Tuesday, September 02, 2008

On Contests

It's all the rage, now, to have contests where the prize is your name in a book. Maybe you'll be murdered, even!

To me, this is rather eery. My name in a book seems too... powerful. Too voodoo-ish. Too freaky. I don't want someone else messing with my fate, LOL.

I'd hate having a character named after me.

What about you? Is this just me? Would you be thrilled to have your name in a book, or horrified?

21 bonus scribbles:

StarvingWriteNow 9/02/2008 10:57:00 AM  

Well, in all likelihood having your name in a book would be like winning a "walk-on" part in a movie--it sounds great, but you probably get one line or your character is already dead or something.

spyscribbler 9/02/2008 12:11:00 PM  

Writenow, in mystery contests, it's like you said, they're the murder victim. Sometimes it's a shopkeeper. One author makes it a prominent secondary character, a romance author, but I can't remember who.

Any way you serve it up, I'm uncomfortable with it, LOL!

lainey bancroft 9/02/2008 01:00:00 PM  

Nope. Wouldn't thank ya for it. Especially if you were going to kill me. Creepy. *big shivers*

Susan Helene Gottfried 9/02/2008 01:38:00 PM  

I'd rather have my name on the front cover, myself...

spyscribbler 9/02/2008 01:46:00 PM  

Lainey, I agree. Completely. Just creepy, big time creepy!

But some people must like it. They even have auctions for this sort of thing!

Travis Erwin 9/02/2008 05:00:00 PM  

Have you seen that movie Stranger Than Fiction? If not check it out.

spyscribbler 9/02/2008 05:37:00 PM  

Okay, Travis! I'm going to put it in my Netflix cue! (I'm a Netflix newbie. I'm so addicted!)

Karen Olson 9/02/2008 07:03:00 PM  

This summer, I offered up a name of a character in a book to two charity auctions. I helped raise some money for two good causes, one of which is the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (my niece and nephew both have CF), and two folks get to be walk on characters in my book THE MISSING INK. I gave the two very generous people their choices of who they'd like to be, and because I didn't want either of them to be a) the killer or b) the victim, one is now the recipient of a Harry Potter tattoo and the other is a cocktail waitress. They seemed really excited about this.

Edie 9/02/2008 07:33:00 PM  

Someone put me in her book as a man, calling me Eddie. I critiqued the first chapters and the whole scene didn't work for me. Even besides that, the whole thing of using me as a male character wasn't something I was crazy about.

I used my sil's first name in a book for a walk-on character. Nothing bad, of course. And I didn't kill her character.

Melanie Avila 9/02/2008 08:17:00 PM  

I'd be ok if it was just my first name and I knew it was me. But yeah, kind of creepy otherwise.

Robin 9/02/2008 09:18:00 PM  

My friends all love when I mention them in my book or in articles. But it's always in a charming and flattering way. I don't think they'd be too thrilled if I killed them off.

As for me, I agree - creepy.

spyscribbler 9/02/2008 09:57:00 PM  

Karen, that's really nice of you! I think it's great you didn't kill them. And I might be tempted for a Harry Potter tattoo, LOL!

Still, I think I would sooner pay to NOT have my name in a book, than to have my name in a book. I believe in the power of names, I guess. If someone did, I would want TOTAL veto control, LOL!

spyscribbler 9/02/2008 09:59:00 PM  

Oh, ick, Edie! A man?? Sheesh. It would kinda ick me out. A first name, maybe okay. Mostly if I didn't know it was after me. I'd imagine that just happened to be the name they came up with.

Very kind of you not to kill your SIL, LOL!

spyscribbler 9/02/2008 10:00:00 PM  

Melanie, that's cool. Some people like it! And it could be, sorta, like someone naming a baby after you. That would be an honor!

spyscribbler 9/02/2008 10:02:00 PM  

Charming and flattering is key, Robin! If someone turned me into the smartest, cleverest, prettiest, sweetest woman in the world, okay... maybe. :-)

Bernita 9/03/2008 08:15:00 AM  

Not thrilled.No.
Feels like an appropriation.

Angie 9/03/2008 02:25:00 PM  

SF has been doing it for ages. Bob Tucker did it so often that being written into a piece of fiction is "to be Tuckerized." :) Writers can make some decent money for charity, as Karen mentioned, by auctioning or raffling off Tuckerization opps.

And I had to laugh when you went "Ick!" at the idea of having your character be male. I take it you were never into D&D, or anything similar? :D When I was playing, my characters were male at least 3/4 of the time. For a couple of years, our gaming group had two female characters in it, neither of which were played by either of the two female gamers sitting at the table. When you're talking about characters, gender just isn't a big deal to me, even if they happen to have my name. If someone wants to use me as "Angelo," they're welcome, hee!

Angie

spyscribbler 9/03/2008 03:57:00 PM  

Angie, I wonder if it's a male thing. SF and Mystery used to be typically male-dominated genres.

I'm glad there are some people who yearn for it and are willing to donate to charity for it, but I'd just as soon slit my throat, LOL.

Like Rumplestiltskin, I believe in the power of names.

Zoe Winters 9/07/2008 07:34:00 PM  

I agree, I wouldn't want my name in a book.