Last week, Red Room invited our members to blog about their favorite character names in literature. We did this after asking our authors the week before to participate in the First Amendment Project's Character Name Auction, joining Red Room's Andrew Sean Greer, Ayelet Waldman, Dave Eggers, Jane Smiley, Robert Mailer Anderson, and many others in agreeing to name a character in their next book after the highest bidder.
Many bloggers like author Jessica Barksdale Inclán (in "A Good Name Never Hurts") and member Adira Rotstein (in "Favourite Character Name" and "More on Character Names") took the opportunity to meditate on what makes a good character name, and to list many of their favorites. Others, of course, were pleased to name their one favorite, from Philip Marlowe (member Robin Perez) to Ebenezer Scrooge (member Stephanie Loomis, blogging on Red Room for the first time), Red Roomers were captivated by everything about their favorites' names.
A couple of posts stood out:
We laughed at author Joni Rodgers's post about the name Jerusha, a character in James Michener's Hawaii, and hope her daughter will find a way to laugh one day, too. For her first Red Room blog entry, member
Debbie Meldrum vividly brings to life her lower-middle-class Michigan schoolroom and a teacher who inspired her to write a story with a marble as a main character. Enjoy "Roly Poly Head-Over-Heels."
These bloggers will receive books by Red Room authors. Rosanna I. Porter is the author of a delightful series of children's books starring a mouse named Tofu Ling. Her most recent installment, Tofu Ling Sets Sail, was released in August. Loraine Despres created a universe around her memorable named title character in her 2001 novel The Scandalous Summer of Sissy LeBlanc.
You can read all the favorite character name blog posts here. I hope you'll find a few favorites and leave a comment on each one letting the writer know you enjoyed it. All of Red Room's past blog topics are here...please feel free to leave suggestions in the comments for future topics. We welcome your ideas!
–Huntington W. Sharp, Senior Editor, Red Room