Sometimes you read a book and you fall in love. There’s a man so dashing, so wonderful, so glamorous that you think about them and take them with you and fantasize about your life with them. If only they were real!
Jay Gatsby, The Great Gatsby
Jay Gatsby is the ultimate self-made American millionaire, having worked his whole life to become worthy of a single woman — Daisy. After his young love was married to another wealthy man, he made a fortune and threw lavish parties every weekend in an attempt to win her back. And, ultimately, his love for her was so strong that he was willing to take the fault for her hit and run, leading to his demise. A rich devoted book boyfriend? I’ll take him, even if Daisy doesn’t want him!
Fitzwilliam Darcy, Pride and Prejudice
Who has inspired more book boyfriend memes than Mr. Darcy? His aloof nature and initial cruel remarks may make him seem undesirable at first, to both us and to Elizabeth Bennett, but eventually his botched proposal, his saving the day for the Bennetts, and his overall improved behavior prove him to be a ridiculously cute and handsome boyfriend. We, of course, will accept his second proposal, as long as we get to live in his giant mansion and go to dances with him every weekend.
Rhett Butler, Gone with the Wind
Rhett Butler, I do declare, you are a mighty fine book boyfriend. We can daydream about your churlish wit and dashing good looks and fabulously wealthy estate, but what we really like is the fact that you don’t put up with any nonsense. It takes a strong-willed woman to rein in a man like Rhett Butler, and we’re up to the task.
Mark Antony, Antony and Cleopatra
Maybe you thought Romeo from Romeo & Juliet would make a better Shakespearean boyfriend. However, allow me to make the case for Mark Antony. It’s one thing to defy your parents to see a girl when you’re a teenager, but it’s quite another to defy the entire Roman empire so that you can simply extend your stay with your lover. When someone collapses kingdoms for you, that makes them pretty good boyfriend material, right?
Florentino Ariza, Love in the Time of Cholera
He’s the poor boy your father wouldn’t let you date though you were both madly in love with each other. You keep trying to get together, but it just never seems to work out. Finally, you get married to another, but Florentino says he will wait. And wait he does. Even when he can’t control his lusts, he controls his heart. And, decades later, when your husband finally dies — he’s there waiting for you. Finally you can be together, right? The smooth, seductive lover from your youth literally waited years and years just for a chance to win your heart. Who can beat that?
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