Book Boyfriends vs. Real Life Boyfriends
Hello bookworms and welcome back! I hope you’re having a wonderful Thursday. I am coming to you today with something slightly different. I’ve decided to start something I’d like to call Discussion Thursday in which I ramble about things – bookish or otherwise! Feel free to join in and please do comment so we can fulfill the ‘discussion’ part of “Discussion Thursday!” Today, I will be discussing about book boyfriends.
A Fangirl’s Problem
Now, I don’t know about you, but as a girl who is undoubtedly in love with books and gets attached very easily to stories and characters within them, having book boyfriends is an unavoidable thing. Now as a fangirl myself, I would not consider this a problem. I’m very happy and content with having a list of fictional boys that I claim to be my boyfriends. However, there is one little problem that I found with myself that stems from this… I tend to pick these book boyfriends over real boyfriends.
I think there are many reasons why I do this, personally. I don’t know if any of you fellow fangirls feel the same, but it’s definitely something that’s been happening with me. Let me explain some reasons why.
I know and am sure that many of you have read some books and fallen in love with a certain male character, or felt strong feelings towards them. Come on, don’t lie. Some fictional boys are just so irresistible! With fictional boys, they feel so much more reachable. I walk along the streets in my city and I walk by many fine looking boys. But they feel pretty untouchable to me. However, reading a book, with a handsome male character, it’s so easy to fall for them because they’re so close (mentally, anyway).
When I read a book, I’m very prone to becoming attached to the characters within. With fictional boys, it’s not like you’re just watching them from afar, you get to know them. You get to know their personalities, their likes and dislikes, their vulnerabilities, their strengths and everything in between. Especially when the book is in their point of view. Real boys? You can stare at them all you like, but you’ll never learn anything about them. So I prefer my fictional boys.
Honestly, this has been playing on my mind for about a week now. This post may be just a way of fangirling about my favourite male characters, but it’s also to ask you guys – do you have this same issue/mindset/whatever the heck this is? I’m aware and perfectly fine with having book boyfriends over an actual boyfriend. I’m content with swooning over my male characters.
Another thing that may be the case with this is that fictional boys are constructed in such a way that I’m pretty sure my expectations of boys are ridiculously high – so high that I doubt anyone would have the chance of reaching (sorry boys!). It’s a ridiculous thought, but sadly and shockingly true!
Now for the fangirling . . . My Book Boyfriends!
Now is the time for me to express my love for these fictional boys that will forever hold a piece of my heart.
Jace from The Mortal Instruments → I’m pretty sure he’s one of the first boys I fell in love with when I started getting into reading. He’s wonderful. He’s sassy, sarcastic, very confident in himself (to the point of boasting) but he’s tough, absolutely charming with a very eloquent tongue. His words just melt me. And he’s got angel blood within him. It’s obvious that he’s a magnificent man.
Leo Valdez from The Heroes of Olympus Series → This boy. Probably my top book boyfriend. Everyone love Percy, but I take my claim on Leo. He is the funniest character you’ll ever read. He’s got sass and he’s incredibly unique. He is always cracking jokes and has a very lighthearted way of going about his days (that rhymes). He’s slightly awkward and doesn’t feel like he fits in with everyone else and behind his jokes and lightness, there’s a small fire of vulnerability. As I read the books I fell more incredibly in love with him and when I finished the series, I cried because I couldn’t read any more of him (silly, yes I know).
Raffe from Penryn and the End of Days Trilogy → He’s an angel. No, literally. He’s an angel. More importantly, he’s a high ranking angel warrior and his real name is Raphael. It’s obvious, he is extremely handsome and attractive. He steels himself, but there’s an obvious softness in him. He’s compassionate where the angels around him are not. Every time he did something such as protecting Penryn, I was squealing. I silently wish I could switch places with Penryn, even to be in that destroyed and horrible world! And an extra bit about him that I cannot forget to mention, is he is so amusing. The way he teases Penryn with his words and their banter in general – it was one of the first things I loved about him. (Are you noticing a trend in the type of fictional boys I fall for yet?)
Tamlin from A Court of Thorns and Roses → He’s a high fae. He’s so darn physically attractive. But that’s not the point. He is ferocious, but underneath it all, there’s a sweetness within him. The way he treats Feyre had me bitterly wishing I could switch places with her. He loves Feyre with a wild and wonderful passion that just made me feel all warm inside.
Rhysand from A Court of Thorns and Roses → Another high fae. I bet many of you are sitting there with your mouths hanging open. I know many of you dislike Rhysand. You say he’s evil and a total bastard. Yes, I think so too. But if you noticed my trend, I have a thing for those sarcastic, slightly ignorant and eloquent males. Rhysand was incredibly charming to me. Behind his disgusting motives, I saw that charm. He’s a dark horse that may make his way past Tamlin…
Legolas from Lord of The Rings → Technically, from the movie. Orlando Bloom as Legolas is perfect. I love him. And I love Elves. He’s so graceful and amazing with a bow and arrow. That’s all I have to say.
Now I’m sure I have a few more, but for now, I’ll leave you with that! Discuss with me down below! Tell me, do you have this same issue? Tell me your list of book boyfriends! What types of boys do you tend to fall for in fiction?