As a reader...
... I like a character's name to either be "fitting" (it suits the character somehow) or deliberately ill-fitting (for example, an ugly person named Beauty).
... I don't like characters with similar names (for example, Henry and Harry).
... I'm also getting pretty tired of female main characters being given traditionally male names. I guess this is supposed to suggest that they are in touch with their masculine side? Or maybe it's supposed to attract male readers?
Do the names of the characters in books matter to you?
Do you have any pet peeves about the way authors name characters?
Should a character's name somehow reflect or relate to his or her personality or purpose in the book?
As a writer...
... I use a lot of different sources for names, and I do try to choose "suitable" names.
... I also try to avoid using the same initial letter for more than two characters' names, especially if they are prominent characters.
How do you name your characters?
What tips, tricks, or techniques have you learned about naming characters?What sources do you use?