I had to post about this because it is so closely related to my “Fictional Characters” series. I really want to live in England because not only is it totally awesome, but they do fun things like take polls of the most romantic characters in literature! Do we do fun stuff like that here and I just miss it?
So here are the results of the poll:
1. Edward Rochester of Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre
2. Richard Sharpe of Bernard Cornwell’s Sharpe series.
3. Fitzwilliam Darcy of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice
4. Heathcliff of Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights
5. Rhett Butler of Margaret Mitchell’s Gone With the Wind
6. Mark Darcy, of Helen Fielding’s Bridget Jones’ Diary
7. Captain Corelli of Louis de Berniere’s Captain Corelli’s Mandolin
8. Henry DeTamble of Audrey Niffenegger’s The Time Traveler’s Wife
9. Gabriel Oak of Thomas Hardy’s Far From the Madding Crowd
10. Rupert Campbell Black of Jilly Cooper’s The Rutshire Chronicle
Now as you know, I am a HUGE fan of Mr. Rochester………..but I am not sure if he could be described as “romantic.” I found this poll on Entertainment Weekly, and I totally agree with Tina that there were times when Mr. Rochester was not all that nice to Jane and definitely not romantic. I still adore him, but I don’t think he would be my #1 choice for this poll.
I think it is funny that Mr. Darcy is on here twice. I would argue that Mr. Darcy of Bridget Jones fame is very romantic, and Fitzwilliam does do some pretty wonderful stuff for Elizabeth and her family, but is it romantic??? Also, I thought The Time Traveler’s Wife was an awful bore, so I would definitely strike him from the list. And wasn’t that Sharpe guy a total womanizer??? I’ve only seen one of the movies, but that was the impression that I got. And embarrassingly enough, I haven’t read any of the other books. *hanging my head in shame*
Here are some of the things I would add to the list. I am not sure if my choices would be considered coming from “literature” but, well, tough.
I would put both Boris and Michael from The Princess Diaries series on the list. I would also put Boris ABOVE Michael on the list. WHAT? I know that is a pretty blasphemous statement, but if you really think about it, Boris is kind of the ultimate romantic guy, which is why he ended up with the ultimate romance-seeking gal, Tina. And he plays the violin, which, in my opinion, is the most romantic thing ever. But don’t worry, I still love Michael the best.
I would also grudgingly put Mr. Edward Cullen on the list. As emotionally manipulative and scarily possessive as he is, you gotta admit that he is a pretty romantic type of guy. And, I have no doubt that if the poll was done in America he would come in first (at least with the 10-35 crowd, cuz that’s who seems to be reading it at the library).
I would also have to include Zach from Impossible by Nancy Werlin. I adored this book and Zach really stuck with me. He was a great romantic guy-next-door-friend-of-the-family character. If only people like that actually did live next door the world would be a much better place.
Strangely enough, I would also put The Count of Monte Cristo on this list. He is not really a romantic guy per se, but the whole time I was reading the book his character just had this mysterious confident aura that I find very, very sexy. Wait, is sexy the same as romantic? Did I just totally contradict what I wrote earlier?? Oh well, I don’t care, The Count of Monte Cristo has a romantic feel to me so I say it would make the list.
I almost forgot to add Peeta!!!! Peeta from The Hunger Games is soooooooo romantic! He manages to say and do the most romantic things in the most terrible of situations. Can you imagine how sweet he would be if you were able to live a normal life with him???
So, what do you think? Can you believe that Rochester beat out both Darcys?? This poll did give me some nice titles to add to my to be read list.
P.S. In the EW post, she mentions that one of her co-workers suggested Logan from the Baby-Sitters Club. Heehee! But didn’t he actually join the club, which is a pretty romantic thing for a high school boy to do.