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    Do these two names sound too alike?

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by drifter265, Feb 5, 2013.

    Karen and Claire. Should I leave them or should I change one because they have too much of the "air" sound to them?
     
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    I would say that yes, they do sound too similar. How much of an issue this poses really depends on the importance of each character in the story--would use of both names allow for too much confusion to the reader? I think you should test it to be sure.
     
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    I disagree. They aren't too similar - different number of syllables, different starting letter. Readers won't be confused.
     
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    I changed them. If I have to ask they probably are too similar.

    FTW: Natalie and Karen.
     
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    It all depends on the relative placements of the characters in the novel, and how distinctive each character is apart from the name.
     
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    a wider gap is usually best... so your change can't hurt...
     
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    I'd say no - but I don't hear this "air" sound in "Karen" that you're referring to. It's pronounced like "Kah-ren" where I'm from, so I'm assuming it is pronounced differently where you are?
     
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    I don't think it'd be an issue. In "One Hundred Years of Solitude", the author named a million people the same name, which, admittedly, got extremely annoying. I had to go back and forth one hundred times to keep everything organized...but I still considered it a great story.

    You should change them just to be safe though, since the names don't seem to be all that important to you or the story.
     
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    Great if they sisters not so great if they are love rivals. As long as they are easy to differentiate via character I don't see a problem. I say love rivals as there would be a lot of bouncing around between these two names I then i can get confusing.
     

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