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A Reader of Fictions: Top Ten Book Boyfriends

A Reader of Fictions

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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Top Ten Book Boyfriends

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
It's a rare bookish lady that has never bemoaned the fact that real life men don't hold a candle to fictional ones, and, in this case, I am totally not are. These are the boys I would steal from the heroines if I could magic myself into the book. Sorry, fictional women.

1. Henry Tilney from Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

People like to say that every woman dreams of a Darcy, and, while I certainly wouldn't be unwilling to give that a go, my number one Austen man and dream book boyfriend is Henry Tilney. He's smart, loves to read, has a great sense of humor, and is a genuinely nice guy. Plus, I wouldn't feel too bad stealing him from Catherine, because I feel like I deserve him more. Shhhhh, leave me in my delusions.

2. Wolf from Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

Ummm, hello. Wolf is delicious. He may not be the most honest and have a murky past, but...I want. I can't help picturing Scott Wolf from The 10th Kingdom, and that is a good thing. Of course, I wouldn't mind some Prince Kai either, but he's a bit too bland. Hot, though.

3. Trevor from Touching the Surface by Kimberly Sabatini

At first, Trevor's a bit of a jerk, but, once he opens up, he's just wonderful. I really love his sassy slogan t-shirts and how he only really shows his true self to the people who matter most to him. He's a marshmallow.

4. Owen from Enchanted, Inc. by Shanna Swendson

Owen is so freaking adorable, and, as much as I ship him with Katie, I would not mind having him for myself. He's sweet and shy and has glasses, and dark curls like Hugh Dancy.

5. George Emerson from A Room with a View by E.M. Forster

While at many occasions, I imagine dating George would be frustrating, it would be so worth it. He lives live wholly and passionately. He would push me to try new things, travel and learn with me. Also, this.

6. Fred from the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

Don't even talk to me about book seven, okay? I've always loved the twins, and Fred's always been my favorite one, for reasons I can't quite put into words. Also, how much fun would it be to go visit the Weasley's for holidays?

7. Gale from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Katniss didn't want him, so that means more for me. I loved Gale in the first couple books, and wasn't thrilled with his character arc, which really didn't make much sense to me. My fictional self can comfort his poor, injured heart.

8. Archer from Populazzi by Elise Allen

This one's a little bit off the wall, because I actually wasn't a huge fan of this book overall, but I really loved the love interest. He's into theater, dresses well, and completely hilarious.

9. Willem from Just One Day by Gayle Forman

I'm not counting this one as an official book boyfriend because I am under new disillusions about Willem's character. However, as much as I know it would be temporary, holy crap do I want to go to there.

Kdrama Boyfriend:
10. Kang Hyuk from Flower Boy Ramyun Shop

I could not resist throwing in a boy from a kdrama. He's another one that ends up unloved from a love triangle, and he was by far the better choice. Also, unlike much of this list, I wouldn't have to change ages when I became a fictional character. Main reason? This:

Okay, that's what I've got for Book Boyfriends...and one television boyfriend. How about you guys?



Blogger Tara said...

Okay, I freaking need to read Scarlet. WHY HAVEN'T I? Ridiculous. Absolutely ridiculous. And I loved Archer! He was a seriously awesome character and definitely too good for that protagonist, although I did enjoy the book.

Tara @ Hobbitsies

April 2, 2013 at 12:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great list! Henry Tilney also made my list this week, he's such a lovely character =) And George Emerson was wonderful too but I didn't add him on my list this week.


April 2, 2013 at 12:10 AM  
Blogger marissa | Rae Gun Ramblings said...

I love your list because they are TOTALLY different people than I would have thought from all those books. I love that you are draw to these guys
Marissa @ Rae Gun Ramblings

April 2, 2013 at 12:15 AM  
Blogger JV said...

Wolf! *sighs* He's... just... wow... hot! *faints* LOL.

Nice list!

Janus @ The Blair Book Project

April 2, 2013 at 12:42 AM  
Blogger Jana said...

Oh, so many awesome choices!! I'm so happy to see Wolf show up on another list! I'm actually reading Touching the surface right now, and am just barely getting to know Trevor. I love his t-shirts too, though. :) And YES. GALE. Finally someone who understands he's better than Peeta. Great list!

- Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl

April 2, 2013 at 12:44 AM  
Blogger Debbie's World of Books said...

I totally forgot about Wolf from Scarlet. I loved him too! I can't wait for Just One Year to come out so we can learn more about Willem. Here are my picks.

April 2, 2013 at 12:48 AM  
Blogger Cass said...

bahaha fave line? "but holy crap do i want to go there". Can i get an AMEN please??

April 2, 2013 at 1:05 AM  
Blogger hbjgvhuogyihpo said...

Ohh my goodness the line about Willem! I totally agree with you though, I mean. YEAH. We all want to go there.

great list!
My Top Ten

April 2, 2013 at 1:11 AM  
Blogger new_mummy said...

great list I love gale too

April 2, 2013 at 1:23 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Great list!!! :)

new follower

April 2, 2013 at 1:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What did you like about Gale? (I feel the need to clarify that that question is supposed to asked in a genuinely interested sounding voice, and not an aggressive Gale?-who'd-want-Gale sounding voice, and now I think maybe I'm overthinking this) I don't dislike Gale, but I definitely prefer Peeta. I think Gale makes a better friend. But obviously, that's my perspective and quirks talking.
Totally agree with your summation of Kai though. Hot, but bland. :-)

April 2, 2013 at 1:53 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Great list. I haven't read any of these books yet [except THG], I know... shame on me!
New follower!
Beth | The Reading Vixens [Formerly YA Vixens]
Vixen's Top Ten!

April 2, 2013 at 2:01 AM  
Blogger Belle said...

I am dying to read Just One Day! It sounds awesome.
Great list.

April 2, 2013 at 4:52 AM  
Blogger Kat said...

*stares evilly at Willem* he's all yours lady!

I have to agree with the choice of Gale - never got the whole Peeta thing really.

April 2, 2013 at 5:50 AM  
Blogger Dragana M. said...

I'm a die-hard Darcy fan myself so you can have Henry Tilney for yourself. LOL I don't know why but Northanger Abbey left the worst impression on me from all Jane Austin books... Maybe because I read them when I was 15... I think it may be a time for a re-read. :)

I loved the twins from HP too!!! They were a little bit young for me but if I could make myself younger or them older I would definitely go for it. I love a good prankster. :D

I'm team Peeta myself and I would probably try to steal him also if not for age problem. Gale is prettier but Peeta can cook (pastries are one of my favorite food groups). Beauty fades, culinary skills last forever. :)

The rest of the books from your list I didn't read (yet) although you managed to push Scarlet up my tbr even more (if it is possible). I ADORED Scott Wolf from The 10th Kingdom so if this Wolf from Scarlet is like him, sign me in. :D

April 2, 2013 at 6:04 AM  
Blogger Divergent Gryffindor said...

You can go have Gale, I'll just have Peeta :D
Top Ten Book Boyfriends

April 2, 2013 at 6:27 AM  
Blogger Kimberly @ Midnight Book Girl said...

Fred is my twin of choice as well. I didn't really crush on anyone from Harry Potter, unless you count the small crush I had on Oliver Wood, but that didn't come until the movie. I was extremely disappointed he didn't have a big part in HP7.

I wasn't really invested in either Gale or Peeta until the last book, and that was because she totally RUINED Gale.

April 2, 2013 at 8:47 AM  
Blogger Kimberly @ Midnight Book Girl said...

Hmmmm ok I'm a little slow this morning. The last sentence should read "...until the last book, where I decided on Peeta, because she totally RUINED Gale.

I think I'm going to get some caffeine now!

April 2, 2013 at 8:49 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

OMG, WHY HAVEN'T YOU? It's so freaking good!

I mean, I did like the book, but it was a grudging three. There should have been more Archer, and she totes didn't deserve him. Sigh.

April 2, 2013 at 9:05 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

That's because Henry Tilney's the best...I'm going to need you to get your paws off, though. ;)

April 2, 2013 at 9:07 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

Oh really? *tilts head*

April 2, 2013 at 9:08 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

Ummm,yeah, he is!!!

April 2, 2013 at 9:10 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

Awww, yay! Touching the Surface is so good. Gale is totally better than Peeta. Way more my type.

April 2, 2013 at 9:13 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

I need Just One Year in my life. I need it so much.

April 2, 2013 at 9:18 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

AMEN, sistah!

April 2, 2013 at 9:20 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

Hahaha, right? Even if it's just that once, totally worth it, right? As long as you don't fall into months of despair after anyway.

April 2, 2013 at 9:23 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

Well, I like that Gale is focused on survival. He's practical and intelligent. Also, physically, he's much more my type: tall and lean. Peeta never did anything for me. He was a little too focused on protecting Katniss; I feel like Gale respects her strength more.

Poor Kai. So cute; so boring.

April 2, 2013 at 9:27 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

Ha, get on that!

April 2, 2013 at 9:29 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

YES! All the Gale fans are coming out of the woodworks.

*snuggles Willem*

April 2, 2013 at 9:35 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

YES. I WILL have Henry Tilney for myself. Really? Worse than Mansfield Park? I want to hurl that book out the window. I can hardly believe it's the same woman who wrote the others.

Well, they're mostly a bit young for me. I'm assuming if I could magic myself into fiction, then I could also either age them or make myself younger.

BAHAHAHAHA. Best argument for Peeta ever.

Scarlet! He's not exactly like that Wolf, but similar enough that I couldn't not think of him!

April 2, 2013 at 9:38 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

Works for me.

April 2, 2013 at 9:47 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

Oliver Wood was all about the movie. He was boring in the books, only talking about quidditch. THE ACCENT, THOUGH. lol. But now he looks like a baby even in the movie, so oh well.

She did ruin Gale. I didn't buy into that plot arc. Sigh.

April 2, 2013 at 9:53 AM  
Blogger Angela @ Reading Angels said...

I read Enchanted Inc SO long ago, I remember liking it, but I'm going to have to reread if I ever pick the series back up!
Also, Team Gale!

April 2, 2013 at 9:55 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

OMG! The guy from Scarlet is like Wolf from the 10th Kingdom? I need to read that book now!

I also love Henry Tilney, even though I've only ever seen the movie version of him (Northanger Abbey is the only Austen book I haven't read yet, but will... eventually). And Fred and George are awesome too. I have to show this list to my sister. She would love it since the twins are her favorites and she's obsessed with Kpop & Kdramas.

Ashling @ Reading, Writing, & Anything but Arithmetic

April 2, 2013 at 10:05 AM  
Blogger Ashley said...

I have to say I have not read most of the books listed but... WOLF... YESSS I am with ya right there! I like him WAY more than Prince Kai!


Ashley @ The Quiet Concert

April 2, 2013 at 10:14 AM  
Blogger Katie said...


Wolf is on my list too! And Gale almost was, but he got beat out at the last minute.

And Darcy isn't my favorite Austen guy either. Edward Ferrars from SENSE AND SENSIBILITY is my personal favorite, and I love Henry Crawford from MANSFIELD PARK, even if he is a bit of a scoundrel ;-)

April 2, 2013 at 10:26 AM  
Blogger Amy said...

Ahhh Fred!! Yes!! I have to say, if I was in HP I totally would have been crushing on him!! I also really love Tod from the Soul Screamers series!

April 2, 2013 at 10:30 AM  
Blogger Becky LeJeune said...

Really?! Fred Weasley? Haha. I was always partial to Ron but I don't think I ever gave his brothers that much thought.

April 2, 2013 at 10:34 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

hahaha Fred. I loved all the characters in HP but the brothers were such fun. Henry Tilney is quite wonderful too I must agree. :) Fun list.

April 2, 2013 at 11:16 AM  
Blogger Amber (Books of Amber) said...

YES to Fred Weasley! He was always my favourite character. I'm pretty sure I wrote some embarrassing love letters to him when I was ten. Shush, tell no one!

April 2, 2013 at 11:33 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Wolf and Willem are on my list too, and YAY for Fred:)))

April 2, 2013 at 11:41 AM  
Blogger Nina said...

I really need to read that book with Willem in it. Seriously! He's Dutch, I'm Dutch..it's meant to be. lol. :)

Nina@J'adore Happy Endings

April 2, 2013 at 12:11 PM  
Blogger Dragana M. said...

I didn't read Mansfield Park then - I had an awesome librarian who recommended me to skip it. I tried reading it last year but it was just so.... I can't find the word - you described it perfectly: like it's written by a different author. So I basically don't count Mansfield Park as Austin book. :D

Good point. Ok then you take Fred and I will George. :D

Thanks you. :D

Say no more say no more. I will try to read it in April. *stares on giant list of scheduled review copies* Ok, I will try to read it in May more likely. If nothing else, I am kidnaping my copy of Scarlet with me when I go on vacation this summer and I am not coming back until I read it. :D

April 2, 2013 at 12:56 PM  
Blogger Read Write Reviews said...

Aww Fred! I love him too and I've read my fair share of fan fiction that includes him. He does make me swoon! Great list!

My Top Ten!

April 2, 2013 at 1:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I couldn't decide between Prince Kai and Wolf. I love them 'em both :)

Such a fun list, today!

April 2, 2013 at 1:11 PM  
Blogger Steena said...

I am ceding you Henry Tilney because you are the one with the list. I will take George Knightley as a second. I will also take Gilbert Blythe because Anne doesn't deserve him. While I'm building up my harem - Sean Kendrick (The Scorpio Races), Jem (Jamaica Inn), Juba (Cleopatra's Daughter), Argul (the Claidi Journals), and Mal (Firefly, you got one from TV too!) also make the cut.

April 2, 2013 at 2:19 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

OMG, I loved it. I need to buy all of them and read them again, because SO good.

April 2, 2013 at 2:24 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

A little bit. They're not the exact same, but close enough I could let my imagination run rampant!

HENRY TILNEY!!!! Love him so.

Heck yes, kpop and kdramas! They're the best!

April 2, 2013 at 2:27 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

Librarians are very wise. Mansfield Park lacks the wit that makes her other books sparkle. Fanny is the least proactive heroine in the book world, and she eventually marries her cousin, who totally wanted someone else. Just WHAT?


Hahaha, I am like that when people tell me to read things. "I'll just pencil that in for September 2020!"

April 2, 2013 at 2:33 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

Me too. I did like Kai in the first book, but I don't feel like his character has much of an ARC. He's nice, but bland.

April 2, 2013 at 2:37 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

Hahaha, because you came up with more than nine book boyfriends?

Poor Gale. That happens to him all the time.

Oh really? Mr. Ferrars? He doesn't get much love!

April 2, 2013 at 2:39 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

Oh man, I used to come up with so many fantasies of being a transfer student to Hogwarts. So hackneyed! I need to read the Soul Screamers!

April 2, 2013 at 2:43 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

I like Ron for Hermione. I wouldn't want to take him. He'd be a great friend though!

April 2, 2013 at 2:46 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

Henry is the best. I will share him with no one.

April 2, 2013 at 2:53 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

*hurries to write a blog post in which I construct a love letter from 10-year-old you to Fred. He's the best.

April 2, 2013 at 2:54 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

Heck yes they are!

April 2, 2013 at 2:59 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

You can go find some guy like him in real life! JEALOUS!

April 2, 2013 at 3:04 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

Nice! I've only really gotten into one HP fan fic. I'm pretty sure he'd been killed off in it. *weeps*

April 2, 2013 at 3:06 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

They're both worthy of love, but I'll go for the more exciting one. Haha. Though on the average day, Kai's probably more my speed.

April 2, 2013 at 3:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've only read three books on this list so I can't say much about your taste lol. But I totally agree with Gale. SO MUCH BETTER than Peeta. I wasn't really into Fred, but he's the kind of guy that I would probably find annoying. And I'm still pissed at Willem, so while I do like him, I need Just One Year before I can decide if I like him or not.

April 2, 2013 at 3:22 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

Bahahaha, I like it. I realized I'd forgotten Gilbert like five minutes after I posted, but I suppose my harem is good enough as is. I like having a harem. It's pretty nice. No wonder kings do it all the time.

April 2, 2013 at 3:24 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

My taste is awesome and you know it in your heart!

Peeta's just totally not my type. I like them more fiery and less stocky. Though the baking is a nice skill.

I'm not saying I want to date him, but...well, he'd be a nice addition to the harem, okay?

April 2, 2013 at 3:31 PM  
Blogger Annie said...

Archer was amazing! I really don't think Cara deserved him either! She got him back waaay too easy! Great list! :) I really need to read Scarlet and Just One Day!

April 2, 2013 at 4:14 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Fred, Gale, and Willem. Win. *highfive*
Though I have to admit my crush in HP was Draco. I know.. I get crazy looks for that. But I adored the twins too. Gingers. <3 Lol. They would be fun.

And thank you for mentioning Gale! While I liked Peeta, Gale was the one I shipped too!

I need to read Cinder and Scarlet. :(

Great list!


April 2, 2013 at 5:38 PM  
Blogger Kara_Malinczak said...

This explains so much. I agree with you on Wolf--he's mine and I don't share--but you are Team Gale and you are crushing on Fred Weasley, so you and I just can't be friends. LOL.

April 2, 2013 at 7:26 PM  
Blogger BookInHand said...

I need to read Scarlet ASAP! I loved Kai in Cinder and hope I love Wolf too! NEW FOLLOWER

April 2, 2013 at 8:12 PM  
Blogger The Insouciant Sophisticate said...

Loved seeing Mr. Tilney on your list-personally I'm a Mr. Knightley girl (mmm...Jeremy Northam and Paul Rudd) but I think Mr. Darcy is a bit overrated so I always like seeing other Austen heroes represented.

April 2, 2013 at 9:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well... I must admit I do completely agree with you on prefering tall and lean to short and stocky. But... I think both boys respected her skills, they just expressed it in slightly different ways. Throughout the books Peeta does recognise her skill at hunting, at survival, and her emotional strength, but he also recognises that the situation they're in is messed up and precarious and Katniss really does need help to get through, and sets himself to providing that help as best he can. Somewhat ineffectively, at times, but hey, he tried. And I was saying to another blogger that I always (and by always, I mean, since two weeks ago, when I FINALLY actually read the books) felt like Peeta is a better balance to Katniss than Gale is, that he draws out some of her better qualities, which is important in a relationship. I guess too, I keep on thinking about the quote where she's talking about how she's got enough fire of her own, and what she needs is hope, not more fire.

April 2, 2013 at 10:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

(Also holy crap I just reread this comment and I SWEAR I'm not as rabid a Peeta-fan as this is making me sound. PINKY-SWEAR even. I just get carried away with things! *hides*)

April 2, 2013 at 10:13 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

Actually, I'm not necessarily disagreeing on Peeta being better for Katniss, but as a member of my imaginary book character harem it's Gale for sure. Peeta has a bit more patience and is willing to take more of a supporting role; I can certainly see Katniss and Gale being too similar to make a good couple.

In the end, I'm not sure if Peeta was exactly right for her, but I also don't think she could have left him since he went through all of that for her. It's tough.

Even if you are a rabid Peeta fan, that's fine. As long as you're not a rabid fangirl about an abusive guy, I don't mind!

April 3, 2013 at 11:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love that George Emerson is on this list! A Room with a View is one of my favourite books. One of my favourite quotes is “It is fate that I am here,' George persisted, 'but you can call it Italy if it makes you less unhappy.” Although he has faults (like everyone does) he is essentially a well intentioned person so I agree with him being on the list 100%.

I've never read Northanger Abbey but it is on my 'books I need to read' list. I've only gotten through Pride and Prejudice, Emma, and Persuasion (I do have a thing for Captain Wentworth!) so far.

An interesting list. Thanks for sharing!

April 3, 2013 at 6:48 PM  
Blogger Brandy said...

I knew I could trust your list at least. :)

Ron was always my favorite Weasley. Which is completely unoriginal but I can't help myself. Bill is my second favorite.

I like this list and how you actually have characters from older books too. Edmond Dantes from The Count of Monte Cristo and Peter from Dorothy Sayers books are two that come to mind for me.

I am still on the fence about Willem-I'm waiting until his book comes out to make a final decision on how crush worthy he is. I like Forman's male characters but not nearly as much as I like Melina Marchetta's. She is the ultimate at creating great contemporary male YA characters as far as I'm concerned.

April 3, 2013 at 8:12 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

Truth. Although Archer did some weird things too, he did them out of awkwardness. She knew she was being stupid.

You should read those for sure. They're amazing!

April 4, 2013 at 2:11 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

Oh, yeah, I also did have a bit of a crush on Draco, but mostly because the actor in the movies is hot, though not IN the movies, since he's always smirking. I do love me some gingers, though.

Gale all the way.


April 4, 2013 at 3:24 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

HEY NOW. Stop touching my things, KARA. We're done.

April 4, 2013 at 3:31 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

Yeah you do!

April 4, 2013 at 4:29 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

That works well for me. I like Knightley, but I don't think he's my guy. :)

April 4, 2013 at 4:30 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

My love for George Emerson is a bit bound up with the movie, but I love him in the book too. That's a great line. I also love his question marks, and the eternal yes, and everything. He's a bit crazy, but he's just so inspiring!

Ahhhh! Northanger! Wentworth is a bit too immature about everything for me to be hugely into him. Leading on that stupid younger girl to make Anne feel bad? NO SIR.

April 4, 2013 at 4:33 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

Woo! My list is classing it up.

Huh, Bill is an interesting choice. I never felt much of a connection to him or Charlie.

Oh, Edmond Dantes is hot, even though I don't think he would be great boyfriend material. Dorothy Sayers! I need to read her books. I have a few.

Yeah, he's not a long term thing for me, but...SO HOT. Oooh, I haven't read Marchetta yet. I am excite.

April 4, 2013 at 4:54 PM  
Blogger Gabbie said...

I've only read one of these books--but according to this list, I need to check out the rest! Great list!

Gabbie @ Rampant Readers

April 5, 2013 at 5:26 PM  
Blogger Brandy said...

You need to read some Marchetta ASAP.

April 5, 2013 at 5:58 PM  
Blogger Elise said...

LOVE this, and while I'm sorry you didn't love the book overall, I'm crazy-thrilled Archer made your list. I'm kinda in love with him too.

Fred also a spectacular choice. So not okay that he didn't make it.

Great list!

April 7, 2013 at 2:01 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

I know!

April 9, 2013 at 10:12 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

Archer was my favorite. :) Nerdy boys do not get enough love in YA fiction.

*weeps for Fred some more*

April 9, 2013 at 10:14 AM  

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