‘Me, a name I call myself,…’
Every Tuesday over at the The Broke and Bookish we all get to look at a particular topic for discussion and use various (or more to the point ten) examples to demonstrate that particular topic. The topic this week is :
Characters Names that I love
There are plenty of great characters in books and some very memorable names. Here are my top ten memorable names.
- Max/Maxim – I love this name- and in fact the novel that I first encountered it in – Daphne DuMaurier’s Rebecca.
- Oberon. What a wonderful name and one we all probably know in terms of him being King of the Fae. Brought to life in Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream it’s a name that I also now associate with a rather large, unkempt and sausage loving wolf hound that keeps Atticus company in Kevin Hearne’s Iron Druid Chronicles.
- I really like the use of the months of the year that Seanan McGuire uses for her Toby Daye series. I think to date we’ve got characters called October, January and April – I wonder if we’ll complete the full calendar month? Kind of hoping that December will be used at some point as that’s my birth month! *winks at MsMcGuire*
- The Bastard. This is the name of a feisty horse, belonging to Imriel in Jacqueline Carey’s Kushiel series. It just makes me smile – I’m very easily pleased like that, I know it’s not big and clever but it’s just a name that really seems to fit on this occasion.
- Inigo Montoya – this character is brilliant and you certainly can’t forget his name – he simply won’t let you. The Princess Bride by William Goldman
- Sherlock Holmes – you can’t really ask for a more memorable name. How on earth you come up with a name like that is a mystery to me but it’s brilliant and a name that everyone knows, whether they’ve read the books or not!
- Dolores Umbridge – you really do have to hand it to Rowling – this name is inspired and suits the character to perfection!
- Ebenezer Scrooge – again, a name that everyone knows and more than that uses. Scrooge has become synonymous with tight fisted miserliness. Dickens A Christmas Carol.
- Samwise Gamgee – I don’t need to qualify this one do I! ‘I ain’t been dropping no eaves sir’! Okay, Lord of the Rings by JRRTolkien.
- Dracula – another name that really needs no explanation. I think everybody must know this name. Bram Stoker’s famous vampire creation!