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Stealing character names:
So my main character has the last name 'Blaze, ' and her motorcycle riding brother is name Johnny. I just realized that Johnny Blaze is Ghost Rider's real name, and my story also features demons, and could arguably be defined as a 'superhero' story. So should I just let the name stand. The odds of publication are low enough that lawsuits don't bother me, and Johnny Blaze is a pretty cool name, but I would still feel writer's guilt. Is there another one syllable surname that suggests hell without being too obvious?
Reverse the CurseTodd? (Granted, death doesn't immediately mean hell.)
Ahr riverI stole two names from Twilight. Think how I feel. Honestly? I would not worry about it. It's personality that matters. Now, if you're ripping off a name like Aragorn, then there will be problems.
edited 28th Oct '10 2:51:14 AM by MrAHR
John and variations of it are the single most common male name. And Blaze is plenty common as well. I think you're fine, particularly since it seems like you only realized this connection after naming them.
If I'm asking for advice on a story idea, don't tell me it can't be done.
NemesisIf you do it, expect to be given shit for it. However, you are very unlikely to get into legal trouble for this for any generic type name. Fantastic names are more trademark-able.
A brighter future for a darker age.
PIWhy not change the brother's first name? Donnie, maybe.
Undernet KingBlaze is such a generic and overused name. So is Johnny. If you typed a base bio on your characters, it could be much easier to help you figure out names.
"If you walk in your doctors office and his plants are dead... Youve gone to the wrong place"
See ALL the stars!I've accidentally done something similar. Do I get away with it if it's funny?
Da Rules excuse all the inaccuracy in the world. Listen to them, not me.
The system doesn't know you right now, so no post button for you.
You need to Get Known to get one of those.
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