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Just ‘cause I’m married doesn’t mean I can’t have book boyfriends! And since I wrote Top Ten Jerks in Literature for this week’s TTT over on my own blog, I thought I’d do a positive post over here at The Broke and the Bookish! So without further ado, here are my top ten book boyfriends:
1. Richie Tozier from IT by Stephen King. I dig funny guys, and Richie Tozier makes me laugh out loud more than perhaps any other character in any other book.
2. Nate Tucker from 14 by Peter Clines. Nate strikes me as the kind of guy who everyone likes, the guy who’s always up for a beer or for a game of pickup football. He also just seems like an all-around nice person, and someone who I think I would like to be around.
3. Tommy Phan from Tick Tock by Dean Koontz. He’s got some demons (literally), but I think Tommy would be a fun guy to hang out with when he wasn’t being chased by a demon doll from hell.
4. Jake Epping from 11/22/63 by Stephen King. He’s an English teacher and he swing dances. Enough said.
5. Peeta Mellark from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. I was never really “Team Peeta” or “Team Gale,” but if I had to choose, I would definitely go for Peeta. Sweet and kind will ALWAYS beat out rugged and reckless in my book. This has become more and more true as I’ve grown up and realized that dramatic romantic love might be fun, but it’s not sustainable.
6. Dink from Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card. We don’t really see a lot of Dink, but I always enjoyed what we did see. He’s incredibly smart—as all the attendees of Battle School are—but he’s not as crazily ambitious as the rest. I just imagine him being a really sweet person, and someone who I think I would like a lot in real life.
7. Devin Jones from Joyland by Stephen King. Pretty much the same as Nate in #2. I obviously have a “type,” even for my book boyfriends.
8. Max de Winter from Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier. This one might be a bit of a stretch, especially because I would probably feel much like the new Mrs. de Winter (as in, like I wasn’t good enough for him) but I’ll allow myself one tortured soul on this list, and Max de Winter is it.
9. Captain Wentworth from Persuasion by Jane Austen. He stays faithful to Anne for eight years, even though her family made her break off her relationship with him. Plus, he’s in the military. That gets him a big old A+ in my book.
10. Travis Cornell from Watchers by Dean Koontz. Travis is one of those totally unassuming loner guys who most people would never give a second glance, but who has a treasury of good qualities hidden behind his gruff introversion. He’s also a deeply sad guy—and I would want to make him happy!
What topic did you choose today? And who are your favorite book boyfriends? You should also feel free to hop on over to my blog to discuss your book anti-boyfriends, aka the Top Ten Jerks in Literature. :)