Friday, December 3, 2010
Names Beyond the Book
Then I realized something.
In every instance I can think of the moniker is used pejoratively.
You’re not supposed to like being called Quixotic (impractical, impulsive and rashly unpredictable). If you’re a Walter Mitty you’re got your head in the clouds. “No sh**, Sherlock!” is said to someone who’s being an idiot at the moment.
Are there any used which do not “bad mouth” someone? Even “Romeo” has come to mean someone who is overly-sappy or lovey to the point of nausea.
It might not be so wonderful, then, for the author. Then again, it’s no less grand that the reach of a character’s popularity moves beyond mere story.