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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Fictional Guys I Crush On Even Though They’re Fake and I’m Real

Hi there everyone!

Every week I participate in the Broke and Bookish’s Top Ten Tuesday, which is a weekly event where we create bookish top ten lists centered around a common theme.

This week’s theme is Top Ten Fictional Characters I Crush On.  This is not a difficult task for me! I can EASILY name ten of my many book boyfriends! Oh yes, I’ve always been a little boy crazy (never had a lot of boyfriends, I just crushed on them from afar….) especially when it comes to my reading habits. So, today I share with you some of my favorite fictional guys that I love to love!

Mr. Darcy1. Mr. Darcy

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Because he is loyal and brooding and oh so British.

ClockworkAngel2. Will Herondale

The Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare (YA)

Apparently I like brooding and loyal guys from the UK! (Surprise! Surprise!)

Can those just be #s 3-10 as well?! No…okay…

GreatAndTerribleBeauty3. Kartik

The Gemma Doyle trilogy by Libba Bray (YA)

He is so mysterious and again…loyal! Oh yeah… and sexy.

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins4. Etienne St. Clare

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins (YA)

He is just so cute and he has an accent!

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins5. Cricket Bell

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins (YA)

I love the ways Cricket loves Lola!

Henry Tilney6. Henry Tilney

Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

British and has a quirky sense of humor.

thorton_467. Mr. Thornton

North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell

Brooding, loyal and…BRITISH! (Do we notice a theme?!)

Graceling by Kristin Cashore8. Po

Graceling by Kristin Cashore (YA)

Po is just hot stuff. Plain and simple.

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater9. Sean Kendrick

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater (YA)

Sean is the epitome of mysterious and smouldering!

Peeta Bread10. Peeta Mellark

The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins (YA)

He’s loyal, sweet and he bakes bread.  What else do I need?!

BE STILL MY BEATING HEART! Seriously this post is so swoonworthy, it’s kind of making me want to re-read a lot of these books….What would my husband say?!?! :p But then I’d miss out on all the book boyfriends I could be meeting if I read new books! What to do?! What to do?!

Do you have any book boyfriends?  Go ahead and declare you love for them!

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Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction: The Vampire Stalker by Allison van Diepen

Imagine your favorite fictional hero has left their fictional world and walked straight into yours?

Teenager Amy has a major book crush on a fictional guy; Alexander Banks, the gorgeous vampire hunter in the wildly popular Otherworld trilogy. Her love is so deep that she even writes fan-fiction about Alexander.  Even her screen name,  “MrsAlexanderBanks8021″ is an homage to her obsession!  Amy pretty much spends much of her time wishing and dreaming that Alexander Banks was a real person. (le sigh)

Then late one night, as Amy is walking home alone she is saved from a violent attack by a boy who looks strangely like Alexander Banks.  Amy soon realizes that he is in fact the real Alexander Banks; her love from the books and he needs her help!  The evil and unstoppable vampire Vigo has mysteriously entered Amy’s world and Alexander is determined to stop him from destroying Chicago like he has done to Otherworld.  Together, Amy and Alexander must track Vigo and figure out how and why Alexander crossed over into her world and time.  After chemistry seems to spark between her and Alexander, Amy questions whether or not she even wants him to return to the world of fiction.

I first noticed The Vampire Stalker in our school’s fall book fair, when all of my girls wanted it; it was the best seller of the week.  Once I took the time to read the summary on the back cover, I was hooked immediately while visions of my favorite fictional crush (Mr. Darcy- how ardently I admire and love you!) danced through my mind; I could totally relate to Amy and the premise behind the novel.  What female reader wouldn’t be drawn in by this?  Amy is a teen version of myself and I couldn’t help but love her for it.
So, I totally enjoyed the story and thought it was really fun and creative.  There were some flaws, however.  I wasn’t crazy impressed with the character development.  I felt like there were pieces missing.  As much as I like Amy I felt like her anger towards her father and her frustration with her little sister ran a little flat.  I would have liked Van Diepen to flesh Amy out a bit more.  Additionally, things just seemed to move to fast and I wasn’t scared of Vigo like Amy and Alexander suggested I should be; I wasn’t worried about the safety of the characters while Vigo was on the loose.  I guess the length of the book didn’t allow for more of what I was hoping for.
Plus, literary physics?  Is this a real theory?  If not, totally creative and unique.  Even if it is a preexisting theory, it’s a great idea.  I’ve decided I want it to happen to me. Now.
Despite the flaws mentioned above, I am  incredibly intrigued by Otherworld, the fictional world Alexander Banks hails from.  I really hope that Van Diepen will write a sequel or companion novel to share more of Otherworld with us.  All in all, The Vampire Stalker was a fun and entertaining read for middle grades readers and up, although it’ll probably appeal most to younger teens (and anyone who has been crushing on fictional guys for years).
PS…sorry for the strange formatting issues. WordPress has a mind of its own tonight I see.
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Top Ten Tuesday: My Teen Fiction Crushes

You know it was bound to happen. I was boy crazy as a teenager, and now that I’m grown up (?) and married (!), I have turned my boycraziness (new word) into fiction boyfriends. Who is awesome enough to make it on my list of ten favorite YA/Middle Grades fiction crushes? Well, you’re about to find out.

  • Peeta Mellark from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. Because he is “the boy with the bread”. I really like bread.
  • Kartik from A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray. Exotic, protective and mysterious. Yes please.
  • Will Herondale from Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare. He’s British and Victorian. Need I say more?! No, I didn’t think so.
  • Four from Divergent by Veronica Roth. Mysterious, strong, and secretly vulnerable. And cute.
  • Po from Graceling by Kristen Cashore. His devotion to Katsa is so wonderful. And he’s kinda sexy.
  • Eli Stock from Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen. Rides bikes competitively and needs help loving again.
  • Sam Roth from the Wolves of Mercy Falls series by Maggie Stiefvater. He’s a wolf and a cute boy wrapped into one. Oh yea, and a musician.
  • Jasper Cullen from the Twilight series by Stephanie Meyer. He is sensitive and he has an accent. Of course I like him.
  • Fred and George Weasley from the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. Hilarious, sweet and brave. Oh yeah and they’re wizards. Yes please.
  • Gilbert Blythe from the Anne of Green Gables series by L.M. Montgomery. The annoying boy grows up to be the handsome gentleman. Le sigh…

I can’t finish this post without a shout out to my favorite fictional crushes of all time (not teen fiction).

  • Mr. Darcy from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.
  • Mr. Thornton from North and South by Elizabeth Gaskill
  • Mr. Henry Tilney from Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

Be still my beating heart!

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