Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Fictional Crushes

This is a weekly meme hosted by the lovely folks over at The Broke and the Bookish. This week is a rewind! We can pick a prompt from the archives. Elizabeth chose Fictional Crushes because we are kind of ALL ABOUT those. We’ve tended to feature a lot more serious books in this list on the past, but for crushes it kind of has to be all about the YA. It’s not creepy, we promise!

Mary’s Picks:

1. Marcus Flutie from the Jessica Darling Series – see here. It’s really all about the ironic t-shirts for me.

Just look at these guys! Only Marcus Flutie Could Rock the Subversive Backstreet Boys T-Shirt

2. Peeta! I am so firmly Team Peeta it’s not even funny. I don’t think his character came through in the first movie at all, though I did really like Josh Hutcherson. They just forgot to make him funny or give him enough fight. But I have high hopes for Catching Fire. When he paints Rue’s death scene for the Game Makers? Swoon!

Peeta... brooding...

3. Frederick Garland from Ruby in the Smoke and Shadow in the North by Philip Pullman. He is such a great complement to Sally Lockhart, and a brilliant photographer! Also, these books need to make a comeback.

Frederick Garland, played in the movie by JJ Feild

4. Gilbert Blythe. I just can’t leave him off!!!

Jonathon Crombie as Gilbert Blythe

5. Atticus Finch. Yes, I went there. It works on a number of levels. I have some really great memories associated with this movie now too.

Elizabeth’s Picks:

6. Dimitri from Anastasia (the movie). No I don’t even count this as cheating (though I’ve totally cheated in all my other top ten tuesday posts). Hello, he’s fictional and the movie is aimed at young adults (or maybe just the young). Regardless, he totally counts. Dimitri totally saves Anastasia and her grandmother in the beginning of the movie so yay him, and then he helps restore her to her grandmother later. Yes, he does so inadvertently with the intention of swindling the grandmother, but the important part is that he refuses the money because he loves Anastasia. Plus, he returns at the perfect moment to help her defeat Rasputin. And you’ll notice I said help her, not rescue her, because while the aid was key, Anastasia still managed to save herself :-)

Who can resist that face?

7. Wes from The Truth About Forever. Let’s just say I sa-wooned when I read about him. He’s an all around good guy, gorgeous, an artist, takes care of his quirky little brother, and well there is just something about him. Can’t quite explain it.

8. Landon from Seer and the Sword by Victoria Hanley. He has every reason to hate Princess Torina because her father killed his and took him prisoner, but instead they become childhood friends. He helps her see the light before making a huge mistake and loves her even when he thinks she’s dead. Another one I can’t quite put into words but read the book and it will make total sense.

9. Harry Potter… of course ;-) . How could I resist? I’m not going to even bother explaining this one…

10. Normally this would be a great time to put Mr. Darcy, but since this is a YA blog, I’m going to put Derek Edwards from Epic Fail by Claire LaZebnik. Derek has all of Mr. Darcy’s good qualities (and of course his bad ones too) with the added bonus of “living” in the 21st century in this modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice

Yes I realize this is a picture of Matthew Macfadyen playing the role of the actual Mr. Darcy, but can you blame me? ;-)

I should also say that honorary mention goes to basically all the guys from Sarah Dessen’s books, Kenneth West from Rilla of Ingleside by L.M. Montgomery and George Cooper from Tamora Pierce’s Lioness Quartet. [Mary would like to add: George Cooper!!!]