I’ve been pondering this for the past half hour so I figured I’d ask some of my fine friends on the internet for their opinion.
I’m attempting to work on the final chapters of my WIP fanfiction The Broken Rose when a series of random thoughts/internet searches led me to consider a name in my currently unpublished and aging original paranormal romance novel The Serpent’s Tale. The main character’s mother’s name is Cymbeline, who is the titular king from the Shakespeare play (link provided). As you can see, the character is male. I choose the moniker from the Loreena McKennit song of the same title that I first heard when I was in high school.
You must understand I was young and foolish back then and decided at the time that I loved the name and would give it to a character at some future point, and since (to me) the “-line” ending sounds feminine and quite beautiful, I would give it to my MC’s mother who is very beautiful (I don’t write about ugly people, plus all mother’s just are) and in fact looks like a dark-haired fairy queen.
Now it is 2016 and I have done my homework. I now know Cymbeline is the name of the king of Britain in a play of the same title. Logic leads me to believe I should change her name and I have a viable option in Cassandra, but I love the way Cymbeline just rolls off the tongue. She is also very regal looking so the name of a monarch is not far-fetched (her last name is Danann, and yes, I did more research on that than I originally did with Cymbeline).
What do you fine people think? Can I get a way with having female character with an originally masculine (though not masculine sounding to my ear) name. Semantics of course. We decided what’s masculine/feminine sounding.
Also, yes, amazing I posted something besides my Question of the Week, though it was quick and for a reason. I am trying.
Let me know your thoughts on my Cymbeline conundrum.