Speaking of Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni…how did you feel about his full name being used all the time? Did you like it, or did it bug you?
Because Mike was reading aloud, it bugged him a little. That’s a mouthful to say each and every time the character’s name was used. Had I been reading to myself, I probably would have glossed over it, registering it without actually pronouncing it in my head. Sometimes, when there’s a name in a book that’s too weird or hard for me to pronounce, even internally, I give the character a name of my own or use the first initial only.
Why do you suppose the author chose to use the name as he did? Does it strike you as especially appropriate (i.e., that Precious would use that name), or do you think it was just a bit of deliberate quirkiness tossed in for fun?
How do you feel about strange names used in books? I’ll never recall the title, but I read a kids’ book a couple of years ago where ALL the character names were odd, and I found it annoying, distracting; it made the whole thing feel as though the author was trying too hard.
It reminds me of a Saturday Night Live sketch where . . . I think it’s Will Ferrell doing roll call at summer camp. It’s a list of ridiculous names, including Neo Synephrine.
Dick and Jane are names gone by, to be sure.