Ever had a character leap off the pages and into your heart? Remember your first book crush? I do. As a horse-crazy girl, I crushed on Steve Duncan, the youth who tamed the fiery red stallion, Flame, on a remote Caribbean island in Walter Farley's The Island Stallion.
But if you think Mr. Darcy has cornered the market of literary crushes, think again. Here's what our staff members had to say:
Laurie (Theodore Laurence) from Little Women by Louisa May Alcott.
"When I was a child I fell in love with Laurie, the next-door neighbor to the March family. I would like to think it was his admirable character that attracted me, because he loved and cared for the March girls in many ways. If I’m totally honest, however, I have to admit it was the illustrations of him that won me over initially – he was the most handsome guy I’d ever seen – and I’ve remembered those illustrations fondly ever since."
Monsieur Perdu from The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George.
"Perdu, a 'literary apothecary,' who, as a bookseller, prescribes books for his customers, makes it easy to fall for him. He loves books, has loved and (perhaps) lost Manon, and would most likely speak English with a lovely French accent – what more could one want? His kindness, and his concern for his customers and acquaintances (and his knowledge of literature) make him irresistible. I would love to float down the Seine on his book barge, with a nice stack of his 'prescriptions' next to me, and read to my heart’s content (with frequent interruptions to talk about books with Monsieur Perdu…)."
King Tirian of Narnia from The Last Battle by C.S. Lewis.
"He's brave, kind, thoughtful, has a manly beard, and his own personal unicorn best friend (Unicorn. Best. Friend--!). And he's Narnian. If you get your crush you get to go to Narnia, right?"
Louie from Interview with a Vampire by Anne Rice.
"I had a huge crush on vampire Louie when I was in middle school/high school. He was just so sensitive. Tortured. Angsty. And he was fiercely protective of the lady in his life. Everything a teen girl would want, right? It didn't hurt that he was played by Brad Pitt when they made a movie out of the book, either."
Kaladin from The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson.
"I love Kaladin because he has a hero complex and always rights a wrong; he is self-sacrificing and will never stand by passively when someone needs help. Kaladin is governed by the ideals of the Knights Radiant:
-'Life before death, strength before weakness, journey before destination.'
-'I will protect those who cannot protect themselves.'
-'I will unite instead of divide. I will bring men together.'
-'I will remember those who have been forgotten.'
- 'I will protect those I hate, so long as it is right.' "
Jim Chee from the Navajo Mystery series by Tony Hillerman.
"Jim Chee is young, earnest and conflicted. He tries to balance work as a member of the Navajo Tribal Police with his personal life as strives to live in harmony with the old Navajo traditions."
Just for fun check out "Bustle's" What Your First Fictional Crush From Literature Says About You; for both men and women.