7 Fictional Names You Might be Mispronouncing

7 fictional names mispronouncingYou might be noticing a bit of a sevens trend with my lists. (I certainly am.) It was actually completely random, but seven is a pretty number so I’m sticking with it from now on. What? Top ten, you say? Pfft, I’m a rebel. *coughs*

Anyway, this list is less of fictional names you might be mispronouncing and more of a collection of all the names that I ‘mispronounce’. Of course, there’s not really a proper way to say any of them, but there is a particular way the author would like them to be said, and I’ve chosen that one as the basis for correct pronunciation. There’s quite a bit of high fantasy on this list, as you might expect, but some other genres make an appearance too. I even stuck a movie in there, because as you remember from the previous paragraph I’m a total rebel! 😉

obernewtyn1. Gahltha from The Obernwtyn Chronicles 
The Obernewtyn Chronicles are a great high fantasy series (as yet unresolved, because she’s BEEN WRITING THE LAST BOOK FOR LIKE 5 YEARS AND NOW IT TURNS OUT THEY’RE NOT PUBLISHING IT IN THE UK) but not many people seem to have read it. It’s got its fair share of new words – it took me some time to even be able to pronounce the title – but the unruly horse Gahltha has always outwitted me. Despite numerous searches on the fansite that’s older than I am, I can’t seem to find any help. :-/

2. Peeta Mellark from The Hunger Games
Before the movies came out, I put the emphasis on the first syllable of Peeta’s surname, not the second. I also say his name with more of a ‘t’, but I think that’s just my accent.

totoro cover3. Totoro from the movie My Neighbour Totoro 

In the English dubbed version of this film, the furry creature is called Tow-tuh-ro, to rhyme with total. However, having grown up around people who almost certainly watched it in Japanese, I pronounce it much more like they do. It’s more like toh-toh-roh for me, with an r that’s bordering on an l. If you’d like to listen, then you can click here for the theme song in Japanese.

4. Edil-Amarandh from the Pellinor series
Yet another sadly obscure high fantasy series. I’m not kidding, it’s very ‘realistic’ – it has all these appendices and footnotes which tell you that it’s a translation from Naraudh Lar-Chanë, a piece of ancient Annaren literature and I thought that it was real for about 2 years. It turns out that all these references are sadly fictitious (well, I think), but just proves the power of the worldbuilding!

pellinor coverAnyway. There’s some quite complex language in here, despite the pronunciation guide at the beginning, and the name of the world where the books are set rather baffled me. I ended up forgetting the ‘h’ at the end and pronouncing it phonetically.

5. Kaede from Huntress by Malinda Lo
(My only standalone book on the list. Hmm.) I’d naturally say the name Kaede with three separate syllables, but in this book it’s supposed to be Kay-dee. Luckily, the pronunciation guide was right at the beginning and I managed to keep calling Kaede as such.

6. Eyllwe from Throne of Glass eragon cover
I gave up on this country and just called it yule-wye because I was too lazy. It’s officially eel-way. I’ve also had conflict over the character’s names – Seh-lee-nah, Seh-lay-nuh, Keh-lee-nuh, Kay-all, Kay-oll, Charl (yes, really). It’s been the subject of many a discussion, and my friend and I still pronounce Chaol slightly differently.

7. Eragon from The Inheritance Cycle

There’s a ton of complicated words in this series, and I can’t even pronounce the titular character’s name. I always thought it was Eh-ra-guhn (to rhyme with good) but apparently not. The pronunciation guide and maybe-even-as-awful-as-Percy-Jackson movie inform me that it’s actually Ehr-uh-gahn.

How would you pronounce the names I’ve mentioned? Are there any ones that you would add to the list?

Harry Potter Spells Book Tag

I was nominated for this tag by both Nirvana @ Nirvana’s Pocketful and Anna @ Cool Girls Read Too, and I’m pretty excited about it because I haven’t done a tag in absolutely AGES. So, on with it we go:

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A childhood book connected to good memories

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The Warrior Cats (just Warriors?) series by Erin Hunter. I absolutely devoured these when I read them (which was not that long ago, to be honest). I have the box sets of the first three series, and several books from the fourth. The prophecies just sort of started to go on and on I to oblivion, though, so I’ve stopped reading them now. But I still love the older ones! 🙂

A book that took you by surprise

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My my first thought of this book was: HALLELUJAH A YA BOOK WRITTEN IN THE THIRD PERSON. Admittedly, both Throne of Glass & Fangirl etc. are written in the third person, but I still feel like first-person-present-tense really dominates the genre. I am very, very tired of it by now, believe me.

Having picked this up thinking it to be a to be a post-HG trashy book, I was surprised to discover that it was extremely original, and from then on I enjoyed it immensely. Though it messed up my plan for this post, because I was going to put The Mortal Instruments here.

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The last book you read

As recommended to me by Nirvana. I was very surprised to find it in my school library (thought it had been untouched for quite a while) and immediately borrowed it. It isn’t like any book that I’ve read in a long time, and it reminded me of the good ol’ days when I read all that non-YA fantasy *gasp*. I’ll be on the hunt for Sapphique soon.

A book that introduced you to a genre you wouldn’t have considered before

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I had a bit of a hard time with this one because I don’t really branch out into other genres that often. I just take what’s in the teen section of the library, or in the school library, which are very similar.

Anyway, Fangirl introduced me to contemporary romance (is that what it’s called?).  It and Eleanor & Park (not really contemporary, but I’m just going to count it) are the best of the genre that I have read. Which is a little sad, considering they were the first ones I read.

A book that made you laugh

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Anyone remember this series? You know? With the suspiciously-like-Sherlock-teenage-criminal mastermind, the farting-at-inappropriate-moments-dwarf and the sarcastic-computer-dude-centaur?

Yep, that’s the one. This book produced lines such as “Look!” said Foaly, pointing with some urgency into the vast steel-gray gloom, “Someone who cares!”   and other things that made you chuckle quietly to yourself in the corner. It’s Skulduggery Pleasant, but with kick-ass fairies instead of magicians. If you haven’t already read it, then hurry to the library now. (And don’t be ashamed of going into the children’s section.)

A book you think everyone should know about


I would say Eleanor and Park, and I would say Throne of Glass, but E&P is pretty well known in everywhere but England (*growls*)and I’m mentioning ToG below, so I’ll go with this one.

Ruta Sepetys is a freaking awesome author, and both of her books (historical fiction, but even if you don’t read much of the genre give them a try) are also awesome. The writing is stunning and the brutal storyline is made even worse by the fact that it is based on events that are very real. I will warn you that it’s no fluffy book, but I recommend it anyway. Sometimes, it’s important to read books that aren’t fluff.

A book you wish you never read

I can’t even remember what this book is called, or what its cover looked like. I’m sorry.

It was one of my first chapter books, when I was around 6, and it was about a monster in the cupboard. I was so scared that I never even finished it. I was scared of the monster in the cupboard for many years after that. It turns out that the book ends with the monster making friends with the children.

A book you had to read for school


I’m still at school, but I am currently of the firm belief that if books are read in the wrong way at school, the it ruins them. I read this a few years back and we had to dissect it completely and utterly. And it’s a very short book, I’m telling you. I think I would have enjoyed it had I read it of my own accord, but this ruined it for me.

A book that was painful to read


Firstly: have you seen the size of this thing? It’s like 900 PAGES LONG, PEOPLE. You could knock someone out with a book that size.

I devoured the first three books, but by the time this came out I had largely forgotten the plot, and it was mostly war strategy anyway from what I could see. I should probably have re-read them first, but they’re also massive so I really couldn’t be bothered. I still managed to make it to the end, though. (I think.)

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A book that could kill

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You’ve probably seen me mention Throne of Glass countless times now, but seriously. THE FEELS. MY HEART. OH, THE TEARS. I don’t want to ruin it for you, but it results in broken friendships, relationships, and everything-else-ships. It is a ship-breaker.

I’m tagging:

That Bookish Girl
Book Nerd Mille

(I have gazillions of tags on the way so I’m trying to balance out my nominations…)