Ah. My Top Ten
Boys Men of Fiction (Books):
(in no particular order)
1. Fitzwilliam Darcy (Pride and Prejudice)
– Because… Come on, do I need to explain? We like men who insult us and then love us. We want the bad boys who turn out to have bigger hearts. We want brains, we want power and confidence. Elizabeth Bennett has caught the biggest fish in the sea. She probably had an amazing cleavage, too. I’m sorry, heaving bosoms.
2. George Knightley (Emma)
– Knightley isn’t easily impressed by pretty girls in frilly frocks nor is he swayed by silly gossip. He is compassionate, wise and is morally upright. He’ll tell you the truth, even if it means he tells you he is disappointed with your behavior. He’s a good match for Emma, with her stubbornness and her need to be always right. He keeps her grounded and doesn’t patronize her the way other people do. In my Jane Austen universe, Knightley reminds me of my husband. 🙂
3. Peeta Mellark (The Hunger Games)
– When they were kids, Katniss and her family almost starved to death. Peeta, who is the son of a baker, risked his mother’s wrath and threw Katniss two loaves of bread-giving her hope and food. Years later, they ended up being tributes at The Hunger Games. Peeta’s feelings for Katniss have consistently been sincere since day one, he was willing to sacrifice his life for her survival. On the third book, he was tortured and traumatized, yet he slowly broke through and ended up with Katniss. I remember anxiously waiting for Mockingjay, worried that Katniss will choose Gale over Peeta and I would hate the books. I’m glad she picked the Boy with the Bread.
4. Gilbert Blythe (Anne of Green Gables)
– He was first a bit cocky when he and Anne were kids, but with good reason as Gilbert is handsome and smart. When Anne coolly dismisses him, he started to mature. He is devoted to Anne and is a good match for her. They end up together with kids and he becomes a doctor. Yay for consistency and stability.
5. The Beast/Prince Adam (Beauty and the Beast)
– Because he’s a huge furry being and a boy in one. Something for everybody!
6. The Chairman/Ken Iwamura (Memoirs of a Geisha)
– “We none of us find as much kindness in this world as we should.” And this is exactly why I love the Chairman.
7. Aragorn (Lord of the Rings)
– Strong, wise, humble, healer, knowledgeable in things Elven, heir of Isildur, defender of hobbits, friend to Legolas (hihihi) yadda yadda. You can’t really blame Eowyn for falling in love with him. The best thing about Aragorn (as a dreamy leading man) is that he stayed loyal to Arwen and made it clear to Eowyn that he did not return her affections. Men, please be like Aragorn- focus on your battles and avoid being too friendly with the opposite sex. Hobbits, dwarves, elves and wizards of the same sex are okay.
8. Nick O’Leary (Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist
– He’s witty and he’s a musician. He’s like a lost puppy over Tris, but learned to man up for Norah. He makes mix tapes. He’s sensitive without being too girly. He was portrayed by Michael Cera in the movie adaptation. I am not sure why I even need to justify this.
(9 and 10 to be added. I can’t think of anyone else as of the moment. Must. Read. More. Books)