I’ve found recently that there are a lot of things that really bother me in YA books these days. They aren’t enough to make me hate a book or stop reading one but they really do stick in my head. Bookish Pet Peeves is something I’m going to be doing randomly here on the blog from here on out just to put these things out there. I know Jamie over at The Perpetual Page-Turner has done a Top Ten Tuesday topic on this in the past and that’s where I got my inspiration.
One of the things that bothers me most in books these days are the unpronounceable names. I love a unique name just as much as the next person but there’s a fine line between unique and just plain weird.
What ever happened to simple names like Katie or John? I mean, seriously, every book these days has at least one character with some odd (most likely made up) name. If I can’t pronounce a name it really bothers me. I can’t tell you how much time I spend just thinking about how to pronounce names. I know it’s not a huge deal but really, what’s the need for some random name such as Aave or Delalieu? (See, I don’t even think I can spell them right!)
How do you guys feel about the odd names in YA books these days? Do they bother you as much as they bother me?
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