The Familiar vs the Unique

Something I’ve been pondering for a while… is there any real benefit to creating unique names for things like the days of the week in a fantasy book?

I’m undecided, in part because some of my favorite books — including L. E. Modesitt’s Imager series — use different names for weekdays than we Americans do. I haven’t looked them up, but they appear to be French or pseudo-French, as are a lot of the names from those books.

On the one hand, changing something as small as the name of Monday can really help the reader immerse themselves in a fantasy world.

On the other hand, it can confuse the reader. Does X day come before or after Y day? Some books I’ve read — and I can’t remember which specific ones at the moment — simply called them “Oneday,” “Twoday,” and so on.

The floor is open, what do you think?


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