Top Ten Most Unfortunate Character Names

“None of us want to be in calm waters all our lives.”

Jane Austen

These names speak for themselves, I think.

  1. Oedipa Maas – The Crying of Lot 49, Thomas Pynchon. 
  2. Nobby Nobbs – Guards! Guards!, Terry Pratchett.
  3. Moist von Lipwig – Going Postal, Terry Pratchett.
  4. Dick Musgrove – Persuasion, Jane Austen. (There’s actually a joke about this in the novel, incredibly.)
  5. Magrat Garlick – Wyrd Sisters, Terry Pratchett.
  6. Willy Wonka – Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl.
  7. Renesmee Cullen – Breaking Dawn, Stephenie Meyer. WHAT.
  8. Veil – Outcast of Redwall, Brian Jacques. Just why?
  9. Aunt Fanny – Five on a Treasure Island, Enid Blyton. I’m sorry, but, really, no-one can read this book any more without sniggering.
  10. Bilious, the oh god of hangovers – Hogfather, Terry Pratchett.

(The theme for this post was suggested by the Broke and the Bookish’s weekly meme Top Ten Tuesday.)

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