This week’s topic on Long and Short Reviews’ blog hop was an interesting one. I can think of dozens of great characters with names I don’t much like (Marian Halcombe from The Woman in White springs to mind), as well as names I like which belong to characters I don’t. My first thought, upon reading this, was to remember how Art Garfunkel named an album “Angel Clare”, leaving me thinking “Why the hell would you name anything after that idiot?”
So who would I name a baby after?
My favourite Jane Austen heroine is Emma Woodhouse. She’s witty, intelligent, confident and yet flawed enough to make her interesting, plus she has the good taste to prefer Mr Knightley over Frank Churchill. I could definitely see myself naming a child Emma if I was going to have one.
Another favourite is Cassandra Mortmain of I Capture the Castle. She’s a woman after my own heart – intelligent and loves to write. I’ve often wanted to write an epilogue to that novel giving her the ending she deserved.
However, when it came to male characters, I struggled a bit. I ended up going back to books of my childhood and landed on Sebastian from the Sadler’s Wells series. Musical, sardonic and passionate – what more could you ask for? I’d have to put my foot down over his nickname, though. In the later books they start calling him “Batty” and sorry, I’m not having that.
While I don't have babies, I do have characters, and I have one I did name after a character in a film. Liam Wilder, one of the heroes in Photograph, whose name is a combination of Willy Wonka (of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory) and Gene Wilder, the actor who played him.
Tara Thornton hasn't spoken to her sister in two years, ever since Azure married the man of Tara's dreams. Tired of the rift, Azure invites her to take a Mediterranean cruise on a friend's yacht and, bowing to family pressure, Tara accepts.
Forced to be in close proximity with the man she still desires, Tara is thrown into confusion. The presence of celebrity theme park owner Liam Wilder and the reality of his marriage to Azure send Tara into a tailspin and, in an attempt to regain control, she responds to the advances of hot fellow guest Ryan Hyde, while determined to feel no affection for him.
But Ryan has a way of getting under her skin, and Tara's plan to get closer to Liam is rapidly losing its importance as Ryan begins to break down her defences. Can she let go of Liam, let Ryan into her heart... and tell Azure the real reason for her silence?
So what would you choose?