So, here's our list of 20 characters we had something to say for. Enjoy!
- Zaed from Sophie and Zaed (my upcoming novel): You are romantic. You are tired of pretenses and pretentious men and for once would like to have a no-strings-attached conversation with a man without worrying about him judging you on whatever rolls off your tongue. You’re not out to please him but it’s really nice to see him captivated by your candor. Yeah…that could work! And his good looks don’t hurt either. PS: Though the book isn't out yet, Zaed is here because this is my blog and he's totally worth it and because my BFF typed his name ELEVEN times on my Facebook wall. Go check.
- Demon from Aoife and Demon: You like bad boys. You like bad boys with mysterious powers. You’d like to tame one too and then trample all over him just to have him taste his own medicine. Because come on! You seriously can’t feel sorry for a royal pain like Demon when he falls. But then, you are strong and perceptive and not mean like him. You know you can help him find the courage to love you back because after all, you know that underneath all that rage and roar is a very lonely and scared boy who treasures you.
- Aragorn from Lord of the Ring: You just like him for his sword. And his Elf. And his Dwarf.
- Rory Frost from Trade Wind: You’re totally into mysterious blond men who save you from drowning in the middle of an ocean and call you Mermaid. And the fact that they speak with a British accent, wear long boots, have blue eyes and stand for everything you believe to be wrong or evil just adds to their charm. Congrats. The rogue in you just met her match!
- Alex Randall from Shadow of the Moon: You like the strong, silent type. You understand that duty, decorum, custom and love are interchangeable terms – until they’re not. In a dynamic, war-torn universe, where survival is priority, love and passion must take a backseat and only practical men like Alex can win the day and you.
- Phoebus from Hunchback of Notre Dame: If you like him, you haven’t read the book. The Disney version is not true. Go read the book. Phoebus is the bad guy.
- Erik from Phantom: You like freaks. You have the ability to see past appearances and peer into the hearts of men. You also have a somewhat twisted mind that will forgive all evil and villainy because you understand how tormented the villain was at the hands of normal folk, such as yourself, before he became what he did. So, it’s time to fetch that Band-Aid and nurse his boo-boos and give him a good ego massage too. After all, Erik knows love. That’s what he truly craves. And you can show him the way. Only if you don’t die first…
- Mr. Knightly from Emma: You may or may not like men older than you but you definitely like a man whose wisdom you can trust with your life. I mean you already are smart enough to realize you are reckless, a bit devilish and yes, you require supervision and an occasional reprimand to keep you on track. And of course, you do need someone to worship in your life whose praise means the world to you because he is the only one who matters the most because he is the Only One.
- Mr. Rochester from Jane Eyre: You are either mad or a nurse for hire. The guy is rude, rich and married. That’s more than enough to tell you to face the opposite direction and run. But you do not. You stay on, are drawn into his world and now you want to heal him. Sympathy rules your head and you fall for him as he does for your simple charms. Okay, I’ll give him that. It doesn’t take much to please him in the looks department. Good, strong, dependable character will do just fine, thank you very much.
- Kostya Levin from Anna Keranina: You appreciate a hard-working guy. You appreciate his troubles, his understanding of politics, his passion for his land, job, colleagues and subordinates. You want to hit Kitty in the head for not seeing all that much good in one man and swooning over that no good Alexei instead! You wish Levin would fix that guy a hearty knuckle sandwich but then, you know he wouldn’t and that makes you love him even more. To you, an ordinary man with a heart of gold is worth a dozen hunks wrapped in gold on any given day; twice on Sundays.
- Gabriel Oak from Far From the Madding Crowd: Okay, you fancy farmers. We get it. Read Levin up there all over again, please.
- Stuart Whitworth from The Help: You aren’t reading the book right. He isn't important!
- Sam Roxton from I’ve Got Your Number: You like men in suits. You like men in suits who lose their cellphones for your convenience and act difficult and important with British accent. Only you know that they aren’t faking any of it. Not the being important part, not the accent and certainly not that dashing smile that graces their lips without a warning when they see you. Also, the fact that nothing in the world impresses them, including you, is quite a charmer. Yep. Men in suits are cool.
- Edward Cullen from Twilight: You love sparkles, unicorns, body odor – okay – I don’t know who you are. We can’t be friends.
- Rhett Butler from Gone with the Wind: Aha! You little rogue you! Actually, you’re a lot like Scarlett if you like Rhett. It’s just that at the end, unlike her, you know he is perhaps broken beyond repair and may never return. You know what it means to have gone too far and you brace yourself for the tough job that lies ahead if you ever want to get Rhett back. He is your man. He is very much like you. And while nothing ever really angers you enough to dwell on it, yet when something does, it isn't ever easily forgiven. But then, none of what happened was your fault so…yeah, you’ll get him back.
- Dex from Something Borrowed: Eew. And I’m really sorry you like him.
- Ethan from Something Blue: Swoon! Cute, strong, opinionated. What’s not to like? You love sexual tension. You love emotional tension. You love dramatic tension. You basically love tension! And with Ethan, you get a truckload of it. While the rest of the world pretends to be calm, you guys are happening. He is so cute and totally pretends to be not into you. That is hot! You know love exists. It’s there. You can freakin’ see it! So yeah, sip that coffee – or tea – and ogle him while he reads the newspaper. He won’t mind. You know he likes that.
- Christian Gray from Fifty Shades of Gray: You have a disturbing taste in men. Also, there are better books out there. Seriously.
- Michael from The Promise: You really like to see him brood, don’t ya! Okay, no. It’s just that though he is broken and not interested in living anymore, there is something infinitely charming about that reclusive behavior of his. It means he really means it when he says, I’ll love you forever. And forever is well…after death too. So yeah, that works for you. That guarantee, that promise of undying love is all you ever wanted anyway. Yes, that necklace means something.
- Miranda Priestly from Devil Wears Prada: What? Show me a manlier character!
So there. Our list is nowhere complete but I ran out of things to write about many of our fictional men like Laurie from Little Women & Good Wives. Don't remember him much except that I liked him. Anyway, who is your fav and do any of the above tell you a bit about yourself?
Happy reading :)