So, many of you might not know this, but Alise is a nickname. My real name is actually way more common. Like Top 100 names of last year common. As you can imagine, my name pops up a lot.
I’ve met a lot of Me, and I don’t really mind, it can really be fun meeting someone with your name. But there is one place where I hate to see another Me: in books.
In fact, if I’m browsing around Goodreads looking for the newest books to add to my already towering TBR pile and stumble across a synopsis to see that the main character has my name, it has me going:
No matter how interested I am in the book.
This also goes for some people I know as well. Not with the names of everyone I’ve ever met of course, but when the love interest shares the same name as an ex-boyfriend/family member for example.
I guess this is because some names just really become attached to a face so when I hear them or read them, that face immediately comes to mind and it becomes kind of awkward-I imagine the person I know as the character in the book. Maybe it’s because I’m a very visual person or because I’m weird, I’m not sure.
Strangely enough, I haven’t run into this problem too often at all-not that I’m complaining. This isn’t a strict rule, I do make exceptions sometimes but would rather avoid the situation in general. I know some people feel the opposite-they get excited when the main character has their name.
Is it just me that has this issue?
Are there any particular names you stray away from?
How do you feel when a main character has your name?