3 Book Boyfriends We Wish Were Real
23 Jul 2015
Real talk. Sometimes, we wish the men in books were real. I know some of you can relate to this.
I can’t count the number of times I’ve read a book and thought “man, if that guy were a real human, I’d so want to date him.” Authors are artists, and sometimes they paint a picture of a person so beautifully that you can’t help but fall a little bit. Never judge a fellow bibliophile for swooning over a fictional character. That’s just silly.
So. Here are some of our team’s favorite book boyfriends (ie, literary gents we’d date):
One of the Weasleys
To each their own- I’d date George Weasley in a heartbeat, but my friends in school were starry-eyed over Ron. Any Weasley (with the possible exception of Percy) is a lovely choice for a book boyfriend. George will keep you laughing, Bill will be a constant adventure companion, and Ron will be the most loyal partner you could want.
“You’re a prefect? Oh Ronnie! That’s everyone in the family!”
“What are Fred and I? Next door neighbors?”
― J.K. Rowling,
Benedick from Much Ado About Nothing
The tale of Benedick and Beatrice is possibly my favorite love story in all of literature. As a child, I idolized Beatrice. Her spitfire wit and fierce love for Hero are beautiful to me. She’s flawed, yes – and so is Benedick. Benedick is proud and a tad disdainful towards the concept of romance. I can relate to that. Perhaps it’s illogical to want to date a person who doesn’t think romance is real, but we’re humans. We want what we can’t have. There’s beauty and poetry in being the one person to change someone’s mind about matters of the heart. Beatrice is my spirit animal. I’d totally date Benedick.
Shall quips, and sentences, and these paper bullets of the brain, awe a man from the career of his humour? No; the world must be peopled. When I said, I would die a bachelor, I did not think I should live till I were married.
― William Shakespeare,
Augustus Waters from The Fault in Our Stars
This one makes me feel a little weird because I’m a grown adult and Augustus Waters is a teenager. BUT. I’m imagining my 17-year-old self here. In a budding relationship, sharing art in every form with a new significant other is beautiful. I loved reading the scenes where Hazel and Augustus discuss Hazel;s favorite book, An Imperial Affliction. I love lending books to my significant other. It’s like sharing a piece of your soul. When the other person shares your adoration and joy for that piece of literature, the bond increases in such a wonderful way. 17-year-old-me would have loved to talk books with Augustus Waters. He’d call them “grand” and it would be adorable.
Oh, I wouldn’t mind, Hazel Grace. It would be a privilege to have my heart broken by you.
— John Green, The Fault in Our Stars
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