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Thread: Is Lolita usable?
November 11th, 2012 11:29 AM #1
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!Proud Mommy of Rebecca Jo Lucille and Elijah Raymond
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November 11th, 2012 01:06 PM #7
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November 11th, 2012 01:37 PM #11
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.)
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For negative associations that aren't as strong, there's Salome (sah-LOE-mee) which has the nn Lo.Delilah Celeste ∥ Aveline Ruth ∥ Winter Fay ≶ Silas Alaric ∥ Fabian Seth ∥ Lucian Ezra
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November 11th, 2012 02:06 PM #13
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.Aurelia - Coralie - Elva - Illyria - Lorelei - Loretta - Merida - Ofelia/Ophelia - Tabitha - Viola - Wisteria
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November 11th, 2012 02:18 PM #15