Top Ten Tuesday topic is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Today’s topic is Top Ten Character Names I Love or Top Ten Unusual Character Names, so I’m going to focus on the top 10 character names that I might not have been a favorite going into the story, but I came to like. This week’s list is no particular order.
1. Peeta, The Hunger Games
I’ve talked about this before… No I wouldn’t name my kid Peeta, but somehow the character was able to get me to believe that this was a completely acceptable and even a good name.
2. Catherine, Northanger Abbey
I already liked the name Catherine, but this was never my favorite spelling for the name. Well, it still isn’t, but I did come to like it more after reading Northanger Abbey.
3. Elizabeth, Pride and Prejudice
OK, the movie more so than the book but still, the movie wouldn’t exist without the book, and Elizabeth is the same person in both. Elizabeth is a strong yet feminine and classic name, and it was given to a character who fits the same bill.
4. Ryan, What’s Left of Me
Who am I kidding, I’ve loved the name Ryan for a long time. But liking the character Ryan in What’s Left of Me sort of revived it for me.
5. Elliot (for a girl), For Darkness Shows the Stars
Sometimes, taking a guy name and using it for a girl works. This is one of those times. Elliot was the perfect name for this character and I think it could work for some other girls too. Now Maxwell on the other hand, maybe not so much… looking at you, Jessica Simpson…
6. Kai, Cinder and For Darkness Shows the Stars
TWO great guys with the same name?! How could I not grow to appreciate it?!
7 & 8. Chloe and Cameron, Left Behind
When I read this book way back (like sixth grade I think?), I loved the characters Chloe and Cameron (AKA Buck, a name I also grew to love at the time) and I found myself really liking their names as well. As time has passed, I still like them both, though the nickname Buck doesn’t have quite the same appeal anymore. (Side note to explain picture: Cassi Thomson is playing Chloe Steele in Nic Cage’s reboot of Left Behind (after Ashley Tisdale dropped out), and Chad Michael Murray will be playing Cameron “Buck” Williams. I really hope the movie turns out OK…)
9. Gibson, Double Minds
This is from a book about a girl who is getting into the music business, and she and her brothers are all named after guitars, one of them being Gibson. Maybe it’s the fact that I live in the Nashville area, drive by Gibson headquarters almost daily, and love the look of their hollow-body guitars, but I like the name Gibson for a guy. So much so, in fact, I’m using it as a character name for my NaNoWriMo story!
10. Scout, To Kill A Mockingbird
I don’t know if this hit me quite the same way in high school as it does (even though I haven’t read the book in over ten years), but it’s such an interesting and fun name for a girl.
What character names from books do you love? Since I had so much fun with this list, next week I’ll do a Top 10 list dedicated to my favorite TV show character names!