Nathan Bransford, Author


Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Which Literary Character Do You Totally Have a Crush On?

First off, I'm very pleased to report that after last month's You Tell Me wherein I sheepishly admitted I had never read LORD OF THE RINGS: this has now been rectified. I even started with The Hobbit. Loved them! That Tolkien guy was a pretty good writer in case you haven't heard.

Now then. This week's You Tell Me is inspired by a question Robin asked in the Forums: which literary character do you have a crush on?

Since it was #towelday yesterday, I'll go with teenage Nathan's choice: Trillian from Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

What about you?






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Atom said...

daisy buchanan

Trish said...

Jonah Griggs from Jellicoe Road.

Josin L. McQuein said...

None of them. That's just weird.

:-)

Arlene said...

Tough one. In high school, it was Heathcliff (from "Wuthering Heights") and Hamlet.

Guess I went for the dark, brooding type. Still do. I wouldn't kick Rhett Butler out of my bed for eating crackers.

Shelley Watters said...

Mr Darcy.

Leah Petersen said...

I think I fall for the crush of my favorite character and want them to get together. I don't think I've crushed on a fictional character since Wesley Crusher in Star Trek.

But I know right now I'm dying to know if Vansen gets the girl in Shadowrise.

*needs her book to come in*

Kiersten White said...

Stephanie Perkins' ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS, out this December, features one of the most crush-worthy love interests EVER. Etienne St. Clair. I called him first, ya'll.

And we can't leave out Mister Darcy, although I kind of had a thing for Mr Wickham until that whole Lydia debacle...eew.

Laura Renegar said...

Wesley, from The Princess Bride

Laura said...

Lucas Davenport from John Sandford's Prey novels. Very disappointed that he's married now. LOL!

Ciara Blount said...

Mercutio.

Also, Crowley from Good Omens.

So, a borderline lunatic and a demon. Bodes well, methinks.

V.M.Pettingill said...

I have a few

Mr Darcy (the obvious choice) from pride & Prejudice.

Brigan from Kristin Cashore's Fire

and Ammar ibn Khairan from Guy Gavriel Kay's Lions of Al-Rassan.

Either of them would be my top pic depending on my mood.

John Ross Harvey said...

As many men are infatuated with the concept of a vampire woman, the one I would love to be with is a Scottish legend from the Nicolas Flamel series by Michael Scott, Scatach, a vegetarian vampire with a knack for weaponry. The always young look and long red hair and tight clothes wouldn't hurt either.

I have not read LOTR or Hobbit, it was a clique in JH/HS so I was not a clique kid. Do read James Owen's Here There Be Dragon's where JRRT is a character.

Laura Renegar said...

Oops. I mean Westley from The Princess Bride. :)

Amanda Cobb said...

FitzChilvalry Farseer from Robin Hobb's Farseer and Tawny Man trilogies.

(though if I want to be really cliché, I will also admit to crushing on Mr. Darcy from P&P)

The Pollinatrix said...

Oh, man, it's Aragorn, for sure! And I must add that Viggo Mortensen as Aragorn was perfection.

ratherlovely said...

Young Jolyon Forsyte from The Forsyte Saga. Completely and utterly in love with him.

Jen Forbus said...

Robert Crais' Elvis Cole, Chris Grabenstein's John Ceepak, and Linda Fairstein's Mike Chapman

Simon C. Larter said...

Lady Brett Ashley from The Sun Also Rises. That gal knew how to have a good time.

Would The Silk Spectre from Watchmen count as a literary character? I say yes. So, um, her too.

Terry Odell said...

Literary? Like in assigned high school reading? None that I can recall.

But in everyday, generic, commercial fiction, give me JD Robb's Roarke any day. I like him more than the heroes I create--which is probably sad.

Wilkie said...

After we finish Tale of Two Cities, my freshmen have huge crushes on Sydney Carton. I have a crush on Marc Antony . . . but that's kind after seeing young Marlon Brando play him, so that may not count.

Sara Martin said...

Gale from the Hunger Games. Definitely the strong silent type.

Ken Hannahs said...

Becky Sharp

Sandy Shin said...

Howl from Diana Wynne Jones' HOWL'S MOVING CASTLE and Mairelon from Patricia C. Wrede's MAIRELON THE MAGICIAN.

jpetroroy said...

Gilbert Blythe

T. Anne said...

From the "Mark of the Lion" series by Francine Rivers, Marcus. And from the "Outlander" series by Diana Gobble-up-all-my-time (Gabaldon) Jamie Fraser. And from Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick, Patch.

I might be back to site more. This question will plague me all day. Sadly, I will enjoy this. Is there a prize at stake for my hormonal reading superpowers?

Harley D. Palmer said...

I have to pick just one? Umm, I'd have to go with Commander Riker..oh yea - but with the beard! Without it, that was just sad. But Captain Picard was definitely there too - so I had double fun watching Star Trek, TNG.

Bonnie Jean said...

Holden Caulfield :D

Danyelle Ferguson said...

It's a tie between Mr. Darcy (yeah, yeah - you've heard that before right?) or Dimitri from The Vampire Academy.

Mel Bossa said...

SODAPOP CURTIS !

SB said...

My first choice would of course be Mr. Darcy.

But I think I pick a crush from each of my favorite addictive books. I totally love Aragorn from LOTR, Ford Prefect from HHGTTG (and sometimes Zaphod), Sirius from Harry Potter, Mr. Thornton from North & South ... Oh boy -- I am easy to win over. ;)

GalaktioNova said...

A crush on? Oh, totally Aragorn :-)))

Thanks for asking, I finally got him out of my system :-))

Cat Woods said...

I'm with Sara on Gale from the Hunger Games.

My daughter and I fight about this one all the time. I know, kinda creepy, but hey, he's not real even if he does make my heart go pitter patter.

Christy said...

Mr. Wickham was fun - he had a whole "bad boy" thing going on.
I love the bravery of Peekay from The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay - And Stephen Dorff in the movie only helped along my crush.
And I'm a sucker for a search for redemption, so I loved Ed Kennedy from I Am The Messenger by Markus Zusak.

jujohnson said...

Oh, I get crushes on characters all the time! The crush changes/evolves along with my reading...

Right now I am reading through Jason Goodwin's 'Investigator Yashim' series...and I have a thing for Yashim...he's just so 'calm & deep'...

But the perennial favourite is always Mr. Darcy...who always looks like Colin Firth for some reason...*Sigh*

Monica O Kolkman said...

Interested to see that many have a crush on the movieversion of a literary Character.

Talking about Lord of the Rings, my absolute favorite is Sam, but crush... I don´t know.

But I do have a crush on Michael Connelly´s Harry Bosch.

And as a teenager; The Count of Monte Cristo (I think that is the English title)

Samantha Royce said...

Several. Mr. Rochester from Jane Eyre. Sethos, from the Amelia Peabody mystery series (not really literary, I guess, but whatever). And Sydney Carton from A Tale of Two Cities.

Nicole said...

Yesterdy was towel day? Fantastic. I just finished the third book in that series too.

I feel like in my past there was someone that really got me, but I can't think of who that might be.

So instead I'll just go with Julian from L.J. Smith's Forbidden Game Trilogy. I tend to want what I can't (and probably shouldn't) have.

Thomas Sinclair said...

Great question. I'm going to go with my teen years, too, and make it a toss up between Galadriel from Lord of the Rings and Queen Ehlana from the Elenium.

Maya said...

One more vote for Mr. Darcy! But is it cheating if you're picturing Colin Firth?

huntsmanic said...

Jeanne Green, Arthur's editor in Youngblood Hawke.

Nikki Hootman said...

Sherlock Holmes is my dude.

D. G. Hudson said...

Legolas Greenleaf, of the Elves in FOTR (or was it Orlando Bloom that I meant?)

Second: the humanoid robot, Daneel Olivaw in Asimov's Robot Series.

The fact that we like these characters so much means the writers did a great job of creating memorable fiction characters. That's my goal, too.

lora96 said...

In school I crushed on Heathcliff, Cal from East of Eden, and Gilbert Blythe.

Now I crush on Col. Brandon from Sense and Sensibility, Lan from my husband's Wheel of Time books, and a little crush on Katsa in Graceling.

Sara Martin said...

Cat - I know! I want to like Peeta because he's been so good to Katniss, but Gale is sexier. I'm dying to see how that works out in the last book (August 24th!)

Gerri said...

Saetan, Lucivar, and Daemon from Dark Jewels Trilogy by Anne Bishop.

Don't make me choose. I won't!

Emily Anderson said...

I know it's clique, but Mr. Darcy and Holden Caulfield and Ron Weasley (or maybe George). I have a literary crush on Markus Zusak, as in I'm in love with his writing and would eat up anything he wrote.

paperwitch said...

I agree to Aragorn, Mr. Darcy and Gilbert Blythe. <3 <3 <3

and though I don't have a girlcrush on her I totally digg "Lisbeth Salander" from Stieg Larsson's Millenium books. Though chick with a brain - gotta love her!

Bittersweet Fountain said...

I'm going to go true nerd style here with my answers.

In middle school it was Wedge Antilles (as characterized in Stackpole's X-Wing Series of course).

In high school and still until today it is Mat Cauthon from WoT. He's just pure awesomeness.

Lori Benton said...

Time traveler Roger MacKenzie from Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series.

Kimberly Kincaid said...

I crush on my own characters all the time! But I've got a niggling feeling that that doesn't count (yet), so...

Oh, Ciara, would you consider sharing Mercutio? Although I might be a little bit of a Lysander girl, myself. Crossing plays, I know. But I can't decide. I do love me some Shakespeare!

Since I am so fickle that my answer changes weekly, depending on what I'm reading, I'll go with my latest literary crush. I read Water for Elephants and wanted to leap into the book just so I could jump in front of Jacob shrieking "I'm your girl!".

Does that count? ;)

MJR said...

Mr. Darcy forever!

and I wouldn't mind running across the moors with Heathcliff

Jane Harmony said...

Fang. Maximum Ride series. Juvenile, yes.

Also, the guy in Crown Duel...and Eugenides from Megan Whalen Turner's books...

But head over heels over Fang.

Jane Harmony said...

Oooooh, someone said Gilbert Blythe.

<3 <3 <3

Rebecca Ramsey said...

Atticus Finch.

Donna Hole said...

It changes from time to time, but I guess consistently Terry Goodkind's Richard Rahl, from THE SWORD OF TRUTH series.

Not the TV series version, though. The novel version.

.......dhole

Tamara said...

It's been said, already, but Fitzwilliam Darcy for sure!

John Ross Harvey said...

A good friend's book (ok my pen-name Nahtan Hoj) When A Stand Up Guy Meets A Sold Out Girl has a pop diva redhead called Suzy Cube, ultra hot & sexy concert scenes. A few other's well worth reading.

J. Koyanagi said...

Crake from Margaret Atwood's Oryx and Crake, and Casimira from Catherynne Valente's Palimpsest.

Anonymous said...

Reuven Malter from The Chosen.

Laura Miller Edwards said...

Darcy, Roland of King's Dark Tower series, Constantine from McKinley's Sunshine, and (hides) a little maybe kind of Harry Potter?

jenny wilson said...

a tie between Heathcliff and Patrick Kenzie from the Dennis Leanne novels

Dee said...

Henry Winter, from Donna Tartt's Secret History.

If I have to choose someone who is not bordering on psychotic, I'd probably say Aragorn.

patlaff said...

Laura Croft. Not sure she counts as literary, though.

Michelle said...

The teenage me had a crush on an entire book of boys (Ponyboy Curtis, Soda Pop . . . DALLY!!) this obsession increased after the Outsiders came out!!! What a boatload of hotties in that film!

Grown up me goes for the classics: Darcy, Rochester and Mr. Knightley (bbc Emma--have you seen it? *swoons*) But Richard Armitage as Mr. Thorton from North and South is the very tip top of my list!

Now I'm filled with guilt--today is my 20th Anniversary, and I'm VERY happily married!

Note to single guys looking for love: Buy yourself a white poet's shirt and grow a pair of sideburns!

Arlene said...

How could I have forgotten Lestat from Anne Rice's "The Vampire Lestat"?

Read that one first, and totally fell in love with him. When I went back to read "Interview with the Vampire," I thought Louis was a whiner.

heather said...

Put me in with the Gale Hawthorn gals! Peeta's got nothing on him.

Also, Tom Henderson from King dork, and Karl Shoemaker from Tales of the Madman Underground.

Ez said...

Mr. Darcy for sure. Can't help it.

WriterGirl said...

the first that came to mind was Dr Wilbur Larch from the cider house rules by john irving. i can't explain it. fred and george weasley kinda do it for me too. gotta love a man who can make you laugh

Stephanie said...

HMMMMMM... Definitely JACE WAYLAND/MORGENSTERN from the Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare. :))))))))))

WriterGirl said...

how could i forget! i kind of have a thing for sookie from charlaine harris's southern vampire series- she's just so feisty and funny

mary said...

Hmm...the Scarlet Pimpernel and Lord Peter Wimsey. Both British. Both yummy.

Intern Anonymous said...

Charlie from The Year of Secret Assignments (and the upcoming Ghosts of Ashbury High) by Jaclyn Moriarty. He can kick a pebble with me any day.

Rebecca said...

Cuthbert Allgood from Stephen King's The Dark Tower series. I was sick to my stomach when I read his death scene.

Taryn Tyler said...

I pretty much considered myself engaged to Christopher Heron from Elizabeth Marie Pope's Perilous Guard for many years.

katieleigh said...

Definitely Aragorn. And Gilbert Blythe.

Amethyst said...

Rhett Butler- Gone with the Wind
Mr. Darcy- Pride and Prejudice
Ethan- Something Blue
Cadvan- The Pellinor Series by Allison Croggon

:)

abc said...

Sara, Cat, and Heather: I'm totally a Peeta (Hunger Games) girl. I mean the teenage girl inside me is. He is the loveliest! And he makes mean cake.

KaT said...

Mr. Darcy's good. Heathcliff though... be still my heart...

Beth said...

Mr. Darcy is just too easy for me. Perhaps Jamie from Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series. I love a man with an accent - preferably British ;)

And, though I may be stoned, Edward from Twilight.

jjdebenedictis said...

Severus Snape.


WHAT?!? Shampoo is easily obtained.

Vivi Anna said...

Hmm, let's see...

Aragorn from LOTR
Severus Snape from Harry Potter
John Taylor from Simon Green's Nightside series
Bones from Jeaniene Frost's Night Huntress series

Katy said...

George Emerson from A Room With A View.

Mayowa said...

Sarah Palin from Going Rogue...absolutely fictional and absolutely crushworthy.

A.B. Fenner said...

Can I just say that it's a credit to your blog-followers, Nathan, that the number of Edward and/or Jacob votes are excessively low? :D

My current literary crush is Jonathan Strange from Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell. A guy who intentionally courts madness as a method for freeing his imprisoned wife...while wearing a cravat? Yes, please! Mmm, lovely.

Anonymous said...

Father Amadi in Chimanda Ngozi Adichie's "Purple Hibiscus"

Erica Woo said...

I developed an odd crush on Peter Walsh when reading Mrs. Dalloway. Who wouldn't love an emotionally stunted guy who'sobsessed with knives and in love with a married woman?

And I have to agree with V.M.Pettingill: Ammar ibn Khairan from Guy Gavriel Kay's Lions of Al-Rassan :)

Gretchen said...

Jamie Frasier from The Outlander Series. Could a man be any sexier? I hope this series never gets made into a movie because no actor could do justice to the Jamie of my imagination.

Mira said...

Fun topic. It's only been up an hour, and already over 80 responses. :)

Ged from Wizard of Earthsea

Mr. Knightly from Emma.

Um, I should also say I'm sort of weird. I like the wise, sage types. Dumbledore and Lupin from Harry Potter and Gandalf from LOTR. (The books, not the movies, very important.)

For sheer hotness, the two men from Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum novels: Joe Morelli and Ranger. Probably wouldn't be my type in real life, but love them in the books.

Mira said...

Oh, and what on earth is towelday?

Kasey said...

I'm going to have to go with a few.

Wes from The Truth About Forever
Jonah Griggs from Jellicoe Road
Mr. Darcy from Pride and Prejudice

Kersley Fitzgerald said...

I have to say Remus Lupin--from the book, not the movie.

Dawn said...

Definitely Wesley from the Princess Bride and I'd have to go with J.D. Robb's Roarke.

smcelrath said...

Eugenides from Megan Whalen Turner's The Thief, Queen of Attolia, King of Attolia, and Conspiracy of Kings.

He's whiny, irritating, loyal, and absolutely brilliant.

Erika Marks said...

Great post.

My first great book crush was Will from John Christopher's Tripod Series/The White Mountains.

John Baron said...

Elphaba from Wicked.

Emily Anderson said...

Heathcliff? Crake? I'm shocked by some of these answers. But Severus Snape, that I get. I kind of have a crush on him too (okay, I have a t-shirt with his name on. I'm not obsessed or anything).

swampfox said...

Only my wife, Elizabeth. She's the only one I ever had a crush on, in movies, books, or real life.

(Come on, now, for all I know she might be reading this blog, too.)

Kate said...

Mr. Darcy forever. Hello. Also Captain Wentworth from Persuasion.

I kinda had a thing for Llewelyn Moss when I read No Country for Old Men. He's resourceful. I like that in a man, what can I say.

Most recently, Domingo Roque from All Roads Lead Me Back to You. Also resourceful.

I know it's sick, but like others, I have a crush on a character of my own creation. Calculating, womanizing bastard that he is.

Jil said...

I'll go for Heathcliffe or Mr Rochester.
Oh, passion!

Anonymous said...

Holden Caulfield

Emily White said...

I know I'm going to get laughed at for this, but I don't care.

Edward Cullen

And for the longest time, my literary crush was Frodo Baggins. What can I say? I don't mind hairy feet.

wonderer said...

Like Sandy @ 10:42, Mairelon has long been one of my favourites.

More recently, Will Laurence and Temeraire from His Majesty's Dragon. Yes, both of them. Yes, I know one's a dragon. I don't care.

word ver - strict

Sarah said...

I was going to go with Mr. Darcy (from by P&P) and Bridget Jones's Diary and Howard Roark from the Fountainhead until I was reminded of my first literary crush -- Gilbert Blithe. Wait, is it weird that I have more than one?

Sugar said...

hmmm...I would say Jamie Fraser from the outlander series!!! mmmmm sexy scottishmen in kilts yummyyyy

crawshawus said...

Heathcliff is irresistable depite being despicable.

Alyson said...

Hamlet. Madness is sexy, it really is. (Which explains my thing for Mercutio a while back...)

But there's always Remus Lupin. I like the bookish ones.

Lauren said...

I have a realllly longstanding crush on Quentin Compson from Faulkner's The Sound and the Fury and Absalom, Absalom! I've always had a thing for that whole intelligent-but-tortured type.

My most recent crush is on James Sveck from Peter Cameron's Someday This Pain Will Be Useful To You. Totally tortured, and a grammar nazi to boot. What's not to love?

Amanda said...

It would definately have to be Benedict from Zelazny's Nine Princes in Amber.

I also second Fitzchivalry Farseer and Aragorn.

They have one thing in common: dark, brooding, dangerous men.

Amanda said...

And what is it with everybody and Mr. Darcy? I don't get it.

nomadshan said...

Llewelyn of North Wales, as written by Sharon Kay Penman. Man of action when necessary, words when necessary.

writermorris said...

Oliver - Call Me By Your Name
Dream - the Sandman series

meredithmansfield said...

I'd have to agree with Aragorn. And even Mr. Darcy. However . . .

Maybe it just reflects my recent reading, but give me Dag Redwing Hickory Oleana from Lois McMaster Bujold's SHARING KNIFE series.

Tall, dark. Not really quite handsome. Gotta love those beat up characters who just keep on anyway.

sex scenes at starbucks said...

Sam. No Dean. No Sam.

Ah hell, can I pick two?

Okay, kidding. But I do want to pick two: the twins from Harry Potter.

Noni said...

I totally agree with Laura, Westley from The Princess Bride ftw.

And I have a thing for Jace from the Mortal Instruments series.

And Ian from the Host.

And there's always Mr. Darcy

And Neville Longbottom(the 7th book version)

Kari said...

SANDY SHINN AND JANE HARMONY totally stole my choices!!! I was going to say Howl from Howl's Moving Castle or Vidanric from Crown Duel!! those are my 2 major crushes.

cheekychook said...

Oliver Barrett IV (Love Story)

Charlee Vale said...

These have already been said before, but: Jace Morgenstern is definately one of the most fascinating and 'crushworthy' characters I've read in a while. (Mortal Instruments, Cassandra Clare)

Also Jace from The Hunger games. (Mockingbird August 24th *Girlish Scream*)

But my choice for true bad boy is Patch from Hush, Hush. (Becca Fitzpatrick)

Kimber An said...

Do I have to choose only one?

Luke Skywalker (if I ignore the whining)
Anakin Skywalker (ditto, it's genetic)
Lucius Malfoy
Jack (Titanic)
Legoles
Anakin Skywalker
Jim Kirk (new movie)
Draco Malfoy
Anakin Skywalker
Chekov (new movie)
Lucius Malfoy
Lady Galadriel's husband
My Sweet Westley (Princess Bride)
Anakin Skywalker
Draco Malfoy
Jack (Titanic)
Obi Wan Kenobi
Legoles

Honorable Mentions (non-blonds)

QuiGon Jin
Rick O'Connel (the Mummy)
J (Men in Black)
Cedric Diggory
George of the Jungle
Gilbert Blythe
Han Solo
Mr. Sulu
Inigo Montoya

Okay, so some of those come out of the novelizations of movies, but, hey, they're still books!

E.D. Lindquist said...

Like Leah, I'd have to go with Ferras Vansen from Shadowmarch. Not exactly a crush, but it's close.

Writer's Block said...

I would have to say Roland from the Dark Tower Series. Both the young Roland and the old Roland.

Misty said...

I know we're all going for the 'cool kid answer' but when did it become cool to throw rocks at Edward Cullen? Quit trying to re-kill my boyfriend.

Courtney said...

James Alexander Malcolm MacKenzie Fraser - Outlander series (Diana Gabaldon). Oh. Yeah.

And Roger and Ian from said series are also very crush-worthy.

Someone nominated Lisbeth Salander for a girl crush award. I concur.

Sissy said...

Any hero from a Jane Austen novel is right there on top! She knew how to write men that women would think about for generations.

James Bond. Sigh.

And, I have to say, I actually like Dirk Pitt from the Clive Cussler novels. It may not be high literature, but the character sure is entertaining.

Tracy said...

Dimitri Belikov from Richelle Mead's, Vampire Academy. I *heart* him big time!

robin said...

Gilbert Blythe was my first literary crush.

Others since then -- Harry Potter, Numair (Tamora Pierce's books), Adam (A RING OF ENDLESS LIGHT).

Rowenna said...

Gilbert Blythe--because he stayed so beautifully in love with Anne even when she was going grey (Rilla of Ingleside, anyone? And speaking of--Ken Ford is pretty crushworthy, too.)

And Robbie from Atonement. Because he was awkward, and I find that endearing.

And I'd say Rhett Butler, but what I mean is Clark Gable, so that's just not fair :)

veela-valoom said...

George from Tamora Pierce. Yep she writes some good guys.

rebekahg22 said...

I'd have to go with Jericho Barrons from Karen Marie Moning's Fever series.

And I also admit to a crush on Mr. Darcy as well as Julian from the Forbidden Game Series.

pensees said...

I loved Jamie Fraser (Outlander) so much, I had to write a book so I could make my own Scottish Highlander! So, maybe Aiden MacRae from Between is my favorite now. Still, I will always love Jamie (and I see I am not alone on this thread!). :)
Cyndi

Jan said...

Elvis Cole and Harry Dresden.

Kimber An said...

No need to apologize for Edward Cullen, though I preferred him as Cedric Digory. Very cute for a brown-haired guy.

Once I get around to reading Twilight, I'm sure Carlisle Cullen will make an impression on me, judging from the movie trailers.

Kimber An said...

Aragorn!

meg said...

call me old, call me boring, but I have a thing for Ian Rankin's Inspector Rebus...

Kate said...

Fitzwilliam Darcy, of course.

And though he doesn't technically count, Captain Malcolm "Mal" Reynolds.

Karli Dunlin said...

I have to say-- Favorite guy characters? Telemain from Patricia C. Wrede's Enchanted Forest Chronicles or Artemis Fowl.
(Although Sam (LotR) and Edward Ferrars (Sense and Sensibility) are on the list as well.)

meg said...

Okay Nathan as Mal probably not, but how about as Richard Castle. His book was published....

Magdalena Munro said...

Matthew Paris in Barry Unsworth's Sacred Hunger although the emotions that swept over me were more akin to love (really!) than crush. I think I'll go re-read the last few chapters in this utterly magnificent historical novel and weep.

Marie Lu said...

Sydney Carton from Tale of Two Cities! (Also, Mr. Darcy, but obviously every girl does....)

Peter Pan (arrogant, flirtatious, mischievous, the spirit of youth? Can't resist...)

Silk from David Eddings' Belgariad/Mallorean series (gotta love a brilliant, witty thief)

Marie Lu said...

Forgot one...

Sherlock Holmes!! (and yes, even BEFORE he was played by Robert Downey Jr. :) )

Snarky Writer said...

High brow answer: Colonel Brandon

Not-quite-so-high brow answer: Eric Northman

*swoon*

Dawn said...

I think everyone underestimates Captain Wentworth from Jane Austen's Persuasion. He's competition for Mr. Darcy!

Betsy Ashton said...

Current era: Vince Flynn's Mitch Rapp, Lee Child's Jack Reacher, 24's Jack Bauer.

Classic era: Prince Genji and Lady Murasaki from The Tale of Genji

jtb said...

Emma Bovary

Mel said...

Mr. Darcy

Marsha Sigman said...

Damon Salvatore from Vampire Diaries, novels by L.J. Smith.

See...not just a tv show so I can totally choose him!

Livia said...

Haplo from the death gate cycle. I have this thing for tortured souls.

I spent last weekend reworking a romance arc in my manuscript. I got really into it, and now I have a crush on the male love interest, to the point where I was feeling jumpy and having trouble sleeping last weekend. My body thought I was in an actual relationship. What would you call that -- method writing?

Sara said...

I'm torn bewteen Roarke from J. D. Robb's In Death series and Jondalar from Auel's Earth's Childrens series.

hannah said...

Noel from the THE BOYFRIEND LIST series. Mmmm.

Rick Daley said...

Ayla

K.L. Brady said...

Mr. Darcy (as personified by Colin Firth--yum!)

Tennyson Hardwick-Just cuz Blair Underwood looks so great under the covers...errr...I mean ON the cover. lol

Ludmila said...

Prince Andrey Bolkonsky from "War and Peace"

Maria said...

Mr. Rochester from Jane Eyre and Captain Wentworth from Persuasion.

"Jane! Jane!..." I love it.

Kelly Wittmann said...

Ashley Wilkes. My stirring apologia at link:

http://www.fiveagentsandafuneral.com/2010/04/characters-i-love-ashley-wilkes-gone.html

The Vintage Reader said...

I still think Ned Nickerson is dreamy.

Lexi said...

Nice girls like bad boys, clearly...but I'm amazed no one has yet mentioned Mr Knightley, from Emma.

Virginia McGarity said...

Travis McGee

Misty Waters said...

First and foremost . . . JZ Barrons from Karen Marie Moning's Fever Series. Yum.

Second . . . Dimitri in the Vampire Academy series. Uh, hello?

And, finally, I'm not scared to admit to a little Edward Cullen love.

Anonymous said...

John Galt from Atlas Shrugged

Any character young Brando or Hugh Jackman played.

Edward Cullen and Jasper Cullen

The bad brother in the Vampire Diaries

Dylan Thomas

Count Dracula and Bram Stoker from Dracula's Guest

(okay, I loves me some bad boys and wild Irish ones)

Mr. Darcy (and some good manly mens with nice digs -you bettcha- and eyes for only me)

My own novel characters drive me wild.

And my husband. Divine crush made real.

Ideas Man, Ph.D. said...

1) Agnes from Immortality (Milan Kundera)
2) Ophelia
3) Tess of the Durbervilles
4) Vina Aspara from The Ground Beneath Her Feet (Salman Rushdie)
5) Diotima
6) Cordelia, in Diary of a Seducer (S. Kierkegaard)

Ok, my tastes are a little odd perhaps.

Jen P said...

I know I'll have to share....
as a tween: Gilbert Blythe
Mr. Darcy
Jamie (Outlander series - Diana Gabaldon)
Jack Ryan - Tom Clancy
Goethe (OK, I know he was the author, but he wrote about himself in Italian Journey among other works)

@Mira - towel day - late and great Douglas Adams celebration

Kelly said...

Jake Brigance from A Time to Kill. Then I saw the movie and it only deepened my crush!

My twelve year old literary (oh, and then movie!)crush was definitely Ponyboy Curtis. And Two-Bit because he was so funny. And Dally because he was dangerous.

Ashlee said...

Darcy and Faramir (he and Sam are my LOTR favorites). Now, my biggest fictional character crush is Daniel Jackson, closely followed by Han Solo, but those are television and movies.

Pat said...

Uhtred from Bernard Cornwell's Saxon Tales, and if you haven't read them they would be a perfect follow-up to LOTR. Welcome to the REAL Middle Earth.

Also Richard Sharpe from Cornwell's Sharpe series, but that could actually be because of Sean Bean's portrayal in the t.v. show. He looks quite fetching in that battered green jacket....

Amanda Borenstadt said...

Snape

(and happy belated Towel Day )

Pen said...

I have a massive crush on one of my own characters at the moment - sigh, what can I say.

Otherwise I'd have to agree with a few of the choices already posted.

LOTR - Legolas
Princess Bride - Westley
The Scarlet Pimpernel
Pride & Prejudice - Mr Darcy

Icy Roses said...

True facts: Percy Jackson.

I am ridiculous.

Amanda said...

If he's appeared in a Jane Austen novel, chances are I've had it bad for at least a chapter. Even scummy characters like Wickham.
I am also unswervingly devoted to Mr. Guppy in Bleak House. Not sure what's going on with that...

Tori said...

There have been so many over the years, but the first that comes to mind (probably because I just read about him) is Rosto the Piper from Tamora Pierce's Beka Cooper book. I just love law breakers :)

ee hershey said...

Rhett Butler. I DO give a damn!!

February Grace said...

Sir Percival Blakeney, Baronet...(AKA The Scarlet Pimpernel)

though I gotta admit, Edward Rochester had me in my teens.

Must be that Rational/Idealist dynamic that Keirsey writes about and that Stephen Montgomery wrote extensively about Eyre and Rochester in his book about Temperament and Idealist relationship 'Pygmalion Projects'

What? What's that you say? My 'geek' showing?

Yikes.

Nancy said...

I'm totally going with Jamie Frasier from The Outlander Series, too...that man is incredibly delicious! But, I have to give a nod to David Langston of Gene Stratton Porter's The Harvester...he's so sweet and gracious and intelligent and kind and I find that very sexy. He's the first character I ever had a crush on--Mom read the book to us while we were on vacation in MI...too many years ago!

Runny Thinker said...

Erm, Nathan...you've been reading my tweets, haven't you?
"@Calbion I was faintly in love with Trillian. Ok, more than faintly. @SarahSiddons
9:40 AM May 25th via web in reply to Calbion"
We are clearly men of impeccable taste.

Shell said...

As a teenager, Alaric Morgan from the Deryni books. Early twenties, Richard, from Georgette Heyer's Corinthian. Also Alexand from MK Wren's The Phoenix Legacy. And always and forever Aragornfrodosam, the truest three-way tie of all time.

elementalmoon said...

It would have to be Fitzwilliam Darcy from Pride and Prejudice. I fell in love with his character the first time I read the book and pretty much every incarnation sense has yet to change that. Overall, one of my favorite books of all time :D

jtwebster books said...

Mr.Darcy - of course. Heathcliff and Aragorn. Jamie Fraser from The Outlander series and Nathaniel Bonner from Sara Donati's series.

Melissa Pearl said...

I have way too many. I guess I fall in love easily :)

- Atretes from the Mark of the Lion series. I know he was a total grump, but a very delicious one
- Jamie from Outlander series - he's impossible not to fall for
- Don't hate me for saying this, but I totally fell for Edward while reading Twilight
- I've just read the Kissed by an Angel trilogy and found Tristan pretty appealing as well

That's enough for now :)

lovejoy said...

I'd marry Robbie from Atonement, (What a great guy! And he wants to be a doctor!!!) and cheat with Bendrix from The End of the Affair.

Jaimi said...

Takeshi Kovacs from Richard Morgan's SF novels. The fact that he can change bodies only adds to the fun, although I can see why it's been hard to get that movie made!

mrsktj said...

Oh gosh....with minimal sweek talk I'd easily give it up for Draco Malfoy.

Whirlochre said...

Ever the champion of the hideously disfigured and psychologically troubled otherworldly overdog, I'll go with Cthulhu.

sally apokedak said...

OK if anyone has read the books, they'll think I'm weird but I have to go with Dobro Turtlebane from Jonathan Rogers' Wilderking trilogy. I just adore that boy.

Deniz Bevan said...

Gilbert Blythe from the Anne of Green Gables series. Hey, there's ten others who feel the way I do!

And Dickon from The Secret Garden.

Besides Aragorn and Jamie Fraser of course :-)

KM Fawcett said...

James Alexander Malcolm Mackenzie Fraser (Jamie from Diana Gabaldon's Outlander)

jen-lehmann said...

Gilbert Blythe, no question. Mr. Darcy and Peeta and Gale give some pretty tough competition, but mostly because I really, really like them for the characters they belong with. (I'm totally torn on the Peeta/Gale debate.) Gilbert is the one I wish could make his way out of the pages.

Danielle Thorne said...
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Danielle Thorne said...

Jack Aubrey, from POST CAPTAIN, the Master and Commander series by Patrick O'Brian (and this time I didn't misspell "captain"--duh!

Dianne said...

Jamie Fraser

Chantelle said...

I'm going to quote T.Anne and say Marcus too (from Francine Rivers' books). And then, of course there's always Julian from the Forbidden Game trilogy by L.J.Smith (my ultimate crush, who wouldn't love him?) And then Fred and George from the Harry Potter series <3

Genevieve said...

James Alexander Malcolm Mackenzie Fraser from Diana Gabaldon's "Outlander" series. No competition.
Ahhhhh Jamie.

Tambra said...

Acheron Parthenopaus, "Ash" from Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dark-Hunter series.

And Harry Dresden from Jim Butcher's, Dresden Files.

Hugs,
Tambra

A.J. Cattapan said...

Gilbert Blythe, of course!

Smart, funny, cute, a "do-gooder" without being a "goody two-shoes" . . . what's not to love?

Juanita said...

♥ Gilbert Blythe ♥
Wesley from Princess Bride
Oh, and Odd Thomas.
It's so easy to crush on a character but is it really sad to have a bit of a crush on a character you've created? I'm guilty of that :-S

P.A.Brown said...

I think I'd have to say Elvis Cole in Robert Crais's mysteries.

Benison said...

Prince Andrei Bolkonsky from 'War & Peace'. Mr Darcy is a mere pale shadow.

Liam said...

Maia (werewolf chick) from Cassandra Clare's The Mortal Instruments. This girl kicks ass.

Isabelle Lightwood (not a werewolf chick) from the same series. Also kicks ass, but with a whip.

Felisa said...

I am obviously late in the game on this one (and evidently really do need to get around to reading Pride and Prejudice).

Definitely Lord Peter Wimsey

(Though seeing several references to Gilbert Blythe made me smile.)

Trish said...

Rhett Butler from Gone With The Wind of course.

jef said...

Raylan Givens...way before JUSTIFIED became a TV series...

Deniz Bevan said...

Oh yes, I'll third that notion - Lord Peter Wimsey, definitely!

Anonymous said...

Peeta Mellark! From The Hunger Games series.

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