Names You Hate in Stories

  • Katie Mosing

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    @ MusicalMasochist I dislike seeing unrealistic last names as well. I use "Wolf" as in "Luka Wolf" for my characters modeling "name", but not his real name.
    Ive never heard of a modeling name before. What is that?
    June 12th, 2012 at 08:49pm
  • sainted swan

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    @ KatieMosing It's just like a porn name, a pin name for authors, actors - all of that. Not everyone goes by their real name when they're "famous", you know?

    If you know BVB, "Andy Sixx" was Andy's "pin name".

    I hope that explains it.
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    @ sainted swan
    Yeah, and that's a totally different thing. I love when fake names like that are kind of out there. But on the same note, I actually know a guy named Laurence Wolf, so it's not too far off :p
    As for Razorblade, that's one that I've actually seen, so that just goes to show how weird they can get really.
    You do? I thought "Wolf" was a "fake" last name. I never knew someone has a last name like that. I wish I did. I'm obsessed with wolves.

    But anyway. I don't want to know if stories are worse than that. Was the story about vampires or emotional things?
    June 12th, 2012 at 09:18pm
  • mako

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    I really hate simple names that pop into your head, that you don't even take a second to think about.

    i.e. Mimi, Lulu, Layla, Kiki

    Those names, I swear to God... Twitch
    June 12th, 2012 at 09:48pm
  • Icamane Hatake

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    I see more uncommon last names, to be honest. Last names are where you can get really weird xD

    I kind of have qualms with the name Luke because I think of Star Wars every time I read/hear it, and the only people I've known named Luke were either jerks or epic nerds, so for me personally, it doesn't work for a "normal" name.
    June 12th, 2012 at 10:27pm
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    @ sainted swan
    Yeah, he was in the grade above me in high school and was a big player on a couple of our sports teams. To be honest, it might not have been spelled exactly "Wolf". I never knew him personally and only really heard about him around school, and I want to say the he spelled it weird, like "Wolfe" or something. But it was still kind of unusual anyways, haha.

    It was a long time ago, but I think it was supposed to be an "emotional" band-fic. So who even knows...

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    Oh good God, I hate those names. A lot of times they tend to be "popular people" names, so that just really annoys me.
    June 13th, 2012 at 12:00am
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    ^ I know a couple kids with the last name Wolf/Wolfe. I also know a teacher with the last name Wolfanger. :)
    I really dislike unusual names or normal ones with "unique" spellings. If your story is based on some fantasy realm then it works. I can't see it working in a story based on modern times. I tolerate them enough to read the stories. There have been a few that crossed the line though. There are limits when you're trying to make your characters different. No need to abuse their names when you create them.
    June 13th, 2012 at 12:20am
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    Unless there is a good reason behind it, I don't really like it when the names don't agree with the character's nationality, as (I think) may have been stated in a previous post. I do know a Norwegian named Juanita, but I doubt that that's very common.

    Same goes for time period.

    I don't have a problem with unusual names if they have a reason behind them, although I don't understand the reasoning behind Ahleekzayndeerya Moonlyte Myusiklvr'fureva...
    June 13th, 2012 at 12:23am
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    I don't like names that don't "fit" for whatever reason, whether it be nationality, gender, time period, etc. I don't like stupid spellings of names. I don't like "gothic" names (i.e. Raven, Storm, Rain, Lucretia, etc. even though I know real people with those names). I don't like names that would just never be names--Dementia, Razorblade, Shadow, etc. I've seen all three of those and just... ugh.

    I don't mind "unusual" names, but there's a fine line between uncommon and ridiculous.

    Also, George. :|
    June 13th, 2012 at 12:43am
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    I have a hard time with extremely generic names? Bob, John, Mary, etc. Nothing terrible about them, just blahh. It's hard to imagine a personality or anything with them.
    June 13th, 2012 at 07:17am
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    Oh my days. xD Nikki Moonlight? That has to be the WORST name ever.
    'i saw sparks' brought up a good point: the names being used are not names that teenagers have right now; they're names that 14 and 15 year olds like. It makes the characters highly unrealistic, and makes the readers want to just skim over them.

    And yeah, if a character has a typical, over-used name, chances are, he or she is going to have a typical and over-used personality. It's amazing what little things such as a name can tell us about the person writing the story. The reality is, if I can guess the age of the writer, and it's 15 or below, chances are, the characters have one of the names mentioned.
    June 14th, 2012 at 07:46pm
  • Aly Jones

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    I usually can't stand it when the author uses their name as the main character's name, too. Drives me up a wall.

    I also hated Ever from The Immortals series. Just the name in general. Ever Blossom. Are you freaking kidding me? I also hated how there was a character in The Hunger Games named Glimmer, and sighed with relief when she was killed off. I mean, really? Who would name their kid Glimmer?

    Typically, I used older names because in my opinion they're unique and timeless. I also prefer original spellings, too.

    I'm trying to think of any other names that I hate. (I'm really one to talk. I have a book with a main character named Felina! I'm surprised that people haven't sued me for that.)

    Oh, yeah. I hate it when people use random letters to create a name. I mean, really? There are millions of names to choose from, and you just throw a bunch of letters together? I usually can't even begin to pronounce those names.

    I guess that that's it.
    June 15th, 2012 at 02:28am
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    Josh, John, Jason (got a J pattern going), Edward, Anne, Sara, Jacob, Damion, Lilly. Basically anything common and European. I've seen them so many times, it kills me.
    June 15th, 2012 at 03:20am
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    I can't stand the name Emily Facepalm I just can't. It's usually used in a "dark" character who is oh-so-special and unique, and not to mention cliche as hell.
    Haha, even though that's my name I can't stand seeing the name "Emily" either. I also don't like those names that are actually common words like "Snow" or "Rose".
    June 15th, 2012 at 05:52am
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    Haha, even though that's my name I can't stand seeing the name "Emily" either. I also don't like those names that are actually common words like "Snow" or "Rose".
    Oh, don't get me wrong, I don't mind the name on anybody here in real life tehe it's just in stories that I cannot stand seeing the name.
    Aly Dreamer Jones:
    I usually can't stand it when the author uses their name as the main character's name, too. Drives me up a wall.
    I'm normally not bothered by these as long as they're labeled as SI stories or the author acknowledges that it's a self-insertion. If it's like "This is a completely unique character and is not based on anybody I know" then yeah, I'm bothered by it because the author, instead of creating a unique character, is actually just using herself in order to fulfill whatever fantasy they have (normally seen in fanfiction so, yeah) and puts the character under a great light with little to no flaws because of that.
    June 15th, 2012 at 06:15am
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    I'm normally not bothered by these as long as they're labeled as SI stories or the author acknowledges that it's a self-insertion. If it's like "This is a completely unique character and is not based on anybody I know" then yeah, I'm bothered by it because the author, instead of creating a unique character, is actually just using herself in order to fulfill whatever fantasy they have (normally seen in fanfiction so, yeah) and puts the character under a great light with little to no flaws because of that.
    I once read this story by a really good friend of mine, where she set herself up with Justin Bieber. And they were zombies. Facepalm I couldn't stand to read it because it was truly awful, but I didn't say anything because she was my best friend. I really regret that.
    June 15th, 2012 at 02:57pm
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    Autumn. I hate that name in stories. Sounds like an attempt to gothic-ish vampire-ish dark-ish deep-ish character. And most of the times it's just an emo Mary Sue having an over the top romance with Gerard Way or Synyster Gates.
    June 15th, 2012 at 08:03pm
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    I can't handle the names like Thunder and Rain and Xavier. I'm so tired of these "edgy" names. I get it, your character is out of the norm and an outcast. Okay.
    June 16th, 2012 at 05:33am
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    Historical stories with modern or modern-sounding names. Yes, Jessica was in Merchant of Venice. Doesn't mean it was a common name or that it even fits.

    I'm slightly guilty of this with Cameron, but at least the reasoning is explained in story.
    June 16th, 2012 at 07:46am
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    Aly Dreamer Jones:
    I also hated Ever from The Immortals series. Just the name in general. Ever Blossom. Are you freaking kidding me? I also hated how there was a character in The Hunger Games named Glimmer, and sighed with relief when she was killed off. I mean, really? Who would name their kid Glimmer?
    I personally thought Glimmer worked as a name in Hunger Games because of the society and the District she was in was super obnoxious Shifty But that's just me xD It took me a while to get used to "Katniss."
    I kind of really hate the name "Ashlyn" or anything like that. I dunno, it just sounds super Mary-Sue-ish to me, even though I'm sure someone has written a good character with that name.
    June 16th, 2012 at 08:05pm
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    @ Icamane in 30
    I actually knew a girl named Ashlyn. She went by a different name, though.
    June 16th, 2012 at 08:15pm