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"I hate the way you make me feel!" Top Ten Characters I Would Crush On

I wasn't going to update today. I wasn't. But then I saw on Alley's blog that Top Ten Tuesday's topic was AMAZING and so here we are. Thanks, Broke and the Bookish, for being awesome.

Top Ten Characters I Would Crush On

It's supposed to be "...if I were a fictional character," but screw that, I DO crush on these people.


1. Moiraine Damodred, The Eye of the World, Robert Jordan. THIS IS THE FIRST PERSON THAT CAME TO MIND. And I read that book ten years ago. Moiraine is a badass. She's an Aes Sedai, which is...I dunno, some kind of lady wizard? It's been a while. I just remember she's awesome and when she started screaming at the end of one chapter I FROZE THE SHIT UP because Moiraine doesn't scream. So whatever was happening was really. really. really bad.

2. Jamie Fraser, Outlander, Diana Gabalalabadon.  Um, shut up, because Jamie is perfectly calculated to make everyone fall in love with him. "Oh, you're handsome and tall and brave and funny and strong and the only person who truly gets you is me? Okay then."

3. Florence Banner, Tipping the Velvet, Sarah Waters. How can you not be in love with Flo? If you're a Kitty devotee, get out. Right now. Okay, fine. I GUESS you can crush on Kitty, because why wouldn't you, but FLO IS DEVOTED TO A CAUSE. And that is hot. She's all responsible and sure of herself and I am on board with this.

4. Marian Halcombe, The Woman in White, Wilkie Collins. If any of you left Marian off your list, you need to rethink that quick, because there is a DUTY to the Cult of Wilkie, and that duty is to be always in love with Marian. 

Only replace "on a girl" with "on Marian"

What do you even say about Marian? She's perfect. She's a Victorian ninja woman who also happens to be stunningly clever and has a rather nice backside (thank you, Wilkie). We bless the day she was created.

5. Helena Landless, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Charles Dickens. Bella Wilfer from Our Mutual Friend also competes for this spot, but right now I have a giant soft spot for Helena. She and her twin brother Neville come to England from India. In Dickens's last few novels, he started creating interesting women who had actual personalities. This is part of the description for Helena and Neville:
An unusually handsome lithe young fellow, and an unusually handsome lithe girl; much alike; both very dark, and very rich in colour; she of almost the gipsy type; something untamed about them both; a certain air upon them of hunter and huntress; yet withal a certain air of being the objects of the chase, rather than the followers.
Also...y'know. This photo surfaced from the Broadway production:

6. Etienne St. Clair, Anna and the French Kiss, Stephanie Perkins. Ugh. Fine. Yes. I am totally into Etienne. He is awesome. And really sweet. And has great hair. Which is remarked on a LOT in that book. But he's also 18, soooo...that might not work out. Unlike all the others listed above, which of course have a high probability of success.

7. Cathy Ames, East of Eden, John Steinbeck. CATHY IS TOTALLY EVIL AND I UNDERSTAND THAT. That doesn't mean I wouldn't make out with her. But I would probably worry about getting stabbed while doing it. 'Cause she'd have no problem with that.

8. Henry Tilney, Northanger Abbey, Jane Austen. This one's more for old-time's sake. I used to love him because he's funny, but when I re-read it, he just seems kinda like Catherine's gay best friend. But sure, let's list him on here. Because he IS funny. And that's attractive, damnit.

9. Will Ladislaw or Dorothea Brooke, Middlemarch, George Eliot. Really either one.

10. a very distant way...Bellatrix Lestrange. *runs away*


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