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24 March 2006 @ 01:10 pm
The Name Game 2: Appellation Boogaloo  
As I've previously mentioned, I'm trying to find term to refer to my epic work of fiction. Several of y'all have been kind enough to give me feedback, but nothing from that thread has really seemed perfect, so I thought I'd suggest a new direction.

The most popular option from the previous post was BDN, for Big Damn Novel, but it wasn't exactly an out-of-the-park winner and I still have concerns about misleading implications (in re Firefly) there. I'm not saying I object to it, but I'm not quite sold.

The second most popular option was just to use the title I've given the first installment. I don't love that title, though, and how do I refer to later installments? "Near Point 2: The Near-ening"? "Near Point 3: This Time It's All Up in Your Face"? It's not a major concern, but if the whole point is utility, this doesn't seem ideal, either.

As I've mentioned, the work itself, she sprawls. I was woolgathering about terminology, and I kept drifting towards phrasings like "The Continuing Saga of ..." or perhaps something similar to the classic From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. On the upside, a complex name would reflect an aspect of the work. On the downside, though, maybe that's not an aspect I really need any more emphasis on. Long long names are a little much anyway. I mean, if the Pet Shop Boys got tired of them? That probably says something.

But while thinking in this direction, I realized that if I really had to say what the whole thing is about, I would probably say that it's the life story of my main character, Jonathan W. Davis.

(Sidebar: The lead singer of Korn is Jonathan H. Davis. This is a different guy, and fictional anyway, 'kay? The name similarity is one o' them there coincidences; I learned of it after I was set on the character name. So it's all ironic or something, because neither I nor my character listens to Korn.)

Anyway. My favorite option at this point goes in a whole different direction: "The Jonathan Files".

I'm not set on that formation; if anyone has a better variation, I'm certainly interested.

I should rule out "The Jonathan Project", though; I thought that was a bit better until I Googled it. The varied results were amusing, considering the character's occupation and religion, but again, I don't want to run into any risk of misleading anyone into thinking I'm connected to an ex-con rehab project or to a maybe-Christian selfless-service movement.

"The Tale of Jonathan" looks cute but doesn't really work; I mean, this isn't a proto-novel, and though I'm quite fond of Jonathan, he's no Genji.

On the one hand, this really isn't a significant question in my life. I can just say "that thing I'm writing" and folk will follow. But I would like an easy term for general conversation, LJ tags, and maybe even a series title if it's really good. I can see using [Series Tag]:[Installment Title] as a titling convention. The Jonathan Files 1: Near Point, maybe. It's bit pretentious, but I don't know as I mind that too much.

So how do you feel about "The Jonathan Files", or "... Papers", or "... Saga", or anything along those lines?

As before, reactions or new suggestions are ecstatically welcome and I will adore their contributors.
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Amy- ninja extraordinaire, bad monkeyninjamonkey73 on March 24th, 2006 08:03 pm (UTC)
Jonathan Does Dall...
Now, I'm going to go out on a limb here, knowing there are some fairly edumacated folks also reading who know their way around a thesaurus. But perhaps my bent perspective can warp what we find there. Me, I'm a big fan of Saga, eg. The Jonathan Saga. Sound too sci-fi/fantasy? Maybe.

So, we move on to epic. Another bold word choice. Here, I would mix things up a bit and go all Epic Jonathan on ya'. Too Chang Dynasty? Perhaps.

The Jonathan Chronicles has a certain je ne sais quoi. This one stands out as my favorite so far.

Some options have been passed over entirely. I have read a sizable portion of said masterwork and you sir are no legend, per se. Nor is it really an adventure in the swashbuckling sense. And tales are so bourgeois in that Duck Tales (ah-woo-oo) kind of way (kidding!). Maybe I bring baggage on that one...

That's just a quick off-the-top run down for now. Maybe I'll stew on it and come up with something else...

michelel72michelel72 on March 24th, 2006 08:42 pm (UTC)
New favorite!
"Chronicle: 1. An extended account in prose or verse of historical events, sometimes including legendary material, presented in chronological order and without authorial interpretation or comment.
2. A detailed narrative record or report." (American Heritage, as quoted at Answers.com).

This? Is pretty durned accurate. "Extended account", yup; "in chronological order", yup; "detailed narrative", a-yup. Not so much with the historical events, exactly, but ....

It's maybe a little much, but I could get to like it lots, I think. There's even a bit of internal rhyme to it. It's certainly the best I've seen so far. Thank you!

So: Prime candidate is "The Jonathan Chronicles".

(Meanwhile, your post title made my head go 'splodey, considering the character. Eek!)
Amy- ninja extraordinaire, bad monkeyninjamonkey73 on March 25th, 2006 02:38 pm (UTC)
Re: New favorite!
I was actually thinking "The Jon Chron" internally, so it's got that going for it, too...
E.T. Davidoffvettecat on March 26th, 2006 07:33 am (UTC)
Re: New favorite!
Sounds good to me!
Andrew Greene: rhu530nm330hz on March 24th, 2006 09:58 pm (UTC)
Reminds me a bit of "The Martian Chronicles" and "A Canticle for Liebowitz." not sure if that's a good thing or a bad thing. :-)
michelel72michelel72 on March 24th, 2006 10:43 pm (UTC)

Well, considering that I don't think I've actually ever read either one, it makes me feel rather uncivilized! :>

(Note to self: Add to library list ....)
Amy- ninja extraordinaire, bad monkeyninjamonkey73 on March 25th, 2006 02:37 pm (UTC)
Liebowitz Rules!
You must read "A Canticle for Liebowitz". Very cool stuff.