Robert Galbraith and Carlos Danger1 Aug 2013
It’s been an odd couple of weeks for the pseudonyms.
First, it was revealed that JK Rowling, the famous author of the Harry Potter books, had penned a book under the name Robert Galbraith. Entitled the ‘The Cuckoo’s Calling’, this murder-mystery-whodunit was publicised as having been written by a retired military policeman.
And, let’s face it, who wouldn’t believe that? the Robert Galbraith name has a classic, Anglo Saxon ring to it which evokes an air of authority and by writing ‘Robert’ in full it has a slightly formal feel to it.
Rowling confessed that her reason for the Robert Galbraith nom-de-plume was that she was “… yearning to go back to the beginning of a writing career in this new genre, to work without hype or expectation and to receive totally unvarnished feedback.”
By contrast, last week we learned that NY mayor candidate and ex-Representative Anthony Weiner was back to his usual tricks with his smartphone camera, this time under the name ‘Carlos Danger’. Unlike Robert Galbraith, the name, of course, sounds completely false and made up. The combination of Hispanic first name combined with an edgy and provocative noun for a last name suggests that Weiner was trying to sustain the lingering stereotype of a mysterious Latin lover? The mind boggles when you wonder how the illustrators at Marvel comics would bring Senor Danger to life.
One thing is clear (and cast aside your moral and ethical views for a second) both Robert Galbraith and Carlos Danger both seem perfectly apt for whom they serve and would fit the creative brief each had prepared inside their heads.
While you would expect someone like JK Rowling to be a naming wizard (sorry, couldn’t resist) – just check these beauties out if you don’t believe me: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/
Perhaps with a name like Weiner, we shouldn’t be surprised that the ex-Representative would create a new classic in the annals of ‘you-couldn’t-make-it-up genius’ names.