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March 28, 2017
“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet.”
Okay, let’s give it a try:
“Napoleon, what are you doing tonight?” Illya asked.
The American looked up from his typewriter, eyeing the Russian warily. “Why do you ask?”
“I have two tickets to the ballet, and thought you might want to accompany me,” said the blue-eyed agent.
“You can’t go. I need you to work tonight,” said the CEA to the junior agent.
The blond said, “You mean you need me to finish your paperwork so you can go on a date.”
The brunet smiled, and pulled two ballet tickets from his pocket. “I’m taking Wanda.” He stood.
The shorter agent shook his head at the taller man. “You don’t even like the ballet.”
“But I like Wanda,” said his hazel-eyed partner.
Something smells, all right. Forgive the over illustration:)
Epithet - an adjective or descriptive phrase expressing a quality characteristic of the person or thing.
It’s fine to use an epithet to identify a character we don’t know, such as a thick-necked Thrush. But when it comes to Solo and Kuryakin, irrelevant, overused epithets is a common mistake in fanfic. But we already know these guys. Using their nationality, rank, or physical attributes instead of their names doesn’t add relevance. Maybe the writer thinks repeating the character's name sounds boring. Maybe the writer is trying to avoid pronoun confusion.
Your thoughts? Your advice to writers on using epithets?
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