Top Ten Tuesday is hosted at The Broke and the Bookish.
This week's topic is Top Ten Most Unfortunate Character Names:
10. St. John Rivers from Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë - It doesn't look that bad in print. But it's pronounced "sin-jin", which always made me think of the villainous Injun Joe from The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Plus, I had to read Jane Eyre for an English class... and when the teacher started talking about this person named "Sinjin", I had no idea what she was going on about!
9. Americus Nation from Where the Heart Is by Billie Letts - When your name is so patriotic it's nauseating, your mother has gone too far.
8. Sookie Stackhouse from Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris - Does it rhyme with "cookie" or "kooky"? And who the heck would name their kid that, anyway?
7. Po from Graceling by Kristin Cashore - It sounds like the way some people refer to poverty ("I was so po'!). It's also creeping toward "poo", which is not great, either...
6. Beezus from Beezus and Ramona by Beverly Cleary - Yes, it was a nickname for "Beatrice". But that didn't stop the boys at school from making fun of her by rhyming her name with "Jesus".
5. Gale from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins - Gail and Gayle are girls' names. That's what I had in my head as I was reading this. I never could wrap my brain around this one as a name for a guy!
4. Katniss from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins - It does sound much like "catnip", as Gale said.
3. Peeta from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins - I still can't figure out if this is a bastardization of "Peter" (much like Haymitch may have been a variation on "Hamish"); in any case, it makes me think of pita bread.
2. Pooh from Winnie-the-Pooh by A. A. Milne - What's worse than being named after a turd?
1. Renesmee from Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer - What's worse than being named after a turd? Being saddled with this monstrosity, that's what! Even the nickname -- "Nessie" -- is messed up. Unfortunately, Renesmee is not the only child out there who was given a ridiculous name by a Mormon parent who was trying to be creative. Check out this list at the Utah Baby Namer. Once you've seen what some people in real life named their kids, these ten fictional names actually don't look so bad.