I Accidentally Brand X'd an Entire House:

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1 Mukora22nd Mar 2012 04:04:05 PM from a place , Relationship Status: Coming soon to theaters
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So, I just started up a story I've been wanting to write for a while, and three chapters in, I realized the local "Asshole Noble Family" have a name suspiciously similar to the example in A Song of Ice and Fire, the Lannisters. Mine are the Lancasters.

I didn't do it intentionally, by any means, and only noticed it when I was describing the characters to a friend.

Is this something to worry about? Should I change the name, or just keep going with the current name?
2 nrjxll22nd Mar 2012 04:41:01 PM , Relationship Status: Not war
I'd be more worried about the association with the real Lancasters (who the Lannisters may very well be a reference to), personally.

Also, I don't think that's a correct use of Brand X.
3 Mukora22nd Mar 2012 04:52:18 PM from a place , Relationship Status: Coming soon to theaters
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I know it isn't the correct use, but I couldn't find a trope that described this well enough.
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Personally, whenever I see 'Lancaster' I think 'British bomber class circa World War II.' But that's just me.
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5 Night22nd Mar 2012 06:38:21 PM from PSNS Intrepid , Relationship Status: Drift compatible
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I think "place in the UK" and then "bomber" and then "last name" but yeah.
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I don't think it's worth worrying over.

7 Nightwire22nd Mar 2012 09:27:33 PM , Relationship Status: I'm just a poor boy, nobody loves me
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I'm having the same problem: I came up with a name for my Mad Scientist school (the University of Cogsworth). Then half a month later, I realized that it sounds suspiciously like Hogswart from Harry Potter.

edited 22nd Mar '12 9:30:03 PM by Nightwire

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8 nrjxll22nd Mar 2012 09:31:42 PM , Relationship Status: Not war
You too may have less of a problem then you think, considering that it's actually Hogwarts (and yes, the S does make a difference there).

If anything, the impression I get from Cogsworth is "Steampunk U".
9 Nightwire22nd Mar 2012 09:40:23 PM , Relationship Status: I'm just a poor boy, nobody loves me
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Heh, I'm not too familiar with Harry Potter anyway. But yeah, my work does have a Steam Punk / Diesel Punk feel.

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Indecisive Goldfish
Cogsworth makes me think of the clock-guy from the Disney version of Beauty and the Beast more than Hogwarts.

11 Nightwire22nd Mar 2012 11:34:28 PM , Relationship Status: I'm just a poor boy, nobody loves me
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The city which holds my university is named after its founder, the Reverend Sir Reginald Cogsworth.
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I wouldn't be too worried There have been two Harry Potter's and another Wizard named Harry as well.

Why not two Lancasters.

I chose most of my protagonist first names based off other famous works, only because I feel that helps and single names usually can't be copy written.
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13 JHM28th Mar 2012 06:30:37 AM from Neither Here Nor There , Relationship Status: I know
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Well, Lancaster's kind of problematic...

There are similar names in that vein open for use, however...

(Granted, this is from a person who gave one character the surname Caboga, so take what you will with a grain of salt.)

edited 28th Mar '12 6:32:26 AM by JHM

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