10 Book Characters You Wish You Could Fall for in Real Life

Posted by Hayley on June 18, 2015
Last week we asked on Facebook and on Twitter: Who's your one true book love? Today we've got your top answers! Did your literary crush make the list?

CAPTAIN WENTWORTH
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Persuasian
by Jane Austen

Potential First Date: A stroll around Bath while chatting about faithfulness, briefly interrupted by a concussed woman in need of aid. (It'll be a big bonding moment for the two of you.)


KVOTHE
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The Name of the Wind
by Patrick Rothfuss

Potential First Date: Drinks and a show at The Eolian, a surprise showdown with the Chandrian, and a demonstration of wind summoning—if the night's going well.


KATNISS EVERDEEN
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The Hunger Games
by Suzanne Collins

Potential First Date: An illegal hunting trip—BYOB (bring your own bow)—and a late afternoon revolution. Your chance of a second date will be as high as your chance of survival.


RADCLIFFE EMERSON
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Crocodile on the Sandbank
by Elizabeth Peters

Potential First Date: An excavation of a cursed Egyptian burial site followed by a most inconvenient (but oddly romantic) run-in with a suspected mummy.


JO MARCH
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Little Women
by Louisa May Alcott

Potential First Date: A matinee at the local community theater, a lesson in German, and a rather tempestuous writing workshop that both of you will immediately regret.


JAMIE FRASER
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Outlander
by Diana Gabaldon

Potential First Date: A midnight horseback ride across the moors, redcoats in pursuit, of course. Afterwards, whoever's less injured can tend the other's wounds by the fire.


GILBERT BLYTHE
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Anne of Green Gables
by L.M. Montgomery

Potential First Date: An almost disastrous boating misadventure on the river, followed by a relaxing picnic with all the food you can eat and all the books you can read.


SEVERUS SNAPE
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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
by J.K. Rowling

Potential First Date: A candlelit private lesson in Hogwart's Potions Classroom where, after some dangerous experimentation, the two of you will invent a new curse.


JACE WAYLAND
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City of Bones
by Cassandra Clare

Potential First Date: A quiet dinner downtown followed by a late-night bash at the Pandemonium Club. Your sizzling chemistry will be somewhat derailed by a demon hunt, but some things have to take priority.


MR. DARCY
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Pride and Prejudice
by Jane Austen

Potential First Date: It'll begin at the Meryton ball—where fleeting eye contact and awkward conversation will rule the dance floor—before culminating, as these things do, with confessions of mutual admiration outside in the rain.


If your one true book love didn't make the list, tell us who he or she is in the comments!

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MaryannC.Book Fiend If my Captain Wentworth could really look like Rupert Penry from Persuasion 2007 then heck yeah!!


message 2: by Laura (new)

Laura Ditto the Rupert Penry for Captain Wentworth. Yes please!

YES ALL OVER to Jamie Fraser. I'd also toss in Red from Juliet Marillier's Daughter of the Forest.

My latest YA crush is Max from The Start of Me and You (Emery Lord) or Tamlin from ACOTAR (SJ Maas).


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Aja: The Narcoleptic Ninja I think I've had crushes on fictional characters more often than I've had crushes on actual people...

None of them made the list, but actually saying who would show off my fangirl side so I'll just keep them to myself! ;)


message 4: by Vera (new)

Vera Why is Severus Snape here? It will be a creepy date. Very creepy. Besides if your name isn't Lily Evans, you got no chance.


message 5: by Rola (new)

Rola Nadeem How come colonel brandon (from sense and sensibility) is not on the very very top of this list :D


message 6: by Allycat (new)

Allycat Cedric Diggory, from harry potter.
Ben from the girl who never was
Tristan from my fair godmother
Po from graceling
Hayden from the fill-in boyfriend
...


message 7: by Erma (new)

Erma Talamante Aja wrote: "I think I've had crushes on fictional characters more often than I've had crushes on actual people...

None of them made the list, but actually saying who would show off my fangirl side so..."


I'm with you here. But it is inspiration to grab a sheet and scribble down some names for just me. ;)

And Snape? Really?? Well,, I guess it takes all types.


message 8: by Laura (new)

Laura Roush Thank you for listing the book titles and not just pictures of the covers. =)


message 9: by Rosa (last edited Jun 18, 2015 07:33AM) (new)

Rosa I missed the poll!!! My first literary crush was Captain Nemo from 20,000 Leagues under the sea.


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Judy Roarke from JD Robb


❄ Pixelflocke ❄ Rhett Butler :D


message 12: by Kshithi (new)

Kshithi Vera wrote: "Why is Severus Snape here? It will be a creepy date. Very creepy. Besides if your name isn't Lily Evans, you got no chance."
That is not true of all things Sev is not creepy


message 13: by June (last edited Jun 18, 2015 07:38AM) (new)

June Rola wrote: "How come colonel brandon (from sense and sensibility) is not on the very very top of this list :D" I suppose he is at least here since he and Severus Snape were played by the same lovely actor,Alan Rickman. He gets my vote every time.. There's a cool blogpost here about the parallels between the Potter films and Jane Austen https://janeaustenrunsmylife.wordpres...


message 14: by Amy (new)

Amy This list is lacking Tamora Pierce characters, and I can think of a very large number of them that belong on here. Also, Snape is super creepy, and mean, why?


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Katherine Luttmer Melior from The Empty Crown.

Also heck yes Snape's on the list!!

Polgara from The Belgariad, too. She's amazing. @_@. Also Durnik from the same because of reasons.

Col. Brandon from Sense and Sensibility, too.

Drizzt from RA Salvatore's Forgotten Realms series.

(Why is Outlander even on this list??????? Ugh. Yuck. 10 kinds of No Thank You.)

Hermione from Harry Potter, because why not??

...and so many more....


message 16: by Hasnamezied (new)

Hasnamezied Oh Of course, Mr Darcy , I mean come on who doesnt love him.


message 17: by Ken (new)

Ken Beverly Marsh from Stephan Kings "It". I was eight when I first read that book and that girls soul called to mine when I was young. She might be the true reason I'm so into gingers.


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Katherine Luttmer Kshithi wrote: "Vera wrote: "Why is Severus Snape here? It will be a creepy date. Very creepy. Besides if your name isn't Lily Evans, you got no chance."
That is not true of all things Sev is not creepy"


Agreed! Not creepy at all! :-D


message 19: by Bronwen (new)

Bronwen Griffiths Tristan in the Fortress series by CJ Cherryh. Adam Black in The Dark Highlander by Karen Marie Moning. Tomas in Magician by Raymond E Feist. And yes Mr Darcy


message 20: by Bronwen (new)

Bronwen Griffiths Tristan in the Fortress series by CJ Cherryh. Adam Black in The Dark Highlander by Karen Marie Moning. Tomas in Magician by Raymond E Feist. And yes Mr Darcy


One Day I'll Do It No Alexander


message 22: by Angelica (new)

Angelica Captain Wentworth for the win, but not sure about Severus or Jace. Also, Darcy is kind of an asshole on first impression. And Katniss is cold and emotionally cut-off. What about Neville?! Or Simon (from Mortal Instruments)--Simon would be much better than Jace. <3


message 23: by Katherine (new)

Katherine Luttmer OH! And Mairelon from Magic & Malice by Patricia C Wrede. Because yes.

(And Cimorene from the Enchanted Forest Chronicles by the same author.)


message 24: by Jeremy (new)

Jeremy Deibel Celia Bowen from "The Night Circus"The Night Circus


message 25: by Lynn (new)

Lynn James Fraser? Hell yes!

Severus Snape oh yes.


message 26: by Virginia Lincoln (new)

Virginia Lincoln Horation Hornblower in the books of the same name - as long as he looks like Ioan Gryffudd from the A&E series!!!!!!!


message 27: by Sierra (new)

Sierra Hector from The Iliad. I have such a soft spot for him.
Faramir from The Two Towers and The Return of the King.
Trent Kalamack from tThe Hollows series.


message 28: by Ashli (last edited Jun 18, 2015 07:59AM) (new)

Ashli Barrera Well, out of those choices...Jace! Duh! (From City of Bones)


message 29: by Ellen (new)

Ellen Kucharik Rhett Butler!!!!!!


message 30: by Robyn (new)

Robyn Harry Dresden!!! <3


message 31: by Kaishary Islam (new)

Kaishary Islam - Bookishues Where is Tobias?


message 32: by erika (new)

erika MaryannC.Book Fiend wrote: "If my Captain Wentworth could really look like Rupert Penry from Persuasion 2007 then heck yeah!!"

Yes! RPJ himself opened my eyes to Capt Wentworth.

I also love Jamie Fraser (for always) and Mr Darcy


message 33: by Robert (new)

Robert Davis Happy to see Kvothe on the list from The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss.

I would add Wynter Morrison from Bread Alone Bread Alone (Bread Alone, #1) by Judi Hendricks by Judi Hendricks


message 34: by Satrina (new)

Satrina T Mistystone wrote: "Cedric Diggory, from harry potter.
Ben from the girl who never was
Tristan from my fair godmother
Po from graceling
Hayden from the fill-in boyfriend
..."


Po! yep, he should have definitely been here...


message 35: by Abhishek (new)

Abhishek Singh Vera wrote: "Why is Severus Snape here? It will be a creepy date. Very creepy. Besides if your name isn't Lily Evans, you got no chance."

My thoughts exactly! :)


message 36: by Kathryn (new)

Kathryn French Besides Jamie Fraser I'd add Stephen Maturin or Jack Aubrey (or both) from the O'Brien books. sigh


message 37: by Dave (new)

Dave Eilonwy from the Prydain Cycle by Lloyd Alexander. Badass, takes no shit, red hair. My first crush <3


message 38: by Book Bunny (new)

Book Bunny Yeah, Snape!!! I'd definitely date him :3


message 39: by Tracy (new)

Tracy What about Barron's from the Fever Series???? He needs to be on this list! The Fever Series 5-Book Bundle: Darkfever, Bloodfever, Faefever, Dreamfever, Shadowfever


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Tracy Abhishek wrote: "Vera wrote: "Why is Severus Snape here? It will be a creepy date. Very creepy. Besides if your name isn't Lily Evans, you got no chance."

My thoughts exactly! :)"


Agreed! Definitely a creepy date!


message 41: by Sophia (new)

Sophia YES Mr. Darcy!!! <3


message 42: by Connie (new)

Connie My preferred Jane Austen gentleman is Mr. George Knightley from Emma.


message 43: by Theacrob (new)

Theacrob Keep your Captain Wentworth. Give me Ignatius J. Reilly from A Confederacy of Dunces. I may be sick, but at least he can make me laugh.


message 44: by April (new)

April Mine is Aragorn from Lord of the Rings. Matthew Clairmont from The Discovery of Witches comes close to second.


message 45: by Shona (new)

Shona Moyce Yes to Wentworth (Penry - agreed). Severus Snape is brilliant, as is Mr Darcy. My addition would be Crispin (Bones) from the Night Huntress series - book crushes - sighhhhh.


message 46: by Dana (new)

Dana West Roland Deschain


message 47: by Lydia (new)

Lydia Will Herondale from the Infernal Devices


message 48: by Lauren (new)

Lauren May Tobias from Divergent
Will from Clockwork Angel
Maxon from The Selection


message 49: by Nicole (new)

Nicole Hadenfeldt Jericho Barrons from the Fever Series by Karen Marie Moning


message 50: by Judy (new)

Judy Timmons I wish Mr Knightley from Emma had been included.He is a true leading man type.He is attractive, wealthy ( it always helps) and a kind and caring person who loves Emma despite her headstrong ways.


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