Top Ten Tuesday – Love Edition

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This was actually an easy topic, since the podcast did an episode about this a while back. Always a fun topic to discuss. 😉

Top Ten Characters I Would Crush On

If I Were Also A Fictional Character

1. David Solomon from Dianne Sylvan’s Shadow World series – I’m not a bit vampire person, not really. Sure, I enjoy a good vampire story as much as the next person, but only if it’s a really good story. The vampires are just a side bonus. This vampire is a bit different. David Solomon is the Prime for the Southern United States, which basically means that he is in charge of all the vampires in his territory. He’s a fair leader, but with a compassionate side which lets him reach out and help Miranda even though she’s just a mortal. Besides that, he’s also a tech geek, with advanced degrees from MIT. And he loves Cherry Garcia ice cream.

2. Etienne St. Clair from Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins – Who didn’t fall in love with St. Clair when the read this book? He’s smart, funny, with a really cute accent. He’s also incredibly sweet and a very loyal friend. Every girl who has ever been the new kid in a new school wishes that a boy like St. Clair came to her rescue.

3. Augustus Waters from The Fault in Our Stars by John Green – There are many guys to choose from when looking at John Green books, and quite frankly, I do love them all. But Gus is a special case. Not only is he able to pull cynical Hazel out of her funk, but he also shows such amazing courage in dealing with terminal illness. Everyone should have a Gus in their lives.

4. Simon Lewis from Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments series – I may be in the minority here, because when reading this series, it’s easy to go after the main heart throb, Jace Wayland. Sure, he’s the brooding, intense type, which appeals to a lot of girls. But I much prefer the loveable geek with a sense of humor. I just have this feeling that hanging out with Simon would be a lot of fun.

5. Simon from Tad Williams’ Memory, Sorrow and Thorn series – I really need to re-read these. It’s been way too long. Simon is your everyday, commonplace boy who has to reach inside himself to become a hero. He may not always be the most brave, but he tries his best to do what’s right. His love for Miri is so sweet and honest, you just want to reach out and hug him.

6. Ash and/or Puck from Julie Kagawa’s Iron Fey series – I love both these faerie boys so much! In so many ways, they are complete opposites, but in others, they are very much the same. Both competing for Meghan’s heart, both cocky but at the same time insecure in her affections. If I had to choose one, I guess I would go with Puck, only because he looked after Meghan for so long and was such a good friend to her.

7. Ivan Smetski from Enchantment by Orson Scott Card – While Card is more well known for his Ender Wiggin books, this was a standalone novel loosely based on the fairy tale “Sleeping Beauty.” It’s a brilliant book, made more so by Ivan, the main character. He’s incredibly intelligent and thoughtful. When he is whisked away to ancient Russia after trying to rescue a sleeping girl from a bear, he has to be braver than he ever thought he could be, living by his wits and overcoming insurmountable odds in order to save the kingdom.

8. Mark Austin from Regina’s Song by David Eddings – Maybe it’s just because we have so much in common, but I’ve always loved Mark. He’s an English major, working on his PhD, for starters. Already you have my attention. But then you see his devotion to Reneta Greenleaf, also known as “Twink,” who has been in a mental institution after the murder of her twin sister. The twins had been like little sisters to Mark, but he really devotes his life for a time trying to help her, and this compassion makes him even more crush worthy.

9. Merlin from Mary Stewart’s Arthurian Saga series – As far as King Arthur stories go, this is one of my favorites. Told from Merlin’s point of view, you get to see just how much trouble Merlin had to go through in order to make Arthur king. It’s really extraordinary. Merlin is quick and funny, but at the same time deadly serious. He has quite a burden on his shoulders, but handles it easily, protecting the line of kings until Arthur ascends the throne.

10. Erik from Phantom by Susan Kay – I’ve talked about this book before on the blog, I’m sure. A retelling of the Phantom of the Opera story, this book opens up the Phantom’s life, making him a real person and not just a legend. What you end up with is this brooding, tortured soul, whose inner darkness is almost hidden due to his genius and brilliance. Not to mention a voice like spun gold. While not the perfect boy to bring home to meet your mother, there is something about Erik that draws everyone to him. He is absolutely captivating.

So there you have it. My literary crushes. What are some of yours?

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5 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday – Love Edition

  1. I wasn’t actually that fond of Anna and the French Kiss but I, too, am guilty on having a bit of a book-crush on Etienne (despite his pretentiously sounding name). He was quite the dreamboat. 🙂

  2. You and I share two of the same men: Augustus Waters and Simon Lewis. I know most girls go for Jace, but I’m a Simon’s girl through and through. Glad to know I’m not alone!

    • Definitely not alone. I almost always go for the sweet, geeky guys instead of the brooding, dangerous ones. I don’t dislike Jace (except when he’s acting like a jerk, which he does from time to time), but I’ll take Simon any day. 😉

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