Harper? I like Atticus and I haven't read 'To Kill a Mockingbird' ;)
I suppose I do sort of see what you mean though. Like, if someone named their kid Harper I wouldn't immediately think 'Harper Lee' but if I met a child named Rowling, I probably would think it was a little pretentious : /
In conclusion, character names that are names anyway (exc. Katniss, Elphaba etc) sure why not but author names? Pretentious.
hehehe. Gotta love those eighth grade reading lists...
Well, you have to remember, this is your first introduction to REAL literature. As a young person, you hit a certain age, a certain reading level, a certain maturity, and you are exposed to something more than Magic Tree House. Something deeper and more striking. The first introduction to anything is going to have that kind of an impact, too; an initial wonder, a beginner's love. Atticus is your first true unsung hero, Bradbury your gateway into the mysteries of sci-fi. Darcy is the first character you ever underestimated, and Austen is the first author you had to read three times to pick up all of her subtle little jokes and social ploys.
Everyone has some attachment to it. There's a reason these books are so popular; it's because they're good. Everyone's read them because everyone should, and they have an impact on everyone because they are impacting. They aren't trying to be pretentious or look cultured; they're trying to reflect a certain standard, a certain love. Just like people name their children after movie stars and musicians, it's because of how they perceive that person more than how they want their child to be perceived, or themselves to be perceived.
I don't think it's pretentious; I think it's the perfect way to express a major part of your childhood, and possibly include a lovely name that you think it perfect for your child.
Heh, yeah I agree! I love literary names, too, but, you're right, they're pretentious. It's like the parent is trying to say "look how cultured I am". I know most parents who choose literary names probably do so simply because they love the name and it's meaningful to them, but those connotations are there for me.