As it’s Valentine’s week, we’re celebrating the fictional boyfriends we love. Stay tuned for our other authors’ installments!
I’ve been crushing on fictional characters since Steve started raiding the Tanners’ refrigerator on Full House, but the fictional guys in print are really the most fun to swoon over. The following list reflects, in this order, nostalgia for one of my very first literary crushes, a slightly embarrassing attraction to hot vampires and romance novel-style cads, and an appreciation for fascinating yet realistic teen characters who I would want to introduce to my sixteen-year-old self. And then, to complete the list, there’s a certain charmingly terrifying Russian who defies such simple categorization, and who currently holds the title of My Forever Favorite Literary Crush.
- Gilbert Blythe (Anne of Green Gables series, L.M. Montgomery)
Canadian boy-next-door and early proponent of the ridiculous theory that boys are mean to girls they like.
Crush worthy: “Carrots”, “Anne-girl”, Harmon Andrews’ dory, that time he almost died of scarlet fever (pity crush! kidding).
- Eric Northman (Sookie Stackhouse series, Charlaine Harris)
Shamelessly manipulative Viking vampire who does pretty well for himself during his brief stint as an amnesiac.
Crush worthy: Took an ESL night class at his local community college in the 1970s.
- Jericho Barrons (Fever series, Karen Marie Moning)
Enigmatic immortal badass of indeterminate origin whose warehouse full of exotic cars hides a super sweet underground mansion.
Crush worthy: Owns a bookstore called Barrons Books & Baubles.
- Jonah Griggs (Jellicoe Road, Melina Marchetta)
Australian teen bad boy with a tragic past who manages to never act like an emotionally manipulative stalker.
Crush worthy: He’s totally cool with starting a long distance relationship with a girl who lives in The Middle of Nowhere, Australia, “Between now and when we graduate next year there are at least ten weeks’ holiday and five random public holidays. There’s email and if you manage to get down to the town, there’s text messaging and mobile phone calls. If not, the five minutes you get to speak to me on your communal phone is better than nothing…and there’s this town in the middle, planned by Walter Burley Griffin, where we can meet up and protest our government’s refusal to sign the Kyoto treaty.”
- Koschei Bessmertny aka Koschei the Deathless (Deathless, Catherynne M. Valente)
Archetypal bad guy of Slavic folklore, brother of Baba Yaga, vodka enthusiast.
Crush worthy: This line, spoken to his lady-love, “I will take out my death and smash it under a hammer and Viy can have us and in his silver country I will fuck you until the end of the world.” SWOON.