Grown-up Literary Crushes

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Grown-up Literary Crushes

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feb. 11, 2010, 7:00am

There has been a thread running on the 'Read YA Lit' group about YA Literary Crushes. Fun, but what about the more mature characters who reach out from the sentences and clutch the heart?

Some might be difficult to detach from movie or TV adaptations, but I'm going to try.

To kick off, I loved Atticus Finch long before I saw the movie. So he's in.

Then in no particular order:

Jem Merlyn ([Jamaica Inn])
Alexander as he appears in Mary Renault's trilogy
David Becket from Patricia Finney's trilogy beginning with [Firedrake's Eye]


Editat: feb. 11, 2010, 8:02am

Foolish schoolgirl crushes: Aragorn, Faramir, Charles Stringham (Anthony Powell), Mr. Darcy, Tom Jones, Hiero Desteen, young Renny (Mazo de la Roche)

True love: Frank Bascombe (Richard Ford) Jim Chee, Miles Vorkosigan, Oblomov,

The mother in me: Bertie Wooster, Arthur Dent, Nick Carraway

feb. 11, 2010, 8:35am

Oh, yes, Alexander. Mary Renault has a way of letting you fall in love. And younger yet, Alec in the Black Stallion books. My son's middle name is Alexander; it was a tough call whether to use that as the first name or middle name :-)

feb. 11, 2010, 10:36am

I'm a pushover for Lizzie Bennet, whose wit is irresistible. My wife is a great talker, and that's probably what caught my fancy first, along with her physical charms.

feb. 11, 2010, 10:38am

Let's not forget Miles's dad, Aral Vorkosigan.

Editat: feb. 11, 2010, 12:21pm

Or Ekaterin, Miles's wife. :-)

feb. 11, 2010, 12:18pm

I have a soft spot for that idiot, Ivan Vorpatril, but it's not exactly a crush.

feb. 11, 2010, 12:53pm

me too, he's more in the Bertie category.

feb. 11, 2010, 7:37pm

I always feel so sorry for Gregor.

feb. 11, 2010, 9:55pm

I liked Insp. Morris from the Colin Dexter mysteries.

feb. 12, 2010, 4:28am

I didn't so much have a crush (although I did want to be protected by Julian from the Famous Five). But I wanted to be plucky and brave like Angelique in the racy series written in the 60s. I was actually put on detention for reading her books at school - but I had got them from the school library :). My father argued I should not be put on detention for reading a school library book :)

feb. 14, 2010, 9:11am

Rhett Butler (blush) from Gone With the Wind

feb. 26, 2010, 4:44pm


My two favorites are:

Lord Peter Wimsey from a series of books by Dorothy L. Sayers. A minor member of the British nobility in the 1920s-1940s England. Rich, intelligent, masculine in a subtle way.

Anton Rider from the African Trilogy by Bartle Bull. A gypsy from England transplanted to Africa, good in survival mode, masculine, fearless, and brave.

feb. 26, 2010, 6:28pm

13> Oh, yes! "As my whimsy takes me" :-) I so wanted to be Harriet Vane.

març 21, 2010, 12:40am

#12 I'm with you--Ohhh Rhett! and The Count of Monte Cristo

abr. 6, 2013, 11:46am

Lady Brett from The Sun Also Rises. I like the bad ones.

abr. 6, 2013, 12:41pm

Corlath from The Blue Sword. Love a man on a horse.

He's strong, smart, and compassionate, but also charmingly unsure in matters of the heart.

abr. 6, 2013, 2:05pm

It seems that men are pretty scarce in posting to this thread, but I would never let that keep me from confessing my grand pash' for the the yummylicious Jael in THE QUEEN PEDAUQUE by Anatole France, also donna Lucrezia Borgia as represented by Fr Rolfe in DON TARQUINIO. They can play on my All-Star Team any day (or night!)

abr. 9, 2013, 3:23pm

You're right, MM. Corlath is the best!

maig 18, 2013, 5:31pm

Teja from Ein Kampf um Rom. One of the greatest crushes ever: beautiful beyond imagination, dark past, doomed love and a glorious end fighting off the Byzantians on the slope of Mons Lactarius. Edmond Dantès, aka the count of Monte Cristo, comes a close second. Hagen von Tronje. Yes, the bad guy from the Nibelungs – but he was the only one with any common sense. And Justin Alastair from These Old Shades.

maig 18, 2013, 6:11pm

In no particular order:

Raederle of An
Thursday Next
Beatrice from Much Ado
Angie Gennaro
Clare Fergusson
Signe de Barbentain
Hana from The English Patient
Sharra of Cassal
Verity Kindle
Harriet Vane
Eleanor Lavish

maig 20, 2013, 12:54pm

Mr. Darcy and Jamie Fraser are my life long crushes.

maig 20, 2013, 1:02pm

All the main female characters in Jane Austen's novels.