Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Top Ten Tuesday: Most Unfortunate Character Names

So it's Top Ten Tuesday again, from The Broke and The Bookish. Hooray!

I almost didn't participate this week, because I have a hard time remembering my own name let alone someone else's, but one character name in particular stood out so much for me that I decided ti jump in with my list.

1. Renesmee. WTH kind of name is that? It isn't cute, frankly it isn't even English. It is appalling and if I were named that I too would prefer being nicknamed after the Loch Ness Monster. Blech. (this character is from Breaking Dawn, btw.)

2.  Mochriadhemiach from the Nine Kingdoms Trilogy by Lynn Kurland. Talk about a mouthful. Thankfully they shorten his name to Miach for most of the book.

3. Boudica. I know she is a real person, but I have always hated the name. For those non history buffs, she was a Queen of old England who rebelled against the Roman invasion, and almost won.

4. Yum Yum from The Mikado by Gilbert and Sullivan. No it isn't a book but an operetta, but this name always makes me think of a candy bar. Who would want to be named after a candy bar?

5. Number 5 is just about every character in Where the Heart is by Billie Letts. Novalee Nation and her daughter Americus Nation, Lexie Coop and her children who actually are named after candy bars, and the drop dead jerk of a baby daddy Willie Jack Pickens. Wow what a collection.

6. Huckleberry Finn. This can't be his real name, can it? But we aren't given any others, so it must be so.

Well there's six. I'll keep thinking about this and update accordingly, so stop by again!

5 comments:

Audra said...

Tough theme -- but your list is pretty good (or horrifying, you know what I mean). Any name that has -smee in it is just awful, I think!

Krystal said...

Wow, tons of hate for the name Renesmee. I've said this before, and I'll say it again - It isn't that bad! I kind of like it, it grew on me, and it was the perfect name I think for her!
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Anna said...

Ha, besides Krystal, I think there is a total consensus today on Renessmee! Why couldn't she have just called her Carlie, her middle name?

Actin' Up with Books said...

Where the Heart Is does have the worst names! I'm glad I'm not the only one who thinks so. And Renesmee, poor Renesmee. That was just horrible and then to call her Nessie. So sad.

readerbuzz said...

Yes, Huckleberry. Did his mama name him that? And, if so, why?