19 October 2006

The Go-To Name

It started for me with the Huxtables. In the mid-eighties, I regularly got to hear my name on tv. However, most people latched onto The Breakfast Club, gleefully quoting, "It's a fat girl's name," to which there is no suitable reply (which you'll understand if you've seen the movie). Later, but before Heath Ledger got famous, I enjoyed his lilting brogue as he addressed his fiancee with my name in the early episodes of Roar.

Though Claire seems to be a long-term screenwriter's favorite, its ubiquitous tv presence these days is unnerving me. Right now you can see a Claire in each of the following: Lost, the reruns of Six Feet Under on Bravo, Heroes, Boston Legal, reruns of Law & Order; and more peripherally on Veronica Mars, Grey's Anatomy, and in the reruns of Dead Like Me on SciFi. I'm sure there are others I'm forgetting at the moment (and I'm not even going to get into movies) but my point is ok, that's enough.

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  1. I never hear my name in TV or movies. Looks like you're getting more than your fill -- why don't they share?

  2. I already covered the dislike I have for my name in TV/movies. Grrr...

    You were a Roar fan? I actually wrote a research paper about it in grad school. A TV study.

    Who the hell was Claire in Veronica Mars and Grey's Anatomy?

  3. Michele: I don't know. I'd expect Michele to be more common, but I can only think of one I've met in person. That should make it a great go-to name!

    Kevin: I remember. At least the Claires aren't all murderers, but then female characters are more likely to end up victims which isn't appealing either.

    And yeah, I did like Roar. I have 'em all on tape, albeit in storage at the moment. What was your paper about?

    The Claire in VM was from this week's ep, one of the feminist group on campus. She's mentionned by name a couple times, the latter with greater significance which I found hard to miss. I don't want to spoil it for ya if you haven't seen it yet.

    The Claire from GA was a featured friend of the Chief's niece who was in the 3 eps around the prom. Get this, her imdb page lists her as receiving the 'Kapgar.com Primetime Awards "Best Rookie Child Actor" in 2002'