Clown Character Name Ideas?
I'm in the process of creating a character who, every night on stage, transforms from a shy girl into a proud clown. She enjoys her clown performances so much that the role eventually consumes her, and she lives out a clown life against the wishes of her well-meaning friends who don't understand that she has found her calling. By the end, the girl she once was no longer exists.
For her last name, I'm set on Stevenson, as a one of a few little homages to my inspiration, Robert Louis Stevenson, who wrote the fantastic "The Curious Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde." I hope he would be proud to see that up to which his work has led.
For her first name, I want something which reflects her character. Something like Irina, with the soft sounds at the beginning, though I want more harsh sounds at the end than the one 'n' in Irina. Additionally, I think the parallel between my character to Anton Chekhov's Irina from his "Three Sisters" is a little too heavy-handed handed for my subtle book.
That being said, does anyone have any suggestions for her first name?
She won't have a middle name, because her parents are traditionalists, who expect her to marry and take her husbands name. Much of the tension in the novel comes from her struggle with the knowledge that her parents will never accept her as a clown (The time commitment prevents her from dating).
P.S. Another little dab of tribute that I'm considering including is the main character's final line, "The world has no room for cowards," a direct Stevenson quote. Possibly I'll even include some of his less famous quotes, such as: "I shut my eyes to world, trying to escape that which I feared. But I feared darkness most of all." Any thoughts?
Sat, 10/21/2017 - 9:05pm