Friday, October 12, 2007

Drumroll, please...

Novembrance, bless her heart, tagged me with the "Ten Literary Characters I Would Totally Make Out With If I Were Single and They Were Real But I’m Not, Single I Mean, I Am Real, But I’m Also Happily Married and Want to Stay That Way So Maybe We Should Forget This" meme that's been going around. I know she didn't mean to.

Well, I'm spreading the love. Here are my answers. I think you'll find a pleasing mix of high- and low-brow selections (just 'cause I'd be hard pressed to keep it all high-brow. I just can't stay away from the books with the Fabio-like covers. It's my secret shame. Don't tell anyone.)

And they are...

10. Mr. Knightley from “Emma” by Jane Austen
Yes, after Mr. Darcy, Knightley is the perennial favorite of lists like these. And there’s a reason for it—he’s the perfect gentleman. While Mr. Darcy appeals to our secret “reform the Squidward” fantasies, Knightley is nearly flawless. He’s unfailingly kind, morally upstanding, and completely enamored with Emma. What more could you want in a man?

9. Phantom from “The Phantom of the Opera” by Gaston Leroux
Okay, so the guy’s partially deformed and has stalkerish tendencies. When you look like Gerard Butler, I don’t care! (He’s hot!!)
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8. Natty “Hawkeye” Bumppo from “The Leatherstocking Tales” by James Fenimore Cooper
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‘nuff said.

7. Gilbert Blythe from “Anne of Green Gables” by Lucy Maud Montgomery
Oh, Gil. My first love. What girl didn’t long to be his “Carrots”? I spent many an adolescent night swooning over Gil. Aw, heck. He still makes me sigh.

6. Zsadist from “Lover Awakened” by J.R. Ward
Talk about tortured heroes. This guy takes the cake. Though I've read all of Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood vampire series, I didn't really care much for any of them, save this one. And Zsadist is the reason why. The guy's been through a lot. A whole lot. But the sacrifices he makes for his ladylove... Wow.

5. Christian Langland, Duke of Jervaulx from “Flowers from the Storm” by Laura Kinsale
Another tortured hero, Jervaulx had the world on a string until he suffered a debilitating stroke. Still brilliant, but trapped inside his uncooperative body, Jervaulx had to relearn everything--how to speak, to eat, to dress himself. But his devotion to his Maddy-girl made him strive to be a better man.

4. Robert Knight, Duke of Hawkscliffe from “The Duke” by Gaelen Foley
First book of the amazing, amazing, amazing Knights Miscellany series, it is still my favorite. Hawk, much like Mr. Darcy, is stiff and unbending, but he has good reason. And like Mr. Darcy, he learns to open up and be more trusting, less contemptuous of those who life has dealt a bad hand. And his moves? Fugetaboutit!

3. Daegus MacKeltar from “The Dark Highlander” by Karen Marie Moning
Hmm...let's see. Tall, handsome, rich, intelligent Celtic Druid (who happens to be possessed by the souls of thirteen evil spirits) takes one look at you and growls, "Mine." What you gonna do?

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2. Roarke from the “In Death” series by JD Robb
Ask any romance afficianado who their favorite hero is, and chances are the name "Roarke" will be on their lips. And it's no wonder. He's wealthy, Irish, and sexy as all get out! But he lets his woman do her thing, even if that thing is being a tough-as-nails Detective, like Eve. Now, that's what I call a man!

1. Lachlain MacRieve from “A Hunger Like No Other” by Kresley Cole
Lachlain. Oh, Lachlain. What can I say? He has it all and then some. And then some more. King of the Lykae, he's got teeth and he knows how to use 'em. He's unerringly loyal, fiercely protective, and dashingly drool-worthy. Plus that Scottish brogue is just plain hot! Yep, he's the best of the best.

All right. There you have it. My top ten. Now it's my turn to tag some poor saps. I think I'm going to mix it up and get some male perspective on this important topic, so I'm tagging Radioactive Jam, Conceptual Drudgery, and an unsuspecting Pixelation to join in the fun. And the ladies--Emma Sometimes, Loveyh, and Le Bec.

Show us some love!


Radioactive Jam said...

aaaaaAAAAAAaaaaahhhhh! AAAAAaaaaaaAAAAAAHHHHH! aaaAAAAaaaaHHHH!

That would be the sound of me running in circles and screaming, kinda like little Kevin in "Home Alone."

*ponders slamming out ten novels featuring the Radioactive Spouse*

*realizes that would be (a) cheating and (2) impossible*


Fine. FINE. But I hope you know this will make me think, and I DO NOT LIKE THINKING!!!

I am kidding of course. I'll do it, and I'm sure it'll be way more fun than I imagine.

[Insert guileless smile here]

R said...

How bout Dr. Fane from Maugham's The Painted Veil? I think I like him because he reminds me of Dear Sir. I like reclusive, amazingly smart and slightly haughty men. If a man is smart and slightly proud I can't resist.

Like Mr. Thornton from Gaskell's North and South. Or Eugene Wrayburn, the barrister in Dickens' Our Mutual Friend?

And I am strangely attracted to Atticus in To Kill a Mockingbird.

Dapoppins said...

What is R doing over here? You do get around, don't you? And no fair picking movies. You like them cause of the stars, not the book, the Last of the Mo...y'know movie is wayy different than the book!Yes, I am just jealous that your ranking keeps going up and mine is going down...Now, enough about you, I have to go take a shower!

Avery Gray said...

Looks like somebody's got a case of the Mondays.

Melissa Garrett said...

Ah, Mr. Knightley and Gilbert Blythe . . . my heart goes pitter patter. Did you ever read the Emily of New Moon series by LM Montgomery? I was totally in love with Teddy and even begged my husband to let me name our son Teddy (no such luck).

Great list!

Rimarama said...

Gilbert Blythe is the Brad Pitt of Prince Edward Island.

I used to be so pissed at Anne of Green Gables for her shabby treatment of him. Sigh . . .

Pixelation said...

Finished, but you'll have to wait until Sunday as my queue needs the next two posts to come out in order.

loveyh said...

It's go time, missy. How dare you steal Gilbert!!

Jo Beaufoix said...

I also loved Gil, but as I was reading I was thinking about Roarke, and then, there he was.
I love those books,(The In death series, not books in general.)
I only discovered them this year and I've read a load already.
Must have a cold shower.

Dapoppins said...

Monday's? What day is it Monday? See, Jo needed a shower too.

Sheila said...

I'm with you on #10 & #8!!

Ba Doozer said...

I'm impressed, I've not heard of most of those but then I live under a rock. although I"m disappointed you didn't pick chris farley

Avery Gray said...

Oh, I hear ya, sister! All that sexy man-flesh and sweet dance moves (I saw the one with Swayze. Like there was any contest!) Unfortunately, he's not a literary character. But man, if he was, I'd be all over that!

Radioactive Jam said...

My list is up. Enjoy!

so grateful to be Mormon! said...


fun post. i have enjoyed reading this meme on several blogs since last night. hilarious idea that someone came up "the make out meme."

enjoyed this, thanks, kathleen

Luisa Perkins said...

Oh, how I love that Gaelen Foley. And I considered putting Natty on my list purely because of Daniel Day-Lewis. Suh-weet!

Great list, Avery! Thanks for playing! And I'm so glad you tagged RaJ. I wanted to, but had just hit him up for a different meme recently. Going to read his list now....

Erin said...

I'm with you, Mr. Knightley is grand (after Mr. Darcy of course, still my fave) and any of the Knight men in Gaelen Foley would pretty much make my list : )

Emma Sometimes said...

Fabulous list. I had to do mine after my last post...

It's UP NOW, and so am I. Being sick makes you stay up way too late.

Joeprah said...

Yuck! Double Yuck! Roarke...I mean come on! LOL!! I just wanted to post.

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