This will probably be quick and I’m sure I’ll get plenty of strong opinions. Now, I have a future series that involves a school for mercenary groups. This takes place in Windemere, so it’s fantasy-based. It’s based on the group of friends I had in freshman year of college, which turned into a fake fraternity. Seriously, it was just a name we gave ourselves and then hung out. Still, it was fun and led to bonding with some memories that I cherish to this day. The name?
There was a ‘Kappa’ at one point, but it got shrunk really fast. Again, this was nothing official and plenty of fraternities have those two in the name.
The original title of this series was the ‘Phi Beta Files’, which I’ve brought up from time to time. It can be a little bit of a problem. One issue that I never really voiced was using Greek letters in Windemere. Some days I don’t mind it because I take names and words from other languages already. The characters are speaking English too. Then there are days when I can’t shake the feeling that something is off about using Greek letters without an explanation for them being there. I know I have a samurai culture that will be introduced way down the road, which is explained by hints that a person from another world showed up to start the civilization. Do I do the same with the Greek alphabet showing up? Do I even need to give it a real explanation? I guess I fear the backlash that seems to come from anything that could be seen as controversial.
Another issue is that I’ve found if I remove ‘Phi Beta’ from the story, I stop feeling like it’s about that group. The characters are still the 4 idiot boys who are determined to not flunk out and manage to succeed through cunning and chaos. Yet, not having those two letters as their group name really shifts my mindset. Maybe because it’s so close to my memories, which could be the sign that I have to keep the series as the ‘Phi Beta Files’. See how my mind is going in circles here?
Figured that I would open the floor to see what people think. As I said, I’m sure there are some strong opinions on this. I’m terribly at designing my own language, so that’s not an option.