Top Ten Tuesday | Characters with Unique, Fabulous and Awesome Names (AKA, the Characters I Remember)
Not only are characters vitally important (BTW, I’m saying this in my best Minnie Driver impression from An Ideal Husband) to a story, but in my opinion, so are their names.
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Ten Characters I'd Name A Child/Dog/Cat/Car After – Broke and Bookish
There are a few reasons why I’m not spinning this exactly as the prompt suggests we might. These reasons are as follows.
1. I have no children (nor are they in my near future)
2. I’m not the world’s biggest animal advocate nor am I terribly sad at the lack of a pet. Although my cousin likes to argue with me about the legitimacy of my thoughts on this matter. (Trust me, Liz, THEY ARE REAL!)
3. Naming cars? Yeah, not my thing.
With all that said, below I’ve compiled characters who boast epic names. Or names that I think are lovely. Either way, these authors did good. For me, a name can be as important as the character themselves. I’m not the greatest The Hunger Games fan, but Katniss Everdeen? She’s a character who has stuck with me these years after I closed the final page. This is, to me, proof that a solid name for a character is more important than we may first think.
Without further ado, let’s meet these characters.
1. Aiden from Hello, Goodbye and Everything In-Between by Jennifer E. Smith | Charming is the one word I can think of to describe this novel. It’s wonderful and if you like YA novels (teetering on the edge of NA – because of the precipice its characters are on), this one is a must read for more reasons than its hero’s wonderful name. Amazon | Goodreads
2. Asher from My Hope Next Door by Tammy L. Gray | Asher is one of my favorite heroes of fiction yet. He’s memorable because of who he is on the inside, and that, in addition to his rad name, makes him stand apart from the fray. Amazon | Goodreads
3. Beckett from Keep Holding On by Melissa Tagg | Who doesn’t love Beckett Walker!? He left his small town of Maple Valley loving his best friend. He returns home loving his best friend. Emma vibes, anyone? Amazon | Goodreads
4. Cress from Cress by Marissa Meyer | I’ve not even read these Lunar books, but I’m obliged to adore them. For a variety of reasons, one of which being their kick-butt names. One has to assume these people are cool with such unique and fairy tale appropriate names. Amazon | Goodreads
5. Finley from There You’ll Find Me by Jenny B. Jones | One of my all-time favorite contemporary reads. One reason being the heroine’s name, another being the setting – IRELAND! Amazon | Goodreads
6. Jubilee Chase from Their Fractured Light | This is another one I’ve not read, but I really enjoyed These broken Stars and this one seems like another good read. (Plus, my friend Kara recommends this and the middle novel, Their Shattered World!) With a name like Jubilee, what’s not to like?! Sci-fi soap opera, here I come. Amazon | Goodreads
7. Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins | Already talked about Katniss, so everything that needs to be said has been. Except that maybe I’d like to have her skill with a bow for no other reason than archery looks cool. Amazon | Goodreads
8. Paige from Just One Summer by Denise Hunter | I don't know why, but I've always adored the name Paige. Maybe it's because one of my favorite TV characters is named Paige or maybe it has something to do with it being representative of a reader, either way, I approve. Amazon | Goodreads
9. Paris from Finding Paris by Joy Premble | I suspect my love of this as a name is twofold. The first being who doesn't want to someday SEE Paris?! (I mean even the name is magical.) Second, Paris Geller from Gilmore Girls. She should need no further explanation because, it's Paris! Amazon | Goodreads
10. Riley from The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee | There are some really unique names in Katharine's debut novel, but overall, I think Riley's was my favorite story, so I chose her name. Amazon | Goodreads
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That’s it for today’s bookish epicness. What characters do you think have memorable names!? Comment down below with your lists, top ten Tuesday links (I’d be happy to visit!) or other book nerd fun. I’m looking forward to chatting with you.