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    Mar 2012
    Quote Originally Posted by philomena View Post
    You're welcome to your opinion but I disagree with you completely. It's a pretty common fantasy-writer tactic, because it makes the names look/sound exotic while still being recognisable and familiar. GOT is meant to be set in a medieval world similar to ours (in the past) except with magic. Having names that are familiar helps us recognise that feel. It would totally take you out of the story if the characters were named Zebob and Iglaixia.

    Anyway.. I love the name Bran (it means raven which is perfect) and the name Jorah. For girls, Sansa and Margaery are my favourite names. I would only use the names of characters I actually liked though. Margaery being such a cool character has made me love the name.
    I don't think PP was arguing for Zebob and Iglaixia, more for the actual historic spellings of the names that Martin cribbed from. I don't know about you, but my immersion is not aided in the slightest by reading Catelyn vs. Caitlin. It doesn't look/sound exotic. And veering back and forth between kreative and not can be a little jarring too.

    It's also not hard to find actual obscure names with medieval use for when you want something that looks/sounds exotic.

    I agree a lot of fantasy writers do it but I consider it a genre crutch. The whole strength of Martin is he doesn't write stuff as hackneyed and cliched as the average pulp fantasy novel. Martin is better than a lot of them regardless of his affection for kreative names, admittedly, but "its common to the genre" is a pretty weak defense since some pretty sad crap gets churned out. If you're going to full-on invent names, go the way Tolkien did and have a whole internal logic/language to it, don't just barf up some y's.

    I agree I do like Bran (the name, as well as the character) though. I like Margaery's character but I don't know that I like the name any more than Margery/Marjorie.

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