The sad thing about living in Australia and following blogs from overseas is that I don’t get “Top Ten Tuesdays”. I get “Top Ten Wednesdays”, and it just doesn’t have the same ring to it. Anyways, this week’s TTW from the lovely ladies over at The Broke and the Bookish is all about the characters who have captured my heart and not let it go, even after the books in which they live are long closed and put back in my cupboard. I think you guys can all guess my #1 Literary Love, but I wonder how many of the others you’ll be able to guess?
10. Ethan Wate from Beautiful Creatures
If you haven’t read these books, I suggest that you do. The writing is kind of ordinary but the plot and the ingenuity of all of the twists and turns make up for the lackluster prose. Anyway, the lengths that Wate goes to in order to be with Lena Duchannes is nothing short of extraordinary. No spoilers, but those of you who have actually read the series, you know exactly what I’m talking about.
9. Magnus Bane from everything that Cassandra Clare has ever written.
Magnus is fun, bubbly, a little bit dangerous, and totally gorgeous. Plus, he is witty as hell. Case and point:
“Malachi scowled. “I don’t remember the Clave inviting you into the Glass City, Magnus Bane.”
“They didn’t,” Magnus said. “Your wards are down.”
“Really?” the Consul’s voice dripped sarcasm. “I hadn’t noticed.” Magnus looked concerned. “That’s terrible. Someone should have told you.” He glanced at Luke. “Tell him the wards are down.”
You could never be bored with Magnus. More than that, his heart is made of gold. And I mean the pure stuff, none of that 8ct crap. If he loves you, he loves you completely. His only drawback is his unfortunate taste in Shadowhunters.
8. Clay Jensen from Thirteen Reasons Why
Clay’s character in this novel is like a torch in the middle of the bush, in the middle of the night. He is everything that’s good and we see him, time and again, try and do the right thing by Hannah, even if everyone around him sees her as a no-good whore. He never lets other people influence the way he sees Hannah, not in any serious way. And you’ve just got to think that that kind of loyalty would make him a wonderful partner.
7. James Mycroft from the “Every” series.
James is crazy smart, aloof, gorgeous, and British. Plus he has that bad boy thing down. But when it comes to Watts (his Watson), he is a huge pile of ooey-gooey romantic. The thing about James is that we know he is damaged, and that’s what makes his ability to care for Watts the way he does so amazing. And, well, did I mention that he’s gorgeous and British?
6. Park from Eleanor & Park.
Rainbow Rowell’s debut novel is the perfect encapsulation of first love and the perceived inadequacies of adolescence. Embedded in this novel is a wonderful young man named Park who opens his heart to a girl who is incredibly different from everyone around him in every possible way. Although he does let other people’s opinions of Eleanor influence him at the beginning of this tale, he changes his mind. He rescinds his judgement and has Eleanor’s back even among the most hateful of crowds: judgemental teenagers. Park is a steadfast young man who every teenage boy should aspire to be like.
5. Aaron Tyler from Trouble
This boy, man. At fifteen he has a stronger grasp of his humanity and morality than many adults do. After suffering an intense personal tragedy he decides that the best way to get over that tragedy is to help a young girl, Hannah, out of her own serious problem. He does so because he feels like helping someone else will help him to get over his own problems. This may sound selfish but it isn’t. Aaron acts completely selflessly. And at 15. Do you remember what the boys were like when you were fifteen? Plus, Hannah had a bit of a “reputation” at their school. But did Aaron ever take advantage of it? No. He stayed her friend. Wow.
4. Dimitri Belikov from Vampire Academy
Dimitri. He makes me fangirl whenever he opens his mouth. Or simply walks into a scene in that beautiful duster of his. Of course, he’s a bit of a cliché: gorgeous, kicks arse, and is the nicest bloke you’ll ever meet. BUT you forgive this because his creator, Richelle Mead, made him just so goddamned loveable. I think it’s the whole respect thing he has going on. Rose, although younger than him, is always treated as his equal. He never tries to assert dominance because he sees Rose as his partner in all things. And it’s wonderful.
3. Peeta Mellark from The Hunger Games
Peeta is, quite simply, a good guy. An honourable guy. And he loves Katniss so much. People give him a lot of crap because he’s not rugged like Gale, but Peeta’s strength is different to Gale’s. He has emotional strength. And, in my opinion, that is more important than physical strength any day. Plus, he is just so goddamned sweet. Even after everything he went through in the Games.
2. Jem Carstairs from The Infernal Devices
Peeta may be a good guy, but Jem Carstairs is a saint. Seriously. If you looked up “saintly”, “good”, and “pure-hearted” in the dictionary you would see just two words: Jem Carstairs. As Sophie says in Clockwork Prince:
“Will has always been the brighter burning star, the one to catch attention — but Jem is a steady flame, unwavering and honest.”
Jem is dying. He was poisoned by demons as a child and the medication is slowly killing him throughout the whole series. But he isn’t bitter. He isn’t callous. He loves with his entire being and this shows in all of his relationships. He also never changes who he is. He is just Jem. He never pretends to be anything other than he is. Jem Carstairs is one of the best people in all of literature and all without even trying.
1. Will Herondale from The Infernal Devices
Wow, I bet you didn’t see this coming. Will Herondale is my one true (literary) love. Will is quite easily the most passionate and loving man I have ever read. He loves so deeply that he lets his love eat him alive. As a child, he chose to be lonely rather than sacrifice the people closest to him and that, to me, shows an amazing amount of compassion and empathy and goodness and selflessness and love. Then there’s the fact that he loves to read. And then there’s the fact that he has “Black hair and blue eyes … my favourite combination”. Herondale will always be the perfect man. And this is why I have his family ring on a silver chain.
So, guys, who are the literary loves of your life? Do you have designs on any of mine? Let me know!