Join me every Tuesday as I ask a Fun Question that’s been on my mind. I’ll give you my take, but I really hope you’ll jump in with your answers too, since I’m really curious to know what my fellow readers and bloggers think! So today’s question is…
Do You Forget Character Names?
I’ve only very recently gotten good about writing reviews as soon as I finish books. For quite a while, I wrote reviews days later – and in a few very rough reviews, weeks later. And one of the most frustrating things was how I would forget character names and have to look them up. I thought for sure that this was because of the delay in writing the review.
Here’s the thing though – I’ve been writing reviews AS SOON as I finish a book religiously for the past two-three months. And I STILL forget character names. I will have just put the book down just 30 minutes before and already I’m struggling to remember the names. And I have to wonder if that’s just me and why it happens.
Part of me thinks it’s because the book isn’t that good – I mean, can’t I recall names of characters from beloved series when I haven’t touched the book in months? But that hardly seems fair, because I can think of books that I’ve loved – REALLY LOVED – and the character names evade me.
So then I think, well maybe that’s because I’ve been reading those beloved series so long, the characters are like family. But there’s some series that I remember the character names after just one book and others I’ve read four or five books and still, I forget character names.
Is it because some books have been talked about so much – and so widely read that I get to talk about them – that the names are deeply embedded, whereas others I haven’t found a soul to talk about them with, so I forget?
The reality is, I don’t know why it happens, but it happens to me all the time. I do think there’s some merit to all those ideas and perhaps it’s a combination of them that leads me to remember some character names and forget others.
What do you think? Does this happen to you? Or am I the only one?