Does anyone else find it awkward when books characters have the same names as people you know in real life? I do, especially if it’s a family member. I mean, I KNOW said family member isn’t actually supposed to be in the book, but it takes me a while to stop picturing them in the character’s place nonetheless.
For example! One of the X-men has the same name as one of my parents. It took me FOREVER to stop connecting the two of them together, even though they are in no way alike. Also, a children’s book I read ages ago had a character with the name name as my old boss– SO AWKWARD, as one is a elderly cranky person and the other is a 12-year-old hero.
I suppose one good thing about my having a slightly unusual name is that I’ll almost never run into a character with it, except in historical fiction or biographies.1 I find that comforting, as it means I’ll never have to picture myself in all sorts of random books, though I know that other people LIKE seeing characters with their names.
Have you ever run into a character with your name?
- Or 50 Shades of Grey. I JUST REMEMBERED THAT omg ↩