Before going further I’d like to preference this post by saying, it almost seems like most men fall into either the bad boy or the nice guy category. In my opinion, the ideal man is neither, but walks that fine line between the two. Just like my boyfriend, whom I love deeply and endlessly. He listens to me rant about my fictional characters all the time and gives me tons of foot rubs. He’s also the quiet, brooding type who does everything his loving grandmother asks of him.
There is nothing wrong with a girl having some very nonfictional feelings about fictional characters. There are a handful genuinely good boyfriends in literature (all of whom are unfortunately taken). If you're an impressionable young romantic, like me, then you probably have a list like this of your own.
Landon Carter, the protagonist of A Walk to Remember by Nicolas Sparks, comes of age right in front of us. He’s my first love. I remember the moment I fell in love with Landon. I was eighteen, it was a hot summer day and I read this book in one weekend. And it was AMAZING. Sparks got me right in the feels with his story, not an uncommon thing for him to do but when he created Landon, he created a blue print for all my future love interest. Landon was strong, compassionate and not really a bad boy just a self-centered teenager who watches life from the sidelines, but when the story ends he’s a self-assured young man who places his focus on the welfare of others.
Logan Thibault, another Nicolas Sparks creation from The Lucky One. Logan is one of my favorite characters in literature. He is a veteran of the U.S. Marines and a quiet, confident man who is looking for his destiny and has a dog named Zeus. The love story is well done as per usual of Sparks work, the characters come alive and the love stories are magical. But Logan… Logan is a pianist. A violinist. Has a degree in Anthropology. Fixes cars. Trains animals. Is a war hero. Survived ELEVEN bombings in Iraq. Plays chess, makes kites out of garbage bags and straws like MacGuyver, is a prolific reader, and WALKED from Colorado to North Carolina. Where can I buy a Logan?
Will Killian from The Ghost and the Goth by Stacey Kade. This book is a trilogy. Will isn't the typical YA hero. He wasn't a bad boy or rich or all knowing, he was respectful towards girls, he was occasionally bullied and he worked hard at school. There’s nothing better than a book that surprises you… in a good way. And this book did. For one, Will is not actually a Goth. I mean...perhaps he dresses a little dark, but he's hardly Emo. And his personality, another shocking factor, actually had me swooning from his first POV. He was actually...butterfly inducing from the moment I was in his head.
Wesley Rush from The DUFF: Designated Ugly Fat Friend by Kody Keplinger. And no. Not the Movie Wesley Rush. Look, this book is nothing like the movie. It's so much better. He's that boy you went to high school with, the boy who could have any girl he wanted (and often did), the one with the blinding smile and the rather small, selfish heart. However, unlike the standard good guy with amazing looks story line that many books go for, Wesley's up to no good, and he has no problem telling Bianca exactly what his plans are. I couldn't help but be a little guiltily pleased by the enemies-with-benefits relationship, as well. It was different....and strangely refreshing.
Becks Kent from Adorkable by Cookie O'Gorman. I will always be a sucker for best friends turned to lovers’ type of stories. It just never gets old for me. In fact, it still makes me giddy every time I read one. From the first touch to the kiss, the chemistry between Becks and Sally was off the charts. They both had feeling for another but didn’t have the courage to say anything. I think I swooned every time Becks, using the fake boyfriend plan, showed her his true feelings. He tried everything he could to make their fake relationship last as long as possible and I love him for that.
Levi Stewart from Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. I loved Levi because he reminded me of my own boyfriend who has to listen to rants about fictional character after fictional character. Who has to listen to my passionate soap box of fan fiction love and all that it means to me. Boys like Levi are hard to find. He just hold a special part in my heart.
Caleb Torrs from Resisting the Rebel by Lisa Brown Roberts. I got the hint that this may or may not have been a fan fiction for Sky High. That out of the way, I love, love, love this story. Caleb is known as the school bad boy. People didn't mess with him and he was fine with that. Since he prefers fictional characters over actual people being a loner works for him. It took me three second to decide to buy this book half way through the summary and then maybe three minutes in to declare my love of Caleb. Caleb was just that guy! Nothing felt rushed, it just felt real. He’s got those one liners, the Smokey looks and THE HAIR. Loved him.
So there it is, a list of seven literary lovers that make me swoon!
Readers beware, this list is subject to grow.