As a member of many reading groups, I find it to be a lot of fun when someone gets an obsession with a character that you are also obsessed with. And when you have so many feelings about them that you are left swooning (or utterly devastated when something happens to them)… well, that’s just plain literary magic. Jane Austen would not be who she is in history without having created Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy… admit it. There are lists specifically dedicated to who played Mr. Darcy best (clearly it’s Matthew MacFayden… sorry Colin Firth)… if that doesn’t show our level of endearment to ONE character, take a few moments to google ‘book boyfriend’ for yourself. Go on, I’ll wait.
For fun yesterday, I setup a poll in my biggest reading group and asked for their top book boyfriends and girlfriends. Today, we’ll reveal the book boyfriends. Tomorrow we’ll do the Gal-entine’s Day edition. 😉
I started the boyfriend poll with ten options, but allowed people to add more… it grew to over 60, and accrued over 800 votes in less than 12 hours. Whew! Love my reading friends and their passion.
And we’re off!
Kaz Brekker – Six of Crows & Crooked Kingdom – created by Leigh Bardugo
I would have come for you. And if I couldn’t walk, I’d crawl to you, and no matter how broken we were, we’d fight our way out together-knives drawn, pistols blazing. Because that’s what we do. We never stop fighting.
Kaz is one of my favorite anti-heroes. He’s dark. He’s broody. He’s got a horrid case of PTSD, but even still, with his glove covered hands that would be happier to never see the light of day again than touch a fellow human–somehow steals our hearts. For a scoundrel, he is trustworthy to those he deems worthy. And there was that whole thing with Inej and her favorite flowers. You know.
The Darkling – Shadow & Bone / Grisha Trilogy – created by Leigh Bardugo
The problem with wanting is that it makes us weak.
Leigh, please don’t hate my fellow readers and I. We know we shouldn’t like the Darkling. But we feel his pull like all of the other Grisha. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again… it was a darn good thing I wasn’t the Sun Summoner, or else Ravka would have had a very different history.
Will Herondale – The Infernal Devices Series – created by Cassandra Clare
You are the first dream, the only dream I ever was unable to stop myself from dreaming. You are the first dream of my soul, and from that dream I hope will come all other dreams, a lifetime’s worth.
Honestly, I’ve never read the Infernal Devices books or anything else by Cassandra Clare. But I think it was a fan favorite for a reason (clearly), so I couldn’t exclude it here. Sorry I can’t say anything more favorable for Will if you do love those books 😉
Jamie Fraser – Outlander Series – created by Diana Gabaldon
“When the day shall come that we do part,” he said softly, and turned to look at me, “if my last words are not ‘I love you’-ye’ll ken it was because I didna have time.
Oh this one hurts because I have had Outlander sitting on my TBR and have had people lend it to me, and I still haven’t read it. But from all I’ve heard… Jamie is the living end. This is pretty close to the top of my TBR, I swear!
Howl – Howl’s Moving Castle – created by Diana Wynne Jones
‘Well, he’s fickle, careless, selfish, and hysterical,’ she said. ‘Half the time I think he doesn’t care what happens to anyone as long as he’s alright–but then I find out how awfully kind he’s been to someone. Then I think he’s kind just when it suits him–only then I find out he undercharges poor people. I don’t know, Your Majesty. He’s a mess.’
Howl. The wizard of many faces who has no heart, and yet breaks hearts all over the world. I honestly added this in the original poll of 10 as a harmless ploy to see if anyone would vote for him aside from me, and amazingly he stayed high in the ranks. So glad that people have found this book and likely the Studio Ghibli movie. He’s vain, he’s beautiful, and he’s prone to temper tantrums. But he’s also loyal and helps Sophie see who she really is. A great choice!
Peeta Mellark – The Hunger Games Series – created by Suzanne Collins
I remember everything about you. You’re the one who wasn’t paying attention.
I was definitely Team Peeta by the third book, but in the first two books I was 100% team Gale. Why the change? Well, Peeta truly loved Katniss, and eventually she realized that she loved him too. They didn’t quit on each other, despite so many horrible things. And in the end she finally deserved him.
Rowan Whitethorn – Throne of Glass Series – created by Sarah J. Maas
I kept thinking about how you might never know that I missed you with only an ocean between us. But if it was death separating us … I would find you. I don’t care how many rules it would break. Even if I had to get all three keys myself and open a gate, I would find you again. Always.
Rowan strolled down the street and into everyone’s hearts, and was such a bastard for so long, it was amazing he ever allowed himself to feel anything. I know there are still some die-hard Dorian, Chaol and Sam fans who believe that Celaena belongs with one of them. But they are wrong. Rowan is her mate. Period. The end. Or rather “to whatever end.”
Four – Divergent Series – created by Veronica Roth
I want to be brave, and selfless, and smart, and kind, and honest.
I wish initially surprised to see Four so high in the list, knowing so many people who love to hate on Divergent. So when I asked people, they said they loved Four and they hated Tris for how she treated him and how much he was hurt in the end. Four is protective and daring and loving and challenging… So there we have it, straight from his fans.
Mr. Darcy – Pride & Prejudice – created by Jane Austen
You have bewitched me mind, body and soul. And I love, I love, I love you. And I never wish to be apart from you.
I have no words, and no words are needed to describe Mr. Darcy. The reason he’s number two is because of something quite modern and miraculous. But I hold favor with those who love a good Victorian romance with it’s chaste gestures and stolen glances and love notes.
And here he is… the High Lord himself…
Rhysand, High Lord of the Night Court – created by Sarah J. Maas
He said softly, “I love it when you look at me like that.”
The purr in his voice heated my blood. “Like what?”
“Like my power isn’t something to run from. Like you see me.”
Apparently, we all see you Rhysand. Rhys had triple the votes of anyone else on the list, thus showing the incredible power Sarah J. Maas has had in raising the standards by which women (or at least those who read her books) get the measure of a man. There are many good quotes from Rhys, but this one shows a bit of his vulnerability and directness.
If you haven’t read A Court of Mist and Fury yet, you are really missing out according to my sources!
Who is your favorite book boyfriend? Let’s chat it out in the comments. And check back tomorrow for our turn with the girls!