When your reading a work of fiction, do you ever stop and wonder about the names of the characters?
I always appreciate all the thought that an author puts into a characters identity including the name. Like in real life, a name is so important! It helps shape who you are. The same goes for characters in a book.
Once in a while, and not very often, I read a book and think a name change would have made all the difference. In The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides, his character Leonard Bankhead could have benefitted from a name change. When I tried to conjure up this character in my mind as I was reading this book, I could get a good picture from the descriptions, but then calling him Leonard Bankhead made him lose credibility some how. It just didn’t click for me.
On the other end of the spectrum, there are book characters that I just can’t imagine having any other name. Like Dan Brown’s Robert Langdon or Sophie Kinsella’s Becky Bloomwood. Would Twilight be as popular if Edward and Bella were Wanda and Steve? How about Fifty Shades of Grey? I didn’t care for the book, but loved the character’s names.
Mental Floss has a great article about classic books that had last-minute identity changes.Scarlett O’Hara was almost named Pansy? What?
What character names would you change? Which one’s are your favorite?