I’ve realized something about myself lately, and I’m finding it a little bit alarming. I need to know if I’m the only one out there with this affliction!
I struggle to remember the names of characters when I’m not actively reading the book! The second I put the book down, I struggle to remember the names of the characters!
I don’t know if it’s old age, or if I’ve read too many books that remembering each name has become difficult, but it’s driving me nuts. I go to write my review and it takes me a good 2-3 minutes to remember the names of the characters, and I write my reviews immediately!
It’s not that I can’t remember the characters. I’ll remember whole scenes, interactions, and sigh romantically over my favorite characters. It is literally only their names that elude me. I’m might be making this into something silly, but in the heat of the moment I do feel a tiny little burst of panic, like I’m too young to be forgetting the important stuff! (Book characters are IMPORTANT, damn it!)
I think it’s harder when characters have common names. In the last few days I’ve read stories about Theo, Jamie, Wesley, Cal, Percy, Lloyd, Henry, Reed, Dylan, Gabe… and crap… I just finished this book last night… what the hell were their names?? Um… *Birdie’s checking Goodreads* …DAMN, Lucy and Josh! In my brain they were Shortcake and Serial Killer Eyes. (Which doesn’t make the book sound interesting at all. -Or actually, maybe it does?)
Anyway, I think it’s a lot easier to remember a name when it’s something like “Finnikin of the Rock”, or “Mr. Kindly”, right? Those don’t fade when you close the book. However, names like Wesley and Jamie have been in SO many books I’ve read. It begins to make the names less important than the plot and characters. Which, I guess is as it should be, right? I mean, would Jamie Fraser be different if Diana Gabaldon had chosen to name him Seamus? I bet not. Maybe I’m making a mountain out of mole hill.
Am I the only one that struggles with this? I don’t feel like names used to be a problem for me, but maybe I’m just more aware of it now?
I’ll feel a lot better if someone can back me up here?