In response to alphabooks, I started thinking about characters with names beginning with some of the more obscure letters of the alphabet, which led me (naturally, since most things do) to Diana Wynne Jones. I got to thinking some more, and I've decided to try to make an alphabet of characters (place names in a pinch *if I have to*) from her books.s i
There are, of course, plenty of names I could have chosen for a lot of the letters; I tried to have some representative distribution across books. "X" is my major failure - I can't think of an X name. And my other rule for myself was: NO PEEKING. No looking in books - this is all from memory. So if there's an X, even an obscure one, it isn't lodged in my memory accessibly enough.
it was fun to compile. I may play with similar lists in the future, simply as a kind of game to relax my brain after pummeling it to do dissertation work.
Chrestomanci (of course!)
Vivian Smith/ Venturus/Vierran (so many V-names, which is unusual; I had to include a few)
Xanadu structures in The Merlin Conspiracy (I can NOT think of any X names - suggestions?)