Top Ten Tuesday: Characters I Crushed OnPosted: April 22, 2014
I thought about going with “characters that broke my heart” for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, but as most of them did it by dying, I thought it’d be a bit spoileriffic. Instead, here are ten characters I’ve had a crush on over the years.
One: Masterharper Robinton from the Dragonriders of Pern series by Anne McCaffrey. I think Robinton was my first book crush — kind, charming and a musically gifted older man (at least to me as a teenager when I read it). I adored him.
Two: Aiken Drum from The Saga of the Exiles by Julian May. Aiken is the classic charming bad boy — society offers him the choice of jail, “docilisation” or euthanasia, but instead he chose to be exiled back in time. He comes good in the end…sort of…
Three: Louis de Pointe du Lac from Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice. I fell in love with vampires when I read this book. I eventually fell more or less out of love with them again by the time I encountered Edward, but Louis was the classic reluctant vampire, full of self-loathing.
Four: Sam Merlotte from The Sookie Stackhouse Novels by Charlaine Harris. I was torn between Sam and Eric, but at the end of the day Eric’s completely domineering personality tipped me over toward Sam. (Bill? Meh.)
Five: Herald Kris from the Heralds of Valdemar trilogy by Mercedes Lackey. This was a tossup between him or Vanyel, but in Vanyel’s case it was always going to be unrequited. :S
Six: Simon Lewis from The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare. Strong, confident and funny, but also a total nerd. That’s my kind of boy!
Seven: Silk/Prince Kheldar from The Belgariad by David Eddings. Clever, confident, cynical, Silk is one of those characters who laughs at the world so that he doesn’t have to face his problems.
Eight: Peeta Mellark from The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins. At first I preferred Gale and Peeta seemed a bit wet. But Peeta grew on me. Like cookie dough in the oven. 🙂 The way he and Katniss lok after each other is really sweet, even if there’s a heavy dose of self-preservation on her part.
Nine: Aragorn, son of Arathorn from The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkein. The first time I read this I was more fixated on the hobbits and not that interested in Aragorn. I think that was because of my age, because as I got older…wooh! (Also, Viggo Mortensen with black hair and a beard!)
Ten: Jean-Claude from the Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter series by Laurel K. Hamilton. Think of Eric from the Sookie Stackhouse books, only French and even sexier. That’s Jean-Claude. He is much better at restraining his inner beast than Eric, though.
Who would you add to the list?