On Facebook, Jennifer Estep had a link to April Lindner’s quiz, Who is Your Literary Boyfriend? I took it, and my literary boyfriend turned out to be Ron Weasley. I’ve liked Ron Weasley since the first Harry Potter book, but he’s not exactly the man of my dreams. I actually retook the test and answered one question differently, hoping the quiz would pick Mr. Darcy. (I picked a ‘tour of English castles’ the second time, instead of ‘a week in Rome.’ I wanted to do both, but the first time I chose Rome because I love Italian food.) Even after the switch, the quiz still matched me with Ron.
In reality, Ron and I are probably compatible (if he were much older). Like Ron, I’m a bit laid back, and neither of us are as perfect as Darcy and Jane. That doesn’t mean he’s replaced Mr. Darcy as my literary crush. Who doesn’t swoon over Mr. Darcy’s quiet integrity? But Ron would probably be more fun – when he’s not killing Death Eaters or fighting another of Voldemort’s creatures. Plus, he’s as loyal to his friends and family as is Mr. Darcy.
I can think of other crush-worthy literary heroes, too. Most of Georgette Heyer’s heroes have a good sense of humor and, if not always conventionally smart, they are wise in their own heart-tugging ways. In A Summer in Europe by Marilyn Brant, I loved Emerson’s intelligence and wit. And Luc (short for Lucifer) in Misty Evan’s Witches Anonymous series, has an earthy sensuality that’s hard to resist. I also love the integrity and heart and passion of John Parker in Michelle Diener’s Susanna Horenbout & John Parker series. Most of my fellow bloggers write about men with passion and focus, and that’s very sexy.
So far I haven’t based a character in my books on a literary figure, but I’ve modeled a few on actors. A friend of mine is a Johnny Depp fan, and she’s based a character in a book on him. I modeled Noah Long from Dragon Blues on the younger Spock, as played by Leonard Nimoy in the original Star Trek series. (His voice and inner Zen-ness did it for me.) In Miracle Pie, Gabe is based on Simon Baker’s portrayal of Patrick Jane in The Mentalist. Not just his blond waves and his dimples, but the way he looks at life as if it’s a game. In my current book, my hero is based on a younger Sam Elliott. Once again, his voice did it for me. As soon as he talks, you know this is a man you can count on.
I’m giving you a tough job here. Who would you pick as your literary or movie/TV character boyfriend?