One of the first things that turn me off from a book are names. I hate when I have to stop, pause, and try and sound out a name in my head. And it doesn’t get easier. I spend the entire novel pausing every time that name comes up, trying to figure out how the heck to pronounce it.
God forbid it be your main character and you’re writing in third person. That would be enough for me to set the book down all together.
Word to the wise: Don’t give your characters outrageous names no one can pronounce. You might think it makes that character edgy or unique or whatever, but please give them a nose piercing or green hair if you must make them original. Just give me a name I don’t have to spend twenty seconds stumbling over twice every paragraph.
Do difficult names bother you in novels?