yahtzee: (pug self)
[personal profile] yahtzee
This could be a huge ol' meta question, but what I am actually asking is, if I wrote an XMFC story in a setting so remote that it would absolutely require changing character names, as in all of them, would it throw you out of the story too much? There would be a handy reference guide in the notes.

(If it's relevant, and I don't see how it would be but it feels like it would be, they still have their mutations.)

Date: 2013-08-17 03:44 am (UTC)
starlady: Charles/Erik: "Are you ready for this?" "Let's find out." (we are together at last though far apart)
From: [personal profile] starlady
Nope! And I don't think it would be a huge barrier for other people, either--they all have different names in winterhill's My Little Pony fusion, for example.

Date: 2013-08-17 06:13 am (UTC)
onthewaters: (Default)
From: [personal profile] onthewaters
Not a problem at all. Usually, if it's a really different AU, keeping the names throws me out of the story. For example, Roman republic, all parties are Romans and would still be named Charles and Eric. I would weep.

(In my one Roman AU, I picked realistic Roman names with the same initials as the original canon names. When that didn't work for a character, I named her for a well-known canon issue. For another character, I got around it by not naming him at all, which was a plot point.)

Maybe it's possible to tell that I think way too much about names. :-)

Date: 2013-08-18 05:22 am (UTC)
onthewaters: (Default)
From: [personal profile] onthewaters
Oh awesome! I'm looking forward to it!

Roman Centurion named Scott. No. I agree. Just no.

Date: 2013-08-17 07:03 am (UTC)
marinarusalka: (comics: Steve/Tony slash)
From: [personal profile] marinarusalka
It wouldn't bother me as long as there were cues in the story to let me easily identify which character is which. If a guy named Xftr'pl shows up and I can tell right away it's AU Charles Xavier, I'm fine. If I have to spend half a chapter figuring out who he is, it'll throw me out of the story.

And overall, I'd rather have setting-appropriate names. I read an otherwise good Avengers AU once where everyone was Russian, and the fact that they were all running around with American names drove me nuts.
Edited Date: 2013-08-17 07:03 am (UTC)

Date: 2013-08-18 12:12 am (UTC)
marinarusalka: tony stark (iron man: tony)
From: [personal profile] marinarusalka
It can be tricky, depending on the character. Anthony Stark --> Anton Starsky is pretty straightforward. Steve Rogers's first name would be Stepan, but I can't think of a Russian name similar to Rogers. I'm tempted to make him Ruslanov, since Ruslan is the name of a heroic knight in a famous epic poem, and at least he'd keep the right initial.

Nick Fury would be Nikolai, and I'd try to make up a surname with a similar meaning for him. Maybe Gnevny? (Gnev = anger or rage.) Virginia Potts could be Yevgenya, but I'm not sure what to do about her surname or punny nickname. And I have no clue what to do with Clint Barton or Bruce Banner, but IIRC they weren't in the story.

Date: 2013-08-18 04:30 am (UTC)
marinarusalka: Pepper Potts from Iron Man movie (Iron Man: Pepper)
From: [personal profile] marinarusalka
Potemkina. :-)

Which does open up the possibility of punny battleship-related nicknames, I suppose.

Date: 2013-08-17 08:28 am (UTC)
ratcreature: RatCreature as Erik Lehnsherr (erik lehnsherr)
From: [personal profile] ratcreature
I'm not bothered as long as the characters are clear. It's often better than to have the names stand out as sore thumbs.

Date: 2013-08-17 12:30 pm (UTC)
pauraque: bird flying (Default)
From: [personal profile] pauraque
It would bother me far more to have characters with anachronistic or wrong-language names for the setting they're in. Probably the best way to do it, as [personal profile] onthewaters mentioned, is to have the names start with the same letter or have some kind of superficial visual resemblance. It really does make it easier to remember who's who.

Date: 2013-08-17 03:31 pm (UTC)
ravurian: (Default)
From: [personal profile] ravurian
The mutations information is relevant, because otherwise what is the virtue of writing this as fanfic instead of straight-up original? If the setting is so remote from canon, and the names are different, then the mutations part is likely the only thing that explicitly relates it to canon, surely?

ETA: Meant to say that I would read it regardless :D.
Edited Date: 2013-08-17 03:32 pm (UTC)

Date: 2013-08-18 02:39 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] grimorie
I don't think it will bother me as long as the character still remains as the character we know and love. I love reading historical AU most of the time anachronisms in how a character speaks or is address throws me out of a story; not completely but enough to bother me for a while.

Date: 2013-08-18 04:54 am (UTC)
unforgotten: (Default)
From: [personal profile] unforgotten
To be honest, I'm not 100% sure. But I would definitely give it a try. That said, if you posted it as a WIP, I would probably wait to read it until it was available in its entirety, just so I wouldn't forget who was who...

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