I'm guilty of committing the Lame Name Sin myself. I talked about Bane a while back. I mean, What Was I Thinking? Bane? Did his mother really, really hate him? Who would honestly saddle kid with a name like that? I think he was a Viking in his original incarnation, which excuses me somewhat, but not much.
Other names I can live without:
Damien, Damian, Daemon, or anyother take on the word Demon. Yeah. We get it. He's a Bad Boy.
Stone, Rock, Boulder, Pebble. So what are you trying to tell me, oh so subtly?
Lucian,Lucien. I'm just over them. Why not have a Regency hero who answers to George?
Jake and Nick. I've seen a surfeit of them, too.
What are the Hero names you're done with?
Which ones made you squirm -- and not in a good way?
What names would you like to see?
Personally, I'd like to see a Fred who wasn't a dog. Literally a dog, a la Cruisie. Or a Bob. There aren't enough Bobs in romance land. George, as I noted, is a perfectly legit name for a hero, historical or otherwise. Edmund and Edward get used, but they're usually either family members or the villain. I think I could do with more Phin/Phinneas. Some Philips wouldn't come amiss, either.
On a personal note, I had to counter the squick effect of Bane with a nice, normal Emily.
I liked the name Rupert in Loretta Chase's historical Mr. Impossible.
Glad to see ya back and feeling better! Personally I kinda like the name Jake. LOL :-)Sometimes I think there is a thin line between goofy and unique names.
By 4:32 PM, at
LOL, that was fun. Although I do have a soft spot for Stone ...
Well at least Bane isn't Stud. Or Fulke.
What about Ralph (pronounced Rafe?) Bruce however has been around for a long time but it probably jar people.
But it is sometimes real life last names that get me Onions or its variant O'nions. Or what about De'Ath?
Ah, I name my characters in the spirit of the unique names backlash. I've had an Alan, Hal, Tristan, Kier, Marianne, Rachel, Emily and Jenny.
I couldn't work with Buck. My mind would always fill in the word "naked".
"Buck [naked] pulled a beer from the fridge."
"Hey, Buck [naked]. You there?"
You see my point.
If you're a fan of LOST, check out lost tv show theory
By 11:29 PM, at