Ideal Name Selection Makes “A Family for Faith” Especially ‘Reader Friendly’!
“A Family for Faith”
Many people like myself ‘sight’ read names. That means we just look at the name, as if it were a picture of the character, and move on. We don’t pronounce the word to ourselves. We don’t even read the word. This makes for fast and easy reading unless the author selects names that begin with the same first letter.
For example: “Richard” and “Robert” are very similar to the sight reader. These two names are like having two actors, who look very much alike, featured in the same TV drama. The viewer has trouble remembering who is who. That’s not good. It takes away from the story and it reminds the viewer that he or she is watching a TV drama. This is also true when reading.
When I come upon a “Richard” and “Robert” (and I have in fiction) I must stop each time and try to determine who is who. I must also then try to distinguish how the two men differ in characteristics. I would not have to do this if they had more disparate names. If the characters were names "Walt" and "Vince" for example, everything about “Walt” would only be remembered as being about “Walt” and everything about “Vince” would only be remembered as being about “Vince”. I would not be getting these characters characteristics mixed up.
“A Family for Faith” has what I feel is the perfect selection of names. Notice:
Dead wife: Tina
Ex Husband: Walt
“A Family for Faith” is a very easy book to read. I never had to reread a paragraph to determine which of two possible meanings was intended by the author.
Making books easy to read is a blessing to the reader and it definitely enhances the reading enjoyment the book provides. Not all authors do this however.
When I asked one author why her three main characters all had names beginning with “C” she said that “I tried to change them but the characters would not let me.”
I thought this was amazing until she added: “I was so worried that my editor would complain but I slipped the names by her.”
This is a true story and to shows how some authors would rather keep characters happy than readers. Someone should these authors that characters don’t’ buy books!
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