Confessions of a Bookworm: Pronunciation

Hi all,

My name is Chiara and I am a bookworm.

I had this conversation with my dad a few weeks ago in my sabbatical about how we pronounce the names of characters in books. I mean you never really say them out loud. For me I read the books and then is write about them on here. The words never really escape my mouth.

Well, that was until me and my dad started reading the same series of books. I think I mentioned a long time ago that my dad was going to try reading the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas but I didn’t know he would take to it so quickly. He managed to sneak the first book off me, and it was slow going. I watched his silk/satin bookmark ever so slowly make it’s way though the book and I thought he’d never pick the next one up. But he did and then he picked the next one up and the next one and now, if I blink, I’ll miss that bookmark moving at all. I look up at him reading and suddenly he’s on the next book.

But I’ve gone off on a tangent again. (That seems to be a habit with me, doesn’t it?)

So we were reading the same books and we were talking about the characters and what we think of them and we were saying the same character name but pronouncing it differently.

Take Celaena for instance … I had been pronouncing it like Selena with a longer ‘ay’ sound in the middle but my dad had been pronouncing it Keleena (you get what I’m trying to say, right?).

I’m sure when the author wrote it she had a particular pronunciation in mind. In her head she thought about Celaena and had her own pronunciation in mind and it may have been either of the ones I’ve just given you or something different entirely.

So that is my confession for now. Do any of you get that we’re you don’t know how to pronounce a character’s name? Or you meet someone who pronounces it differently and you don’t know which of you is right?

Let me down in the comments…

Yours Chiara.x

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