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February 23rd, 2014 12:51 AM #1
Character Names: Out of the ordinary or in the top 200?
I love coming up with short stories that could be anybody's reality (they are not on a distant planet or animals that can talk). When it comes to names, I love some uncommon ones such as Kylah or Reese. But I also love some that are really popular, like Kennedy, Mason and Leah.
What's your take?
Do think names for realistic stories should be:
out of the ordinary
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February 23rd, 2014 02:17 AM #3
I think when writing realistic fiction a variety of names (from uncommon to really popular) works the best. If you gather 100 random people off a city street there's going to be a mix of names. Sooooo in between!-Athena
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February 23rd, 2014 11:16 AM #5Senior Member
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I'm not sure I understand the question correctly. Aren't names character-driven? Or are you talking about minor character names? Realistically, how many American women were named Bret in the 1920's? And yet what other name could that character have? I guess, if you are worried about "dating" your fiction, it might be a concern. And yet if you read Irwin Shaw or John Cheever, are their short stories any less pertinent today because their characters carry names popular in the 40s, 50s, and 60s?
February 23rd, 2014 05:55 PM #7
I voted on see my comment because for me, it depends on the idea for the novel. I try to choose a meaningful name for my characters, and not just give them a name I like. Overall, I think you should choose a name that works for the character.Erin (Writer, Nerdfighter, Ravenclaw; Not expecting, just collecting)
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February 23rd, 2014 06:05 PM #9
I think that depends very much on your character and style. I've encountered unusual names in realistic fiction and completely normal ones in fiction set on another plant/in another reality.Name lover & Engaged to a wonderful man
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