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Edited: Nov 5, 2006, 1:58pm Top

What YA lit character(s) did/do you have a crush on?

I was (and arguably still am) totally in love with Calvin from the Wrinkle in Time series - he had me from that scene where he tells Meg to keep wearing her glasses so nobody else will find out how beautiful her eyes are. Aww! ;)

Nov 5, 2006, 4:22pm Top

I'm not sure about a YA lit character I've ever had a crush on, but I sure can tell you a YA lit author I have a crush on...Neil Gaiman!

I'll have to keep thinking about the characters.

Edited: Jul 13, 2007, 8:10pm Top

I can't just pick one!! If I were still a teen these would be my top picks:

Jesse from The Mediator series. I love how he always calls Suze "querida".

Edward from Twilight is pretty much heartthrob material, but a bit on the scary side.

Arkarian from The Guardians of Time series by Marianne Curley is an amazing character. Blue hair and violet eyes, who can complain?

Harry Potter, just because he's the boy who lived and now that he's older, he is most definately turning in to romantic hero material

Nov 5, 2006, 11:29pm Top

Gilbert from Anne of Green Gables. Yum...

And the Weasley twins from Harry Potter.

And Mr. Darcy from Pride and Prejudice...

Nov 6, 2006, 8:43am Top

If we're going to limit it to YA books.....

My first crush I can remember was on Peter Pan.

After that...
I'm totally with you on Calvin from A Wrinkle in Time, although by the time we got around to A Swiftly Tilting Planet I started crushing on Charles Wallace as well.

Nat Eaton from The Witch of Blackbird Pond

Prince Caspian from the Narnia series

Will Parry from the His Dark Materials series

Remus Lupin from Harry Potter

Will Stanton from The Dark is Rising

Apparently I collect Book Boyfriends fairly easily. :)

Nov 6, 2006, 3:58pm Top

I would have to say:

Edward from Twilight
Fang from Maximum Ride
Zane from Pretties
James from A Certain Slant of Light

Nov 6, 2006, 4:15pm Top

Kind of off the subject but the post about Will Stanton made me think of it. I always wondered if he and Jane ever got together after the series ended (you know, in that imaginary world where all literary characters exist in peace and harmony LOL). It seemed as though there might have been a little something between them.

Nov 6, 2006, 5:47pm Top

Fyrefly - although I don't recall particularly crushing on Charles Wallace, I definitely had a crush on one of the twins - either Denys or Sandy, can't remember which - when I read Many Waters. My guess is that Calvin was a good influence on them, lol.

T.J. from Chris Crutcher's Whale Talk was also the object of some of my affections. My first lit crush was Joe Hardy from the Hardy Boys, and it is worth noting that I thought Nancy Drew had it pretty darn good with Ned as well!

Edited: Nov 6, 2006, 7:55pm Top

Hi, I'm new to this group, and I'm way too old to still have crushes on YA book boys, but, I do. And as with some of the rest of you, the Wills dominate:

Will Stanton from The Dark is Rising (Truly, the longest crush of my life. Longer than Christian Bale and longer than Bono.)
Will Parry from His Dark Materials

also important, but not at the same level as the two Wills:

Iorek from His Dark Materials
Ender Wiggin from Ender's Game, etc.
Ron Weasley from Harry Potter
Mr. Darcy from Pride and Prejudice
Mr. Knightley from Emma
Mr. Rochester from Jane Eyre

Those last 3 obviously aren't YA books and technically I suppose Ender's Game isn't either. But since I read them all when I was a teenager I will count them.

Upon rereading Jane Eyre this past year I have less of a crush on Rochester and more of a crush on Jane!

Thanks for letting me indulge myself!

Nov 6, 2006, 9:34pm Top

In LOVE with D'Artagnon from The Three Musketeers but I suppose that's not YA.

George from Tamora Pierce's Alanna series.

And I do remember telling my eighth grade English class that "Tom Sawyer is totally the type of guy I'd date" (The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, of course)

And on a side note, I had the biggest crush on Dimitri from the movie (the ANIMATED) movie Anastasia.

Nov 6, 2006, 9:46pm Top

Wow, I love Dmitri too. But I'm partial to John Cusack anyway.

As for YA characters, I always liked Charming from Ella Enchanted, Sirius Black from Harry Potter, Laurie (Little Women), and John Reid (Time Enough for Drums). I'm sure I'll think of many more later, though.

Nov 6, 2006, 10:03pm Top

nicoletort - Oh, I only just read the Song of the Lioness series recently (and I haven't been a YA in about a decade), but if I'd read them back in the day, I TOTALLY would have fallen for George.

Nov 7, 2006, 10:35am Top

John Cusack is the man!

I had a thing for Ged from A Wizard of Earthsea and Robinton from Anne McCaffrey's Pern novels (especially in Dragonsinger and Dragonsong).

...and I always wondered about Will Stanton and Bran!

Nov 7, 2006, 3:46pm Top

One of my favourites was always Gabriel from L.J. Smith's Dark Visions trilogy. (Ah, touchstones... why did I have to tell you that L.J. Smith is indeed L.J. Smith rather than Alexander McCall Smith?).

Nov 7, 2006, 4:34pm Top

Eragon from Eragon
Edward from Twilight
J.R. Moehringer...alright I realize he is not fictional and not really a YA author (but definitely YA appropriate) but I have a crush on him! The Tender Bar was wonderful and I really felt like I got to know him...then I met him. Okay...I should move on.

The high school girls I work with would say ...
Edward from Twilight
Kartik (sp??) from A Great and Terrible Beauty

Nov 7, 2006, 10:34pm Top

It's ok bookmindful and nicoletort-- In my system, paperback classics are all catalogued as YA!

Also, I want to add in Dave the Laugh from Away Laughing on a Fast Camel and others...

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Nov 7, 2006, 11:28pm Top

I have to admit that I've probably read every single Sweet Valley High series book and was in love with Conner (from the Senior series).
Without a doubt, went through my Gilbert from Anne of Green Gables and Mark Darcy from Pride and Prejudice stage but those are general favorites. I have to say that I think my personal favorite might have to be Rhett Butler, perhaps out of loyalty to Clark Gable from Gone with the Wind. (or John Reid from Time Enough for Drums too, but I believe he's already taken).
Oh, and I was oddly very attracted to Vermeer from A Girl With a Pearl Earring.
As a final note, why do men in books always seem so much better than ones in real life?

Nov 8, 2006, 7:17pm Top

George (Georgina) Kirrin from Enid Blyton's Famous Five books.
Jo March from Little Women
Joey Bettany Elinor M. Brent-Dyer's Chalet School books.
Tamzin Gray from Monica Edwards Romney Marsh books (Cargo of Horses)
Almost all Robin Mckinley's heroines.
Troy Palmer from Margaret Mahy's The Haunting
Caddie Woodlawn
Dicey Tillerman from Cynthia Voight's Homecoming series

dizzi, are the men you are talking about all in books written by women?

Nov 10, 2006, 3:08pm Top

Edward & Jacob from both Twilight & New Moon *swoon*

There was a guy from A Great and Terrible Beauty but of course I can't remember his name now :/ It was last year though when I read the book, if that makes any excuse.

Nov 10, 2006, 10:45pm Top

Come to think of it, they are all written by women... I never noticed that before!

Nov 11, 2006, 1:43pm Top

My secret agent lover man in the Weetzie Bat books.

Nov 12, 2006, 8:38pm Top

I'm crazy about both Mendanbar and Telemain from The Enchanted Forest Chronicles. Let's see, who else? . . .

Howl from Howl's Moving Castle, and Christopher Chant (Chrestomanci) from Charmed Life.

Corlath from The Blue Sword, and Luthe from The Hero and the Crown.

Aragorn from The Lord of the Rings. (Which probably doesn't count as YA, but oh, well.)

And (blush) Severus Snape. I know, I know. . .

This, if it does nothing else, highlights my abiding love for YA fantasy.

I don't remember having many literary crushes when I was actually a YA -- Sam Gribley from My Side of the Mountain, maybe and definitely Calvin from A Wrinkle in Time. Oh, and Laurie from Little Women. I'm still bitter that he didn't end up with Jo. Amy was a brat and didn't deserve him. I was much happier that Rose ended up with my other Alcott crush, Mac (Eight Cousins, Rose in Bloom).

Nov 12, 2006, 8:45pm Top

And I forgot Eugenides (The Thief/Queen of Attolia/King of Attolia)!

Nov 12, 2006, 9:41pm Top

kidsilkhaze - I'm totally with you on Dave the Laugh!!

Nov 13, 2006, 4:13pm Top

Have to agree with foggidawn. Laurie was a favorite, and saw myself as Jo when I read it (circa fifth grade, so I was 11?) so I was extremely upset when they didn't end up together. The random professor seemed like a cop out if you ask me.

I agree with Howl from Howl's Moving Castle as well.

And I'll throw in the centaur from Artemis Fowl even though I don't think that would work out so well in real life. Butler started to grow on me in the later books as well.

Nov 14, 2006, 4:46pm Top

I am new to this group and I love this thread. I am/was in love with a lot of the favorites; Calvin, Laurie, Gilbert. But my biggest crush is Joe in the Betsy-Tacy series. I adore him. I know they aren't strictly YA, the early ones are definitely kid lit, but once Betsy is in high school and beyond they are YA.

Nov 14, 2006, 11:40pm Top

I had the biggest crush on Gilbert Blythe when I was younger, but I can't think of anyone else.

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Nov 16, 2006, 4:45pm Top

I have the biggest crush ever! on Edward from Twilight/New Moon.

Also Kartik from A Great and Terrible Beauty.

And Dave the Laugh...

And Prince Charming from Ella Enchanted...

Dexter from Sarah Dessen's This Lullaby...

and many others...

of course, since I'm sixteen, it changes every week... ;-)

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Nov 23, 2006, 2:23pm Top

Ok, so I don't think I ever stopped reading as a kid (I still don't, though finding time between classes gets difficult).

Jesse from The Mediator, whoever said that thing about him calling her 'querida' is dead on.

Sirius Black, Severus Snape, and Remus Lupin, in that order, from Harry Potter

Strat from the 'time' series by Caroline B. Cooney

The Phantom (Erik) from The Phantom of the Opera (not sure if you'd actually count this as YA, but I read it when I was reading the others, so...)

Westley from The Princess Bride

That's all I can think of right now...

Nov 25, 2006, 2:38pm Top

I second Gilbert Blythe. They just don't come much better than that.

Nov 25, 2006, 11:12pm Top

That was me that made the "querida" comment :-) Jesse is just very swoon worthy. I love the part when he shows up in the backseat of the car when Suze is getting kissed for the first time LOL Also when he finds her in Doc's bed with all the tools because of Maria and when he takes care of her feet after the Jimmy Cho incident....I could go on and on, but I guess I'll stop there.

Nov 27, 2006, 5:01pm Top

We now have t-shirts to make our Edward (from Twilight) obsession public. One our students (kylara) created a t-shirt and had them made for her and a few of her obsessed friends (she included me--yeah!!). On the front they say... "one of Edward's crazy wannabe wives"...the crazy is crossed out and on the back it has fun quotes that we all got to write on all the t-shirts. Oh the fun we have with character crushes!

Dec 1, 2006, 8:57am Top

Yep, I have to admit that I also fell for Edward in Twilight.
I also crushed on Mr. Darcy from Pride and Prejudice and that was before I saw Colin Firth play him!
Dave the Laugh is my favorite from the Georgia Nicholson books as well.
I fell for David in Uglies, but then Zane came along in Pretties and I fell for him even harder. :)

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Dec 7, 2006, 10:30am Top

oh no, come on, Colin Firth is SOFT!!
Have you seen the new film? Way better!

Dec 10, 2006, 4:44pm Top

I think I agree with gyptian =)

Dec 11, 2006, 10:39am Top

Well, for the record, I have a great appreciation for both Colin Firth and the "newer" version of Mr. Darcy.


Dec 18, 2006, 10:49pm Top

I Really had a crush on wes from the Truth About Forever

Dec 18, 2006, 11:15pm Top

Hi, i'm new in this group, this is a very interesting thread.
I had a huge crush on:

Howl from Howl's Moving Castle
Nathaniel from The Bartimaeus Trilogy, he's totally cool in the third book.
Artemis Fowl
Legolas from Lord of The Rings

and i think Dustfinger from Inkheart is mysteriously interesting (kind of like Severus Snape and Sirius Black, in a way). I havent read Inkspell yet, and I'm partly hoping he would end up with Resa (but then I dont want to think about Mo's feeling..)

Dec 19, 2006, 12:23pm Top

so definately Silk, Riva, and Zakath from David Eddings books. Eragon from, obviously, Eragon. and Mat from the Wheel of Time series.

oh yeah, for the benefit of SheReads, HOT HOT HOT HOT HOT.

Dec 19, 2006, 1:56pm Top

>40 fyrefly98:
Mat's cute but whines a bit too much for my tastes.

I had a mini-crush forming on Perrin in the first few books but then he got all "FAILE FAILE FAILE endoftheworlddon'tcare FAILE FAILE FAILE" all the time, so that killed it.

I think if I were forced to pick a Book!Boyfriend from the WoT books, I'd have to go with Gawyn (good blend of cute/honorable/not crazy)... but he's not nearly on the same level as my other literary crushes.

Dec 28, 2006, 10:29pm Top

I didn't mean to but I totally fell in love with Edward Cullen from Twilight. Cold and often dominating, yet incurably romantic, Edward has seeped into my heart.

Edited: Dec 31, 2006, 6:50pm Top

Won't this be a long list! ;D Fictional guys are better than real ones, I always say.

Edward Cullen;; Twilight
Sirius Black;; Harry Potter
Zane;; Pretties
Nat Eaton;; The Witch of Blackbird Pond
Rex;; Peaches
Dexter;; This Lullaby
Howl;; Howl's Moving Castle
Legolas;; Lord of the Rings
Pudge;; Looking for Alaska
Jacob;; Blue is for Nightmares
Dominic;; Don't Die, Dragonfly
Mr. Crepsley and Evra Von;; Cirque du Freak
Fletcher;; The Queen Geek Social Club
Charles;; Crooked
Bryce;; Flipped
Fang and Iggy;; Maximum Ride
Nick;; Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist
Hunter;; So Yesterday
V;; V for Vendetta

And I think that's about it. :D Don't worry, loves, I DO have a social life.

Jan 2, 2007, 7:52am Top

I had a bit of a crush on Brom in Eragon, moreso after Jeremy Irons played him in the movie (does that count?).

I also found Dustfinger in Inkheart mysterious, making him attractive. And I like Sirius more than Lupin as a character, but I think I'd have more of a crush on Lupin in Harry Potter (obviously). And who wouldn't have a crush on Westley in Princess Bride? Though I really liked Inigo too. And I had a crush on Nathaniel from Bartimaeus Trilogy from book 1, and I only liked him more as the series progressed. The third book was awesome.

I never realized how very much I became attached to characters.

Jan 25, 2007, 4:29pm Top

Having finally read some of the series that have been mentioned more than once in this thread, I understand why certain characters keep cropping up.

I read the Uglies trilogy, and while I found both David and Zane to be cute and charming, neither of them really crossed the border into BookBoyfriend territory for me.

On the other hand, I just finished The Mediator series this morning, and my goodness, where do I find myself a Jesse? I mean, he was obviously written to be the perfect guy, but come on! He's gorgeous, he likes reading, and he took care of her gross blistered feet!

Heh. Okay, back to real life. :)

Jan 26, 2007, 9:02am Top

I like the secret benefactor in Daddy Long Legs..he is a crush.

Jan 26, 2007, 10:24am Top

I actually really liked Zane - I think he was my favourite character in the whole series. David not so much.

Jan 26, 2007, 11:44am Top

>44 fyrefly98: I agree, Jesse is fantastic! The Mediator series is a definate on my re-read list this year.

Jan 26, 2007, 1:17pm Top

All I have to say about Jesse is yes, Yes, YES!!!

So dreamy...

Jan 27, 2007, 5:03am Top

I haven't read the Wrinkle in Time series since I was young, but the mentions of Calvin twigged a vague memory of having a crush on him.

Dave the Laugh is also my fave from the Louise Rennison books as well.

Wow, I'd forgotten about Strat from the Caroline B. Cooney time books as well.

I'm sure I have some that aren't listed here, but I haven't finished cataloguing my old YA books, and even though they're all in this very room, I can't see the uncatalogued ones, because they're second layers on top shelves that I can't reach! I guess i'll just have to come back to this thread later on! When I've gotten brave enough to tackle those shelves!

Jan 27, 2007, 9:00am Top

I've been reading this thread with enjoyment but had nothing to add until just this morning when I remembered I once had a crush on Almanzo from the Wilder Little House on the Prairie books.

Feb 18, 2007, 5:48pm Top

Oh my gosh, Morphidae, you just reminded me of Almanzo! I definitely had a crush on him too, him with his black hair and blue eyes ;) haha

As for others...

Gilbert Blythe, but really it was after watching the movie
Dexter from This Lullaby
Roiben from Tithe
Liam from Pop Princess
Will Trombal from Saving Francesca

Of course I love Jesse from the Mediator series, but I also had a kind of crush on Paul. I mean, he's supposed to be the bad guy and all, but I think we all must admit to ourselves that every once in a while we'd like to be crushed on by a confident, hot guy who's slightly dangerous.

Feb 18, 2007, 8:21pm Top

>45 bettyjo: I fell head over heels for the doctor in Dear Enemy, maybe we should double date! (grin)

Feb 18, 2007, 10:15pm Top

Oooh. Fun topic.

Remus Lupin from Harry Potter. I love the older men. ;p
Hunter from Sweep.
Ed from Fearless.
Marcus Flutie from the Jessica Darling series by Megan McCafferty.
Lex and West from Wasteland.
Smoke from Echo.

Ginny from Harry Potter.
Marina from Wasteland.
Witch Baby and Cherokee Bat from Dangerous Angels.
Dairine from the Young Wizards Series.
Bridget from The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.
Serena van der Woodsen from Gossip Girl.
Stargirl from Stargirl.
Violet and Claire from Violet and Claire.

Hmm. I'm a literary slut.

Feb 19, 2007, 4:34pm Top

Cien: LOL re: "literary slut." Love it!

Feb 19, 2007, 10:34pm Top

I LOVE that there are a bunch of books on this list for me to go wallow in! I totally had a book crush running for Edward (Twilight/New Moon) last summer, but recently thought David from Uglies would make a fun boyfriend (if I were still sixteen) FAR FROM IT :( I liked Costas in the traveling pants series during the first and part of the second books until his...indiscretion. That's all I can think of right now. Lots of food for thought!

Feb 22, 2007, 8:35pm Top

As a teen i developed a crush on Taran from the Prydain chronicles. Especially in The High King.

(DH just looked over my shoulder and asked why I am such a nerd...)

Feb 23, 2007, 9:47am Top

Taran was pretty cool :-) I loved the Prydain Chronicles in school, but they got me in to a lot of trouble. I used to read ahead and the teacher would get mad at me.

Feb 25, 2007, 7:19pm Top

I too am a literary-slut, my book crushes for YA are:

Gabriel from Blood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klause
Gabriel from Dark Visions by Lisa Jane Smith
George from the Alanna books by Tamora Pierce is a huge abiding crush of mine although I was torn when she introduced Liam in Lioness Rampant.
Hunter from the Sweep books by Cate Tiernan and I really liked Richard in the Balefire series.
I too am big with the Jesse love from the Mediator series by Jenny Carroll/Meg Cabot (whatever handle she goes by these days)

Really liking the boys in Rachel Caine's Morganville vampires series too.

For non YA book crushes I seem to have a worrying penchant for assassins; Ranger (Stephanie Plum), Fitzchivalry (Farseer), and Edward (Anita Blake)

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Feb 26, 2007, 1:54am Top

I would have to definitely say Adam in A Ring of Endless Light and The Arm of the Starfish. There was just something about him.

Edited: Feb 28, 2007, 9:48pm Top

Oh boy... well, since the first book I read happened to be Winnie the Pooh, I've had a crush on Christopher Robin since about 3. Other than that...

Keith from 13 Little Blue Envelopes
Murtagh from Eragon (and not just after the movie xD)
Iggy from Maximum Ride
Percy from The Scarlet Pimpernel
Miles "Pudge" from Looking for Alaska
Artemis Fowl from Artemis Fowl
Neville from Harry Potter
Edmund from Chronicles of Narnia
Mr. Bingley from Pride and Prejudice
and lastly a small one on Masimo from Georgia Nicolson, because I know what it's like, making out with an Italian guy ;D

And, although I'm not bi/lesbian, if these girls were guys I would also love them to death.

Alaska from Looking for Alaska
Kino from Kino No Tabi
Lizzie from Pride and Prejudice
Catherine from Wuthering Heights
Max from Maximum Ride
Arya from Eragon
Carmen from Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
Holly from Artemis Fowl

Edit: to add more!

Feb 28, 2007, 10:23pm Top

#56 goodgolly - when we were eleven, my best friend and I used to prop up my copy of Taran Wanderer, (with Jody Lee's most excellent cover), and just stare at it. It's kind of embarrassing to look back on, but we totally had the hots for him.

(And I've got to admit, he still rather does it for me).

Edited: Mar 5, 2007, 7:04pm Top

Funny i like Iggy but am a total gonner for Fang from the maximum ride series.
I totally love Ben from the Castaways of the Flying Dutchman series too. ;}

Mar 27, 2007, 1:02am Top

Wow, everyone here is WAY boy-crazy.

I was amused by this one: "since the first book I read happened to be Winnie the Pooh, I've had a crush on Christopher Robin since about 3."

A lot of people have mentioned Edward from the Twilight books. How?? He's TOO perfect. He's handsome (without really an image of his handsomeness), he's strong, he's powerful, he wants to drink the blood of his beloved... OK, there's a flaw there... but it just seems so clichéd to like Edward. That's what annoys me about Bella.

But I have a couple questions. What comprises a literary crush? If you have one, does it mean you lie awake at night thinking, "Oh, but if only Edward/Sirius/Gilbert, etc. were real, and would ask me out!" When that character has a sucessful relationship with another character, not you, do you scream "No!" and slam the book to the floor, only to pick it up a minute later to read more of your beloved?

Or is it more along the lines of "Aw, s/he is cool... interesting... good-looking... intriguing... Too bad it's fiction"?

Mar 27, 2007, 1:53am Top

had to jump in on this one...i'll limit it to just a few...

ponyboy from the outsiders
marcus flutie from sloppy firsts
sirius and remus from harry potter
george and gary from the alanna series
numair from the wild magic series
calvin from a wrinkle in time

literary crushes are the best...thanks for letting me reminisce...

Mar 27, 2007, 7:13am Top

>64 csoki637:

No, I think the idea of literary crushes is definitely more of the third - at least for me. I always call them my BookBoyfriends... the idea being that if I could somehow transport myself into their books (a la Inkheart), I'd set myself about making them my boyfriend. :) These characters are obviously written to have appealing characteristics... we can find them appealing while still separating reality from fiction.

And, at least for me, most (though not all) of my BookBoyfriends are the romantic lead of their story, or at least have a romantic relationship. There's nothing of jealousy about it - it just makes it easier to mentally cast myself as the female lead.

Mar 27, 2007, 10:19am Top

>65 sadiegrrrl:
I'm so glad somebody else had a crush on Gary too! I adored George, too, but Gary was always my favorite (not for Alanna, though).

And I have no problem with my literary crushes having romantic relationships. In fact, I prefer it that way because, like fyrefly said, I like to be able to cast myself as the heroine. Plus I like to see my BookBoyfriends happy.

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Mar 29, 2007, 7:33pm Top

Wow, I just have to jump on the bandwagon here. I realized as I got older that what I liked in book-men I liked in life-men. While there haven't been any perfect matches, at least I know what I like. These literary crushes started as someone I would have killed to date, but now they're models of a man I'd like to have fully enmeshed in my daily life.

So I had a total crush on Calvin from the very first time I read A Wrinkle in Time

I adored Darcy from Pride and Prejudice, like so many others on this thread.

And I never got enough of Aragorn or Gandalf from Lord of the Rings...on the Gandalf thing, it wasn't so much a physical attraction, it was that he could have taught me some very cool things.

Recently, I developed a crush on Cody from Sharon Creech's The Wanderer. I would love to know what he grew up to be.

I've also gained a new series to read from this discussion. I've never heard of Cabot's The Mediator series. I just added the first book to a shopping list for tomorrow.

Mar 29, 2007, 8:48pm Top

The Mediator books are totally addictive. I took the first one out from the library and spent the rest of the week driving around on my lunch breaks to different bookstores and libraries so I could finish the series. Took me about a week to track down and read all 6 books.

Mar 29, 2007, 10:07pm Top

>69 Jenson_AKA_DL: The Mediator books are totally addictive.

Too damn right! I got the first one out of the library, read it in a day, passed it to a friend at work, who read it in a day and then immediately ordered the rest of the series from amazon priority - and read them one per day, immediately handing them off to me. :-)

They're not great literature or anything, but man, are they addictive, trashy, fluffy fun.

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Apr 4, 2007, 11:11am Top

Oh wow, I love this topic. On the other hand, it can't be good for my romantic future to be constantly comparing guys I meet in real life to guys that are fictional and therefore perfect (in my imaginings of them).

Here's my list:
1. Marcus Flutie from the Jessica Darling books by Megan Mccafferty, even though I spent most of Charmed Thirds being pretty mad at him.

2. George from The Song of the Lioness quartet by Tamora Pierce.

3. Brian from all the Traveling Pants books, but most of all Girls in Pants.

4. Kartik from A Great and Terrible Beauty and Rebel Angels.

5. Gideon and Noel from The Boyfriend List and The Boy Book.

6. Will Trombol from Saving Francesca.

7. Will from The Pillow Book of Cordelia Kenn

8. Nick from Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist

9. Shrimp from Rachel Cohn's other books.

10. Ed from I Am the Messenger

Apr 5, 2007, 8:17pm Top

adding on to The Mediator mini-thread: I got the first book from the bookstore and finished it in a day. Now I must read the rest. Which I think will at least partially slake my fantasy thirst until August when Eclipse comes out.

Apr 6, 2007, 1:48am Top

1. The whole set of boys, but mostly George and Jon in the Lioness Rampant series
2. Adam from an L.J. Smith series
3. Geradin from Mirror of Her Dreams and A Man Rides Through
4. King Mendenbar from the Enchanted Forest Chronicles (Dealing with Dragons)
5. Both of the twins from Many Waters
6. Felix from The Tricksters
7. Frank from the Hardy Boys (looooonnnnggg story)

Author crushes (not YA): I have to agree with the person that said Neil Gaiman. After him would definitely be Dan Savage.

Ok, stopping now before I embarrass myself!

Apr 9, 2007, 9:19pm Top

Wow, what a fun thread. Ditto to Nat from Witch of Blackbird Pond, Ged (especially endearing in The Tombs of Atuan), Taran from The Prydain Chronicles, and Percy from The Scarlet Pimpernel.

Not yet mentioned: Beau Geste; Spiller, from The Borrowers Afield et al.; Snufkin, from Tove Jansson's Moomin series; Ian Direach, from "How Ian Direach Got the Blue Falcon" in Lang's Orange Fairy Book (based mostly on Ford's illustrations, I admit); Sir Gareth of Orkney, from any account of the Knights of the Round Table; a good half-dozen of Rosemary Sutcliff's characters; and, in any and every context, Robin Hood.

As for Lord of the Rings, I too had a crush on Legolas back in the day. Now that I'm no longer a YA, though, it's Faramir I fancy (Tolkien's Faramir, that is, not Jackson's).

Though I love Pride and Prejudice, Mr Darcy's eternal popularity is puzzling to me. He's a brilliantly written character, but as a romantic ideal? Judgmental of others, bottles up his emotions, doesn't communicate well, and is a drag at parties. Good luck, Elizabeth!

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Ooh I was looking at this thread and it reminded me of so many great characters.... King Mendenbar! He definitely was an excellent fictional guy.... and the twins from Many Waters!.... Like csoki637, I'm not so enamoured of the 'perfect' type people like Edward or Jesse though. Of Tamora Pierce's guys I always liked Numair, although George would have been good too but I always pictured him as too old...

Edited to add: Now I know I'm going crazy, while I did like Numair, I meant to say I liked Nawat most :P

Apr 9, 2007, 10:59pm Top

This is completely off topic, but Bookherd, you are the first person I've met who knows Lang's fairy book series. Aren't they great!

Apr 9, 2007, 11:30pm Top

The first time I read it, I thought George was old, too, but when I reread it, he was only 17 at the beginning of Alanna. So he was just over 5 years older than her - which really is far less old than Numair...whom I always expected to be younger. That age difference was kinda weird for me.

Apr 10, 2007, 12:14am Top

It's a little young to be considered YA, but I still reread them fairly often....I was totally in love with Manly from Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House series

Also, Gilbert from Anne of Green Gables, though I loved him best in Anne of the Island, and F'nor from Anne McCaffrey's Dragonflight and sequels--he was so much hotter than F'lar.

Apr 10, 2007, 1:27am Top

I'm too old for this, I aught to be ashamed but, how do we like:

Kieran (sp?) from Two Moons in August?

Harry (once he started getting tall), Sirius and Cedric Diggory from Harry Potter, of course.

#22 Snape? You like those strong silent types, huh? I agree he sounds hot, tho a bit mean. Its ok, a week as my boyfriend and he'll have fly hair, and the coolest robes Madam Malkin can make! Yeah, baby!

Isn't Gilbert Blythe from Anne of Green Gables Perfect?

If we are including LOR then Legolas is soooo dreamy.

Shasta from A horse and his boy, Caspian, Rillian and Peter Pevinsie from the Chronicles of Narnia

And all flavors of Mr Darcy, of course!

Apr 10, 2007, 8:53am Top

OOh, I admit to Caspian, too. I actually really didn't like most of the Chronicles of Narnia, but Caspian definitely awakened my literary crushing.

Apr 10, 2007, 4:09pm Top

>77 Caramellunacy: ... That's true that Numair is older than he seems, while George is younger.... I think it also confuses my mind more that I first read about George when I was younger, so even 17 seemed old... whereas I was slightly older (but not a lot older) when I read about Numair...

Apr 10, 2007, 11:31pm Top

>74 bookherd: "and, in any and every context, Robin Hood."

Have you read The Outlaws of Sherwood? That's definitely a crush-worthy Robin!

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Edited: Nov 11, 2007, 8:14pm Top

You all can keep Laurie, because I love Emil "Commodore" Hoffman from Jo's Boys.

Percy and Ron Weasley from Harry Potter
Nathaniel Brewster from Lord Kirkle's Money by Avi It's Avi's best novel.
Henry Tilney of Northanger Abbey
Mr Darcy of Pride and Prejudice
Captain Wentworth of Persuasion
Hareton Earnshaw from Wuthering Heights
Pippin from The Lord of the Rings
Tuor of The Silmarillion and The Book of Lost Tales Part II, and Feanor from the former
Lemony Snicket

Some of these aren't actual young adult books, but I'm fifteen.

Apr 17, 2007, 4:18pm Top

Lets see:

Mr. Rochester from Jane Eyre
George from Tamora Pierce's Alanna series
Sirius Black and Lupin from Harry Potter
Eugenides The Thief, Queen of Attolia, King of Attolia
Every Robin Hood Ever
Briar from Tamora Pierce's Circle series

Humm . . . I think this list says I have poor tastes in men. There all thieves or slightly unpleseant . . .

Apr 17, 2007, 4:19pm Top

I'd also add Neil Gaiman if we get authors too, but I don't think he is a thief.

Apr 28, 2007, 10:58am Top

Almonzo from the Little House books. (Laura Ingalls Wilder)
Mac from Eight Cousins (Lousia May Alcott)
Dominic from The Piper on the Mountain (Ellis Peters)
Maybe Peter Pan, and probably a LOT of others,
Oh, Owen from Just Listen

Apr 28, 2007, 10:14pm Top

Oh, completely Remus and Sirius from Harry Potter and Calvin O'Keefe from A Wrinkle in Time. I also loved Caspian from Voyage of the Dawn Treader.

That's me really restricting myself to YA, though. Otherwise I'd have to get into Mr. Rochester, Eponine, Enjolras, Newman Noggs (shut up, he's really quite charming in the RSC production), Beatrice...

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Apr 30, 2007, 10:28pm Top

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I thought I was the only person Who had crushes on fake people.

Taran, Prydian chronicles
Matt, Airborn and Skybreaker
Nat, The witch of blackbird pond
Shasta, the horse and his boy
The guys from The bronze bow
Marcellus from the robe
Pierre--calico captive
Rhys, The two princesses of Bamarre
Char, Ella enchanted
Owen,The Navigator
The prince,I coriander

They'll be more later

May 1, 2007, 5:25pm Top

00Serenity00, I loved your comment "On the other hand, it can't be good for my romantic future to be constantly comparing guys I meet in real life to guys that are fictional and therefore perfect (in my imaginings of them)."

I have a funny story about that...my best friend broke up with a guy because he reminded her of Richard in the Anita Blake books (he always annoyed her)! I laughed so hard. And the sad thing is it was my fault. As she was describing his failings I said "wow sounds like Richard" and she goes "OMG, you're right". The worst part is, she accidently told him that was the reason!!

P.S. I'm going to think about my list and add it later. But this is a great topic! I think I fall in love a little bit with most of the guys in the books I read.

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May 7, 2007, 12:21am Top

Kartik from A Great and Terrible Beauty;
Christopher from The Perilous Gard;
Calvin from A Wrinkle in Time;
and Mr. Rochester from Jane Eyre (minus the wife in the attic, of course).

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Hi! I'm new to this group, but this thread was just so hilarious:) My literary crushes:
Nat: Witch of Blackbird Pond
Gilbert: Anne of Green Gables
Jasper: Five Little Peppers and How they Grew
Bill Weasley: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Taran: Prydain Chronicles
Calvin: Wrinkle in Time
George: Song of the Lionness series by Tamora Pierce
Numair: Immortals series by Tamora Pierce
Nawat: Daughter of the Lionness series by Pierce
Raistlin: DragonLance Chronicles by Weis and Hickman
Mairelon: Mairelon the Magician
Johnny Tremain & Rab: Johnny Tremain

When I was in sixth grade I read the first Five Little Peppers book and the Anne of Green Gables books. I remember telling my mother that if I ever had sons, I would name them Gilbert and Jasper. She said "over her dead body!"

I still have a crush on Bill Weasley even though I find his love of Phlegm disturbing. ;P

Of the preceding Numair is my favorite. I just love the character!

Oh, I used edit because I had forgotten one.
Bartimaeus from the Bartimaeus Trilogy! He is such a funny, cute djinn!

May 10, 2007, 8:21pm Top

Dexter from This Lullaby
Tobey from When it Happens
Scott from Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie
Peter Pan
Tom Sawyer
Huckleberry Finn
Ron from Harry Potter
there's probably (definately) more, I just can't think of any.

May 12, 2007, 10:28pm Top

I would definitely say my #1 book crush is on Lucas from the book Lucas by Kevin Brooks. He's absolutely amazing :-D

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I think about this way too much as it is, so my list is too long. But here it is:

Thomas Schofield >> Sorcery and Cecilia
Mr. Rochester >> Jane Eyre
Vidanric Shevraeth >> Crown Duel
Edward Cullen >> Twilight and New Moon
Henry Higgins >> My Fair Lady movie or Pygmalion
Eugenides >> The Thief, Queen of Attolia, and esp. King of Attolia
Christopher Heron >> Perilous Gard
Kartik >> A Great and Terrible Beauty, Rebel Angels
Philip Ammon >> A Girl of the Limberlost
Harry Potter >> Why, Harry Potter, of course!
Peter >> Peter and the Starcatchers, Peter and the Shadowthieves
Nawat Crow >> Trickster's Choice, Trickster's Queen
Mr. Darcy >> Pride and Predjudice
Mr. Knightly >> Emma
Dexter >> This Lullaby
Wes >> The Truth About Forever
Norman >> Keeping the Moon
Keith >> Thirteen Little Blue Envelopes
Artemis Fowl >> Artemis Fowl

I'm sure this is unhealthy... ^.^

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May 14, 2007, 12:51pm Top

Mendanbar from Echanted Forest Chronicles
Artemis Fowl from... the Artemis Fowl Series
Edward Cullen.. obviously
Nawat Crow Tricksters Choice
Kartik Great and Terrible Beauty
Vidanric Shevraeth Crown Duel

and more but i can't remember

May 15, 2007, 10:57am Top

# 95: Sarah Dessen makes the ultimate guys to fall in love with... one of my favorites is Norman... art geeks are SO hot xD

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#97: Sarah Dessen's guys rooooock! Yeah, I like Norman a lot. Soo cute. Except the guy in That Summer.. He was icky, but otherwise... I really liked Dex, too, though. ^_^

Oh, i'm adding more!!

Touchstone >> Sabriel
Christopher >> Conrad's Fate
Howl >> Howl's Moving Castle
That guy from Hexwood with the M name...

May 15, 2007, 8:28pm Top

Sounds like I should add Sarah Dessen books to my TBR pile!! :-)

May 16, 2007, 11:01am Top

99: DEFINITELY! Great summer books... gah, I want to get Just Listen sooo bad, but I'm waiting for it to go out in paperback.

May 17, 2007, 8:55pm Top

*Squeak* I forgot about Owen... How silly! Owen's probably my favorite of Dessen's stuff. I adore his rings. Rotfl.

May 18, 2007, 12:59am Top

Jesse The Mediator
Edward and Jacob Twilight
Fang and Iggy Maximum Ride
Harry Harry Potter
Kartik A Great and Terrible Beauty
Roiben Tithe
Touchstone Sabriel
Nathaniel and Jakob Bartimaeus Trilogy
Cal Peeps
Jonathon Midnighters
Edmond How I live now
Artemis Fowl Artemis Fowl
Kieren Tantalize
Cosmo The Supernaturalist

heh. I think that's it.

May 18, 2007, 12:59am Top

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My crushes r,
Edward from Twilight
Alexander from Vampire kisses
Artemis from Artemis Fowl
and Thats all folks :)

May 22, 2007, 4:10am Top

*giggles* Literary crushes are sometimes the best, you don't get your heart broken.

I totally crushed on Meg from the Wrinkle in Time series, and Lila from Sweet Valley (and Margo, tho she was only in a few books).

Let's see, who else? I kinda had a thing for Mary Anne from The Babysitters Club, okay so that probably isn't YA exactly but whatever. And Susan from the Narnia Chronicles (which was totally brought back by the movie).

George from Nancy Drew, too. Almost forgot about that.

May 29, 2007, 5:25pm Top

I have very few. I don't crush very much. But I like Mendanbar from The Enchanted Forest Chronicles, and Mr. Darcy from Pride and Prejudice. They're just awesome.

I hate, hate, hate Edward Cullen with a fiery burning passion. Everything is always about how hard life is for Edward. He leaves his girlfriend suddenly and with no explanation, plunging her into a suicidal depression? Yes, such a traumatizing experience FOR EDWARD, let's all go save him while he melodramatically tries to kill himself. Grow the hell up. If I were Bella I would've let him die.

Jacob is cute, though. And he gets my sympathy, for I feel that he really does go through more hell that's not his fault than any of this others, and his repayment... is to have Bella never speak to him again because poor ickle jealous Edward doesn't like it.

Um... that's about it.

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Jun 1, 2007, 2:05pm Top

Hmm... I don't really crush on characters, but if they were real I'd go out with:

Gen King of Attolia He makes me laugh really hard.
Alai Ender's Game Ender's too intense.
Marius Zazoo He's incredibly romantic and sweet, just like the rest of the book.
David Uglies never liked Zane.
Wes The Truth about Forever I've got to read her other books.
Nathaniel Bartimaeus trilogy He'd be so much fun to tease.

Shep (Nyle) Phoenix Rising
Lirael Lirael She's an awesome magical heroine, and she's a shy quiet librarian.
Leaf The Keys to the Kingdom

Edited: Jun 1, 2007, 6:58pm Top

Wow! I don't have time to go through this WHOLE list now but I didn't see too many guys posting :( I'll have to represent and throw in my votes.

Lisa Hayes and Rook Bartley from the Robotech Series
Lisa was the strong silent type to Rick Hunter's boyish loudmouth character. It was nice to see their relationship mature as the series went on and I was elated when Rick picked her over Lynn Minmei.

Rook was the tomboyish character, from the third series, that finally ended up with Rand (who happened to be my favorite guy character from that series).

Kitiara from the DragonLance Preludes Volume One: Darkness & Light
Before she became evil.

Aerin from The Hero and the Crown

Stargirl from Stargirl
If I was still a teenager she would be my new main crush! Too bad this book wasn't out when I was going to school. Though I'm still not sure if people like this really exist.

Jun 6, 2007, 12:07am Top

I absolutely agree with thecynicalromantic about Twilight.

Edited: Jun 19, 2007, 4:20am Top

This brings back memories. LoL.

i just adored the l'engle boys:

calvin o'keefe (he gave hope for girls with poor eyesight, haha. glad to know others liked him, too. )
zachary gray
dave - from The Young Unicorns
Simon Bolivar Quentin Phair Renier - from Dragons in the Water

Nat eaton from The Witch of The Blackbird Pond
Bean - from Orson Scott Card's Ender series
Will Parry - from His Dark Materials
Mr. Darcy
Sirius Black
Holden Caulfied
Seymour Glass (well, JD Salinger's books are not exactly YA lit, but I read them when I was a teenager)
Paul Atreides - from Dune (again, not YA lit, but blah blah blah)

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Jun 22, 2007, 2:39pm Top

Jo March, because, well. Because.
Lucy Pevensie—or at least my vision of what Lucy Pevensie would be like when she became old enough to have a crush on. Let’s say The Horse and His Boy-era Lucy, when she’s all bad-assedly riding off to war with her brother. I thought that was magnificent when I was younger—and I always hated on Susan for being too girly to go to war, even though she was the best archer in existence or whatever.
Marian—from Robin McKinley’s The Outlaws of Sherwood, because she became the fabled Robin Hood—the one who was famous for his archery, while Robin himself was barely adequate with a bow. And she was a noble who would rather hang out with the outlaws. Also, she was pretty.
Fiona from The Giver, with her red hair—she also seemed to me like the most likely candidate for understanding Jonas, though I’m sure just the opposite actually happened in the book—or at least there would be no evidence to support my theory. Clearly, I need to read that one again.

I will also cop to loving Calvin’s line to Meg about her glasses hiding her beautiful eyes, even though I never got hot for Calvin himself.

Jun 24, 2007, 6:27pm Top

So, I recently read Sarah Dessen's Just Listen, and I remembered that Owen was mentioned here. I kept thinking, "Hmm, is he literary-crush-worthy?" as I read and eventually decided, "Yes, he is." Although I myself do not have a crush on him, he is pretty cool. (And he's LibraryThing-approved.)

And on this topic of literary crushes, I am reminded of a book signing by Shannon Hale. Her entire speech was about a literary crush on Mr. Darcy. So is her latest book, she said. It was amusing. But since I'm only at the beginning of Pride and Prejudice I don't understand the phenomenon at all. Mr. Darcy is a jerk! Oh well.

Jun 28, 2007, 5:05pm Top

Did anyone ever have a crush on Jesse from Tuck Everlasting? I still have crush on him...

Definately Jesse from the Mediator series. He's yummy! And Paul was crushworthy too, if I could get over the evilness.

I'm not forgetting Rob from 1-800-WHERE-R-YOU.

David, from All-American Girl. He's very cute.

I'm in love with Sirius Black. And Remus Lupin is right behind him. Gotta love em'.

Aubrey from In the Forests of the Night and Demon in My View.

Mr. Darcy was always... appealing, even though he was pig-headed at times.

Zane from The Uglies Trilogy. I liked David too, but you know, something about Zane...

Kartik from A Great And Terrible Beauty and Rebel Angels.

Rhys from The Two Princesses of Bamarre.

Ben from Got Fangs? and Circus of the Darned.

Oh, and Dylan from Diary of a Crush.

Someone earlier asked what a literary crush consisted of. For me, it's just a character that if I pretended existed in real life, I would be attracted to them. I'm not obssesive, but they're something to fantasize about.

Jul 3, 2007, 3:11pm Top

I would have to say Edward and Jacob from Twilight and New Moon, David from All-American Girl, and Jesse from the Mediator seires.

114-Have you read the sequel to All-American Girl? It's Ready or Not:an all-American girl novel

Jul 3, 2007, 10:34pm Top

Just curious, but why do a lot of people pick Snape?

Edited: Jul 19, 2007, 1:23am Top

Okay, MrStevens, since I think the Snape thing is mostly me, I'll bite.

First of all, Harry & co. are all too young.
Lots of people crush on Sirius Black, but I never found him all that interesting. In real life, I would probably have a crush on Lupin. . . but this is not real life. So, that's "why not someone else" -- but why Snape?

Well, first of all, you have to understand that I still believe that he's not evil, and will be vindicated in the last book. I believe that his actions at the end of book 6 were under prior instruction from Dumbledore, undertaken at great personal sacrifice. (Incidentally, I also believe that he will die in the last book, but that's beside the point.) Therefore, he's shown himself to be courageous, he's obviously brilliant, and he has the sort of biting wit that I tend to admire, and have to be careful not to indulge in myself lest I lose my reputation for being "the nice one." ;-) There may also be an element of pity involved -- I think he's been lonely all his life, and that contributes to the nastier side of his character.

All right, psychoanalyze away! I never claimed stellar mental health . . . but this is a thread on literary crushes, after all, so I guess I'm in fairly likeminded company. And if, three days from now when the last book is out, he turns out to be evil through and through, you can all laugh; I won't mind. . . much. ;-)

Jul 18, 2007, 10:31pm Top

Wow, this thread has touched a chord with everyone. Let's have some fun.

My crushes:

**Edward Rochester - Jane Eyre
Kneightly - Emma
Darcy - Pride and Prejudice
Captain Wentworth - Persuasion
Gilbert - Anne of Green Gables (where would she be without him)

Attractive, but not a crush:
David - Uglies
Kartik - Great & Terrible Beauty (just read - dark handsome & tortured)
Weasley twins - Harry Potter (they are a hoot)

Oh, my list is so short - I have to think some more on this.

Jul 18, 2007, 10:33pm Top

I'm with you, Snape is not evil - and he will be vindicated. He was just following Dumbledore's orders. 2 days, 7 1/2 hours & counting down!

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Jul 19, 2007, 7:02am Top

I love:

Edward Cullen and Jacob Black- the twighlight series

Jesse - the mediator series

Jonah Griggs- On the Jellicoe Road (Melina Marchetta, an Australian Author)

Nawat- Trickster's Choice and Trickster's Queen

i know there's heaps more but i can't think of them at the moment...

Edited: Jul 19, 2007, 10:58am Top

This is such a fun group! YA lit crushes I've had (have :) ) include:

Percy - Scarlet Pimpernel, I loved it when he kissed the ground where his wife had stepped.
Edward Cullen - Twilight
Mr. Darcy
Mr. Rochester
Gilbert Blythe - I have to admit my crush developed from the movie.
Horatio Hornblower - I read some of the books in the high school and loved the character.
Uncas- The Last of the Mohicans
I list these last two books because I first read them as a teen.

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Jul 29, 2007, 7:50pm Top

When I was a teenager, I definitely had crushes on:

D'Artagnan -- Three Musketeers
Paul Atreides -- Dune
Mercutio -- Romeo and Juliet
Heathcliff -- Wuthering Heights

This is going to date me :) but when I was a teenager, there was a series of books by Katherine Kurtz called the Deryni Chronicles. I had a crush on a character named Lord Derry, and another named Rhys. In fact (embarrassing confession time) I got rid of a nerdy guy who wanted to date me by telling him I had a boyfriend from another school named Sean Derry. One of my cohorts in this scheme actually "signed" my yearbook from Derry!

As an adult, I recently wrote a historical fiction novel for YA and partly fell in love with my own romantic lead, Elisha Kent Kane. Friends accused me of having a love affair with a 150 year-old dead man! My husband took me to visit his grave site, probably to make sure he was really dead!

So, apparently, crushes are not confined to teenagers!

Jul 30, 2007, 11:48am Top

Campbell Alexander My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult...I am always drawn to bad boys

Jul 30, 2007, 12:49pm Top

-> #79 Suge, I love you! Kieran McMorran from Two Moons in August was (and still is) one of my all-time book crushes. That's one of the few books I consistantly reread from my childhood.

Jul 31, 2007, 12:42am Top

#117 I'm with you on that one. I just finished book 6 last week and I agree

At the end of the book it looked like Dumbledore was pleading Snape to follow through with the kill to further his plans to help Harry. Typical double-agent stuff. It also falls in line with the theme of that book where Dumbledore makes Harry promise to keep feeding him the magical water.

Now wanting to rescue tortured souls....that's between you and your therapist ;)

Jul 31, 2007, 8:27pm Top

124--> As do I, darling! *blows kiss*

I love, love Two moons in August! I actually looked around for in several used book stores, for some time, but I could never find it. I finally went on Amazon got it.

What an amazing book! When I was a girl I also read it over and over!

Aug 1, 2007, 2:52pm Top

Most recently I loved Rudy from The Book Thief, but long before that there was Howl from Howl's Moving Castle and Adaon from the Prydain series. When I was growing up I had a huge crush on Hamlet.

Aug 1, 2007, 3:46pm Top

I liked T.J. from Whale Talk,too, but I liked the main guy from Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes better. I just can't remember his name at the moment.

My other "book boyfriends" include Edward Cullen(duh!), Wes from The Truth About Forever, Brian from The Sisterhood, Finn from Megan Meade's Guide to the McGowen Boys, and Craig from It's Kind of a Funny Story. I must be crazy for that last one, considering he was suicidal at one point and did drugs.

Aug 1, 2007, 8:50pm Top

My favorites from this summers reading are Jace and Simon from City of Bones by Cassandra Clare. Well, you have to like both and share the dilema Clary has.

Aug 1, 2007, 10:33pm Top

127: Oh! I had forgotten about Rudy! I adored him too.

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I have a crush on:

Zane from Pretties
Edward from Twilight
Stefan from The Vampire Diaries: the awakening and the Struggle

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Aug 8, 2007, 9:14pm Top

Okay that's twice I've messed up the touchstones, and they're far too cool to post a message without. So, one more time:

Well, Lupin, of course.

And holy shit, Keturah and Lord Death, Lord Death is hot hot hot!

Annie from Annie on my Mind, I dreamed about her for years.

And, uh, I've always kind had a thing for Jack of beanstalk fame.

Aug 8, 2007, 11:25pm Top

134 -- You're so right about Lord Death.

Aug 11, 2007, 3:53pm Top

Sorenson Carlisle from Margaret Mahy's The Changeover

Diarmuid dan Ailell from Guy Gavriel Kay's Fionavar's Tapestry
I suppose that's one big reason why I hate the books... (The author has the bad taste of letting him be slayed in the end... Very bad taste...)

Faramir :-)

I prefer Bran from Will Stanton

Peter from Narnia books

What does a literary crush means? That I fantasized about "going out" (or perhaps making out) with the boy/man. That I wished my "future real boyfriend" would be like him. In many ways he is ;-) (He's not blond though... like all the guys on my list)

I do have problems with their literary girlfriends unless they remind me of themselves ;-) Eowyn is great, as I see myself very much as her, but Laura Chant... I didn't see anything of me in her (except the witchcraft thingy) so I was VERY jealous... especially, because Sorensen was almost exactly like the hero of the story I was spinning at the time I read the book... It felt like Margaret had reached into my head and stolen my boy! LOL

Quicksylver, you said: "the first person I've met who knows Lang's fairy book series" (#76)
I thought they are common knowledge, general education, everyone knows them almost from birth... That's why I haven't spoken of them ever...
Ha... All kinds of things one learns as one gets older.

MrStevens (#116) - I'd say it's because Alan Rickman. I didn't find the book-Snape the least interesting, neither did I find anything attractive in book-Lucius, but the movie... :-D

Aug 11, 2007, 4:46pm Top

My picker is so broken that I would try to fix Snape! He would be nice to me! ha

Aug 14, 2007, 11:35pm Top

#137 ^_^ I'm not even gonna touch that one.

#136 Makes sense. The movie Snape is more mysterious and less in-your-face. I found the book Snape to be obvious to the point of irritation. Yes, yes, we get it, he is mean to Harry.

Aug 14, 2007, 11:37pm Top

Nope, I've only seen two of the movies and don't particularly remember them, but I like the book Snape.

Aug 15, 2007, 8:29am Top

I'm with you, Zoe. Actually, to be precise, I liked the book Snape before I liked the movie Snape -- I feel like Alan Rickman does an excellent job with the character, but Rickman is not the reason I like Snape. (Snape may be the reason I like Rickman, but that's another thread!)

Aug 22, 2007, 3:55am Top

Pagan and Roland from the books by Catherine Jinks

Aug 22, 2007, 8:59am Top

I keep finding ones to add -- this time it's Marak from The Hollow Kingdom. Love his sense of humor!

Aug 23, 2007, 7:28pm Top

Foggidawn, I'm so glad it isn't just me! I was a bit embarrassed to admit I had a little crush on an ugly goblin. I DID love his sense of humor, and some of the things he said in the book made me just laugh out loud crazily.

Aug 23, 2007, 7:31pm Top

Oh and also? I have the hots for George in Tamora Pierce's Alanna books. BAD. Some parts of the books made me feel entirely too tingly.

Aug 23, 2007, 7:42pm Top

#143 -- Yes, but as we have discussed at length, I have strange tastes.

Aug 24, 2007, 1:15am Top

Ooh, I've got another.

Squire Terence, from The Squire's Tale and the rest of the series. Sooo hot. But rivalled by Gawain. Or maybe I just think Gawain's hotter because my mom has a thing for Terence...

Sep 3, 2007, 7:11pm Top

Oh, eekarumba beat me to it, I thought I was going to have at least one original one with Nick from Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist! Rats. I also agree with Twilight's Edward (swoon!), Gilbert Blythe (my first literary crush!), Mr. Darcy and Dave the Laugh.

Sep 4, 2007, 4:27pm Top

Yo! Jace from City of Bones and Seth from Wicked Lovely!!

134--> omg I agree!! Death from Keturah and Lord Death!! mm mmm mmmmm

And, of course, I don't know if anyone has mentioned him here but..... EDWARD CULLEN!! (hee hee hee)

Sep 4, 2007, 10:13pm Top

interesting choices ---- mess. 148

Sep 8, 2007, 9:24pm Top

I just finished Saffy's Angel by Hilary McKay, and must say that Michael is just adorable! I don't know if it counts as a full-blown literary crush, but somebody ought to have a crush on him, he's hilarious!

Oct 9, 2007, 6:06am Top

I don't think it's surprising to anyone, considering several posts here, but I would love to find an Edward Cullen. He appears to be a younger, modern Mr Darcy, just with that little twist.

Also Dave The Laugh from the Georgia Nicholson series.
Michael Moscovitz from Princess Diaries, although I don't really enjoy where the series is heading now.
Hmmm...these are probably the most memorable at the moment.

Oct 12, 2007, 2:27pm Top

Edward Cullen from Twilight and Strat from Both sides of Time are my two favorites. Remus from Harry Potter and Almonzo from Little House series are close seconds.

Oct 16, 2007, 5:26pm Top

i came to it a little late but i just started "twilight" and edward has deffinetly earned a place on my list o' crushes...sigh...

Oct 28, 2007, 5:57am Top

Just read Twilight......ummmm......I think this one tops Snape. Y'all went from a guy with problems to a guy with Problems with a capital "P" ;)

Oct 28, 2007, 8:45am Top

I don't know about other Snape enthusiasts, but Edward leaves me cold (slight pun intended) -- so other people can be the weird ones for a while!

Oct 28, 2007, 5:07pm Top

yep, like Edward, but Jace is still my current fav.

Nov 2, 2007, 6:50pm Top

I suppose it's aimed at readers a little younger than your general YA audience, but when I read that moment in Judy Blume's Superfudge when Peter and the girl he liked went to the movies together both reached for the popcorn bag and their fingers touched, I SO wanted to be Peter Hatcher!

Edited: Nov 2, 2007, 9:07pm Top

#157 that sounds so sweet. Those are great books. Was that the one where Peter watches Lois Lane kiss Superman? Then Fudge pours ice down his Peters shirt and then the girl gives him some napkins?

Nov 3, 2007, 2:36am Top

#157 Dude, I am so there! That scene from Superfudge was one of my all time favs too. When they held buttery hands. That one move helped shape my high school dating experiences =) Don't you miss the innocence of that time in your life?

Nov 3, 2007, 3:13pm Top

yareader2, yeah I think that's the one. :)

161katie-la First Message
Nov 13, 2007, 6:34am Top

I liked the look of this topic, and signed up just so I could post a message on it. :D Not sure where this will post though.

I think my favourite would have to be.. David from Uglies. Zane's pretty awesome too, but I just love David. I need to read Extras or I'm going to get grumpy soon.

I also love Edward, from How I Live Now.

Oh, and Owen from Elsewhere. Great book, made me cry.

I need to read Twilight. My friend bought it a couple of days ago and has nearly finished. I must steal it.

Nov 13, 2007, 9:15pm Top

#161 How I Live Now looks great. Thanks for posting it.

163Malrose01 First Message
Nov 28, 2007, 9:09pm Top

Okay. Of course I have to get in on this.

First, Snape. I know he has caused some commotion on this thread, but to everyone who picked him, I'm right there with you.

Louis and Marius from Interview with a Vampire and most of the other Anne Rice vampire books.

Howl from Howl's moving castle. I started out loathing him because he was so childish and irritating, but he ended up growing on me.

The Beast from Beauty: A retelling of the story of Beauty and the Beast by Robin McKinley.

Sherlock Holmes in most everything, but particularly The Beekeeper's Apprentice by Laurie R. King.

Hannibal, both book and movie form from Silence of the Lambs and all those by Thomas Harris.

Okay, that's it for now. I know there are more, but I can't think of them.

Nov 28, 2007, 10:05pm Top

message 163

from all the bad boys you've mentioned I pick...Draco. Oh, you didn't have him on your list.

Nov 28, 2007, 10:46pm Top

I love this thread!

Hugh from the beginning place: the description of him sounds exactly like my real-life boyfriend which makes me like him even more.

Right now I totally have it bad for Leland Stanford Stamper from Sometimes a Great Notion - but not as much the self-absorbed, stoned, neurotic mental case he is at first. At the end, when he sacrifices a chance with the woman he loves, who he attracted through feigned and real helplessness, to do something that would make him truly deserve her (or someone else) someday, I thought, "That's so romantic! Be mine, Lee!"

Nov 29, 2007, 11:55am Top

I read Blacklisted by Gena Showalter over this past weekend and really loved Erik in that book. A very no holds barred, self sacrificing type of hero.

167my_corner First Message
Dec 20, 2007, 3:15pm Top

This is like an awesome thread. I seriously did think I was the only one with book crushes. Anyways. Most of mine have already been mentioned I only wanted to say:

Razo from River Secrets by Shannon Hale

I just love him. He's the kind of guy that I think I would end up with...(Or maybe the kind of guy that I hope I would end up with...)

All of Shannon Hale's main male characters are awesome, though.

Dec 23, 2007, 10:33pm Top

Cute thread! :) Most of mine have already been mentioned:

Remus Lupin: Harry Potter series
Dustfinger: Inkheart books
Calvin O'Keefe: A Wrinkle in Time
Colonel Brandon: Sense and Sensibility (Alan Rickman's portrayal didn't hurt!)
Years ago, Peter Pevensie: Chronicles of Narnia
At one time Jem Finch, now Atticus Finch: To Kill a Mockingbird

Edited: Dec 24, 2007, 11:56am Top

Message 168: I am reading three out of five of your books right now! Sense and Chronicles I have only thumbed through, but I guess I should read them cover to cover if we are on the same wavelength.

Edited: Feb 16, 2008, 10:23am Top

Oh it seems I've forgotten some
#134 Annie-she reminds me of my closest girlfriend sometimes
#142 Marak

To weigh in on the Twilight debate now that I've read them, Jacob, sure he's less mature than Edward; he's sixteen and Edward's immortal. Edward just feels fake to me. I really love Alice.

Feb 16, 2008, 2:05pm Top

First thing that comes to mind for me are the "bad boys" of LJ Smith's books: Julian of The Forbidden Game, Damon of The Vampire Diaries, Vol. 1, and Nick of The Secret Circle.

Mar 7, 2008, 1:56am Top

I've been rereading my childhood favorites, and I definitely had a type. I really went for the misunderstood bad boys.

I absolutely loved Gabriel from L.J. Smith's Dark Visions trilogy. It looks like he's a popular one- I saw him mentioned at least twice above. Something about that character stuck with me long after I'd lost the books. I had to jump through all sorts of hoops to figure out what series he was from and to track down a copy.

My other longstanding crush was Jesse from Connie Laux's Blood Moon trilogy. It appears that I'm the only person on Librarything with those books, which is really a shame. Leather jacket, motorcycle, and a bad attitude- my kind of guy.

Edited: Mar 17, 2008, 12:59am Top

In high school, I had a huge soft spot for John Hollis in The Wyndcliffe: A story of suspense by Louise Lawrence, a YA book from the '70s. I found it in my high school library during the '80s, but John, as the ghost of an 1820s Romantic Era poet, was really a timeless soul. And sneaky-funny. And just my type because I ended up marrying someone a lot like him!

Mar 17, 2008, 8:48pm Top


That sounds great. I'll have to find it.

Mar 17, 2008, 8:48pm Top


That sounds great. I'll have to find it.

Mar 25, 2008, 10:46pm Top

Peacable Sherwood from Elizabeth Pope's The Sherwood Ring, Red from Juliet Marillier's Daughter of the Forest, Vidanric from Crown Duel, Eugenidies from Queen of Attolia, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Sirius Black and Lucius Malfoy...to name a few..

Mar 27, 2008, 8:10pm Top

I loved Peaceable Sherwood from The Sherwood Ring not a lot of people have heard of that book, so it's nice to meet someone who loves him too.

Edited: Apr 16, 2008, 2:20am Top

Awesome topic! Let's see now... I think my first ever book crush was Henry Alden from The Boxcar Children series. Then others followed from there:
Adaon & Taran - The Prydain Chronicles
Howl - Howl's Moving Castle
Luthe - The Hero and the Crown
Gilbert - the Anne of Green Gables series
Remus Lupin - Harry Potter

Mr. Darcy - Pride and Prejudice
Mr. Knightly - Emma
Ash - The Far Pavilions
Nim - The Eight
Mordred - The Wicked Day

Hm...that's a lot more than I expected. Book!boyfriends ftw! Oh, and most King Arthur incarnations (from the ones I've read at least).

Apr 17, 2008, 3:51pm Top

EDWARD CULLEN from Twilight!!!

Apr 19, 2008, 12:25pm Top

Jacob Black from the Twilight series. I',m old enough to be his grandmother (at least), but the teenage girl inside of me loves Jacob and has been havng dreams lately of large hairy dogs.

Jun 13, 2008, 5:34pm Top

I saw that someone mentioned Edward from the Twilight series. One of my students and I often discuss this as we walk through the halls of our middle school. She agrees that Edward is the 'hottest.' I disagree. I prefer Jacob. Even though he is a werewolf, at least he has HEAT! And, being a werewolf, he has some control over his change. So, he can at least be HUMAN.

Jun 13, 2008, 6:14pm Top

Kartik from The Gemma Doyle Trilogy

Corlath (sp?) from The Blue Sword
And . . . . . a few others I'm forgetting right now.

Jun 14, 2008, 10:32am Top


I suppose it's all personal preference. I prefer the cold (all year round.) That might just be because of how hot it can get in PA during the summer. (Maybe if I lived in Washington, like Bella, I'd feel differently.)

Edward doesn't really need to control his change...he just needs to make sure he keeps himself well-fed. Edward can be "human", other than the marble-like skin and the no making babies.

I wouldn't want to have to worry about ticking off Jacob. Making him mad could be a very bad thing when it comes to him changing. And Jacob is a little too self-centered for me. Mopey about Bella and then the same about Bella and Edward. At least before Jacob becomes a werewolf, Edward doesn't mind Bella spending time with him. (I'd be concerned if my friend were hanging out with a werewolf, especially after I'd seen what happened to Sam's fiance!)

Jun 18, 2008, 6:57pm Top

Edward from Twilight
Remus Lupin from Harry Potter
Sirius Black from Harry Potter

And as for authors I have a crush on I would have to say John Green.

Jun 19, 2008, 12:58pm Top

Edward from Twilight
Kartik from A Great and Terrible Beauty
Seth from Wicked Lovely
Jesse from The Mediator series
Rosto from Terrier
Mr. Darcy from Pride and Prejudice
Merlin from The Lost Years of Merlin

Edited: Jun 22, 2008, 4:51pm Top

Edward from Twilight
Prince Caspian from Narnia
Mr. Darcy from Pride and Prejudice
Frodo and Aragorn from LOTR
Merlin from The Lost Years of Merlin
Harry, Sirius, Lupin from Harry Potter
Mr. Knighetly from Emma
Gilbert from Anne of Green Gables
the list goes on and on...but my brains just not functioning right now.... :P

Jun 23, 2008, 7:45pm Top

>184 zoealea:

i think that every librarian i know has a crush on john green. you mention his name and there's a little chorus of sighs. :D i've met him a couple of times and he's super nice too!


Jun 23, 2008, 7:49pm Top

I would have to say I have a crush on Owen from Sarah Dessen's book Just Listen. I even have two message rings like he did!

Jul 21, 2008, 7:29pm Top

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Jul 21, 2008, 7:59pm Top

You know I've read so many books I can't remember them all, which is a shame. The only ones that spring to mind now are:

Nall from Listening at the Gate Series by Betsey James

Vidanric/Shevraeth from Crown/Court Duel by Sherwood Smith

Inda from The Fox/ King's Shield series by Sherwood Smith

Ethan from Companion of the Night by Vivian Vande Velde

Eugenides from Thief of Attolia/The Queen of Attolia/ The King of Attolia

Dave the Laugh

Nawat from Trickster's Choice by Tamora Pierce
Numair from Wild Magic Series by Tamora Pierce
Rosto from Provost's Dog series by TP
Neal and Dom FROM Protecter of the Small series by TP

Also Nathaniel Bonner from Sara Donati's books and Jamie Fraser from Diana Gabaldon's Outlanderseries.
These last two books cannot be considered YA , as they are for the hella mature. They are both historical fiction and wonderfully written--there are just bits of it that are serious. But you absoloutly fall in love with the characters, and the research is impeccable for either series so I'd really encourage you to read them.

Jul 23, 2008, 10:06am Top

the Colonel from Looking for Alaska
Jacob from the Twilight series
Lace from Peeps, and
Ron from the Harry Potter series.

Jul 23, 2008, 12:47pm Top

I just spent some time reading through all of these posts (as opposed to my previous scanning) which totally reminded me how much I loved Brian from The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series.

Also, Ginny from the Harry Potter series (especially in The Half Blood Prince) and Vanessa from the Gossip Girl (particularly in the earlier books).

Oh, and Severus. I feel much better knowing I'm not the only one who loves Snape. None of my friends understand it.

Jul 23, 2008, 1:13pm Top

I totally have to agree with Jesse from The Mediator series.
I think I ended up becoming more of a Jacob fan with Twilight instead of Edward.

Jul 26, 2008, 2:01pm Top

Edward from Twilight, definitely. As a 37 year old woman I'd feel lecherous about it, except he's 100 years old! :D

I have a thing for Snape too, especially as played by Alan Rickman.

Jul 29, 2008, 10:58pm Top

Do we need another thread for author crushes? Characters don't get to me so much, but John Green? I'm just too fangirly! Having spent most of the last two days in his company, I'm suffering from withdrawal today!

(John, if you are reading this, I'll be so embarrassed!)

Jul 30, 2008, 10:26am Top

Surely John Green tops everyone's list of YA author crushes, no?

So, very lovely!

Jul 31, 2008, 3:00pm Top

he does! if you say his name in a group of librarians you get a little chorus of sighs...

Nov 3, 2008, 10:20pm Top

This thread's a bit old, but still interesting...At the moment my favourites are:

Dameon from Isobelle Carmody's Obernewtyn Chronicles
Yuki and Hatsuharu from Fruits Basket

It does depend on what I've been reading lately, though.

Nov 3, 2008, 10:47pm Top


Peeta from Hunger Games, self sacrificing lover boy. Love that book, love that boy.

Thanks for reviving this thread I totally forgot about Calvin from A Wrinkle in Time and I love him too!

Nov 4, 2008, 12:44am Top

Ooh, I love this thread. Not very original, but I'm going to have to go with:
Mr. Darcy
Howl from Howl's Moving Castle and Christopher Chant from the Chrestomanci novels
Gen from The Thief
Ooh, Nick (that was his name, right?) from Pamela Dean's Tam Lin. I love that book and Nick was so sweet.
Wesley from The Princess Bride
Haven't read them lately, but I think I recall rather fancying Eric Banyon from Mercedes Lackey's Bedlam's Bard series. Something about the attractive young musician....
And I was definitely in love with D'Artagnan from The Three Musketeers when I first read it. Too bad I recently saw a theater production that almost totally ruined both D'Artagnan and the entire book for me. I may have to reread it to regain my love.
McKinley's Robin Hood from The Outlaws of Sherwood
And of course George from the Alanna books
Also, I've always found Ed in Markus Zusak's I am the Messenger very cute and puppy dog-like. I am jealous of his love for Audrey.

At the moment I'm reading Peter Dickinson's Angel Isle and I'm crushing a bit on Ribek. Not sure how it turns out in the end yet but I'm liking what I see so far :D

Wow, that's quite a few. Clearly I read too much.

Nov 4, 2008, 11:45am Top

Not all of these are YA, but:
Marcus Little Brother Cory Doctorow
Captain Will Laurence Temeraire aka His Majesty's Dragon Naomi Novik
Max The Book Thief Markus Zusak
Duncan Wide Awake David Levithan
TJ Whale Talk Chris Crutcher
Ben Deadline
Seth and Jim What Love Means to You People NancyKay Shapiro
the very, very long-lived vampire in 20+ books by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro Saint-Germain
Felix and Mildmay from Melusine, The Virtu, The Mirador
Joe Kavalier and Sammy Clay The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay

Nov 4, 2008, 12:23pm Top

John Green-YA Author and NerdFighter!

Character-Sirius Black from Harry Potter
-Jacob from Twilight

Nov 4, 2008, 3:11pm Top

I recently read The Blue Sword and The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley and totally fell for her character, Luthe. Mostly because he reminds me of Fai from the manga Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicles, who I adore also.

Nov 10, 2008, 9:59pm Top

kartik from a great and Terrible Beauty
howl from howl's Moving Castle
jake boone from chasing Redbird
paul from shadowland
mr. darcy from pride And prejudice
owen from just Listen
wes from the Truth about forever
char from ella Enchanted my first literary crush
frizz from Extras
jace from city Of bones
po from graceling the most recent

Nov 19, 2008, 10:51am Top

Interesting topic. I don't know if I had "crushes" per se... but there were definitely characters of both sexes that I liked and admired (and would get defensive of if other characters were mean to them).

{Huckleberry Finn} was probably my first because HF/TS are two of the first books I clearly remember reading. I most definitely remember being mad at Tom Sawyer for being so mean to Huck.

There was a YA book by {{Ursula Le Guin}} that I can't quite remember the title or characters' names (I'm so helpful, I know)... but it was about a boy who created his own secret world to escape to and I definitely liked him.

I was Charles Wallace's age when I read {Wrinkle in Time} for the first time, so I had more of a thing for him than for Calvin. I think Calvin is sweet but I still like Charles Wallace better (not the six-year-old version anymore, of course).

I loved Diclon from {Secret Garden}. I spent hours staring at the sky to make my eyes blue because according to the book, his eyes had turned blue from staring at the sky so much.

And as far as {Harry Potter} goes I have way more of a thing for Hermione than Harry, for many of the same reasons I had a thing for Charles Wallace.

Edited: Nov 19, 2008, 2:58pm Top

I definitely liked Tom Sawyer when I was younger. Now I fall in love with the heroes from Jane Austen's novels...or really any novel with a really well-conceived love interest. It's like emotional obsession...how wrapped up I get in the lives of fictional characters. How sad.

Jan 5, 2009, 8:17pm Top

Remus Lupin.
That's really it.
I have other literary crushes, sure, but nobody as much as him, haha :P

Jan 5, 2009, 9:10pm Top

Sirius Black from Harry Potter most of all for me. Especially in Prisoner of Azkaban.

Numair Salmalin from the Tortall books.

Chrestomanci from the Chrestomanci books, of course. Mostly when he's an adult, though he has his moments as a kid, too.

And finally both Will and John Parry from His Dark Materials.

Jan 6, 2009, 7:58am Top

ok, I actually only have a couple.. I think

Edward from Twilight
Dexter from This Lullaby
Dimitri from Vampire Academy
Tristan from Kissed by an Angel
David from Uglies
Damon from Vampire Diaries
Zane from Pretties

ok, not as short as I thought.

Jan 6, 2009, 8:32am Top

I'm a librarian, and I have to agree about the fan-girl crush on John Green. My friends agree.

Even worse for me is Stephen Chbosky. The Perks of Being a Wallflower is just such an amazing book. I saw him at a conference recently and even though I'd been looking forward to meeting him, I realized I couldn't think of anything to say to him and didn't approach him. The friend I was with did a little better, she at least talked to him, but she did burst into tears as soon as she walked away from him.

Jan 6, 2009, 2:08pm Top

>205 NarrowPath: - I wonder if the Le Guin book you are thinking of is The Beginning Place. Hugh doesn't exactly create his own world, but he is one of my literary crushes too. Plus, his ambition in life is to go to library school and become a librarian.

Jan 7, 2009, 7:49pm Top

Like some of the others here, I have to second Gilbert Blythe. He was definitely my first real literary crush! I still re-read all of the Anne books nearly every year. And, though I did not set out deliberately to do this, ended up marrying a doctor (or someone who is still on his way to being a fully-liscensed doctor) in real life! I just realized that.

Later I had crushes on Adam in LJ Smith's Secret Circle trilogy and Stephan in the Vampire Diaries. I feel odd admitting to liking these characters.

And then a few years ago, I have to admit to crushing on Harry Potter. As an adult, I thought that was maybe a little weird, but still. . .

Jan 11, 2009, 12:43am Top

Louis from interview with a vampire


Jasper and Emmett from Twilight. Alice also. *blush*

Jan 11, 2009, 1:37am Top

Jan 11, 2009, 8:30pm Top

> 214


Jan 13, 2009, 4:00pm Top

Well there are possibly a few
Edward from Twilight
George, Neal, and Numair from Tamora Pierce's Tortall books
Rosto from Terrier
Nawat Crow from Trickster's Choice (as you can see i like Tamora's books )
those are all i can think of off the top of my head

Jan 14, 2009, 2:06am Top

Ooooo. Here's a new one (for me): Tyler from Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen. Just finished the book. Whooo. Is it warm in here?

Edited: Jan 18, 2009, 12:54pm Top

New one for me, too: Frankie Landau-Banks from The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart. Oh, and Alpha from the same book. Such great characters, both of them.

Jan 20, 2009, 2:37am Top

I never got crushes on fictional characters. I mean I liked them and all, but I just couldn't get past the fact that they were...you know...fictional.

And then there was MARCUS FLUTIE from Megan McCafferty's books. I can quote the book on this one and say for certain that he's my crush-to-end-all-crushes. Ha, Ha!

Jan 20, 2009, 10:52pm Top

'Allo. My name is Indigo Montoya...

Jan 21, 2009, 8:48am Top

Mary, I had to google that. Clearly I'm not cool enough to have recognised the reference. :P

It's now been added to the list of books I want to read.

Jan 21, 2009, 4:53pm Top

Yes, Inigo is a great character! I think I like him better in the movie than in the book, though. (Of course, that's one case where I just like the movie better than the book, period.)

Jan 21, 2009, 6:47pm Top

You're right, foggi. But the book did explain a few things that were referred to in the movie - and just sort of left dangling.

Jan 26, 2009, 5:33pm Top

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Bennet from Pride and Prejudice
Katsa from Graceling by Kristen Croshere
Murphy from the Dresden Files by Jim Butcher
Katerin from the Miles Vorkosigan series by Lois McMaster Bujold

Feb 8, 2009, 8:32pm Top

Danny from Shakespeare's Secret by Elise Broach
Horatio from Ophelia by Lisa Klein
Sander from The Shakespeare Stealer Series by Gary Blackwood
Niels from Room In The Heart by Sonia Levitin

Mar 7, 2009, 12:55pm Top

I am a young adult, and my #1 crush is Westley from The Princess Bride
Then would come Reeve from The face on the Milk Carton
next is Puck in The Sisters Grim
Zane in Pretties
David in Uglies
Sam from If I have a Wicked Stepmother, Where's my Prince?
Brice in Flipped
and finally, weird as I may be Artemis Fowl in Artemis Fowl

Edited: Mar 7, 2009, 6:55pm Top

I know this one has been said, but my first and longest lasting crush is Jesse from Tuck Everlasting.
Also crushworthy:
Gilbert from Anne of Green Gables
Angel Juan from the Dangerous Angels books
Steve York Rats Saw God
Dust Finger Inkheart.

If i'd read them in jr or high school I would have totally crushed out on:
Nick- Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist
Pudge- Looking for Alaska

Mar 7, 2009, 9:44pm Top

I just read finished Extras last night and now I have a new crush: Ren.

Edited: Mar 20, 2009, 6:08am Top

Peter from "Maybe Next Year"
Random I know. But I loved that story.

and Dave the Laugh from the Georgia books by Louise Rennison

Mar 20, 2009, 1:07pm Top

Trying to remember back to my younger days...

My first literary crush was Superboy in the Superboy and the Legion of Super-Heroes comic book series.

Then there was Prince Caspian from Prince Caspian by C. S. Lewis.

Paul Atreides from Dune.

Edited: Oct 7, 2009, 11:17pm Top

Josh from The Gospel According to Larry
Paul "Classifed" from Among Friends
Marcus Flutie from Sloppy Firsts
Paul Warren from Election
Fido Figg from Figgs and Phantoms
Dan from Gossip Girl
Muley from Crossing California
Benjamin from The Rotters Club
Scott Pilgrim from Scott Pilgrim: Precious Little Life

Oct 9, 2009, 12:05am Top

I'm dating myself a little here, but:

Ponyboy, Soda, Dallas, & Darrel from The Outsiders.

Mark and Bryon from That Was Then, This Is Now.

And my all-time favorite, even more than Mr. Darcy, would have to be Troy from Dark Angel. You kind of have to read Heaven first to get the full impact, but *sigh* Troy. Even re-reading it as an adult in graduate school, he still made my heart go pitter-patter. LOL.

Oct 12, 2009, 7:22pm Top

Mr Darcy (P&P), Captain Wentworth (Persausion), Shevraeth (Crown Duel) - he's just so cool, calm and collected; Sirius Black (HP), Gen (The Thief, Queen of Attolia, King of Attolia) - cleverest, tricksiest character ever; Kent (Summers at Castle Auburn), always good when the boy's loved the heroine for ages, but she has no idea; and Peaceable Sherwood (The Sherwood Ring) - his brain, his confidence, the way he know he's going to marry Barbara because 'I always get what I want, Miss Graeme.' SWOON!

Oct 29, 2009, 7:32pm Top

Will Parry from His Dark Materials
Michael from The Princess Diaries
Severus Snape, Sirius Black, and Remus Lupin from Harry Potter
The Beast from Beauty by Robin McKinley

That's all I can think of at the moment.

Oct 30, 2009, 11:29am Top

When I was a YA I had a HUGE crush on the Hardy Boys.
Now that I am older, it has to be Jamie Fraser from Outlander.

Edited: Nov 2, 2009, 5:40pm Top

Totally agree with Owen from Elsewhere!!

Another cutie that hasn't been mentioned is Patrick from Phyllis Reynolds Naylor's Alice series.

As far as author crushes (complete with big sigh!!).. MO WILLEMS. He's adorable, he's funny, he does an awesome storytime.. what more could a librarian want. I've seen him three at conferences and signings, etc.. He signed my pigeon shirt and I went home all excited to tell my hubby that Mo Willems touched me.

Jan 5, 2010, 4:31pm Top

Archie Costello from The Chocolate War.

I wrote a paper about him for a class this past semester. The more I wrote about him, the more deeply I fell in love with him. What a positively brilliant bastard!

Edited: Feb 4, 2010, 2:45pm Top

What? No crushes on Holden Caulfield from Catcher in the Rye??

Constantine in Sunshine by Robin McKinley-Fiercely protective yet vulnerable; iron self-control. Riveting.

Nick in The Demon's Lexicon-intriguing and so lost

I liked Jace in the City of Ashesand in City of Bone- bright, beautiful angel- but I fully preferred Simon by the end of City of Glassbrave and self-aware

Fanboy in The Astonishing Adventures of FanBoy and GothGirl My kind of geek, growing into a decent young man

Feb 4, 2010, 8:10pm Top

Definitely George Cooper from the Alanna books by Tamora Pierce. Also from that universe, Neal of Queenscove and Nawat Crow. From her Emelen universe, Dedicate Crane--he's such an articulate snob. :D

When I was younger and in my L.M. Montgomery phase I definitely had a crush on Gilbert Blythe.

And Lupin and Snape, of course. Also Shadow from American Gods.

Feb 4, 2010, 9:33pm Top

Christopher Heron from The Perilous Gard. This book has the best, best ending to a love story ever - up there with the end of Pride and Prejudice and I do not say that lightly know how may austen fans might take offence.

Other include Mr. Darcy, of course. Calvin from A Wrinkle in Time and Will from The Subtle Knife.

Edited: Feb 4, 2010, 11:41pm Top

Bill Weasley

Feb 5, 2010, 7:29am Top

I had a crush on Coyote from "Buffalo Gals, Won't You Come Out And Dance Tonight" from Buffalo Gals and Other Animal Presences. Also the Captain in Amy's Eyes.

Edited: Feb 5, 2010, 3:41pm Top

Eugenides from The Thief, The Queen of Attolia and The King of Attolia is my main squeeze. He's so sassy. Jamie Fraser from Outlander is the only literary character who has ever come close to topping Gen.

I also love me some Corlath from The Blue Sword. That scene near the end of the book when he's reunited with Harry after the battle gets me teary eyed every time.

Feb 7, 2010, 9:07pm Top

Dallas Winston --The Outsiders

Miles -- Looking for Alaska

Feb 9, 2010, 1:41pm Top

I have loved Eugenides from the Thief,like forever. (There's a new one coming out in March,HURRAH! ).Smart, too clever for his own good, but vulnerable in all the right ways.
Also very fond of Howl and Percy Jackson from Rick Riordan's books

Feb 11, 2010, 7:10am Top

First ever: Flanders Calloway from Ensign Lydia Gaff, which my mother was given as a school prize in the 1930s. Flan Calloway was my first teenage heartthrob, my sister's first teenage heartthrob and my mother's first teenage heartthrob - quite a feat, eh?

Perhaps the oddest - Conory from The Mark of the Horselord by Rosemary Sutcliff. Not a traditional type but left a powerful image.

And as an adult I discovered K M Peyton and fell completely for moody, magnificent Pennington in Pennington's Seventeenth Summer and its sequels.

Feb 20, 2010, 7:33pm Top

The biggest was definitely on Zane Cobriana from Hawksong! He is so dark and mysterious.
Also Harry from Harry Potter.

Mar 6, 2010, 3:37pm Top

I whole heartedly agree Jenson_AKA_DL!!!!!! Jesse from The Mediator series is AMAZING!!!! If only he were real..... ;) I also can't get enough of Michael from the well known Princess Diaries series. He may have acted a little pig-headed in Princess on the Brink but it made him more believable to me! Damen from Evermore is also very crush worthy! :)

Mar 10, 2010, 3:24pm Top

Someone else has put this as well, but mine is definitely fanboy from The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl. I also like Shakespeare from Spanking Shakespeare, but he's second.

Apr 15, 2010, 8:48am Top

I spent some time tallying the book crushes that everyone mentioned, and I considered every crush mentioned to be a "vote" for that character. All in all, 379 characters were mentioned as book crushes. The top YA book crush won't come as a surprise though...

Edward Cullen from the Twilight series – 30 votes
Mr. Darcy from Pride and Prejudice – 21 votes
Gilbert Blythe from the Anne of Green Gables series – 18 votes
Sirius Black from the Harry Potter series – 17 votes
Remus Lupin from the Harry Potter series – 16 votes

14 votes: Calvin from A wrinkle in time
Jesse from the Mediator series

11 votes: Howl from Howl's Moving Castle
Kartik from A Great and Terrible Beauty
George from the Alanna: the first adventure books by Tamora Pierce

10 votes: Eugenides from The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner

9 votes: Dave the Laugh from the Confessions of Georgia Nicolson series
Jacob from the Twilight series

8 votes: Nawat from the Alanna: the first adventure books by Tamora Pierce
Zane from Pretties

7 votes: Artemis Fowl from Artemis Fowl (Artemis Fowl, Book 1)
Dexter from This Lullaby
Severus Snape from Harry Potter
Mr. Rochester from Jane Eyre
Harry Potter

6 votes: Nat Eaton from The Witch of Blackbird Pond
Prince Caspian from Prince Caspian
Will Parry from His Dark Materials
Dave from Uglies

5 votes: Mr. Knightley from Emma
Medanbar from the Enchanted Forest Chronicles
Wes from The Truth about Forever
Marcus Flutie from the Jessica Darling series
Taran from the Prydain Chronicles
Vidanric Shevraeth from Crown Duel

4 votes: Fang from Maximum Ride
Charming from Ella Enchanted
Laurie from Little Women
Corlath from The Blue Sword
Westley from The Princess Bride
Nathaniel from the Bartimaeus Trilogy
Legolas from The Lord of the Rings
Dustfinger from Inkheart
Pudge from Looking for Alaska
Almanzo Wilder from the Little House on the Prairie series
Owen from Just Listen
Numair from the Immortals series
Jace from City of Bones

20 characters had 3 votes, 48 characters had 2 votes, and a whopping 268 characters had 1 vote.

When it comes to authors, J. K. Rowling is the book crush author to beat with 65 votes for her characters, followed by Stephenie Meyer with 42 votes and Tamora Pierce with 26

Speaking of authors, several of you mentioned crushes on authors: John Green (with several votese), Mo Willems and Stephen Chbosky were mentioned.

Thanks for everyone's input!

Apr 15, 2010, 8:51pm Top

I'm old now, but I remember having a big crush on Mercutio when I first read Romeo and Juliet as a thirteen-year-old. My favorite Austen man is definitely Captain Wentworth now, but I don't remember who it was then. Joe and Tony both from Betsy-Tacy books; I am going to take a stroll down Memory Lane and see if I can come up with some more memorable men. Calvin from Wrinkle and Westley from P.Bride are givens.

Apr 17, 2010, 10:07pm Top

Thanks for tallying up the votes, BecBart. And thanks for starting this thread all those years ago. It's one of my favourites to keep an eye on!

Jun 2, 2010, 9:04pm Top

I loved Peta in Hunger Games, Fang in Maximum Ride, i forget his name right now but the main guy from when it happens, Mr. Knightley AND Mr. Darcy

Jun 2, 2010, 9:06pm Top

OH! and i love harper in palace of mirrors

Jun 5, 2010, 4:21pm Top

Hmmm. All of the heros in the Eva Ibbotson books are really sweet, and David from All American Girl is AMAZING :) I think Edward from Twilight is cute and all, but totally over rated... But my all time favourite has got to be Neville from Harry Potter!

Jun 22, 2010, 5:51pm Top

1. Ron from Harry Potter
2. David from Pretties
3. Peeta from Hunger Games

I am a little late for the tally but these are the ones I can think of right now. =)

Jul 4, 2010, 12:37pm Top

OMG Just thought of another one!!!
Callum from Noughts and Crosses. I actually cried. And wouldn't stop for ages.

Sep 5, 2010, 4:14am Top

255: Yes! The more I think about it, the more convinced I become that Neville really is awesome. And it didn't take OotP to convince me - I already knew! He is a genuinely nice guy.

Sep 5, 2010, 8:31am Top

I always loved:
Pudge from Looking For Alaska
The Weasley Twins from Harry Potter
Capt Wentworth
Gale from The Hunger Games
Sirius Black from Harry Potter
Dave the Laugh from the Georgia Nicholson series by Louise Rennison

Sep 5, 2010, 8:36am Top

Dimitri from Vampire Academy series is smokin' hot!

Sep 7, 2010, 12:40am Top

i would love to have these characters in the real world:
Jaguar from Midnight Predator
Iggy from the Maximum Ride series
Gregory from Kissed by an Angel
Jace from the Mortal Instruments series
Caine from the Gone series

yeah yeah, i like the bad guys... whatever....

i agree with you lovesreading, eva ibbotson's men are just.... lovable :D

Oct 4, 2010, 2:30pm Top

becbart - I'm a little late but still wanted to say thanks for the totals!! It's quite interesting to see how our crushes have added up over the years.

Nov 6, 2010, 7:31pm Top

I read A LOT of romance YA lit so it was hard to choose! I pretty much have crushes on every main guy in romance novels, its hard not too with how the authors describe them!

Dimitri, Adrian, and Christian from the Vampire Academy series...

Dave the Laugh from Angus, Thongs, and Full-frontal Snogging...

Nathanial Benson from Fever 1793...

Jacob from North of Beautiful...

Sin from Swoon...

Graves AND Christophe from Strange Angels...

Of course there are MANY more, but these are just a few I can think of. Oh, and I'm a sucker for Robin Hood lol.

Nov 7, 2010, 8:09am Top

Dimitri from the Vampire Academy (I totally agree with Books007; He's smookin' hot!)

Emmet (not Edward...) from Twilight

Kartik from A Great and Terrible Beauty

Mr Darcy from Pride and Prejudice

Mr Knightly from Emma

Wes from The Truth About Forever

Also, I loved Gale in the Hunger Games and Catching Fire, but it ended in Mockingjay since that book completely (in my opinion) changed his character...

Nov 13, 2010, 10:04pm Top

Jay from The Body Finder
and my precious Peeta from the Hunger Games! (;

Nov 13, 2010, 10:04pm Top

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Nov 22, 2010, 1:34am Top

Sophos from A Conspiracy of Kings (Much more mature than he was in The Thief)
Dodge Anders from The Looking Glass Wars series
Sam Wolff from If I Have a Wicked Stepmother, Where's My Prince
Prince Ijori from Fairest
Prince Char from Ella Enchanted
Teddy Kent from Emily Climbs and Emily's Quest (He's too young in the first book)
Galen from Princess of the Midnight Ball

Nov 22, 2010, 4:55pm Top

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Nov 22, 2010, 5:09pm Top

Peeta, from The Hunger Games, won me over entirely.

I'm sure there are others, but I'd really have to think about it... which of course, I shall now do. :)

Jan 10, 2011, 11:47pm Top

Wolf from Tiger Eyes by Judy Blume. When I mentioned this on another board, someone responded, laughing, and said that he was the most unrealistic male love interest in the history of teen fiction!

Jan 18, 2011, 2:30am Top

All those gorgeous bad boys, Damon from Vampire Diaries , they all seem to have a cheeky one!

Jan 18, 2011, 2:46am Top

Eric from Sookie Stackhouse series

May 13, 2011, 6:36pm Top


There's nothing like a love triangle to make a character more attractive.

Edited: May 13, 2011, 7:28pm Top


Snape from Harry Potter
Sirius from Harry Potter and the Prizoner of Azakaban
Remus from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Jacob from New Moon
Numair from Wild Magic
Magnus Bane from City of Bones


Daine from Wild Magic
Aly from Trickster's Queen
Beka from Bloodhound
Bella from Twilight

May 13, 2011, 8:51pm Top

Yay! I always have a great time reading these responses. :)

Edited: May 23, 2011, 4:12pm Top

I have had loads of literary crushes, but my three biggest ones were Auden from Skinned, Sanjit from the Gone series, and Peeta from The Hunger games.

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