I came across one yesterday that is your unicorn name. Mine’s Perky Happy Feet. They’re so ridiculous, and yet they’re so much fun, especially the ones based on works of literature.
And so I got to thinking, how cool would it be to have one of those memes based on one of my books?
The reality of making that happen is immense. The more I thought about it, the more I realized it would be incredibly difficult to do. Aside from having a book that is so popular that everyone in the country (and lots of the rest of the world) knows about it and a bunch of them have read it, you also have to have a system in place, and names that are unique and easily identifiable.
For example, most of my novels take place in a modern, real-world setting, so my characters have names like Miranda and Nick and Jack and Bridget and Keira. They’re very American names. If you read a list of names from my books, you’d never be able to identify them as specifically Avily’s Characters, whereas Bilbo and Frodo are pretty distinctive.
The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan has specific types of names for different nationalities. You can recognize where someone is from based on their last name in lots of instances.
So, in addition to world building, I’d have to also build a language and a system for creating names that is unique and recognizable, that makes sense within the world, and make the names distinctive based on race (for example Hobbits, Dwarves, and Elves) or different nationalities (as in the Wheel of Time) or whatever other systems are set up in my world.
Of all my stories, the main one that would be a candidate for this sort of distinctive name creation would be The Amulet Saga. (For those of you who were sad to see this series end and wonder what happened, I’m almost done with the additional stories that finish the series and complete the tale.) I’d have to change some of the names, like Margaret and William, but I could do that without too much trouble if I came up with a system for formulating names within the world.
And, of course, I have to publish it and sell millions of copies so everyone recognizes it and wants to find their own name within the world based on the first letter of their real name and the color of underwear they’re wearing or whatever silly formula the meme-wizard decides on.
And I should probably come up with a better title than “The Amulet Saga,” because “What’s Your Amulet Saga Name?” sounds silly on a meme.