Welcome to Tell Me Something Tuesday. A weekly meme hosted here at Rainy Day Ramblings. This is an opportunity to discuss a wide range of topics from books to blogging and everything in between. You can participate by adding your two cents in the comments or you can grab the question and answer it on your blog. It is always fun to compare answers and it is a nice way to get to know your fellow bloggers.
This week's question:
Book Boyfriends... who are some of your favorite all time book boyfriends?
February's theme on Rainy Day Ramblings is going to be all about book boyfriends. During Fire and Ice, my guest authors will be discussing their favorite book loves, so I figured it would only be fair for me to answer the same question......
If you are a life long reader like I am, I am sure you have had many a book crush, probably starting at a young age. Book boyfriends come and go, but there are a few that stick with us. These are the book boyfriends that have earned a special place in my heart.
My first memorable book crush would be Jesse Tuck from Natalie Babbitt's Tuck Everlasting. I first read this book as an impressionable ten year old. Not only did this beloved little book give me my first book boyfriend, but it also stimulated my love for gorgeous writing. I was enchanted by the lovely metaphors and similes, the first paragraph of the book is still one that I recall after all these years:
“The first week of August hangs at the very top of summer, the top of the live-long year, like the highest seat of a Ferris wheel when it pauses in its turning. The weeks that come before are only a climb from balmy spring, and those that follow a drop to the chill of autumn, but the first week of August is motionless, and hot. It is curiously silent, too, with blank white dawns and glaring noons, and sunsets smeared with too much color. Often at night there is lightning, but it quivers all alone. There is no thunder, no relieving rain. These are strange and breathless days, the dog days, when people are led to do things they are sure to be sorry for after.”
Excerpt From: Babbitt, Natalie. “Tuck Everlasting.”
Stunning isn't it? Sigh... then there is Jesse. He is handsome, kind, good natured and cheerful, and he has an adventurous spirit. Unfortunately, Jesse has a heartbreaking secret.....what is it? Ahh.... I can't tell you that would spoil the magic. My heart still stirs for poor Jesse and I hope that somehow out there he has found a piece of happiness.
If you have not yet read this timeless classic, do it. I intend to share it with my daughter, Risa Jo, when she turns ten.
Next up is a boy that many of you may think I am crazy for including on my list, but what can I say? Maybe I am a bit looney, and that is probably why I adore and identify with the troubled Holden Caulfield from The Catcher in the Rye. Holden has seen his fair share of controversy through the years and he remains banned in many libraries to this day. Why is that? Because Holden tells it like it is... his narrative is a no holds bar look at the what he calls the phoniness of life. The first time I met Holden, I was a senior in high school. He made me laugh until I had tears in my eyes, and then he made me sad. I have returned to Holden's story several times, and writing this, I am itching to go spend some time with him again to see how I view his ideas now that I am more grown up (well I am supposed to be at least). Have you met Holden? Do you think he should be banned?
Time churns on and in college, I met Louis Pointe du Lac the troubled vampire hero from Anne Rice's break out book Interview with a Vampire. After Dracula, this was my second vampire book. I was drawn to Louis' troubled story and I felt sorry for him as he fought with is vampiric nature. Louis, unlike his creator Lestat, has a conscience. He can't forgive himself for feeding on helpless humans. He is always struggling to come to terms with his identity, and his story tugs at my heart strings.
I am sure most of you will agree with this choice.... Harry Potter from J.K. Rowling's beloved Harry Potter Series. How can you not love the neglected orphan who has lost everything and then learns he is part of a magical world? His story is of heartache, courage, sacrifice and loss. I think we all got behind Harry and cheered him along. I own the entire set in hardback and they have a special place on my shelf, waiting for the day when I can share them with my two children.
Jericho Barrons from Karen Marie Moning's Fever Series was my first romantic paranormal crush. He takes some time to work his way into your heart as he is not the most endearing guy at first or second or even third or fourth meeting. There is something so incredibly sexy about him though.......I have to admit that after reading Iced, Ryodan is giving old Jericho a run for his money. If you have not yet checked out this series, what are you waiting for??
Atticus from Kevin Hearne's Iron Druid Chronicles is my most recent heart throb. Atticus and I met back in 2011. He continues to impress me with his wisdom, resourcefulness and humor. Atticus is a centuries old Druid who manages to get into heaps and heaps of trouble. When he is not getting out of a jamb, he is hanging out with his Irish Wolfhound Oberon or knocking back a few cold ones with famous deities such as Jesus or Odin. Definitely read this series and see what I am talking about.
Finally, the book boyfriend that I hold nearest and dearest to my heart...those of you who are long time followers won't be surprised at this pick, but for all you newbies... the man that has stayed in my heart since we met when I was at the tender age of twelve is Rhett Butler from Gone with the Wind. Rhett is my original bad boy. He is a man who refuses to acquiesce to the lofty ideals of the supposed Southern gentleman. He is sharp tongued, unapologetic and he speaks what is on his mind, be damned or not. The stubborn, outspoken Scarlet O'Hara is his perfect match even though she is too dumb to realize it. If you have not yet picked up Gone with the Wind, you must read this well loved classic and see what I mean.
There you have it.... my list of book boyfriends that stick with me... granted there are plenty of latest flames and book boys who are the flavor of the week and month, but these few remain my perennial favorites.
What about you all? Who are the book boys who you hold dear?
Next week's topic:
What do you think makes a good romantic read?