I was just wondering what people's opinions were about changing spellings of common words to give your story more of a fantastical vibe. In the most recent chapter I've written I wrote ser instead of sir, Byn instead of Ben and Jusuf instead of Joseph.
I don't think changing people's names around to give your story more of an other worldly feel is a problem at all. I think most fantasy authors do that. Changing more common words around might be more problematic. Some people might consider them spelling errors or just get confused.
Several hundred years ago a lot of words were spelling differently. Go back another thousand, and you probably wouldn't even recognize some. Also, 'tire' is 'tyre' in Britain and 'aluminum' is 'aluminium.' The Scottish, Irish and Welsh also have other alternate spellings.
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As someone with dyslexia it annoys the flipping heck out of me. I'll be reading along just fine, come to a name like "Yezmin" as an odd spelling of "Jasmine" and have to spend the next ten minutes acclimatizing my brain to the new word. If I don't, it'll happen every single time I see it. Rinse and repeat for every single name. Personally, if I reach three weird names I give up, because it just takes too much mental energy to catalogue them.
But, since I have this pet peeve, I am acutely aware of every time it happens. And it happens A LOT. Trust me, you aren't a hack for doing that, you're actually probably in the norm as far as fantasy goes.
Oh, and don't worry about "one person on the internet hates it so I shouldn't do it!". I found Lord of the Rings impossible to read because of this, and look at how popular that is. I just had to get that rant out of my system lol
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