I'm writing a Harry Potter fanfiction, the character I want to name is likely part Russian or part Italian and I am considering naming her Elena.
However, I'm concerned that this will bring to mind Elena Gilbert from The Vampire Diaries too much.
They're really nothing alike, but I'm not sure if it's enough of an issue for me to nix the name.
Do you think it'd be workable? It's different genres, but I was just wondering if it's too tied to TVD. Like Hermione is to HP, for example.
I really like Elena, especially for an Italian or Russian character. I don't watch The Vampire Diaries so I didn't know that there was a character in it named Elena.
Haha, I love Harry Potter!!
However, when I read this, my mind immediatley connected with Elena from the Vampire Diaries. I've read the books and seen a few episodes of it, and find Elena a very displeasing name. It sounds like a perfect character, a Mary-Sue, if you know what I'm talking about. Of course in the VD, the character Elena is a Mary-Sue, so yeah. Elena sounds too perfect, but just that spelling for some reason with me.
Good luck!! :D
I thought about Alena, but I figured that Alena would be more Mary-Sue seeming due to the spelling, to most readers.
Originally Posted by charlie_greenbeam
I'm really trying to avoid mary-sueisms as much as possible, I know how annoying they are! I like Lena, and would likely have that be her father's nickname for her, but I don't think it's enough as a first name for her.
Argh, the challenges of female OCs.
And thank you!
I love the name Elena, though the book series of the Vampire Diaries ruined it for me. The TV series is good, though.
Names for nn Lena:
Helena (in European languages it sounds more like hay-LAY-na than Helen-a.)
Maryana / Mariana
I've never read or seen the Vampire Diaries but I think unless your character looks just like the one from the series it shouldn't matter. It doesn't have exclusive hold over the name Elena after all, which I think is pretty and would suit your character well.
A) It's not like that many people watch the show--it's the CW's highest rated series, but... I mean, the CW kept Gossip Girl around for six seasons and that thing barely brings in a million viewers half the time, lol.
B) The book series is read largely by, I would guess, an audience who isn't going to read your fanfiction. The book series (love the show, HATE the books) is very nineties-ish, bodice ripper for teens kind of stuff. I don't think a lot of Harry Potter fans would like it. They might like the show, though.
C) It doesn't matter. You'll always have characters share names. It's a fact of writing.
D) Doesn't hurt it for me; I love Elena on the show. And I don't find the name Mary Sue-ish at all. Admittedly, the book character is this All American blond-haired blue-eyed girl who's super special in every single way--I get the Sue thing there. But at least Elena on the show has some Bulgarian lineage (like Nina Dobrev). It makes sense there, lol.
I don't watch the Vampire Diaries, so I wouldn't make the connection. It's not like EVERYBODY watches it, anyways. I think it's fine.
Thank you for all of your input!
Elena was a contender among two other names, Andrea and Elise, and it's in last place currently. (Andrea's first) It's unlikely it'll be used at this point, but it's still a possibility. Thanks so much for everyone's reply, it helped a lot with keeping it on the list. :)