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October 22: Top Ten Character Names I Love or Top Ten Unusual Character Names
1. Bellatrix Lestrange. Harry Potter; J.K. Rowling. There’s a lot of really good names in this series, but this is one I especially like. She might not be a nice person, but her name just rolls off the tongue.
2. Candy Quackenbush. Abarat; Clive Barker. All the other really odd names belong to the Abarat–but Candy is from our world, which makes her odd name seem odder.
3. Greening Grandemalion. Graceling; Kristin Cashore. Nobody calls Po this, which makes sense since it’s such a mouthful, but it’s still an interesting name.
4. Katniss Everdeen. The Hunger Games; Suzanne Collins. There’s a bunch of cool names in this book, but I like the ‘catnip’ confusion.
5. Kilgore Trout. Kurt Vonnegut. Trout appears in several books, more than some other repeating characters. And that’s quite a name.
7. October “Toby” Daye. Seanan McGuire. It’s just a nifty name–not too weird, but still special–and her nickname is pretty cool, too.
8. Piscine Molitor Patel. Life of Pi; Yann Martel. Being names after a pool is an interesting story, even with the unfortunate nickname his classmates gave him. And Pi is definitely a cool nickname.
9. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. Shakespeare. But really, these names makes me think of Tom Stoppard’s play, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead.
10. Zaphod Beeblebrox. Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy; Douglas Adams. Another series with great names, but this name is particularly hip. Slartibartfast is another good one.