Bonjour tout la monde, today’s Top Ten Tuesday choice of topic from Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl are Fictional Crushes! Oh boy, oh boy, where to start. I’m not sure what follows are so much crushes I’ve had on characters, so much as people who I wish were my friends or family.
- Winnie the Pooh — He’s loyal, unwavering, and, quite frankly, the best friend a child could have. So yeah, I had a crush on him being my childhood companion.
- Elizabeth Bennet (Pride & Prejudice) — Oh, come on, why not, she was stubborn, strong-willed and strong minded and, in the end, I liked her better than I ever did Darcy.
- Dara (Daevabad series) — Okay, so on to Dara from the Daevabad series, while I did crush on him, big time I’m not sure I’d end up in a full-on relationship with someone who’s a Djinn, with scary powers, but as dream material? Oh, he fits the bill nicely!
- Alizayd (Daevabad series) — Now, Ali is a whole other matter. I crushed on him, as he’s funny, bookish, sweet, but still fiercely protective, and not without his boyish charms, yeah, I could happily hang out with Ali.
- Captain Samantha Moxley (Captain Moxley and the Embers of the Empire) — A little bit of Lara from Tomb Raider meets Indiana Jones, Sam is unapologetic, fearless, and not about to miss out on any kind of adventure. Yeah, I crushed on her wanting her to be my big sister or best friend.
- Bero (The Protectorate series) — Can you fall in love with an A.I.? Hmm, maybe, maybe not, but I did feel for the childlike, Bero, on his journey of discovery to adulthood. Of all the characters in this series, I was drawn to Bero as he figured out who he was amid all the turmoil and chaos.
- Sirius Black (Harry Potter series) — Yeah, kind of a dark horse given he’s Slytherin and all, but Sirius is, after all, one of the good guys, much maligned, who is, in the end, a true hero sacrificing his own life to save Harry and his friends. Sirius was definitely a badass hero.
- Colonel Carl Butler (Planetside trilogy) — Jaded, capable, resourceful, dogged in his determination, and no one’s fool. I crushed on Carl as a father figure, as well as my senior officer on a mission, knowing if he was in charge we’d all get home safe and not necessarily in a body bad.
- Insp. Armand Gamache (Three Pines mystery series) — Talking father figures to crush on, I kind of fell in love with Gamache from the get go. Another strong, loyal, dependable character who’s hands you knew you would be safe in, whatever the situation.
- Jean-Guy Beauvoir (Three Pines mystery series) — While I might have looked at Gamache as a father figure, Jean-Guy, his second in command, has always had a place in my heart. Unswerving, loyal, and also dogged in his single-mindedness, author Louise Penny has put Jean-Guy through the ringer over the years and he’s still standing. If I needed protecting from anything or anyone, I’d choose Jean-Guy as my bodyguard, any day.
And you, who if any characters have you had a crush on, or wished they were your best friend or family?