(First off- I'm not totally sure this is in the right section, but I thought I would give it a shot and see what happens...) I mostly write fantasy/adventure, and I sometimes wonder if my character names don't 'fit' together. I also worry that a horse named 'Bastille' could be a problem. Ok, so in one story (Why We Can't Have Nice Things) we basically have a group of bounty hunters who get mad at each other and decide to kill each other. The story is set in a fantasy world called Nagai's Land, where there are shamans, warlords, and things that rise out of the ocean and eat you when you least expect it. Problems with names: The MC (Agouti) has a steel-grey mare named Bastille, and I worry that the name seems out of place. However, the name is a slight pun on her coat color (Bastille, steel-grey- say it out loud. Har, har.) and it comes into play with a running joke with another character. Throughout the stories, it is sometimes mentioned that Mousse (another major character) is terrible at naming things, so when the group of bounty hunters take over a giant lighthouse to use as their headquarters, Agouti suggests naming it after her horse (she loves her horse, tee hee) and Mousse agrees because he is terrible at naming things. The lighthouse's name is a slight nod to the Bastille of A Tale of Two Cities, as later in the story it is 'stormed.' Basically, the name has meaning, but is a french word too out of place in a fantasy novel? Also, the names of my characters are really all over the place. We have Monty Moose who changes his name to Mousse Montague, then Agouti (name has meaning), Pookie (no real reason), Dark Sunshine (meaningful), Kiddo, Solace, Thomas, Rahi, Xey, Perdin, and Borai, and those are just the characters from one story. Agouti, Xey, Rahi, Perdin and Borai sound typical enough for a fantasy novel (perhaps even Agouti and Solace), but what about Pookie, Dark Sunshine, Kiddo, and Mousse? Then there is Thomas, the only 'normal' name. What do you think? Where do you draw the line for names 'fitting' together, and at what point are they out of place in the story?