Is Lolita usable?
So I'm still searching for a certain name fo one of my girl characters. Her twin brother is already named Wesley and I had almost decided on Winifred (nn Wendi) for her...and then I came across the name Lolita. It fits the character perfectly and I adore the nn Lo. But how does it flow with Wesley? And is it usable? I mean, the name kinda has an infamous past, thank to the teenage vixen from the book Lolita. I was nearly sold on Wendi for my character...but now I can't get Lolita out of my head! Help!
I think it's one of those names that's too strongly associated with the book, sorry. If you like Lo, there's other names that can give it.
It's very strongly associated with the book, which is a shame, because it's a beautiful name. I would pick something else if I were you. I like Essjay's suggestion of Elodie or Lola (which kind of has the same feel as Lolita).
It's pretty much claimed by the book. I wouldn't call Lolita a vixen so much as an exploited child since for almost the entire book she was 12-14. The name will be connected with the novel for a long time.
I'll add Leora as a suggestion. Lots of names with that cute Lo nickname.
It also doesn't help that Lolita is a clothing line in Japan. It's basically a clothing line designed to make doll clothes are adults. I think another name would be better. It also doesn't fit the same style as Wesley.
What about doing Winnie instead of Wendy?
I think it's best to avoid a name already associated with a famous character; else it'd be like naming a character Bella or Katniss (not the best comparisons, but you get what I mean.)
Alula / Elula
For negative associations that aren't as strong, there's Salome (sah-LOE-mee) which has the nn Lo.
I don't know what your book is about or what genre it is so it's hard to say for sure however...
I think the ONLY way Lolita could be used is if she was predominately referred to as Lo and there was a side comment about 1) how she was named after the infamous Lolita because it was her mothers favorite book. Though that would have to be written into the characterization of the whole family situation. or 2) a reason why she choose the name for herself, ect.
I don't think you can use a name like Lolita or Karenina without making obvious and direct references and correlations to the original works. However, there was a rewrite of Geothe's famous "The Sorrows of Young Werther" by Plenzdorf called "The New Sorrows of Young W." in which a new character discovers similarities between his life and that of Werther. My point is, if you make the connection obvious it can work but otherwise I would advise against it.
Thank you all very much! I think I'm going to just stick with Wendi, and maybe give her a friend or a pet with the name Lolita.