Thursday, March 01, 2012

Booking Through Thursday: Different Kind of Romance

This week BTT asks: "Have you ever fallen in love with a fictional character? Who and what about them did you love?"

Well, yes and no. I don't think I could say I've ever really fallen in love with a literary character. But then, I don't fall in love easily. I can think of quite a few favorite characters, but my interest in them stops short of any emotional attachment.

OK, I suppose I'd have to say Rhett Butler came close. But that was long long ago, on a planet far far away. And when I read Gone With the Wind back in the Pleistocene Era, I was just as much in love with Ashley Wilkes as Scarlett was. Both guys are dashing and romantic and brooding and handsome and virile and all those things a 13-year-old girl would be looking for in a man. Come to think of it, I guess they're all those things a 60-something-year-old girl would be looking for in a man, too.

The one fictional creation I can remember actually falling in love with wasn't a literary character (at least not at the time) -- he was a character in a TV show. And I wouldn't really call it love so much as obsession. For a while, back in the '70s, I was a Star Trek junkie, and I was completely besotted with Mr. Spock. I liked Captain Kirk too, but Spock was my real sweetie. Bless his green and pointy little ears.


  1. Great answers! I answered this one thinking about characters I read in books and it was hard for me to remember anyone. I wish I had answered thinking of TV or movie characters. My BTT is here.

  2. I have had a lot of character crushes, but I agree with you, it is easier to fall in love with a TV/movie character than with a literary character. Here is my BTT.

  3. I agree with Rhett and Ashley. Can't think of any other character. Certainly not Mr. Darcy!

  4. Yes, Gone With the Wind came to mind for me too - but long, long time ago (like 40 years or so)

    Here's mine:

  5. Ha-ha...yes, I love the way you put it.

    Can you believe I chose Rhett, too, as one of mine?

    But when I reread the book some time this year, I wonder how I'll see him? Since my teenage self had very little


  6. I passed this week. But the one that came to mind for me was Mr. Knightley in Emma. But did I fall in love with him, I don't think so. Just liked the way Jane Austen wrote about him.

  7. I enjoyed your answer and agreed.

  8. Fallen in love is pretty strong for a two-dimensional character - I can't think of any I've fallen in love with.

  9. 'FALL in love' ?- well not in the romantic boy/girl sense but I can say I loved the character of Claire in Shadow Baby...a precocious young girl...bright, funny, loveable. Author: Allison McGhee


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