Not only are we constantly talking about the, er, creative names celebrities come up with, but these monikers can apparently also help out book sales.
According to Amazon.co.uk, the website's sales of "To Kill a Mockingbird" more than doubled after David Beckham revealed that their chosen baby name of Harper for their daughter was partly inspired by the book's author, Harper Lee.
"A lot of thought goes into our children's names and Harper was a name that we've loved for a long time for a couple of reasons," Beckham says on his Facebook page, according to the Daily Mail. "One reason is Harper's an old English name which we loved and one of the other reasons was Victoria's favorite book is 'To Kill A Mockingbird.'"
As a result, the Amazon's U.K. site has seen a 123 percent increase in sales, with "To Kill a Mockingbird," first published in 1960, rising to No. 38 on the best-sellers chart, according to a statement from the e-retailer. (At the time of this post, the Pulitzer Prize winning novel was at No. 23 on the list.)
If only a celebrity had named their baby Borders...
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When i read the headline, I expected to read that they named the kid Scout...or Boo.
Now we just need to get more Americans to read it. Harper Kardashian, maybe?
My son read TKAM for his summer reading project for middle school. I'm a proud mom.
And if having the Beckhams name their daughter after Harper Lee gets more people to read one of the greatest books of all time, then kudos to the Beckhams.
Mizz Donner, wutt be a "kudo"?
at least they didn't name the kid Atticus
I LOVE the name Atticus!! I camethisclose to naming my second son Atticus.
Now we just need to get more Americans to read it. Harper Kardashian, maybe? ;)
Is this what it takes to get people to read now?
Maya, my sentiments too!
I'm so aggravated! Harper was the name I had picked out for a baby girl I hope that I will have someday and now because Posh named her baby it every yuppie mom will too. It will be the next Emma, Olivia, or Chloe!!!
What, did she stop reading after the sixth grade?
Dammit. When I read the headline I was hoping they named the baby Boo.
best reply i have seen all day! Boo!
firstname.lastname@example.org – Just a speech could boost sales... hmm this is great
Many more people have seen the movie than read the book. Some of them say it's their favorite book because they love the movie.
I loved the movie. The scene of the kids in costume in those
dark woods, juxtaposing danger with their vulnerability, always stuck in my head.
Great. Get them kids to read however-poke 'em with a stick!
To Kill a Mockingbird is one of the most read books in American high schools. Maybe the sales went up because we are heading into Fall??? Kids have to buy their own books now adays....The Beckhams are cool and all...but jeez.
The sales went up on amazon.UK. That means it was a bunch of British people who bought it.
I can almost hear it now...poor kid......Quit Harping on it Harper....
While I wouldn't say To Kill A Mockingbird is my favorite book, I do love it. I also think the name Harper is pretty. Let's face it, it's much better than naming your kid after a fruit or something. At least it's a meaningful name.
So not named Harper after Harper collins, the book company owned by you guessed it "Rupert Murdock"
I wish Posh would just disappear.
we named our son peer. feel free to read the play, or listen to the suite.
Victoria Beckham always looks so fake when she gets her picture taken it's always a pose what does she really look like?
She is cute!! I would change her tampon any ole time.
If you are really a "Susie" and you want to fiddle with "her' tampon, you are one sick puppy!
I didn't know Victoria Beckham could read!!!!! :)
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I bet she eats his tasty boogers.
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@Evel Knievel You're right a brother's a good suspect.
Not a damned thang
It took some celebrity who named their kid Harper to get people to read this book?!!!! This book was on my "must read" lists from both high school and college. What the hell are schools teaching these days?
What a great movie. Robert Mitchum riding around on a motorbike, robbing ice cream trucks, beating up women and having his way with the sissy-men. We loved it.
Obviously Evel the troll never read "To Kill A Mockingbird" all the way through. Part of what made Harper Lee's book such a courageous one was the time in which it was written; as we, as a nation, stood on the threshold of The Civil Rights Act, with so many dead – and still dying – merely for the color of their skin, an accident of birth. Asking ourselves who we REALLY were and what really mattered. Harper deserved the Pulitzer Prize for her one and only novel.
Absolutly correct on every point. One of the greatest books.
Gore, Carter, Obama received prizes also which negates any relvancy. Too bad. OH... *POOT* <--consolation prize.
Actually, Evel the Troll has a graduate degree in English literature and has read "TKaM" about 7 times. Obviously, Jehsea the bait taker doesn't get sarcasm.
That is the best thing I read all day. fo' reeeeeeeeeeeaaaal.
Want to read the worlds most annoying thread... .
Not impressed..but how about that rendition of mockingbird on "Dumb and Dumber"... .
The author's full name is Nelle Harper Lee. She was named for her maternal grandmother, Ellen. "Nelle" is "Ellen" spelled backwards.
Personally I think the name "Elena" is prettier and more poetic. Never knew Russian and English are related...
On the other hand, "Lord of the Flies" reveals raw human nature. Absense of girl character makes it simply more vivid. A genius work.
They could call their baby Piggy!
The book also shows that quest for truth or hunger for truth beats all enemies and obstacles. At the end, truth alone stands. It's just matter of time.
I thought the lesson was that it's easy to blame a black guy and get away with it.
That work was monumentom as it teaches that quest for truth is far more important than keeping traditions or living with inclination. America's true victory over the rest of the world.
"America's true victory over the rest of the world."
Really? Over the rest of the whole wide world???? Have you ever left the U.S.? What is it with the "God Bless America and no place else" mentality?
It's a great book and movie, but if she had said Jonathan Livingston Seagull was her favorite book the masses would have rushed to buy it?
I have no idea what you're trying to say.
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