When Characters Clash in Epic Saga


As I was just about to publish my book, Tusk, a certain rather famous movie franchise released their movie. Suddenly I had a dilemma. One of my lead characters was called Rey and as this was clearly such a cool name, Lawrence Kasdan had gone with it too. (Insert expletive of choice, I probably used them all).

Back I went to edit my book one last time.

So, the question for authors is this. If Star Wars pinches the name of one of your lead characters, what do you do? Forge ahead and hope no one notices, or go through another edit to erase clearly what was a very cool name?

Join the discussion at Good Reads and tell me what you would do.