Valentine's Day is coming, and if you happen to be unattached, you may be looking forward to spending some time with your favorite book boyfriend. Hell, I'm even in a relationship myself, and I will probably end up spending Valentine's Day with a book. (Though, this is because we choose not to celebrate, so don't feel bad for me or anything.)
I thought I would take some time to make a list of some of my favorite dudes. These are the guys who make me swoon every time I read, who are just too precious cinnamon-roll-y for the real world, but whom I love all the same.
Note: I fully acknowledge that this post is absolutely heteronormative.
Also note: For any teenaged YA guys that I choose, that crush is coming from Teenaged Me. Or I'm projecting them forward into adulthood. I am not literally imagining mid-30s me with a teenage boyfriend, because that would be Not Okay.
Also ALSO note: Spoiler warnings for all the books listed below.
There were MANY I could've chosen, but I decided to narrow my list down to ten.
Without further ado, and in no particular order:
Gilbert Blythe from the Anne of Green Gables series by LM Montgomery
Gilbert will always, always be my ultimate book boyfriend. He is smart and hardworking. He is not intimidated by Anne's intelligence and strength, but rather, supports her and encourages her to be the best she can be. He is kind, but he is also not afraid to tell Anne when she's being ridiculous. Plus, thanks to Jonathan Crombie, he is so goddamn adorable. And he just loves her so much!! *sobs* (Yes, I will literally say that aloud to an empty room while I watch the movie. HE LOVES HER SO MUCH. That kind of devotion...)
Julian from The Forbidden Game trilogy by LJ Smith
Julian is probably the most problematic person in my top ten, but my teenage heart was so in love with him, and I still have a soft spot for him now, even though kidnapping the girl you love in order to get her to notice you is pretttttttty bad. He's got white-blond hair and electric blue eyes (which I was super-into when I was in high school), and he's a perfect example of the bad boy that the good girls want to save. (And I was very much a good girl as a teen. Well, pretty much, yeah.)
Rhysand from the A Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J. Maas
|Art by Charlie Bowater|
There were soooooooo many SJM book boyfriends to choose from, but if I had to choose only one, it would be Rhys, hands-down. See? I even wrote the most about him.
Henry Tilney from Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
|As portrayed by JJ Feild|
Atticus Finch from To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
I admit, this choice is heavily influenced by Gregory Peck's portrayal, but as a grown-ass woman, I would totally want to marry a man like Atticus Finch - he's a family man, he's well-respected, and (considering the historical context) he's basically woke. He's a good man.
Four from Divergent by Veronica Roth
I'll admit I liked him less as the series went on, but in the very first book, Four (aka, Tobias Eaton) is sooooooo dreamy (especially with Theo James as his face). He's a tough guy with a troubled past, but he sees Tris' inner strength and he is drawn to her. He's not a bully like some of the other Dauntless, because his bravery also stems from his Abnegation instincts.
Ezra Mason from Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
|Art by @nicole_r|
Lord Maccon from the Parasol Protectorate series by Gail Carriger
|This photo is totally unrelated to the book series.|
I just really picture Gerard Butler when I read.
Augustus Waters from The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
|As portrayed by Ansel Elgort|
Dimitri from the Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead
|As portrayed by Danila Kozlovsky|
And then of course things get REALLY interesting when he essentially turns Angelus later on in the series, and then it gets even more problematic, but... Sigh. I can't help it. This hot Russian guardian makes me swoony.
So yeah... there were definitely more guys I could've chosen, many of whom would make TERRIBLE boyfriends in reality (like Kaz Brekker from Six of Crows/Crooked Kingdom), but as far as book crushes go, these are my top ten.
Who are your choices for book boyfriends?