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Character Names: Why Are They Important?

Hey, guys! Tomorrow chapter 3 of the AJ Story is coming out, and it brought this post to mind. Since every character is a real name from a real Animal Jam player, I didn’t get a choice in the names except a few. This works out fine for the story, since I can choose what role everyone plays to suit their name, but what if it’s the other way around?
What if you already have a genius story about a warrior of a magic land who goes on a quest to save the world? You probably don’t want to name him Barney.
Names are a big part of the story. In the book Dragon’s Milk, the names reflect the place. They sound like they’re really from another world. In the Hunger Games, the names sound like they’re from another time. In both examples, the names help to outline the plot, and the stories wouldn’t be as good if it were about a guy named Ricky who rode his dragon to Chicago.
But why are they so important? It’s partially just for the sake of sounding cool. I know that sounds funny, but it’s true. Having a whole dictionary or selection of names for a story makes it sound totally different and well thought-out. Another reason is that it tends to help with character development. Look at Juniper from the AJ Story. Being named after a coniferous, blue-berried tree helps to portray her as a healer and someone who enjoys making potions and things.
Names are also how that character would be remembered. If there’s someone important mentioned at the beginning, but then he comes up later in the story secretly, he’d have to be under a different name or it would be totally given away. I’m thinking of Divergent here.

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Summer 🙂