I was thinking that if “our” FL had a very rare last name and a beautiful personal name, that would say something about her uniqueness, but I like the idea that she would be a hidden beauty with a very common family name and a striking personal name.
To be nit-picky . . . my specialty . . . if her family name in “Western/Roman” script were transliterated Gim, Pak, or Yi, then I would “hear” it much more softly. There would be more flow to the name.
With the name Boo (or Bu?) for the ML’s family name, there are some great possible jokes about . . . ahem . . . poo. And also the idea of being easily startled or having phobias. And yet the ML needs some inherent dignity. There is nothing wrong with being second in command, serving faithfully and quietly.
There actually could be a sub-theme about names. The more I read about how “non-Western” names have been transliterated over the years . . . by Westerners . . . for the convenience of Westerners . . . the more ashamed I become.
My own personal name, Edith, is derived, as I have come to understand it, from an Anglo-Saxon name meaning “rich gift,” spelled in current English characters/script as “Eadgyth.”
Anglo-Saxon and related languages were originally written in runes, very simple characters that could be hacked into stone (which the Anglo-Saxons and their cousins had a lot of). The language system as it developed was called “futhark.”
Anybody watch the Vikings stuff on the History Channel? You know what I am talking about.
My personal name back in 300 CE would have been something like . . .
Now, “rich gift” is a beautiful meaning, and my fathers’ mother, for whom I am named, said when I was small that there was an medieval English queen named Edith Swannick, or Swan-neck. Cool, right?
Well, apparently back in the mists of time, when the Northern European types were busy raiding the heck out of each other, Eadgyth was a name given to women who were captured by Group A–perhaps raped if they were sexually mature–and taken home to serve as slaves for Group B.
“Eadgyth” at some point was the name or descriptor given to women presented by raiders of whatever Northern type to those with whom they were trying to curry favor. “Eadgyths” were indeed rich gifts. Cheap labor, bearers of children who would be cheap labor . . .
Of course, as I may have already mentioned somewhere, the story of human history is that Group A raids and takes over territory, Group B raids back and takes revenge, this goes on for a few hundred years, and then everybody gets married and ends up with families so large that buying birthday presents, graduation presents, and wedding presents is a staggering burden.
So, to wrap up this disquisition (look it up), I think that our characters need names that
- Say something meaningful about who they are
- Allow both friends and foes to reveal who they are in relation to our characters
- Give non-Asian Viki fans (yes, even Korea-boos) some fun and sense of inclusiveness
I think we’re on the right path. (Whether it is an eight-fold path or not, who knows?) However, I have a good feeling about what @vivi_1485 is proposing. How does everybody else feel?
And what about the “other” guy? The eternal K-drama triangle needs that other guy. And he needs a cool name, too.
(Only please do not let him be either worse or better than the ML in his various qualities; let him be about the same because I believe in SML liberation!)