Crushing on a fictional character is quite a common phenomenon to occur to bookworms. They are forever in love with one character or another. So, I thought, why not write about the five fictional guys that I’ve crushed on over the years. Of course these are just the five off the top of my head. I have had many more crushes, and maybe I’ll write about them some other day.
Rusty from Ruskin Bond’s The Room on the Roof
I was only thirteen years old when I chanced upon this book in my school library. Our library period was that on Friday and by the time the weekend rolled around, I had devoured the whole book. I reissued the book for another week because I didn’t want to let go of Rusty. It was the first book that had introduced me to Indian Writing in English, and since then, there has been no looking back for me. I stopped trying to write stories set in the great foreign lands with a cast of foreign characters. Instead, I started looking at my city different. And in every nook and cranny, there seemed to be an untold story left for me to tell. Needless to say I had the biggest crush on Rusty for a really long time. Because I loved how he had taken his destiny in his own hand’s and refused to live in an abusive environment anymore. I learned of the struggle and hardship Mr. Bond had to face, years later, when I was researching for my MPhil dissertation. I came across a quote by the author that will stay with me forever: “Money talks and usually it is saying goodbye.”
Jesse de Silva from Meg Cabot’s The Mediator Series
I remember finding all the Mediator series on sale at once and placed an order impulsively. I was worried about not liking the story for exactly the first five minutes after it arrived. I wondered if I’d just wasted my money over books I had no clue about. Turns out I was wrong! I got so taken by the wonderful Mr. Jesse de Silva, that I was annoyed that I would have to put down my book and go out to keep a date with my then boyfriend. In retrospect, I should have broken the date, just like the asshole broke my heart a few months later. I ran crying into the arms of Jesse de Silva and recovered from what I would like to call the nastiest time of my life so far. But I am deviating. Jesse de Silva is, a ghost, who our heroine, Suzanna Simon is able to see given her gift. The chemistry between the two is a little short of sparkling and I read the entire series pretending to be this kickass girl who was falling hopelessly in love with a person she wouldn’t be able to be with.... *sigh*
Michael Moscovitz from Meg Cabot’s The Princess Diaries
The same woman who gifted us Jesse de Silva also conjured the confident Michael Moscovitz. If you’ve only watched the Princess Diaries movies, you’ve missed out on meeting one of the most awesome guys from Literature that I’ve come across in my life time. The guy who played Michael Moscovitz didn’t hold a candle to the brilliant person that the character was fleshed out to be. For starters, his crush on Mia wasn’t so well pronounced towards the beginning. And their relationship throughout the course of the series is some of the most real thing I’d read as a twenty one year old. I loved how Michael stood his own ground, allowed Mia to walk away because he realized both of them had a lot of growing up to do. He was right in knowing that the Universe would put them back in each other’s lives if they were meant to be. Honestly, they were. I loved how despite all their differences, Michael was still a wonderful friend to Mia, especially when she needed one. It made me think maybe guys like Michael Moscovitz really do exist. I just hadn’t chanced upon them yet.
Theodore Finch from Jennifer Niven’s All the Bright Places
I picked up All the Bright Places because I think almost everyone on my book blogger list was talking about it. And when you’re bombarded with pretty pictures of a book through your instagram feed, you know you have to get the book for yourself the next time you pick out your latest reads! Jennifer Niven’s book did not disappoint. I loved the story of a girl who learned to live from a boy who wanted to die. Theodore Finch cannot be pegged down as the dream guy that girls would fall for. I think what attracted me towards him was the fact that he could make Violet believe in that there was more to life, even though he didn’t. If you asked me why I liked Finch, it’s probably because I find it a little romantic to think someone could love you enough to put up with their miserable lives just a little longer – just to make sure the other person was fine. Putting someone else before ourselves has become a thing of the past now. Maybe this is why Finch stands out in my book.
Augustus Waters from John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars
The Fault in Our Stars was the novel that put John Green on the map and also placed Augustus Waters in the hearts of countless people. His epic dialogues, the way he looked at life and how nothing could ever bring him down are perhaps some of the reasons to have a crush on him. He’s one of those special characters who live on in our hearts, and stay for a long time in our minds even after we close the damn book. Augustus Waters made a girl who thought she was a grenade, believe in the possibility of a future. He made me as his story drew to a close but I agreed wholeheartedly to what he had said –
“It would be a privilege to have my heartbroken by you.”
Have you ever crushed on a fictional character? If so, let me know who they were? Also – has anyone actually found Mr. Darcy?