RARA-AVIS: Sleeping Dog/Unusual Character Names

From: Peedie Monk ( peediemonk@ukonline.co.uk)
Date: 23 May 2002

Serendipity is a great name. I've come across it once before in a kid's pop-up book, where the eponymous hero was a mouse! I have a serious question, though. General wisdom dictates that character names have to reflect their owners. Stark's Parker would be less credible if he was called Agnes, right? I mean, that's just ridiculous. Obviously. Well. Maybe not. In Malcolm Braly's "Felony Tank", a very scary escaped convict is called, yes, you guessed it, Agnes. He would have been much less scary had he been called Parker.

Al Guthrie

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