Talking with two of my writer friends, I started wondering if I needed to change the name of the main character in my future noir novel, Blanc Noir. I’ve been using one name for a while, but another was suggested to me. For fun, I thought I’d share the dilemma with you.
A few notes before we get started.
- The story takes place in a future noir version of Paris.
- The main character is a Licensed Investigator and is a veteran of the Saharan Wars.
- She was born in France and is French by birth.
- She has dirty blond hair and is above average height
- Her last name is Dark.
My question is the title of this post: Jeanne or Margot?
With Jeanne Dark, we get a name that has a few snags, one historical, one from a video game. If you don’t know, I won’t tell you, simply because I don’t want to break the illusion.
With Margot Dark, we have a name that’s short for Marguerite Dark. It has it’s own snag of being similar to an author’s name. Again, if you don’t know, I don’t want to break that illusion either.
References aside, which name sounds better? I’m curious to hear what you think.