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-ChanĂ«, 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?

What’s Up With Me and NaNo? part 2

Okay, this isn’t so much of a ‘what’s up with me and NaNo’ as a ‘what’s up with me, NaNo, books, school and pretty much everything in between’. Let the ramble commence!

What’s Up With Me and NaNo
In your absence, I have become a master thief, stealing a variety of different things including:

– a large amount of plot from the roleplay I started like 2 years ago
– and also one and a half characters from said roleplay
– all the best jokes I overhear, because I’m terrible at humour
– the name of my cousin’s friend whom I have never met, but doesn’t sound awfully nice
– my own backstory, slightly changed to become my MC’s backstory

And probably some other things too.

But seriously, guys, I’ve only just remembered how good roleplays are for writing. I was a pretty active RPer around a year and a half or so ago, but not so much anymore. If you join a ‘literate’ RP, you can meet up with some excellent writers, as well as getting the chance to practice character creation and play around, like writing as an utterly evil and selfish character. Hehehehe, that was fun. I was only aiming for 15k, but I’m more than on track since I’ve now got up to the point where I can write up to 500 words in 10 minutes. (Although only in short bursts, sadly.) I’m hoping to continue my novel/novella throughout December and the following months. 🙂

What’s Up With Me and Books
WELL I WENT TO SEE MOCKINGJAY OKAY AND IT WAS SO…SO…intense.

Yeah. I hopped along to the cinema on Friday night with my wonderful friend Anna, mockingjay pin in hand, and basically spent the entire time either a) fangirling or b) clapping my hand to my mouth in horror. Despite its darker nature, I thought it was as good, maybe better, than the other films. (Although the book wasn’t as good as THG or CF, so I had lower expectations.)

I took a visit to the library this afternoon, and came back with around 12 books, including the entire Raven Boys series. (‘Cause, you know, why not?)

Library Books

What’s Up With Me and School
I’m being flooded by homework, and once I’ve finished this up I’ll be going to revise the final draft of my English essay. *sighs* However, I’m participating in my school debate which I am pretty excited for, because the movement my friend and I are arguing is:

This house would make the Cruciatus curse Forgivable.

I thought it was very lucky on my part, because everyone else got the usual things such as ‘This house would ban zoos,’ and ‘This house would only go on holiday in the UK,’ and such. Those ones are still perfectly respectable, but they’re not from Harry Potter.

What’s Up With Me and Everything in Between
1. I keep stumbling across fanfiction for Supernatural, which I haven’t even watched. Can I do that? Anyway, now I kind of want to watch it, despite the *coughs* large episode number.
2. I’ve been sucked into the Snowverse again, and I spent an hour in bed on Thursday night mentally writing my Simon Snow fanfiction.
3. I keep getting the urge to call people ‘honey’. Where is this coming from?
4. I went to see the sixth form production of Anything Goes, and it was excellent, although slightly different in tone to last year (‘Anna Karenina’).

What’s up with you?