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Have you ever met a character in fiction (specifically, a novel) who has the same name as you?

Asked by Jeruba (48175points) 3 months ago

If so, how does it register with you? Do you just shrug it off? Or do you perhaps pay special attention to the character?

Does this happen often?

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chyna's avatar

No because I have an unusual name. I think it would be weird to read a story with a character with my name. No matter the description of the character, I would probably imagine them as looking like me.

elbanditoroso's avatar

Not me personally, but my mother.

She has a unique first name, and a fairly unique last name (same as mine). In one of the recent Jonathan Kellerman books (detective procedurals) there was a rather mean and nasty woman – a female lawyer – who had my mother’s name.

I called her and asked her if she somehow knew the Kellermans and if they didn’t like her :-). She said no, and we assume it was utter coincidence.

My real name is that same as a well respected person in the media business; I don’t worry about people confusing the two of us. Besides, he’s a good guy.

canidmajor's avatar

I have a very unusual and difficult to pronounce last name that I have seen in fiction only twice in my 6+ decades. Once, in a badly written, went nowhere, novel, and once in a very popular novel by a vey popular author. I was listening to the latter as an audio book on a long drive but it was too distracting, the constant mangling of the name.

ucme's avatar

Yes indeed, I am that volleyball drifting away much to Tom Hanks’ chagrin.

augustlan's avatar

Nope. I have a very common first name, but an uncommon last name (maiden). I rarely even run into my first name these days. My married name is the same as an academic writer, which is interesting for me.

zenvelo's avatar

Picking up my turkey today, the butcher told me she was surprised by my name, because there is a character with my name in one of her favorite Agatha Christie mysteries. Now I am going to have to search for it!

Kardamom's avatar

Only once, and although the book/story was really good, the character was a greedy, selfish ladder climber with a very high maintenance lifestyle.

Qav's avatar

Yes. I don’t use the name I was given at birth, nut even though my first name was extremely unusual, I once saw it in a book. Since I don’t care for romance books, I didn’t read it. My middle name was fairly ordinary, the its spelling was not. Still, I saw it in a romance novel. No, I didn’t read it. I’ve since legally changed my name. Again, my first name is unusual, and I saw it in an old teen’s book. Didn’t read it. My middle name is in the Bible a few times, used for men, except once, it is used for a woman. Yep—I read that often! <Hee-hee!>

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