Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Top Ten Tuesday - Top 10 Most Unfortunate Character Names

Top Ten Credit Goes to The Broke and the Bookish

*I'm just going to say that for the record I think the names in books mean a lot, and where some of these names are odd, and strange, it's nice to have a change from just your normal, common names. These are just some of the oddest, strangest ones I've come across*

So here they are, my top 10 'strangest' character names:

1. Ponyboy Curtis from The Outsiders - This is my favourite book of all times, and I absolutely adore Ponyboy, but his name just makes me giggle!

2. Sodapop Curtis from The Outsiders - Of course we couldn't have PonyBoy here without Sodapop!

3. Two-Bit Matthews from The Outsiders - Another strange name from my favourite book!

4. Stevie-Rae Johnson from The House of Night Series - This name isn't that it's strange, its just very southern and twangy. Or "Okie" as they call it in the books.

5. Luce from Fallen - I was reading it as 'Lucy' for the most part of the novel. I thought L-U-C-E was just a different way to spell it. Then I saw a video of Lauren Kate reading from her novel calling her Luce (loose - like a loose tooth)  

6. Embry Call from New Moon - I liked Embry the character, but the name had me thinking of an embryo - which I didn't care to think of while reading this book.

7. Mundungus Fletcher from Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - Mundungus - really?! Need I explain this one?

8. Mafaldo Hooch from Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone - Sure, I get it, they are witches and wizards, but must we call her Madame Hooch?

9. Infinite Darlene (born Daryl Heisenberg) from Boy Meets Boy - I don't even get this one. Infinite Darlene just sounds way over the top and out there. I guess it's a perfect fit for a drag queen!

10. Old Nick from Room - I think this had more to do with the actual events of the novel. Kidnapping and keeping hostage is creepy, and Old Nick is a creepy name, so it worked well in this case.


That's my top 10 for this week, who do you think has the 10 most unfortunate character names?

11 comments:

Teacher/Learner said...

Forgot how many interesting names there are in The Outsiders! Nice choices :) Here's my top 10.

P.S. I like how you stated that having an odd name in a novel can bring out its creativity. You're so right :D

Krystal said...
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Kelly A. said...

Your first 3 are awesome! Didn't Ponyboy and Sodapop's brother have a totally normal name? I always thought that was soo random. Great list :)

Krystal said...

Kelly - Ponyboy and Sodapop had a brother named Darrel! So ya, totally normal!

Loni said...

The Outsiders names are amazingly aweful. I forgot about Embry from New Moon. Great list!

La Coccinelle said...

I never understood "Ponyboy", either.

Niecole said...

I totally forgot about Mundungus!

Love your list, made me laught... good way to start the day hehe

Kayla + Cyna said...

Kramisha made my list from House of Night, but Stevie Rae is almost as bad, if only because it screams "trying too hard" to sound "Okie".

Krystal said...

I forgot about Kramisha! That should be on my list too.

The Book Vixen said...

The Outsiders definitely has some weird names!!

Anonymous said...

In David Weber's otherwise pretty good SF series about Honor Harrington, there is a character named Rob S. Pierre, losely based on a prominent figure in the French Revolution.



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