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Top Ten Tuesday: Fictional Crushes

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?


    • Alexandra says

      A childhood hero, and yes, I had a little Winnie the Pooh bear. He was my constant companion. 😀

  1. I like Sirius Black, I think he’s misunderstood by many people. But like you said, he’s a badass hero.

    Winnie the Pooh is nice but I’ve awalys like Piglet better.

    Have a lovely day.

    • Alexandra says

      I’ve always felt he was an unsung good guy, but he was painted bad because of his family.

      Oh, indeed, I love piglet too he had such heart. But then, they were all such a great set of characters.

    • Alexandra says

      I read a lot of military SF, and crime fiction, so I have a weirdly diverse set of crushes and yes, including Pooh Bear.

      Oh, and now I didn’t know Sirius was Gryffindor, how did I not know that? 😀

  2. I like your definition of a fictional crush. Winnie the Pooh is a great choice. What child doesn’t love his sweet innocence? Armand Gamache is one of my favorite male characters in all of literature and I especially love his warm, loving relationship with Reine-Marie. Jean-Guy is definitely crush-worthy as well. I’m in the middle of listening to A GREAT RECKONING right now. It’s always fun to visit Three Pines 🙂

    Happy TTT (on a Wednesday)!


    • Alexandra says

      Looks like we’re drawn to the same type of characters, Susan. Gamache and Jean-Guy are the perfect flawed heroes. And agreed, I love that Gamache has such a loving relationship with his wife, Reine-Marie too. You don’t find good relationships in books much these days.

      And of course, who doesn’t love the 100 acre wood characters? 😀

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