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luteran



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PostPosted: Thu Oct 23, 2008 5:02 pm    Post subject: names Reply with quote

I don't run into my name too often (April) -one or twice the heroine but more often the easy girl. I too get a little weirded out with the brother thing - Kevin -not so much anymore becvause it is such a popular name - but Lee - still icks me out a little bit because it doesn't pop up too much. Smile And dad - forget about it -James is just too popular a name in romance. Smile
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 23, 2008 6:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Interesting topic - That has occurred to me while reading my husband's name as the hero (Robert). Nana - I usually have a reaction one way or the other: When I like a heroine in a book a lot (and of course have to love the hero), I easily can imagine myself in her role as I read when it is written by her POV. This has been quite interesting when the hero's name is Robert ("The Duke" by Galean Foley)! My husband got the benefits of that steamy association! (HA! Wink ) Not so much when I don't care for the heroine! Then I have Nana's reaction - especially those TSTL types.

I never see any "Kathie's" but have seen one "Kathleen" (my actual name). Kathy (Cathy) is usually the "plain, best friend" or "cheerleader" type if included in a contemp. It's just too boring to be the lead (Wuthering Heights (not my personal fav) aside). Plus when it's not spelled like my name, it doesn't feel like me for some reason, when it's the written word.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 23, 2008 8:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Names used to bother me, to the point where if I'd encounter a hero or heroine with the same name as a beloved Heyer character, I would feel all weird. But obviously, as a historical romance reader, and someone who reads rather more than a book a day, I had to get over that. Laughing Now I can read books with my son or husband's name and barely notice.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 24, 2008 8:11 pm    Post subject: Names Reply with quote

Well, Charlotte, dead spider. I hadn't thought of that connection and now I'm not sure how I feel about it. I have always thought the only good spider was a dead one, but it was Charlotte…

Skrabs wrote:
I have never come across a Rebecca as a heroine and very rarely as a secondary character.

I don't think I'd actually like to read a book with my name.


I'm writing a Rebecca now. you probably won't like her. She's being a bit clueless right now.

Names are really important to me too. If the character doesn't have the right name, it's like they aren't quite there.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 24, 2008 11:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I only mind if a character is named after my brother. I have two, but one has a VERY common guy's name, so it doesn't bother me when I see it in fiction. However, my youngest brother has a pretty rarely seen name, so when I stumble across a romance with a hero with the same name...ick. I can't read it at all! Laughing Laughing
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 25, 2008 9:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Xina - All this time I thought you were Christina. Go figure.

Marianne- If you can overcome your hesitancy, I highly recommend Marianna. Quite an excellent read. Definitely a keeper for me.

Don't think it would affect me one way or the other reading about a heroine with my name. But my son has a very unusual first name (it's more commonly a surname in another country).

In the last couple of years I've seen two different paranormal romances that have heroes with the same first name as my son. At first I thought, hey cool! But considering these ladies write very(!) hot/erotic lovescenes, I had to take a pass on reading those books.

Just don't want those images actively dancing in my head in connection with my 20yr old. Shocked Embarassed I think if his name was more common I wouldn't have this problem, tho. oh well.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 26, 2008 11:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jaq wrote:
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In the last couple of years I've seen two different paranormal romances that have heroes with the same first name as my son. At first I thought, hey cool! But considering these ladies write very(!) hot/erotic lovescenes, I had to take a pass on reading those books.

Just don't want those images actively dancing in my head in connection with my 20yr old. I think if his name was more common I wouldn't have this problem, tho. oh well.


My boys are young, but I think I would have to agree with this sentiment. It's always bothered me a little that Judith McNaught used her children's names as the main characters in Whitney, My Love. I don't know if I could do that. Confused
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Carla Kelly



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PostPosted: Sun Oct 26, 2008 3:24 pm    Post subject: Nana's name Reply with quote

I have to thank Nana Massie for providing me with a name for my heroine in the upcoming "Marrying the Captain." I think it's a charming name, so I wrote to her and asked permission. My heroine's name is actually Eleanor, but everyone calls her Nana.

Nana, she's turned out to be one of my favorite heroines, so a double thanks to you!

Carla Kelly
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 26, 2008 6:22 pm    Post subject: Re: Nana's name Reply with quote

Carla Kelly wrote:
I have to thank Nana Massie for providing me with a name for my heroine in the upcoming "Marrying the Captain." I think it's a charming name, so I wrote to her and asked permission. My heroine's name is actually Eleanor, but everyone calls her Nana.

Nana, she's turned out to be one of my favorite heroines, so a double thanks to you!

Carla Kelly


Carla - that's a lovely story. Now we all have to go get that book, you cunning minx...

Well, I'm Caroline, or Caro, so I'm only able to identify with desperate Other Women and/or snobs in romance books. Had to read Ashworth's "My Darling Caroline" just because but can't think of any other books with the actual heroine as a Caro or Caroline. It's becoming rather traumatising actually - maybe us Carolines are just not worthy of love [sniff sniff]...
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 26, 2008 6:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you think having a romance heroine sharing your name is odd (though I tend to get the scheming other woman), try sharing your name with a romance publisher. Because my first name also happens to be the name of a German romance publisher which mainly publishes translated Harlequin and Mills and Boon titles. The company was already around when I was born, though I don't think my parents were aware of that.
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Nana



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PostPosted: Sun Oct 26, 2008 7:49 pm    Post subject: Re: Nana's name Reply with quote

Carla Kelly wrote:
I have to thank Nana Massie for providing me with a name for my heroine in the upcoming "Marrying the Captain." I think it's a charming name, so I wrote to her and asked permission. My heroine's name is actually Eleanor, but everyone calls her Nana.

Nana, she's turned out to be one of my favorite heroines, so a double thanks to you!

Carla Kelly


Yes, and if I get weirded out by this, it's nobody's fault but mine! Now the question is, how will my husband feel about it....? Smile
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 26, 2008 7:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

HeatherB wrote:
Jaq wrote:
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In the last couple of years I've seen two different paranormal romances that have heroes with the same first name as my son. At first I thought, hey cool! But considering these ladies write very(!) hot/erotic lovescenes, I had to take a pass on reading those books.

Just don't want those images actively dancing in my head in connection with my 20yr old. I think if his name was more common I wouldn't have this problem, tho. oh well.


My boys are young, but I think I would have to agree with this sentiment. It's always bothered me a little that Judith McNaught used her children's names as the main characters in Whitney, My Love. I don't know if I could do that. Confused



Ick! Her children's names were Whitney and Clayton? That's just wrong!
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Carla Kelly



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PostPosted: Mon Oct 27, 2008 6:43 am    Post subject: borrowing a name Reply with quote

Trust me, Nana, she's a great heroine.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 27, 2008 7:17 am    Post subject: Re: Nana's name Reply with quote

Carla Kelly wrote:
I think it's a charming name, so I wrote to her and asked permission.

This is a confusing statement to me, Carla. Could you explain why permission was needed to use a name? Aren't they literally all up for grabs for authors? I just cannot imagine an author sending 50,000 letters out to "Nancy" to use their names. Laughing Or even if an author made up one in her own mind, others out there probably have it as a name somewhere. Where would receiving permission to use names ever end? Just curious.
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Linda in sw va



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PostPosted: Mon Oct 27, 2008 2:27 pm    Post subject: Re: Nana's name Reply with quote

Carla Kelly wrote:
I have to thank Nana Massie for providing me with a name for my heroine in the upcoming "Marrying the Captain." I think it's a charming name, so I wrote to her and asked permission. My heroine's name is actually Eleanor, but everyone calls her Nana.

Nana, she's turned out to be one of my favorite heroines, so a double thanks to you!

Carla Kelly


I'm confused about why you would ask for permission as well? When I see the name I think of my Nana, technically my grandmother be we always called her Nana.

Linda
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