I’m normally not the kind of person who keeps a couple crushes simmering on the back-burner. I am a very faithful person — even to plain old cafeteria crushes (if you’re not in college, you might need this definition: cafeteria crushes are crushes on guys you might not even know by name, but who you see in the cafeteria and smile at).
But when it comes to literature, I’m all over the place. I am not faithful to anyone. I’m kind of…a player. Yet for the sake of brevity I’ll stick to the three most swoon-worthy guys on the shelves.
Peter Pevensie (Chronicles of Narnia): Brave and Bold
That irresistible quality: Peter’s heart is all-around swoon-worthy. He is the bravest, strongest boy, who loves his sisters and brothers and treats everyone with respect. Did you not start bawling when Aslan told him that he could never return to Narnia?
That irresistible appearance: He is blonde (and I always love blondes) and just a little bit older than me — at least when I started reading the Chronicles of Narnia (I love older men, too.) And… have you seen the movie? William Mosely, you make me smile.
That irresistible scene: “Rise up, Sir Peter Wolfsbane, and always remember to clean your sword” (Non-verbatim quoting is my faulty memory)
Kartik (A Great and Terrible Beauty): Mysterious and Exotic
That irresistible quality: Kartik is Indian and runs with gypsies (a.k.a. automatically hot…), so he’s kind of a free spirit. And always mysterious, always doing random weird things, always keeping the reader guessing. Is he attracted to Gemma? When is he next going to pop back into the book? In my opinion, he wasn’t around enough.
That irrisistible appearance: Dark-haired gypsy boy with mud-pool eyes. What’s not to love?
That irrisistible scene: In the first book, Gemma visits the gypsy camp this one time and somehow ends up having to pretend she’s there for Kartik (which she kind of is, anyway) and that he was expecting her… So she kisses him out of the blue in front of the whole world and — surprise! — he kisses back. Good scene. Much better than that one scene (spoiler alert!) where he turns into a tree. Bah. I’m still bitter.
Jesse (Tuck Everlasting): Sweet and Unreachable
That irrisistible quality: It’s been a long time since I’ve read Tuck Everlasting, but I always remember Jesse as a sweetheart — gentle and kind and cute and full of life — and soooo out of reach. Heartbreaking.
That irrisisitible appeareance: 17 years old forever. Also: that name Jesse is (in my opinion) half the attraction. It’s rugged and youthful and smooth on the tongue. Love him.
That irrisistible scene: I fell for him at first sight — when he sits by the spring, all young and adorable, and Winnie first sees him. Ah!
Now for you: Who’s your literary crush?