Do you ever feel like really famous authors steal character names? Like an amazing athlete, we now have to retire that jersey.
Seriously, will anyone ever be able to have a heroine named Scarlett without every reader thinking of Gone with the Wind?
I read a wolf shape-shifter story my critique partner wrote a few years back (great story, by the way!) and the hero's name was Jacob. So, of course, I pictured the wolf shape-shifter from Twilight the whole time, thinking Taylor Lautner is WAY too young to be doing some of this stuff, I don't care how yummy his teenage chest is! Of course, my friend hadn't read the Twilight books, so she wasn't similarly affected, but I was sure some other readers would be.
Which comes to the point of my pondering. Christian was my great-grandfather's name and I just love it; I want--really bad--to make the hero in my story be "Christian". But with the most-talked about book selling at the number one spot today with a Christian as the main character, will every reader out there picture a messed up, kinky, control freak billionaire instead of the shy young adult teen I want to portray?
I don't want to change his name. *pout, pout, pout* But honestly, do you think that would be wise?