There are a couple things in common with Sabrina The Teenage Witch, and my book Mortal Hearts & Shadows. The MC, is named Sabrina–and they’re both witches. BELIEVE IT OR NOT, my use of Sabrina’s name did not come from Sabrina The Teenage Witch. In fact, during the time I came up with this idea—I had not been exposed to Sabrina The Teenage Witch.
Would you like to know where I got the name from? The Cheetah Girls. YES, the Cheetah Girls. One day I was watching Dancing With The Stars and I recognized Sabrina Bryan from THE CHEETAH GIRLS, and I somehow latched onto her name.
Something that’s been recommended to me as a Writer is to google everything. Once upon a time, I did google Sabrina–and all the sudden I see “Sabrina The Teenage Witch”. For some reason, it did not click for past Faith to change my MC’s name because I then went 6 years not remembering the similarity.
And within those 6 years, I had become very, very attached to the name as one does when they’ve been stressing over a single story for so long. So when I did eventually remember/discover the similarity–I googled. Part of me was thinking—Should I leave it? Would it be so bad to be associated with Sabrina The Teenage Witch? I thought this to myself without realizing a whole bunch of other issues that included you know–copyright. To also help with persuading my brain to change my MC’s name, I found a very glamourous video from the TV show.
I’m sure the show was great, but when you’re writing a YA fantasy that’s set in an alternate magical realm, you kind of want it to be taken seriously if that makes any sense.
If you’re reading this wondering and have read some of my blog posts regarding my novel, why is Sabrina still your MC’s name. Straight answer—I just haven’t gotten around to physically changing her name to what I have in mind. Why? I’m in revisions, and, changing a character’s name is the last thing on my mind unless it is incredibly vital to the story. The only thing it’s affecting really is me, my brain and my heart, but at the end of the day it’s just a name.