Muse Monday: What’s in a name?

Honey and I took advantage of not having the kids this weekend by going to the movies. We went to see Divergent. I had no idea that I would be able to get a blog post out of it, but it was a nice little bonus. After seeing the previews, I might be able to get two posts out of it. That’s to be decided later, though.

If you haven’t read the books or seen the movie, let me give you a very brief summation: It’s set in a post-apocalyptic Chicago, and follows a young woman as she chooses which faction she wants to be in for the rest of her life. Society is split into five factions, each of which values one or two character traits above all others. The factions are Abnegation, Amity, Candor, Dauntless, and Erudite.

When we were watching the movie, I kept getting tripped up by the way they pronounced Erudite. I know that it’s a little thing, overall, but it got me to thinking: how are people going to react to the names in my books?

I probably missed a good twenty minutes of the movie, lost in my own imagination. I started reviewing my book from the beginning, trying to see how many names would trip people up. My main character is Kenzie. That’s not too hard. Trish, Jeff, Barb, Sarah. I think I’m doing pretty well!

And that’s when I remembered all of the names of people inside the first picture that Kenzie jumps into. Alana and Noran are the main two. Oh, boy. Maybe I can get my publisher to add a glossary to the back of the book. Then again, it might be fun to have an open conversation with my readers sometime. “Okay, how do you think we pronounce this character’s name?”

For clarification purposes, “Noran” is pronounced like the words “nor” and “an,” with the emphasis on the NOR. As in “neither an apple nor an orange, neither an ape nor an elephant.” Depending on where you’re from, there will be a little variation, but not too much. I don’t think. Some people will do -an, some will do -in. I’m fine with however the names are pronounced, as long as the reader enjoys the story.

So, when you read my books, don’t stress about the names. If you’re not sure about one, or more, of them, I’ll be happy to clarify for you. Just enjoy the story. 🙂

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