I was planning at some point to write a mystery fiction unrelated to history. I was inspired by writers who used literary figures as a name for their characters, yet the plot was completely unrelated to real life. I wanted to try something similar, but I felt using some literary figures' names was a bit repetitive since there were already a ton of them. I tried to ask my friends for advice. They jokingly replied to use national generals'/soldiers' names for main characters. I sort of liked the idea — yet, I reached out to my father and he replied using historical names might get me attacked, and that it is not worth it. Is it worth it? What should I do? Do I drop the idea? Or do I continue?
If it is only the internet and netizens' illogical complaints, I could probably handle it — but most importantly, is it morally and legally okay?