What’s in a Name?
The month of February is known for cupids, hearts, and love. It’s the perfect time of year to remember Shakespeare’s famous love story, Romeo and Juliet. I have included my favorite passage.
"What's in a name? That which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet."
In this renowned scene from the play, Juliet asks what’s in a name? She answers by telling Romeo Montague that a name is meaningless. She loves the person who is called "Montague," not the Montague name and not the Montague family.
Alas, if only this were true.
As a writer, I discovered the names of characters in the story are very meaningful. They help to convey to the reader the personalities and establish the setting of the novel. If writing a story set in Victorian times, an author would not choose Jayden or Madison, the popular names in 2010.
A strong, powerfully built hero would probably not be named Herbert. How about that gorgeous sexy blonde character at the bar? A name like Edith just does not evoke the matching image in the reader’s mind.
In my mystery/suspense novella, Sunshine Boulevard, I chose authentic names for the retired seniors from Michigan, Jim and Gloria Hart. The names are era-appropriate and conjure up characters who are solid, Midwest citizens.
Think about the name of your favorite character in a book you have read. I love Mark Twain’s Huck Finn. There just is no other name that would fit that adventurous kid. In Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series, what better name than Lula for that wild and crazy lady of the night and Morelli for the sexy rogue policeman?
When it comes to naming characters, what’s in a name? Everything!
Visit the J.Q. Rose blog in February to discover what romantic stories Cupid Reads.
J.Q. Rose is the author of Sunshine Boulevard, a mystery novella from Muse It Up Publishing.
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