Top Ten Tuesday: Fictional Non-Crushes

For That Artsy Reader Girl’s Top Ten Tuesday:

August 31: Fictional Crushes

I did one of these a long time ago. I started trying to think of another ten literary guys I love, but then I started thinking about the guys who are usually cited as literary crushes, who just don’t appeal to me. In most cases I still root for them and their love interests in the context of the book (though there are one or two exceptions to that as well) but they’re just not for me. Just a warning there may be some spoilers here:

Heathcliff from Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte– His actions are villainous. I think the reason that people are attracted to him has to do with the position the novel places him in, as well as the dark, twisted world it creates. But the fact is that he’s an abusive, sadistic, murderous, narcissist. That’s a big problem for me.

Mr. Rochester from Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte– The whole “sorry I forgot to tell you before our wedding that I was already married, and my insane wife is hidden in the attic” thing is just a deal breaker for me.

Laurie from Little Women by Louisa May Alcott- I don’t dislike him, but I definitely think Jo made the right call turning him down. Even at the end of the book, when he’s matured, I still feel like he’s kind of childish. That can be endearing, but it’s not what I’d choose for a partner.

Sydney Carton from A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens- Yes, his actions at the end are self sacrificing, noble and courageous. But before that he’s a drunken loser for most of the book. That’s not appealing!

Maxim DeWinter from Rebecca by Daphne DuMaurier- Yes the handsome millionaire would catch my attention. But he’s emotionally closed off from the get go, and learning that he killed his first wife wouldn’t make me more attracted to him (in spite of the fact that it seems to do for his second wife…)

Rhett Butler from Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell– He’s got some major strikes against him: he manipulates Scarlett (though to be fair, she manipulates him right back), solicits prostitutes and supports the south in the Civil War.

Erik in The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux- Yes, he’s got some pluses: he’s a tortured genius with a cool underground lair. But he’s also a vandalistic, obsessive murderer.

Sherlock Holmes from the Sherlock Holmes series by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle- I was surprised to see him on several lists (I googled literary crushes for some ideas for this list). Yes he’s very smart. But he’s also overly analytical, which could be a problem in a relationship. Plus he’s a drug addict.

10 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Fictional Non-Crushes

  1. Yeah, I’m with you on most of these (haven’t read them all). Though, to be fair, some of them I read when I was older and more jaded. Perhaps I would have crushed on, say, Mr. Rochester or Maxim if I’d read those books as a teen or tween. But, like you say, both of them just put their s.o. in an awful position. Their weakness and/or avoidance ends up costing their girlfriend.

    As for the Phantom, you’ll love him if you love drama. I feel like that whole story is about how much damage can be done by a tortured soul if they also happen to be smarter than everyone else and consequently be in a position of some power. But I’m just going based on the musical, which will probably get me kicked off your blog forever …

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    • Haha! Not at all, I like the musical too! I think his position in the book is similar to what you describe: tortured genius, smarter than everyone else, causes a lot of damage.

      And yeah, I think I probably would have been a bit more forgiving of most of the guys when I was younger. I do root for most of these guys to be with their respective love interests when I read the books though. Like I’ll cheer when Jane says “Reader, I married him” even if I also think “well, I don’t think I would…”

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