Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. This week I get to pick whatever past topic I want to do. And It was so hard to choose. Villains? Childhood Favorites? All Time Favorite Books? There were too many options, but for some reason, I really wanted to talk about names. Character names are SO important. Sometimes they miss the mark and sometimes they are truly stupendous. We must discuss!
1. Renessme, Breaking Dawn– SO, let’s get the obvious one out of the way. What is the freaking deal here? I mean, I understand that it’s a hybrid of Esme and Renee and I understand that everyone has given Stephenie Meyers so much crap about this, but that is because, hello, has she seen the name? There is no excuse for it. Even if, being up late at night typing her heart out all amped up on coffee or chocolate may have led to this, there is no way on Earth that Renesmee could have ever sounded like a good idea to a rational person.
OK I’m done.
2. The Gang from Charlie and The Chocolate Factory– I cannot possibly pick just one. Willy Wonka, Augustus Gloop, Veruca Salt, Violet Beauregarde, Mike Teavee, and Oompa Loompas? It’s the hog heaven of names.
3. The Immortals series by Alyson Noel– Holy wow, this is another book with too many names to actually choose one. But while Charlie had fabulous, fun names, this series is full of soap-opera cast offs. Try these on for size: Ever, Haven, Honor, Sabine, Drina, Roman, Romy, Rayne, Jude…don’t make me keep going. I can’t make this crap up. Some of the names are nice and quirky, but all of them together make for a hella lot of cheese.
4. Cricket Bell, Lola and The Boy Next Door– I really wasn’t jazzed about this name because in the summer my garage becomes infested with these little guys (and by infested I mean there’s like four or five) who seem totally harmless and then jump practically in your face the moment you go near them. But Cricket Bell, well they don’t get more adorable than him. And he’s tall and quirky and sweet and just adores Lola in the cutest most awkward way ever. Sa-woon!
5. Jace Wayland or Whatever His Last Name Is Now, The Mortal Instruments series– I can’t really explain this one. I just like his name. And his cool, arrogant awesomeness.
6. Karou and Akiva, Daughter of Smoke and Bone– These names are so weird and yet they work. They are phenomenal, strange characters in an amazing, magical story and any other “normal” names would have seemed out of place.
7. Jonah Effing Griggs, Jellicoe Road– Okay, I may have added the effing part. I love this character. His name is simple, nothing crazy, but it suits him. If you’ve not read this book and discovered Jonah (and Taylor!), then do it ASAP. You’ll see why the “effing” is pretty much required.
8. The Hunger Games peeps– Just, no. I get that this is a dystopic story set in a world we can hardly imagine living in, but there is no reason their names have to be THAT bad. So, the Capitol can kill you on a whim. Does that really mean you have to subject your kid to a name like Katniss? I guess I can deal with Gale, but Peeta for the main male lead? Well, I just feel bad for him because it’s a stupid, stupid pansy name.
9. Tina Hakim Baba, The Princess Diaries series– The best best friend ever deserves the best best friend name ever! I love Tina and the perfect advice she always gives Mia (usually taken from romance novels. Tina, I so hear you, girl. All life lessons should come from books). I guess I just love this name because I love the character so much.
10. Aura, The Shade series– I really love these books and I love the heroine–except for her name (all of the other characters have really good, solid names). Aura sounds more like it should be in The Immortals (see #3).
11. Jack Force, The Blue Bloods series– I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, this is the best name ever. End of story. Also, Jack totally lives up to his name. He’s a hottypants even when he tries to be all jerky. No wonder Schuyler (ack! The spelling!) is so into him.