Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature created by The Broke and Bookish, where the participants list down the top ten books/bookish things according to the given topic.
Top Ten Best Character Names
(listed in no particular order)
I have to admit that I’m with Nymphadora on this: I much prefer her nickname over her real name, because it sounds so strange yet so musical at the same time! You can create a tune just by saying “tonks, tonks, tonks tonk,” over and over. Try it. I’m serious.
This is such a beautiful name. It’s probably the best fantasy name I’ve come across so far, and that’s saying something, because I’ve read plenty of fantasy books. I’ve tried pronouncing it a couple of times, but I can’t say it with the same foreign-ish tongue one of my friends can! I also think Cate Blanchett made a perfect Galadriel in the movies.
Some people might’ve thought that Blue was a weird name, and I’m not going to argue against that. Blue is a pretty strange name — but it’s slick at the same time. Before Maggie Stiefvater used it to name one of her main characters, I never thought that a color would make such a great name. Thee’s just something soft and hard about it. I can’t explain!
It wasn’t originally love at first sight for me and Sturmhond. But then Leigh Bardugo did such a FANTASTIC job with his character that I grew to love him… and am now torn between the Darkling, him, and Mal. Yes. I ship all three with Alina. Once I knew more about Sturmhond’s character, I couldn’t help but feel that his name was born for him somehow. It suited his role in the book as a privateer so well. And if you pronounce it slow, emphasizing the “r” and the “d,” it sounds really good. *swoon*
I know — what an ordinary name, right? But for some unknown reason, I’ve always liked the name June. It’s such a sweet and gentle name, and it’s also one of the months of my favorite season: spring! Hey, c’mon, we bookworms need some normal in our lives, right?
Another really common name, but I’ve noticed a strange trend: I tend to fall in love with love interests whose name is Alex. I’m serious. Take Alex from Delirium. I’ve been a strong shipper of Alex + Lena from the moment I lay eyes on him. Okay, not really. But it was quite close to the time I first met him. Then, there’s Alex from Where the Stars Still Shine by Trish Doller. If you read my review for the book, you’d know that I was hopelessly, head-over-heels infatuated with him.
See, Alex is a really good name for your love interest. 😉
This basically describes me indirectly. I’m a wanderer between reality and fiction, which is a lot less dangerous than what the actual Wanderer, from The Host by Stephenie Meyer, wanders through. It’s such a pretty name, don’t you think? The short form for it is “Wanda.”
If you remember, I chose the raven as the animal I could shapeshift to. Ravens represent freedom to me, because they’re intelligent, and they aren’t held back by anything because they have wings. And if you try to trap them, they can very well poke out your eyeballs if they wanted to. I value freedom a lot, because it’s one of the things that makes us human, and is also one of the causes for happiness.
Genya is a character in the Grisha trilogy by Leigh Bardugo, and I love her name so much that I want to name my future daughter with it! It actually kind of reminds me of “Gemma,” which is another really pretty name, only I like the former more because it sounds more exotic.
GANSEY. If that name doesn’t already make you fall in love, then I suggest you read The Raven Boys AND The Dream Thieves and then come back and tell me that you’re now a fervent worshipper of Richard Campbell Gansey III.
Over to you!
What are some of your favorite character names and why? Do share, and don’t hesitate to leave links to your TTT so I can check them out!
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