Have you ever encountered character names that were so cliché it disturbed you? I don’t mean just obvious ones, like a villain named Mr. Bad, but ones that are puns. Sir Snarls, Featherbeard the Flighty, Tim Burr, or Mort U. Airy for example. It seems rational to believe that the writer was feeling lazy. “Forget about giving details- just use a goofy name and let the audience hang their hat on that!”
I offer up another possibility. The writer used a newspaper.
What madness is this? Well, it seems that I’m living in a fairytale, based on my local news.
Pennsylvania Governor Election Results: Tom Wolf Defeats Incumbent Tom Corbett
Scott M. Grim – Lehigh County coroner since 1997.
I’m not trying to mock these people, or their names.
I’m just stating that if someone wrote a work of fiction where the coroner and funeral director were named Grim, and the governor was named Wolf, it’d either get an eye roll or a People’s Choice Award nomination.
So the writetip is to name carefully. Unless you’re non-fiction, in which case the fairytale puns are eagerly awaiting.