Andrew Ellard on naming characters

Andrew Ellard (script editor on Red Dwarf, IT Crowd, and Miranda amongst other things) has a great Storify story on naming characters. His basic point is that you should make the character name evoke (or, perhaps, completely contrast with) the character.

E.g. Mr Gradgrind tells you exactly what Dicken’s character is like.  On the other hand Mark Evan’s brilliant Radio 4 sitcom Bleak Expectations sends this up by naming the primary villain Mr Gently Benevolent.  Both are effective. Calling the character Tom Smith wouldn’t be.

I’m obviously going to have to think a lot harder about this. Thank goodness for Find and Replace.

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