Don Tate II of Devas T. Rants and Raves! (illustrator and HMOCL) has an interesting post about the names authors use for parents in books. He explains, "I have a dilemma, which maybe isn't a dilemma at all, but a matter of preference or background," and goes on to examine the use of Mom / Mother/ Momma in real life and children's books and what the connotations are for those different words for the same person.
It got me wondering about that; how often are authors sensitive to their own interpretations of words, and aware of what that word means to someone else?
For example, I call my mother Mom. When I read/hear Mother, I think that the story was written or set a long time ago; or, if set in the present, that the family dynamics are cold and distant. I wonder, is that just how I "hear" it? Or is indeed what the author intends I hear? I'll also make similar quick assumptions based on what grandparents are / are not called.
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