Top Ten Tuesday- Book Characters I Want to Marry

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is Top Ten Book Characters.

Believe it or not, this is a tough one for me–I mean, to narrow it down to ten, obviously.  There’s just no way.  There are the boys I love (which is how the blog began. It was a group of e-mails going back and forth between me and Vee because I’m nutters and need to not only make lists of my biggest book crushes, but to make people read them and comment as well) and then there are the girls I adore.

I’ll try to pare it down a bit:

1. Atticus Finch, To Kill A Mockingbird– I love this character beyond words.  He is everything a father and man should be, facing obstacles and bullies with integrity and doing the right thing when the wrong thing was the prevalent way of thinking. He’s the ultimate hero.

2. Michael Moscovitz (Fake Man of My Dreams), The Princess Diaries– I can’t help it.  I love this guy.  He’s the perfect blend of nerd and hot; confident without being cocky, and unafraid to love an imperfect, totally awkward girl who, in the end, could probably intimidate many people (based on her status, not her personality).  He’s not possessive or overbearing (no sneaking in to Mia’s room to watch her sleep and no removing parts of her car “for her safety”. Oh, you heard me Edward Cullen). He’s just a normal boy–except he’s pretty extraordinary. Also, as you may recall, he’s totally into quoting Star Wars. This is a good thing for me.  Also, “Mia, I’m not sorry and I’ll wait.”  Um, hello hotness.

Oh, lord, somebody stop me. I could go on for days.

3.   Adam, If I Stay and Where She Went– Let’s see, he’s in a band, he writes beautiful, painful lyrics and he loves Mia like crazy. I mean loves her. This ain’t no fleeting high school romance. It’s the real thing (I mean for people who, sadly, aren’t real, but whatever).

4. Frankie Landau Banks, The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau Banks Did you think I was only going to talk about guys?  Never!  Frankie is my girl. She is how I wish I’d been in high school. She’s cute and bright, and even though she may be a little insecure and immature, she doesn’t let that get in the way of her whole plan to infiltrate the all-boys secret society at her school.  You know you love her, dog.

This is the German cover, because I love it THAT much.

5. Elizabeth Bennet, Pride and Prejudice– How could I NOT mention her?  Yes, she may be somewhat judgey, but the girl is smart and witty and she’s able to hold her head high when most wouldn’t. And, major thing here, she wanted to marry for love in a time when girls–especially those in her circumstances–just didn’t do that. Girlfriend turned down not one but TWO guys in this book. In yo face Society Rules!

6. Jane Eyre– Oh how I love this sweet girl. She was orphaned and looked upon with disdain by her whole family and yet she refused to be treated that way. Somehow, the tragedies she faced made her more lovely and gave her more depth.  And in the end, when many would have been bitter, Jane chose the road of forgiveness (more than once).   She was about girl power before girl power was what it is today. When girls really had few choices, she unabashedly pursued what she loved, believing herself to be worthy of it–not because she was a woman or despite it, but because she was a human being full of love and life and potential.

7. Mr. Rochester, Jane Eyre– What is it about this man? He’s grumpy and rough around the edges, but when you get to the heart of things, he’s lived such a painful, troubled life.  I love the relationship he has with Jane; all the teasing and banter they have. And mostly I love that although most people look at her with pity or distaste, he looks at Jane and see hope for himself.  Also, Mr. Rochester won a poll of the most romantic heroes in literature.  You have to give him credit for that.

I'm sorry that I had to put up TWO pictures of Michael Fassbender. Really, I apologize.

8. Mia Thermopolis, The Princess Diaries– Did you think I’d forget about my girl? No way! I loved watching Mia grow up throughout this series because I identified with each of her crazy, awkward insecurities.  I laughed all the way through every ordeal, every spazz over the most ridiculous of things, loved her friendships and her adorable love of Michael and felt oddly proud of her at the end of the series. Way to go POG (if you haven’t read the books, that’s Princess of Genovia).

9.  Taylor Markham/Jonah Effing Griggs, Jellicoe Road– I should have titled this  “Melina Marchetta Characters” because there are so many to love, but I think these two have the strongest hold on my heart.  Taylor is almost blindly brave and driven by this deep need to be loved by her mother, and she has a deep connection to Jonah, the boy who may love her or may hate her, but whose life was most certainly changed by her.  And Jonah, oh Jonah. Where do I even begin?  I can’t.  Just read the book.

10. Henry DeTamble, The Time Traveler’s Wife– Do you all get sick of me saying that this is may favorite book ever?  The list of books that I love is long, long, loooong, but this one will always remain at the top.

I love both of the main characters in this one, but there is something about Henry, about the way he seems tragically lost in a self-destructive way until Clare becomes his grounding force.  She’s the reason he needs to stay alive and always make it back home.  These two are so beautifully in love, perfectly imperfect and, despite the whole time traveling thing, utterly real.

There are so many more! Wes (The Truth About Forever), Hermione (The Harry Potter series), any number of Cassandra Clare characters.  And there are new favorites all the time (Lenny, The Sky is Everywhere), Karou (Daughter of Smoke and Bone), Jay (The Body Finder), Cricket and Lola (Lola and The Boy Next Door).  We could be here all day!

22 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday- Book Characters I Want to Marry

  1. Yes, yes, yes for Jonah and Taylor 😀 Love them both! And I’m with you on Mr. Rochester! I really have to read IF I STAY, I’ve heard wonderful things about it 😀

    • Elodie, you have to read If I Stay. It is SO, SO good. And the second book is even better. Trust me. Also, I feel like I’m having Jellicoe Road withdrawals (I loaned it out a while back). I love Jonah and Taylor and I need them back in my life!

  2. The characters in The Sky is Everywhere jumped to the top of my list of favorites as soon as I read it, too. And there is NO SUCH THING as too much M. Fassbender. great list!

  3. Saving Francesca and Jellicoe Road are always showing up on lists — and Jonah Effing Griggs. I wish I had time to read ALL THE BOOKS IN MY PILE!! These are definitely in the pile.

  4. Every time I hear you talk about Michael Moscovitz, I think I need to read The Princess Diaries. And then I think about the movie and I don’t remember the dude in it at all and then I remind myself book>movie. Really, just read the book already, Elizabeth!

    • And it’s sad because I talk about Michael Moscovitz so much. I can’t help it though! I love those books (which are in every way different from the films). I relate to that awkward dorkiness of Mia and Michael reminds me so much of my husband when we were in high school. Love him (both of them)!

  5. i’m totally with ya on this one. It was really hard to narrow it down to just 10 (that’s why i cheated just a little bit.)
    Also i keep hearing things about this Jonah Griggs person and it really makes me wonder why i haven’t read Jellicoe Road yet. MUST read that book and get in the loop. 🙂

    • Dude! I need you to read it STAT. It’s a little confusing at first because there are ten thousand characters, but it all makes sense after a bit. Her writing is phenomenal. Seriously.

  6. Awesome list 🙂 Totally agree with you on Elizabeth and Jane – the original strong female leads.
    My goodness, there are so many amazing characters in this world.

    • I know! It’s so hard to narrow it down. We need a Top 10 Females, Top 10 Males, Top 10 Crushes, Top 10 Couples. I have too many favorites!

  7. Adam ::sigh::
    If you haven’t already, get your hands on the paperback version of Where She Went. I think it came out last week. There’s bonus material at the end that checks back in on Adam and Mia three years later and it nearly made me cry (swoony, happy tears) in the middle of the teen section at Barnes and Noble.

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