Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Lori's Top Ten Characters (and Literary Figures) That I'd Name My Children After
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I had a hard time coming up with ten characters that I'd name my children after, so I have a mixture of characters and literary figures.
1. Viviane (Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood)--I love this name and I love this character. And I will be naming my first daughter Viviane.
2. Hemingway--This is my favorite author and I will definitely be giving my first son this for a middle name. The first name will be Jackson, in case you're curious. I'm not hoping that he becomes an alcoholic or falls in love with bullfighting. But I really enjoy this author and I think it sounds cool.
3. Lee (East of Eden)--Lee is actually my middle name and it runs in my family, so my first daughter was always going to be a Lee. As it turns out, Lee is also an amazing character in Steinbeck's East of Eden. He's a very wise character, who makes me even prouder of my middle name. He has some of the best lines in the novel.
4. Adele (Legend of Bagger Vance)--Actually, I got this one from the film, which was way better than the book in so many ways, the least of which is that this character was more of a presence in the film. You can dock me points on this one, but it's my list, so there. I think it's a perfectly Southern little name.
5. Katie Scarlett (Gone With the Wind)--Oh, Katie Scarlett O'Hara. The character I have wanted to be since I was 13 and first read this novel. (I actually saw the movie first, but immediately consumed the book) I think a name like this definitely goes along with a persona. The name just conjures up this amazingly passionate character.
6. Steinbeck--Another favorite author of mine. Obviously, I really like the author's last name as a boy's middle name.
7. Atticus (To Kill a Mockingbird)--This is another name that conjures a persona. I would expect great things of a person whose middle name was Atticus.
8. Mackenzie (Peyton Place)--This is actually in homage to one of my favorite novels. The mother-daughter female leads have MacKenzie for a last name. This name would be more about the novel than about a particular love for certain characters. But I really like the way the novel confronted the American opinion of itself. It's no Hemingway novel, but it has a great story.
9. Holden (Catcher in the Rye)--I know. People generally want to smack Holden and tell him to get over himself (with various expletives as part of that sentence). However, I think it is a great name for a teenager. Most teenagers go through a really annoying brooding phase and when I think of brooding, I think of Holden.
10. Dominique (The Fountainhead)--I absolutely adored this character. I thought that she was very strong, even if she was a bit of a masochist. To me, she exhibits reckless control. This character was a composite of so many contradictions. And I think it rolls so wonderfully off the tip of the tongue.