Peter Pan- Obviously this kid is the one who started it all. And obviously my feelings were more than a little misplaced considering Peter's the boy who never wants to grow up and all, and who wants to end up with an irresponsible, somewhat bratty boy for a boyfriend? But try telling all this to my little lovelorn heart. Because who wouldn't fall in love with his charisma and charm and adventurousness and spirit and cockiness and even that little bit of sadness that he tries to keep mostly hidden. My love for the Pan is like that one blanket that has served you well over the years, it's full of holes and has basically been loved to death, but there's no way you're parting with it because it gives you more than just ALL CAPS FEELINGS... It gives you ALL CAPS MEMORIES.
Gilbert Blythe- I'm not sure what can be said about Gilbert that hasn't already been said. Sally and I share a love for this adorable boy, and can you blame us? Maybe it's easy to love him because when he was busy tormenting Anne, boys were busy tormenting us, and so we had first-hand knowledge of the whole "they only tease you if they like you" mentality. Whatever it is that makes Gilbert so near and dear to our hearts, there's no denying he's got tons of it.
Prince Charmont- We've previously discussed my
Rhys- This may seem like cheating a bit since Rhys is another Gail Carson Levine character, but can I help it if the lady knows how to write a male lead? I discovered the sorcerer in middle school, not long after Prince Char stole my heart. It's just impossible to resist his combination of protectiveness and quiet longing. We're talking about seriously petticoat-lethal stuff here, people! Maybe it's just that I can't resist boys who do magic?
Bill Weasley- Speaking of wizards... I'm about to admit to a very odd literary crush, because while the rest of you were sighing over Harry and giggling over Ron, I was falling in love with his older "rockstar," as the books described him, brother. I think this must've been the earliest sign of that thing that sooner-or-later infects all girls: an attraction to rebels/bad boys. But then again, it could just be the ginger thing.
Dexter Jones- Shame on those of you who have never read a Sarah Dessen novel. I seriously don't know how I would've made it through my teenage years without her perfectly imperfect male protagonists. Especially Dexter Jones. Oh man, band boys, they get me every time. And sensitive, somewhat geeky band boys? Consider my petticoats melted and my heart a goner. Dex had me from hello and every so often I find myself going back to him, because you never do really forget your first "love."
d'Artagnan- I end this list with one who may seem a little out of place. Dumas' young Musketeer stole my heart at an early age. A daring sword-fighter, and somewhat out-of-place country boy, d'Artagnan really has everything going for him. REALLY!
I probably could've continued on with my list, but since I know y'all don't want to read a book about my literary loves...
Which characters stand out in your memories as being particularly FEELINGS-inducing? I know I'm not the only one who started young when it comes to fictional boyfriends.