I don’t know if it’s me, or if it’s a writer thing, but I have a weird thing when it comes to names. I love them, but I’m also extremely picky. When it comes to choosing names for my characters, it’s like putting new shoes onto them. Some feel too big, others too small. They may just not fit right, and we’ll have to take some others out for a spin.
But sometimes, and this often happens a lot, there is THE name. The one that you only need to try once, and you know it’s perfect. A name is a part of a person’s identity, their personality, in real life and in fiction. One name can describe a thousand things about a character, and I use them often for symbolism and metaphors. I feel I like a simpler name as opposed to some of the ones often used in fantasies, the ones with too many symbols. I ain’t so big on those. So, without further rambling, here are my top 5 character names!
(Carry On/Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell)
So I love this book already, but when a name just works, it’s fantastic. Simon Snow sounds like a superhero name; Marvel and DC love to alliterate the first and last names of their characters and honestly, I get it. It does sound heroic, and considering Simon is the chosen on in Carry On, I don’t blame Rainbow Rowell for choosing something so simple and comic souding.
(The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater)
Despite it being a popular colour, Blue’s name is significantly odd. The only character I know with the same name is Bloo from Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends, and that’s only because the character was a blue blob…a literal blue blob. But Blue Sargeant is nothing but ordinary, a psychic amplifier with a psychic family who goes to hunt Welsh Kings with her friends (and one in particular who likes to call her Jane).
Victor Vale & Eli Ever
(Vicious by V.E. Schwab)
Along the same vein as Simon Snow, Victor Vale and Eli Ever are best friends turned enemies, both with supernatural powers that ultimately, make them one superhero and one supervillain. But the question is, who is who in this tale of the grey between good and evil. This wasn’t my favourite book by V.E. Schwab, but I definitely saw it’s appeal. I was very hopeful in the outcome of some things, but they just didn’t happen. I’d give it a read anyway because it’s a very interesting deconstruction of the superhero genre (and because the names are great!)
(The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon)
I don’t know if it’s just me, but a two syllable first name with a one syllable last name just always fits perfect for me. It sounds like someone important, with a name that’ll be spoken through microphone or on plaques. Jaxon Hall is the king of the criminal underground in The Bone Season (or, at least in my eyes). He’s mysterious, charming, and ruthless, with a name that no one forgets, especially not after what happens in The Mime Order…
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