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Friday, July 22, 2005

Watching NX last night I was noticing that the feisty love interest who fights with Joel is named Maggie.

Of course she is. Maggie is the go-to name for the feisty love interest. Call a character Maggie and we practically know she's feisty. Maddy, ditto. Maggie's the cat on the hot tin roof.

And the roguish hero is Nick or Jack.

It does not distinguish your script to use Nick or Maggie. But it does allow your reader to do less brain work. Which, depending on your reader, can be helpful. And once the piece gets on screen, it barely matters at all. I can never remember the names of the characters stars play in mainstream shows. Fantasy, sure, 'cause the names are far out. But cop movies? I only know that Will Smith's character is Mike Foley because it comes up in a funny piece of dialog Martin Lawrence's character has when he tries to get his mouth around being Like Mike. I have no idea what Martin Lawrence's character is called.

And I do like the name Maggie. I just automatically like any character called Maggie. Dunno why.

2 Comments:

It makes you think of Ms. Gyllenhaal, that's why. I love the name Maggie too, I suspect for this very reason.

By Blogger Andrew, at 5:38 PM  

Makes me think of my Mom... a 74 year old Methodist Minister who got her degreee in Theology at age 63... Yep, must be something about that name. Ther's no taming them. My Dad will attest to THAT.

By Blogger writergurl, at 7:09 PM  

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