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.


  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!


    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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