Sunday, July 17, 2011

Smells the Same to Me ... Update

While commenting on naming characters in the previous post, I used George RR Martin's Game of Thrones as an example of one end of the spectrum of the possibility in naming characters. It was a general comment, sort of tossed in there.

Last night while reading, I came across this perfect example:
"Lord Littlefinger," Podrick managed a quick look at his face, then hastily dropped his eyes. "I meant, Lord Petyr. Lord Baelish. The master of coin."
Yes, the character of Podrick is trying to talk about one person, but uses 4 titles: nickname, first name, last name, and position. As I had mentioned in my post, Martin gives his characters so many different labels, that at times it is a bit difficult to follow.

And you know what? I like it. This style adds to the realism. It adds density and complexity. As frustrating as it may be at times, in the end I like the technique.

Not that I'll mimic it in my writing. No thanks. I'll stick to my one-name style, but I can appreciate the alternative.

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