Part Two: Who Will Be The Next J.K. Rowling?
What will it take to beat Harry Potter and Overthrow "The Queen of Fantasy" J.K. Rowing?
This is a question that is being batted around by publishers, agents, authors and readers alike. I am sure it is a question that Scholastic has asked in recent times. For anyone to challenge the throne of the queen of fantasy they will have to incorporate a number of aspects to even come close to the monumental success of the Harry Potter franchise. Many articles focus on Harry Potter's huge success. These posts will focus on how anyone will out-do the hit series.
Here is another aspect they will have to incorporate:
ASPECT #2 - THEY WILL HAVE A PROTAGONIST WITH A UNIQUE NAME
When you read a name, what is it that captures your imagination? Is it the first name? Is it the last name? How about the combined name or nick name? Whatever it is, the name speaks to the individuality of the character, and comes out in the personality of the story they are involved in.
How about Harry Potter for instance? It is not so unique. It is a very common name. However, that is exactly what J.K. Rowling strove for—a common unsuspecting character to rise up and be the hero everyone expected. In all its commonness, it has become a widely known, popular name. Other unique names that authors have created are: Bilbo Baggins, Artemis Fowl, Septimus Heap, Charlie Bone, Eragon, and Gregor the Overlander. These names are unique and all capture the imagination and personality their author intended.
The name of the character that will beat Harry Potter will have to be uniquely interesting and one that identifies who this new character is. How about ZEBULON FINNEGAN as a good name for a character? It is an intriguing first name, yet a more normal last name. It sounds powerful yet interesting. Strong yet unique.
Maybe it isn’t a name at all that makes the character. Maybe it is the story.
What do you think?