Reading

A Reader Pet Peeve

My biggest pet peeve right now as a reader:

When one character calls another character by name more than once in a conversation.

Rarely do I ever use someone’s name when I’m talking to them. And definitely not mutiple times in a conversation.

I’m just being picky. But for some reason this has been bothering me. In certain contexts, not so much. More often than not, I don’t like it.

6 thoughts on “A Reader Pet Peeve

  1. Ah, I agree with you on this. I used to do that all the time, though. I would try to add more works (thanks, NaNo), so I would constantly have my characters call each other by name, even when there were only two people in the room. I didn’t think anything of it until I submitted a chapter to my writer’s group and they were all like, “What are you doing…?” Lol.

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  2. Try reading any Russian novel. Characters repeat each other’s sixteen letter first names and sixteen letter last names every time they address each other. It goes something like this:
    Hello, there Ivan Ivonavitch, how are you doing? Fine, Adrian Gerkowski, are you well too? Oh, Ivan Ivonavitch, I have the usual aches and pains…and on and on. Believe me, it makes reading Brothers Karamazov and others a real pain! Ha!

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    1. Ah! Clearly I haven’t read any Russian literature yet. Oh my. Thanks for the warning. Well then I better prepare myself. I have to read The Brothers Karamazov this year for my English class.

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