November 9, 2010

Top Ten Tuesday-Unfortunate Character Names


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

This week's list:

Top Ten Unfortunate Character Names from Literature



I struggled coming up with a list. I think part of the reason is that I go with whatever the author has chosen because I figure that they've given the character a particular name for a reason. However there are a few that I've cringed at:

1. Renesmee from Breaking Dawn. Hated it. Like strongly hated it. I get the naming after family thing but this one was ridiculous.

2. Sookie Stackhouse from Charlaine Harris's series. I don't get this name at all.

3. Many of people have listed Katniss on their lists but oddly it didn't bother me. I didn't care for the name Peeta though. Maybe it was a different form of Peter but I just didn't think it was a strong enough name for him.

That's it- I could only come up with three. What was on your list?

10 comments:

  1. I definitely kept just saying "Peter" but in a goofy British accent in my head whenever I read "Peeta"! It works!

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  2. Love it! I shall do that from now on :)

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  3. I had Sookie down as well. Renesmee is one of those names that sound like they belong in some science fiction novel.

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  4. Mrs. Julia Dowkins = The perfect Jane Austen name!

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  5. Interesting List! I didn't mind Renesmee, I think it went well with them! And Sookie - I haven't read the books to get a feel for the name and whether or not I like it. Same with Katniss, I haven't read those books either.
    Here's My Top Ten

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  6. LOL I also kind of thought of it as Peter, but just a slightly softer version.

    I agree, Renesmee is a really terrible name choice.

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  7. Those are all on my list! Renesmee was the worst.

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  8. NOBODY likes the name of the Twilight baby. Very silly. Are you listening, Stephanie Meyer?


    Mine is here:
    http://readerbuzz.blogspot.com/2010/11/nearly-ten-most-unfortunate-character.html

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  9. I haven't read Sookie or Hunger yet, but I wholeheartedly agree with the Renesmee choice. She was the whole reason I even made a list this time.

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  10. OMG I hated the name Renesmee. I couldn't remember her even having a huge relationship with Esmee, so I didn't know why she chose to merge that with her mother's name.

    Those are good choices. I can't really think of any others because I too, kinda of just go with the flow and accept the character's name.

    I guess, mostly names I can't pronounce clearly or fluidly in my head would be on the list. The Dragonriders series had some problems with this, but she had a glossary in the back with how to pronounce it so it wasn't too bad.

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