Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Character Names

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This week’s Top Ten Tuesday on The Broke and the Bookish is Top Ten Character Names I Love (or Unusual Character Names). This is going to be interesting, folks!

1. Thursday Next from The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde 
I haven’t read the whole book yet, but this name is one of my faves from literature EVER.

2. Titus Groan from The Gormenghast Trilogy by Mervyn Peake 
A perfect name for the mopey, grim character it represents.

3. Severus Snape from the Harry Potter series by JK Rowling 
The alitteration is perfect, the “s” sounds evoke the snake associated with his house, and the unpleasantness of the name evokes the prickly character himself. Bravo, Rowling.

4. Nymphadora (or “Tonks”) from the Harry Potter series by JK Rowling 
One of my favourite names, and one of my favourite characters.

5. Clary from The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare 
Claire isn’t my favourite name, but at least it’s a name rather than a type of sage.

6. Catnip…. er…. Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins 
Just… not good.

7. Cather and Wren from Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell 
I won’t give away where these names come from, because it’s an amusing part of the story, but I just can’t like them. Wren is just not a proper name, and Cather kept making me think of catheter, which is NOT a good association to have.

8. Adrian Mole from The Diary of Adrian Mole by Sue Townsend
Not a nice name, per se, but one that suited the character of the pimply, lower class, socially inept teenager perfectly.

9. Anna Madrigal from Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin 
I LOVE this name. I don’t know why. Maybe partly because I associate it with the character herself, who is such a lovable one.

10. Renesmee from the Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer 
This is the stupidest name I have ever heard. I liked how even in the movie version when they had the scene where Bella suggests this name she seems embarrassed and everyone else in the room is trying (unsuccessfully) not to laugh. Yeah, it’s that bad.

Bonus: Boo Radly
Because BOO RADLEY, y’all.

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28 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Character Names

  1. M.

    Thanks! Yeah, I *just* tried reading The Eyre Affair again, so it was fresh on my mind! Rainbow Rowell is a talented writer – so much more depth to her writing than I expected before reading Eleanor & Park. I'd recommend Fangirl, too – I just finished it (working on the review) and it was such an enjoyable read!

    Thanks for the comment!

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  2. M.

    Thanks! Yeah, I *just* tried reading The Eyre Affair again, so it was fresh on my mind! Rainbow Rowell is a talented writer – so much more depth to her writing than I expected before reading Eleanor & Park. I'd recommend Fangirl, too – I just finished it (working on the review) and it was such an enjoyable read!

    Thanks for the comment!

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  3. M.

    She was one of the best characters, too. I loved her and Lupin individually – even more so together *sniff*

    Thanks for stopping by!

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  4. M.

    She was one of the best characters, too. I loved her and Lupin individually – even more so together *sniff*

    Thanks for stopping by!

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  5. M.

    The first time I read the name I actually said out loud, “are you SERIOUS right now?” I thought it had to be some kind of joke. But no… no it wasn't. I mean, I get what she was trying to do, but it just really didn't work. Worst. Name. EVER.

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  6. M.

    The first time I read the name I actually said out loud, “are you SERIOUS right now?” I thought it had to be some kind of joke. But no… no it wasn't. I mean, I get what she was trying to do, but it just really didn't work. Worst. Name. EVER.

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  7. Katrin

    Oh god, I agree on Renesmee. Such a horrible name. When I read the books first I had no idea how to say the name and then I was so surprised that it sounded even more horrible when they actually said it.
    And yeah, Adrian Mole definitely is the perfect name for him!

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  8. Katrin

    Oh god, I agree on Renesmee. Such a horrible name. When I read the books first I had no idea how to say the name and then I was so surprised that it sounded even more horrible when they actually said it.
    And yeah, Adrian Mole definitely is the perfect name for him!

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  9. M.

    You're right… I wrote this late last night and it's amusing at first glance, but once you know their whole background and how deeply, deeply hurt they were by their mother's attitude and actions, it does break the heart. On further reflection, “amusing” probably isn't the best way to put it! This is one of my all-time fave books – so much so that it's taking me WEEKS to be satisfied with my review! Levi was a great character in the book, and I loved how he helped Cath become herself. Thanks for stopping by – heading over to your blog now!

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  10. M.

    You're right… I wrote this late last night and it's amusing at first glance, but once you know their whole background and how deeply, deeply hurt they were by their mother's attitude and actions, it does break the heart. On further reflection, “amusing” probably isn't the best way to put it! This is one of my all-time fave books – so much so that it's taking me WEEKS to be satisfied with my review! Levi was a great character in the book, and I loved how he helped Cath become herself. Thanks for stopping by – heading over to your blog now!

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  11. M.

    The whole time I was reading I kept thinking that and having SUCH trouble keeping a straight face. It was quite distracting. Heading over to check out your list now, and thanks for stopping by!

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  12. M.

    The whole time I was reading I kept thinking that and having SUCH trouble keeping a straight face. It was quite distracting. Heading over to check out your list now, and thanks for stopping by!

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  13. M.

    I was SO tempted to stack the list with HP names, but I resisted, figuring not everyone would be as amused by that as myself. Perhaps I was wrong! 😉 Thanks for stopping by!

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  14. M.

    I was SO tempted to stack the list with HP names, but I resisted, figuring not everyone would be as amused by that as myself. Perhaps I was wrong! 😉 Thanks for stopping by!

    Reply

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