Thursday, January 17, 2013

In Which I Ask for Trouble from Potter Fans

Harry Potter fans, please don't hunt me down and pummel me with your fervor for saying this, but...

Did anyone besides me ever find it difficult and frustrating to read Hermione? Not the character, she's a stupendous character. Gads how I love strong female characters, they were always always my favorites as a child and that hasn't changed. In fact, this video I caught about the character is very touching,



you should check it out if you haven't seen it.  But her name, I couldn't stand her name.  It halted my tongue every time I ran into it.  I don't like names in books that act like speed bumps.  I pray I never commit that sin.  I probably will at some point.  Heck maybe I've done it in the book I'm writing.  It's why I'm stumped.  I'm passing through it for a 4th edit and I have several names which need fixing.  Names are daunting.

Back to Hermione. Does anyone know why she chose that name?  Maybe in Britain it's such a common name that it flows when they read it?  Frankly to me it sounds like a medical condition that would make you double over in gastronomic pain.

Speaking of Harry Potter, I'm sitting here writing this and I realized that I never finished the series.  Seriously Potter fans, please don't hurt me.  I was reading it to my son who was much younger then and after book six I think it was, I just couldn't take the whole Dursley family introduction one more time.  I believe the Dursleys may have prevented me from some enjoyable reading.  If my husband's assessment of the movies is correct, the story got better and better toward the end.  Which makes sense. And now I've revealed that I haven't even finished watching the films.  They go so dark and I'm such a wuss that I stopped watching after film 5.  I think I had better rectify my situation this year and read those books and then maybe even watch the rest of the films.

5 comments:

Lynnea said...

I have since read the Wikipedia article about Hermione Granger in which it explains: "Hermione's name is derived from William Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale;[9] Rowling claimed that she wanted it to be unusual since if fewer girls shared her name, fewer girls would get teased for it[9] and it seemed that 'a pair of professional dentists, who liked to prove how clever they are...gave [her] an unusual name that no-one could pronounce.'"
It has a logic to it, but it still makes my tongue fall all over itself.

jaded said...

It wasn't until I saw the first movie I knew how to pronounce her name. It can be difficult to read books in which your tongue is constantly knotting itself. I stumbled through Crime & Punishment for the same reason.

Lynnea said...

Jaded, you know I think that's when I discovered it too. I've definitely found that problem with War and Peace - those Russian names can be a killer.

Kaylia said...

I just called her "H" in my head... You should totally read the rest of the series... I'm not a huge HP fanatic or anything, but they are worth a read, for the pop culture reference alone perhaps. Plus then when we mock the ending and the horrible epilogue you can chime and agree!

Lynnea said...

Kaylia, ooh now you've got me totally intrigued to read it all and get to the mocking. Of course, that won't ingratiate me any further in the hearts of HP fans. *sigh*