Names are very personal things aren't they? People can get all huffy if their name is mocked or when they end up being accidentally named the same as some foolish public figure. Over the next three days, I'm going to take a relatively light-hearted look at some of the names that authors give to their heroes and see whether some of the things that I like or which bother me about names is the same as the dear readers of this blog.
Is it just me, or do other people associate hair colour with names?
I have this thing about the name Simon. In my head all Simons have blond hair and so whenever I read a book where the hero is called Simon he will have blond hair in my imagination. I'm not quite why this is but maybe I was influenced in my early teen years by this man:
Anyway, this means that no matter how many times an author will tell me in their book that their Simon has brown or red hair, in my mind it is always a golden blond colour. Weird, huh?
Conversely, Adams are always brunets. Always. Again, I'm not sure why but it could be something to do with this fellow:
Maybe I'm just a strange, strange lady but those two names in particular always give me a clear mental picture of hair colour - and those names only. No other names have this effect on me.
Am I the only odd-ball out there who links certain names with hair colour? Please tell me it isn't so or I'll have to go and hide under a rock in shame :).