Literary crushes - who would you date?

Last updated 08:15 27/07/2012

I've been a book geek my entire life. It made for interesting times, especially as an awkward teenager trying to fit into the insane circus that was high school. Being a read-a-holic isn't at all like in the movies, where the nerdy girl with the big vocab loosens her ponytail, whips off her glasses and wins over the coolest, hottest guy in town with her brilliant riposte and super-long eyelashes.

For one thing, I went to an all-girls school. Our principal was a nun. At uni I spent far more time reading than partying. So it's no surprise that for a time, the only hotties I crushed on were the ones between the pages of books, or sometimes on the cover. Some were awesome (Rhett Butler), and some not so classy (Fabio; airbrushing has a lot to answer for).

My current literary romantic crushes are eclectic, and will probably change again when I enter another phase of life. In the interest of fairness, I've also done an official survey among my *coughFacebookfriendscough* for crushworthy female characters.

Rhett Butler (Gone With The Wind)

Good lawd, where do I begin? I think his fictional wife, Scarlett O'Hara, described Rhett's draw best: "He looks as if he knows what I look like without my shimmy!" Also, he's well travelled, well read, bitingly sarcastic and there's only one woman in his heart. Which would clearly be me, if I were living in late-19th-century Atlanta and had a 17-inch waist.

T.S Garp (The World According to Garp)

The man is a lunatic in his world view, has a possible mental illness and an unhealthily close relationship with his mother, likes wrestling and cheats on his wife - though that's not one-sided. But he's just so damn likable and brainy despite all these flaws. I know, I know, he's an odd literary crush - we all have them.

Peck as Atticus
  Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch in the movie version of To Kill a Mockingbird.
Atticus Finch (To Kill a Mockingbird)

He defended a black man wrongly accused of rape in the segregated Deep South of the 1930s. Plus, he named his kid Scout, raised her and her brother as a single Dad and faced down the Ku Klux Klan when they threatened to lynch his innocent client. Hot clue that you're getting older - you start crushing on imaginary book characters because they're just so darn responsible.

Anne of Green Gables

Okay, I have to admit I don't quite get this one. Is it the red hair? The freckles? Her superior mothering skills? I think I could understand grown-up Heidi (Swedish milkmaid) but more than one guy in my super-official poll crushed on her. Either I have weird friends, or Anne tugs at some primeval male instinct I can't ever hope to understand.

Stephanie Plum (Janet Evanovich books)

I only have the vaguest idea what a bounty hunter does, and it's mostly thanks to Domino Harvey, a larger-than-life British woman who tracked down criminals for a living and died after overdosing on drugs and drowning in her bathtub - add her to the list of celebrities who should have gone to Rehab with Amy Winehouse. Stephanie Plum seems to be her softer fictional counterpart. All the excitement and looks, minus the addiction problems. 

Honorary mentions go to Peeta from the Hunger Games (soooo sweet, crow several middle-aged ladies), Sherlock Holmes (maybe because Robert Downey Jr plays him in the films), Anna Karenina (again...really?? She threw herself in front of a moving train, people) and Heathcliff from Wuthering Heights (I kinda get it, but he's too tortured for me).

The litmus test of a literary romantic crush, I think, is whether you'd date/be swept away by/have a fling/marry the person in real life. Who are yours?

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easyyyyy   #1   08:38 am Jul 27 2012

Christian Grey... Why... who doesn't want to be the one to tame the complicated handsome man and be taken care of. His jealousy to me shows he cares... i mean hey this is why i get jealous.. his kinky interests aren't that bad and he always makes sure Ana wants to do them... he's "successful" everytime they're intimate. People think he's abusive.. I'd say they haven't been in an abusive relationship because if that's abusive im all for it! He doesn't call her names he doesn't beat her and the only time he hits her pleasures her (except the time with the belt which she wanted him to do) All in all I love Mr Grey!

Cat   #2   08:42 am Jul 27 2012

I would have to go with Sherlock Holmes as well - because of Benedict Cumberbatch in the TV series Sherlock. Also Harry Potter.

Sheryl   #3   08:45 am Jul 27 2012

No problem with this one... 1) Mr Rochester, the original brooding bachelor with a dark secret from Jane Eyre 2) Count Almasy from the English Patient, eaten up against his will by love 3) Mickael Blomkvist from the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trilogy, if only for his legendary love making skills. I might have chosen Jason Bourne but that would have more to do with Matt Damon. Great blog Karen!

kelly   #4   08:52 am Jul 27 2012

Hands down Dean Moriarty!

Noodle   #5   09:05 am Jul 27 2012

In keeping with the Stephanie Plum books; Ranger. How could you not have a crush on him after the descriptions he is given?

Istoba   #6   09:09 am Jul 27 2012

Jamie Fraser from the outlander series. A six foot red haired highlander..mmmm

Crush   #7   09:11 am Jul 27 2012

Definitely crushing on Jack Reacher from the Lee Child novels, and the mad Scottish Ginger Jamie from the Diana Gabaldon time travel series.

La   #8   09:14 am Jul 27 2012

I'm surprised Mr Darcy didn't get a mention. I grew up loving him, and Perry Miller from Emily of New Moon.

Elle   #9   09:18 am Jul 27 2012

1 - Jack Reacher (no, not the movie version, we ARE talking books here!), 2 - Tavi from Jim Butcher's Codex Alera, 3 - Vampire Bill from the Southern Vampires series, and yes, it doesn't hurt that he's played by Stephen Moyer on TV.

JessL   #10   09:24 am Jul 27 2012

I love Stephanie Plum!

Evanovich's novels are such easy reads, great for filling in an afternoon.

I would add Juno from Juno of Taris (Fleur beale) - She is such a determined character you can't help but love her a wee bit! Also Yay, kiwi author

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