Last week we were thrilled to have Eric von Rothkirch from the must-read blog Quantum Storytelling join WU as a guest blogger. Part one of his post on How to Make Your Novel into a Media Franchise generated a nice discussion on this exciting idea. Most of us just dream about having our work made into a movie, but Eric tells us ways to make this dream become more likely. In part one, Eric outlined the concepts of a successful media franchise. In today’s part two post, Eric breaks down the elements by using recognizable mega-franchises as examples. Enjoy!
Let’s take a closer look at these elements of successful media franchises.
Memorable or Interesting Character Names
A common technique for creating a memorable character name is to give them a nickname, and have everyone in the story refer to them by that name. In fact, the more successful naming conventions feature the character’s name alongside the episode title. [Read more…]