”
Another example : Evalin Galathynius (A Throne of Glass Series)
After saying this slowly to make sure you got it, you realize it’s just the name “Evelyn.” Also, that surname.
Reason #2.2 : If they’re spelled weird, how on earth can I pronounce them “correctly?”
Example : Maryse Lightwood (The Mortal Instruments Series)
Mare-riss? Mar- eye-z? Mary-sa? Mah-reese? Maybe, “Marissa?”
Another example : Sazed (Mistborn Series)
Your guess is as good as mine, but if it rhymes with “glaze,” I quit.
Reason #3 : I won’t remember twenty unfamiliar names. I’m sorry. It’s not happening.
Example : Every Brandon Sanderson book ever.
If you’ve read Sanderson, you know what I mean. If you haven’t read him, you’ll find it out.
Another Example : Red Rising Series
I can keep Darrow, Cassius, Mustang, and Sevro straight. I don’t have space for any more long exotic names like Alexandar au Arcos, Apollonius au Valii-Rath, or Atalantia au Grimmus (And those are just the A-names.) In my head, the rest of the cast fades out of focus.
Bonus Reason: There are too many Ys and Zs and Vs floating around. Just saying.