Saturday, 26 May 2012

Tuckerization

Tuckerization is the custom of using real people in stories, usually after changing their names slightly (generally in an absurd manner).

This isn't the same as using real-life historical figures in historical fiction, or famous living world figures in contemporary fiction (as J.G. Ballard did). Tuckerization is on a smaller scale and is more concerned with in-jokes (naming a character after one of your friends rather than inventing a name from scratch). The word was derived from the name of writer Wilson Tucker, a regular Tuckerizer.

Cocknobs and Twonkies are often offended when they are Tuckerized.