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Top Ten Tuesday – Unusual Character Names

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The brilliant bloggers over at The Broke and The Bookish have this week challenged us to collate a register of unusual characters. Have a look at mine and let me know what you think and who you would add.

When I used to write stories during playtime with my primary school friend, we were greatly inspired by Jacqueline Wilson and may have plagiarised her character names (give us a break – we were eight!). My personal favourites were Star and Dolphin from The Illustrated Mum.

Douglas Adams was a genius with names. Zaphod Beeblebrox is certainly unusual, as is the name of his semi-half-cousin (they have three of the same mothers), Ford Prefect who, on reaching Earth, had ‘simply mistaken the dominant life form’ and named himself after a car. Here’s how you choose your own Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy name: think of the first car you remember your parents driving. That’s it. Mine’s Renault Scenic.

Talking of Fords, I rather enjoy the names in Ford Maddox Ford’s Parade’s End. Tietjens is apparently rather common in Germany, although it was new to me, and I can imagine no name lovelier than Valentine.

Gussie Fink-Nottle, Tuppy Glossop and Bingo Little are all stars of the Jeeves and Wooster series and beautifully conjure images of proper chinless fops. I can’t help but be reminded of them when I hear the names of the Made in Chelsea cast – Binky, Miffy and Caggie would surely not sound out of place in a P. G. Wodehouse novel.

Charles Dickens’ and Roald Dahl’s novels are full of peculiar names, each tailored to the character’s eccentricities; they were certainly contenders for this list. However, the final spot goes to Ian Fleming for for his imaginative, suggestive names. Vesper Lynd is my favourite. A prize goes to anyone who can bring me a real life person with ‘Pussy’ or ‘Galore’ in her name.

From Annie Ink

From Annie Ink

 

What do you think of my list? Who would be on yours? What’s your Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy name? Leave me a comment below!

Click here for more on character names: how to choose them, and what appeals to readers.

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New Year’s Resolutions Fictional Characters Should Have Made

Clark Kent (Superman- Jerry Siegel, Joe Shuster): 

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Buy more convincing disguise- minor difference in hairdo and specs aren’t quite cutting it anymore and besides, hipsters have ruined these glasses for me. Also, buy velcro shirts, they look easier to rip open- you would not believe how much of my time I spend sewing buttons back on.

Spectre (James Bond novels – Ian Fleming): Move HQ from hollowed out volcano, the health and safety implications are a nightmare.

Miss Havisham (Great Expectations – Charles Dickens): Consider a new look or at least get that wedding dress dry cleaned. 

haddockCaptain Haddock (Tintin – Hergé):  Join AA: one can only have so many whisky-fuelled near misses on the high seas.

Heathcliff (Wuthering Heights – Emily Brontë): Sign up to that anger management course and really get to grips with my abandonment issues. Or perhaps just move, it is rather gloomy on these moors.

Frodo (Lord of the Rings – J.R.R Tolkien): Find a giant eagle in the first instance next time, rather than taking the long and perilous way there, only to get an ornithological shortcut home, or just never leave the Shire again. 

Paddington-Bear-SandwichPi (Life of Pi – Yann Martel): Transport dangerous animals by air-freight next time.  

Paddington Bear (His eponymous series – Michael Bond): Take it easy on the Marmalade sandwiches; the duffel coat’s getting rather snug. 

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