April 2, 2012

B is for...Book Boyfriends

That's right. B is for Book Boyfriends. There are a TON to choose from, I'm sure you'll agree. Here are some of my favourites (in no particular order) with a few words explaining why (featuring fan art from deviantART and elsewhere because it's much more fun than just showing the book covers):




FOUR from Veronica Roth's Divergent and the up-coming and much anticipated Insurgent (less than a month away now!!). Why Four's great:

  • he's totally not mushy in the head where Tris is concerned unlike other book boys
  • his tattoos (enough said)
  • he's 'Dauntless'
  • his tattoos
  • he's strong but sensitive
  • he's smart and trustworthy
  • and of course, his tattoos





B is also for the Boy With the Bread, PEETA, from Suzanne Collins' The Hunger Games. I think after seeing the movie twice now, I'll have a really hard time seeing Peeta in any other way than Josh Hutcherson's portrayal of this beloved character. And that's okay because he did an excellent job in my opinion.  Why Peeta's so great:

  • his love for Katniss is unconditional even when she's arguably acting like a bit of an undeserving tool
  • he displays many different kinds of strength, not just physical (though, the boy sure can toss a sack of flour!)
  • he's self-sacrificing, willing to die for Katniss
  • he's solid, steadfast, and unwavering





And a recent favourite book boyfriend has to be PRINCE PO from Kristin Cashore's Graceling. Here's why Po's great:

  • his Grace is pretty darn cool
  • he's tight with his mama but not in a creepy 'cut the apron strings already' kinda way
  • he's the perfect partner for Katsa--in life, fighting, and all other respects
  • he's honourable, brave, and strong
  • he helps Katsa see the best in herself
  • his tattoos, piercings, and rings (sweet!)




St. Clair in Stephanie Perkins' Anna and the French Kiss was pretty great, but if I had to choose CRICKET BELL from Perkins' second book, Lola and the Boy Next Door would be my pick. Cricket's just such a great character and here's why:

  • he's the quintessential borderline geeky but hot guy
  • he has his own unique sense of style (much like Lola)
  • he's smart and his inventions are pretty neat-o
  • he's more than willing to wait for Lola until she's ready to move on from her loser rocker boyfriend, Max
  • he's sweet and the perfect gentleman (unlike loser rocker boyfriend)







How about you? Who would you pick for Best Book Boyfriend?




34 comments:

  1. I love Four! I wasn't actually a fan of Peeta in THE HUNGER GAMES. But, surprisingly, I LOVED him in the movie. So I agree with this one too :)

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    1. Four's pretty great :) As for Peeta: I've always been Team Peeta, but it wasn't until I read the trilogy through again recently that I realized what a great character he is. I guess I appreciate him that much more now :D

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    2. Team Four! Yay :D Can't wait to learn more about him in Insurgent.

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  2. Another Tobias (LOL) from Animorphs. The original Tobias -- Roth named Four after him. I also love Peeta and LOVE Archer from Fire, Paul from Born Wicked, Marcus Flutie from Sloppy Firsts... A friend once asked me if I had a book boyfriend and I came back with a literal 2 page list. Ridiculous lol.

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    1. I'm more of a Brigan fan in FIRE :D I kind of like that strong silent type, and he really fits that description. I think my book boyfriend list would be about that long too lol :D

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    2. I have been thinking about re-reading Animorphs, so it's so funny that you mentioned that! He was definitely my first book boyfriend ;)

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  3. Ah, Peeta. My heart sighs for him.

    And I've so, so, so gotta read Divergent!

    Happy Monday!

    Jaycee's A-Z

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    1. Yes, you definitely need to read DIVERGENT. The best part is, if you love it you won't have long to wait for Book 2. It's out May 1st!

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  4. I LOVE your choices! :D I cannot wait for more FOUR very soon and I need to introduce myself to PRINCE PO...I´m going to have to move GRACELING up my TBR list :D

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    1. Ah! Can't wait for more Four :D I think you'll like Prince Po a lot. I'm not usually much of a fantasy reader (except for Tamora Pierce--love that woman), but once I got into GRACELING I couldn't put it down. I love FIRE too (the second book). So yes, I'd definitely recommend you read it :D

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  5. I love the drawings...and the guys.

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    1. Yes, the drawings were great, I thought :D Plus, I just get tired of posting the same covers over and over again. This was just much more fun and gives some of these artists more exposure. Win win :)

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  6. Loved your description of Po.

    My pick would probably have to be Henry Stone from Lisa Lutz's Spellman series. I have a wild crush on him.

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    1. Po's just such a great character :) I haven't heard of the Spellman series, but I'll have to check it out now!

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  7. Okay, so I'm not choosing for myself *obviously* (happy married to my wife, you know), but I've been reading TANGLED, the second in Erica O'Rourke's TORN series, and she has developed two very interesting love interest characters for her heroine, Mo. One, Luc, is all Cajun and magical; the other, Colin (who clearly has the better name and is JUST like me *cough* *cough*) is her bodyguard, and is not magical, but is fearless, protective, and strong. They are both very different types, and while they have love for Mo in common, they express that love in very different ways. Poor Mo's head's in a spin, which is not good because she has a lot more important things to be dealing with than her love life. But, what I think is a sign of well-developed characters, is that despite everything that's going on, you find yourself trying to decide who would really be the best for Mo--as if you want to counsel the poor girl!

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    1. I just read the first book, and I liked both guys. It seemed like she/author was building up the secondary guy Colin for the second book.

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    2. Stephsc: You've *got* to read TANGLED, if you enjoyed TORN. Things get quite complicated between Mo, Luc, and Colin... and it's not all to do with Mo's emotions. :)

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  8. Oh, I LOVE Cricket Bell! I just finished this book last month, and ooh-wee, he is hot and spicy! He might be one of my fav book boyfriends (great post, btw).

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  9. I love your choices for Book Boyfriends. Awesomely enough, I have a similar post scheduled for H (Hunks!), in which I blogged about my Book Boyfriend, Jonah Griggs from JELLICOE ROAD.

    Oh, and I'm starting GRACELING today, and now I'm even more excited about reading it!

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  10. Love your choices and your topic! (And Four's tattoos... LOL. :D) My book boyfriend (officially, too -- I asked the author, Nina LaCour! See? :P) is Jasper from The Disenchantments. He's just a lovely, lovely boy all around... <3

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  11. Might have to go with Cricket Bell myself!

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  12. Great picks! Four!!! I'm re-reading Divergent very very soon. I haven't read ANNA/LOLA but they're on my list!

    I for some reason really liked the relationships in UNEARTHLY and LEGEND. I also loved how things unfolded in ALONG FOR THE RIDE, mostly because Sarah Dessen is a genius!

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  13. I love Cricket! Four, Petta, and Po are great too, but boys don't get any better than Cricket.

    I also agree with Carissa on ALONG FOR THE RIDE being a fab romance.

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  14. I'm going to throw out Leon from Birthmarked. He was so incredibly loyal to Gaia, even when she was being a brat and a half.

    But I agree with Peeta, I think anyone willing to lay their life on the line for someone they love (like Leon does too) is worthy book boyfriend material.

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  15. OMIGOD! I love me some Four!!! Also, St. Clair, aaah!! One of my choices would be Cole from Maggie Steifvater's Linger and Forever...he is just beyond. And I have a book boyfriend from a novel that hasn't been published (YET) by my cuz, Pam Harris. His name is Austin and he is made of yum!!!

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  16. PEETA! PEETA!!!! And yes, Four is up there too. And Cricket. And Heath Luck from House of Night. Adam Wilde from Where She Went. I could go on and on and on.

    AWESOME post! Love this!

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  17. I take it you like tattoos...
    For me, I pretty much fall for whatever hero I'm reading at the time (if he's lovable that is) . So Tucker Avery from Unearthly by Cynthia Hand has to get a shout-out. He's a country boy, polite, sweet, no cussing, no drinking, cute, smart, and has some attitude. He's a gooder.

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  18. Cricket Bell is pretty great. I also have to vote for Sam Henry in "Catching Jordan" because I just read it today. And he's the best bestie guy I've read in awhile.

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  19. It almost feels like I'm the only one on Team Gale. *sigh* Oh well.

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  20. I'm giggling over how many times you mentioned Four's tats. :)

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  21. ♥ yer wee blog. I was clicking on random blogs to visit from A to Z Blog challenge. I'll be watching...

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  22. Just stumbled across your blog and I love it :) Definitely Cricket Bell and Etienne St Clair. :D

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  23. I love Peeta Mellark. However, I wouldn't mind it if I was the girlfriend of Jeremiah Fisher from The Summer I Turned Pretty series.

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