Q: BeefcakesandBabes Asks: I like unique names for characters and am looking forward to coming up with some when I start writing. What's the most unique character name you've come across?
Funny that you should ask. Unique names are actually a pet-peeve of mine. I feel like sometimes writers try WAY too hard to be clever and create names that would never exist. Part of the reason I can't stand the trend is because I used to work in a mega-church nursery. Do you know how many weird names I saw? How many different spellings of the same name? Everyone thinks they are being clever but nope. Nothing is wrong with a good, easy to spell, sensible name. Don't make your children get teased.
I tend to find creative names horrible. Let's be honest. Peeta Mellark? The bakers son named after a Greek bread? Horrid. I love Hunger Games but GAH. Okay I need to stop before this turns into a rant.
Instead I'll list some of my favorite names. I'm sure there are other names that I really like, but these are the ones I remembered most easily. There's a value to that. For me a name doesn't have to be the most original. It just needs to fit the character.
Names I like:
1. Alexia Tarabotti (Soulless) - It's a little bit weird, but accessible. It tells you that her father's Italian and it's a fitting name for the character.
2. Atticus O'Sullivan (Hounded)- Fitting for a 2,100 year old druid posing as a 21 year old. Irish and sexy.
3. Ginny Weasley (Harry Potter) - I'd always seen it spelled "Jenny" and really like it with a G. Yes I know it sounds a little different but I have no idea how else to explain this.
5. D.J. Schwenk (Dairy Queen) - So perfect for a farm girl.
6. Tom Mackee (Saving Francesca & The Piper's Son) - Do not ask me why but I cannot imagine this character with a different name. He's just Tom Mackee.
3. Karou (Daughter of Smoke and Bone)- An exception to the weird name rules. Mainly because it's set in a country where I have no idea what the language sounds like.