No. The word has to be punnable...people have to be able to use it in such a way as to be ambiguous. (The best example of that was the first time we met Mr. Of Friendly...and Siggy said something like "Otherwise, Doom will get you." The guy actually was in the middle of asking whether we meant a fate or a person...when Victor jumped over a bookcase and announced "I am Doom!"
It would have been a much more effective scene if Victor had taken him out...as it was, he pretended to be taken out and then zapped Victor and Rachel had to go stand in the North Sea at night in December and sing to try and get Victor back...but that is not really to the point.
The point is that people often used Doom ambigously, which you can only do if Dread is spelled Dread.
But...Doom still looks cooler. Sigh. ;-)
But... it's dialogue, so the spelling should not matter so much... ? But Doom -is- a much stronger word! Few people talk about their Dread creeping up on them.
Though I suppose things are still Dreadful, Dreadfully dull, Dreaded, and so on.
If Dare wasn't a dorm, I might have tried Von Dare.
The funny thing is that Von Dread looks perfectly good. It's just that Dread along does not look as good as Doom.
Vladimir does not look as good as Victor either.
But, Vlad looks perfectly good.
Darkness? Dark? Von Dark?
Just messing around, but... there are word play potentials there, too.
Vladimir Von Dark? Hmm... I'll consider it. I suspect that Dread is the best option, despite it not looking as impressive...but it is worth considering all these things.
I was about to suggest Von Dark also. Or Doomshadow.
Edited at 2012-02-16 07:19 pm (UTC)
I'm sure if I went with Doomshadow, I'd be tromping around announcing Doom Puppies! Every time I wrote.
I think Dread actually fits him well. It just doesn't light up the page quite as well.
So far suggestions include Von Dark and Von Dire, which I think sounds a bit too much like Dare (the hall.) I could change the hall and call him Von Dare...but I still think Dread is better.
On the other hand, Dread the Penguin amuses me even more than Penguin of Doom.
you cannot possibly have any idea how utterly surreal it is to read this post and the comments and have no clue of what you're actually talking about or what setting (novel, roleplay, whatever) these characters and their names belong to! :D
LOL I should post the second chapter of the Rachel Griffin story. He appears there.
For a slightly longer answer, the character in question got turned into a penguin at one point when he lost a duel against his girlfriend's father. Rachel then bought herself a plushy stuffed penguin which she named after him. In the first version-the roleplaying game--where he was 18 year old Victor Von Doom (Marvel villian, Dr. Doom) she called it Penguin of Doom.
In the book version, where the same character is named Vladimir Von Dread, she called her toy "Dread the Penguin" which went along with her other stuffed penguin, whose name is Torture the Penguin.
Rachel explained that when she was little, her sister used to take the toy and run around yelling "Torture the Penguin! Torture the Penguin!" The little girl, who did not know the word torture, thought that was the penquin's name.