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So how do you think up catchy titles and interesting character names? I'll let you in on a secret. This is what I use: "Hollywood Classics Title Index".

You can buy the book at Amazon Kindle or NOOK at Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, etc.

For only $0.99, this book will provide you not only with hundreds of really stimulating titles but fascinating names as well.

Movie titles and names are designed to catch attention. Of course, it's not a good idea to employ a recent title, but in this book you'll find thousands of titles, listed with years, going back to 1920. Of course, you don't have to copy them exactly. You can make slight changes and use them as a springboard.

You can also see at a glance which words are catchy and which are not. For example, only one movie among the thousands of titles listed begins with the word, "Kind". On the other hand, three titles begin with "Key", nine with "Kid" and no less than thirteen with "King".

But that's not all! You can also scan the names of the actors and the characters they portray. For instance, here's a 1932 movie, "Red Dust", in which Jean Harlow plays a character called "Vantine". Now that's certainly an unusual but catchy name. You could use it as a first name: "Vantine Edwards"; or as a surname: "Joan Vantine".

Hollywood Classics: Title Index to All Movies Reviewed in Books 1-24
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Published on September 14, 2011 22:03 • 666 views • Tags: article, articles, book, books, character, characters, name, names, novel, novels, short, stories, story

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John Howard Reid
I have written widely in many fields, except, oddly enough, that in which I started. I was 18 years old when I enjoyed my first success as a playwright. But then I moved into movie reviewing. Indeed, ...more
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