Sat, January 26, 2013

Marissa Meyer’s Top 5 Fictional Crushes

Note from Anna: Many thanks to Marissa Meyer for (a) writing books I adore, (b) writing books with male characters I TOTALLY crush on and (c) playing along to my favorite game: Name your fictional crushes. LOVE IT. xoxo 

PS: Don’t forget to check out my reviews of Cinder and Scarlet!

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My Top Five Fictional Crushes
By Marissa Meyer

A while back, after I’d had a bookstore signing in which some readers had commented on their fangirly love for Prince Kai, my husband told me he wasn’t sure he understood that. How could you have a crush on a fictional character? Naturally, I thought this was hilarious. My response: “Half the reason I love books so much is because they allow me to fall in love with fictional guys!”

And I know many fans of the Lunar Chronicles feel the same way. Whether you’re drawn to the loyal Prince Kai, the troubled Wolf, or the over-confident Captain Thorne, I hope there will be a Lunar Chronicles crush to suit every taste.

In the interest of sharing the fictional love, here are my current Top Five Fictional Crushes:

Han Solo

1. Han Solo (from Star Wars)

Captain Solo holds the honor of being my first fictional crush of all time, and I still get all giggly over him. I recall watching the original Star Wars trilogy at my grandparents’ house when I was growing up and being positively entranced by his sheer confidence and swagger. He’s suave and daring and charismatic, but also capable of being hurt when he thinks Princess Leia’s affections might not be his.

And how can five words make up one of the best love speeches of all time? He shows us how:

“I love you.”

“I know.”

Oh, Han.

Tuxedo Mask

2. Tuxedo Mask (from Sailor Moon)

Ironically, the first episode I ever watched of Sailor Moon was the one where General Jadeite loses his last battle against the sailor scouts and evil Queen Beryl entombs him in a giant crystal. At the time, I thought: “What the heck? That villain was really hot and now he’s gone, and those silly sailor girls are swooning over the goofball in the tuxedo? This show is dumb. I’m never watching it again.”

Well, famous last words. I did end up watching the show again and once I came to understand the epic love between Sailor Moon and Tuxedo Mask—complete with soul-bonding past lives, secret identities, and a fine line separating love from hate, I was a goner. (Plus, he fights evil with magic roses while wearing a cape and top hat. What’s not to love?)

3. Lord Death (from Keturah and Lord Death by Martine Leavitt)

Yes, you read that right. Lord Death. Can there be a more frightening, wounded, tragic hero? I was surprised at how strongly I fell for Lord Death in this book—and how I find myself thinking about him and Keturah months after reading it. After all, he isn’t at all your typical hero! Maybe it’s because we all want to overcome something epic and impossible, and it doesn’t get much more epic and impossible than falling for Death himself. But somehow, he manages to be endearing, sympathetic, and, yes, even sexy, in this fabulous fairy-tale-esque novel.

4. Sturmhond (from Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo)

All right, this one is totally unfair given that this book doesn’t come out until next summer. But I was able to weasel an early copy from my publisher and HOMG Sturmhond has my heart. Just you guys wait. This cocksure captain of a sailing vessel—part privateer, part swindler—is at times ruthless, at others noble. Always smart, always confident, always charming, he’s pretty much got it all. And in a book series already teeming with crush-worthy men (Mal, David, The Darkling…), that’s saying an awful lot.

Mr-Darcy

5. Mr. Darcy (from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen)

*Sa-woon!* He’s handsome. He’s rich. He’s fiercely loyal to his loved ones. And he would do anything to ensure Elizabeth Bennet’s happiness… once he stops being a snob long enough to realize he’s in love with her. Perhaps what draws me—and so many fangirls—to Mr. Darcy is just how flawed he is. He’s proud, arrogant, and at times painfully shy. But seeing him overcome these faults throughout the story and become a gentleman able to “please a woman worthy of being pleased” makes him one of the greatest romantic heroes of all time.

So there are five fictional men that set my pulse to racing. Feel free to share yours in the comments—there’s plenty of fictional love to go around, after all! And my hope is that at least one boy from The Lunar Chronicles will eventually make it on to your list. ^_^

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  1. Anna said:

    Can I comment on my own post? Besides Wolf and Kai (obviously), I have to agree with Mr. Darcy. Then there’s Marcus Flutie (ALWAYS with me) and of course Dimitri from Vampire Academy and now Adrian from Bloodlines and and and … oh who are we kidding, I have a crush on every boy in every book this comment would be a million words if I tried to name them all…

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  2. Sara (Through the Looking Glass) said:

    Yay! Mr. Darcy! I enjoyed Scarlet so much, I can hardly put it into words! Cinder was first described to me as a retelling but it is so much more than that! The world-building and stakes are incredible! Even non-readers should love this series! Awesome tour stop!
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  3. marian said:

    i love this post!! love all her picks, they’re my favorites too

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  4. Vivien said:

    She sure knows how to pick them!!! This only makes me more and more excited for Scarlet :D

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  5. Leah said:

    Ooooo Mr Darcy! How can anyone resist him :D
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  6. Quinn @ Quinn’s Book Nook said:

    Hell yeah to Tuxedo Mask and Mr. Darcy. I had such a crush on Tuxedo Mask when I was 14. And I STILL have a crush on Mr. Darcy. Which is why I own a I Love Mr. Darcy tote bag :)
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  7. Callie Stuck said:

    I didn’t like Cinder but I would love to continue reading the series. I didn’t like Cinder probably because I am not really into robots or cyborgs.

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  8. Janita @ Book, Interrupted said:

    I LOVE Hanson Allister from Cinda Williams Chima’s The Seven Realms series…Kill me now. Jack Frost from the Rise of the Guardians (if you go on Tumblr everything is about him…EVERY POST!) and definitely Han Solo! Haha two Hans in one go.
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  9. We Heart YA said:

    Tuxedo Mask forever!
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  10. Krista said:

    Oh, words can’t even describe the crush that I had on Tuxedo Mask!!!

    And Mr. Darcy is just yum! Have you watched The Lizzie Bennet Diaries on youtube? They are amazing!

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  11. Hanner said:

    Not from a book, but captain tight pants from firefly is my somewhat inexplicable crush. If I met him in real life (not the actor, mind you), I’d likely dismiss him immediately for his overt sexism. Go figure. On the show, he’s hotness. I am confused about this.

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  12. Julia @ That Hapa Chick said:

    When it comes to fictional crushes I tend to go for the unconventional ones. For example I just LOVE Gale Hawthorne from The Hunger Games, but Peeta has never really done anything for me. I also really love Jacob from North of Beautiful. :)

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  13. Sarah said:

    I like Gale better too, and the Colin Firth version of P&P. Others , hmm…I don’t book crush a lot but like Dodge (and poor Hatter) from The Looking Glass Wars and Argul from Wolf Tower. Oh and Sheftu from Mara Daughter of the Nile is pretty good too. Yes I do read some unheard of books.

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  14. Arianna said:

    Oh goodness… My book crushes are Augustus Waters (cue sobbing) and Michael from the Princess Diaries

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  15. unie said:

    I like Daniel from Send by Patty Blount :3

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  16. hannah C brown said:

    I can never decide between Gale and Peeta, I love them both along with Prince Kai, Link (from Legend of Zelda), and Kili (from The Hobbit) the movie version of him is gorgeous.
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  17. Jordan Evans said:

    This Sturmhond sounds swoon-worthy! This will make waiting for Siege and Storm that much harder!

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  18. Audra said:

    Mr. Darcy for sure!!!!

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  19. Stephanie said:

    I love Han Solo too! One of my favorite fictional boys is Peeta from Hunger Games because he is just so good and selfless

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  20. Aaron Ritchey said:

    Heck yeah on Han Solo. I had a total heterosexual mancrush on him. But with Mr. Darcy, why not the picture of Colin Firth? The BBC P&P rules!

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  21. Aisazia said:

    Thanks for sharing your fictional crushes! An interesting list! :D

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  22. Lauren M. Barrett said:

    Tuxedo Mask was one of my first crushes too.

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  23. Krystal M. said:

    Mr. Darcy and Tuxedo Mask! *swoons* I love men who wear black and have that mysterious edge to them. *sighs*

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  24. Lisa the Nerd said:

    I love this post to the ends of the earth. Of course 1 and 5 are in my top five as well and my heart is racing that they are even posted in the same post in this universe.

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  25. Eleanor said:

    Francis Crawford of Lymond (from the Dorothy Dunnett Lymond Chronicles series)!

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  26. Lori M. Lee said:

    Agree completely on Sturmhond. He’s clever and charming and just so much fun. Also, I crushed hardcore on Tuxedo Mask too :)
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  27. Desiree said:

    I can’t wait to meet Sturmhond! He sounds like quite the catch.

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  28. Cyn said:

    I totally agree about Mr. Darcy! And now I really can’t wait to get my hands on Siege and Storm, what a tease haha.
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  29. Dory said:

    haha! han solo and or course. who doesn’t want a dashing man in a tuxedo? though.. he WAS USELESS HALF THE TIME…. sailormoon anime is gonna be re-released this summer!

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  30. Hunter said:

    1. Germany from Hetalia
    He’s gruff and stern, but underneath he’s so sweet and awkward. When he figures out that he likes Italy he goes to ridiculous lengths to figure out what to do and it’s adorable. Plus, being a sadistic, muscular, blonde guy with a German accent never hurts.
    2. Prince Kai from The Lunar Chronicles
    Omigod. Practically perfect in every way and not even related to Mary Poppins! When me and my friends went to Otakon last summer, at the Maid Café, our waiter looked and acted exactly like Kai and we were fangirling the whole time. I can’t picture him any other way now!
    3. Riku from Kingdom Hearts
    Okay, Riku was like my first giant fictional crush and he kinda holds a special place in my heart. I’m a sucker for the best friend turned boyfriend type and all of the turning evil stuff makes him into one of those guys who you partially want to slap and partially want to cuddle as a part of one of those silly “I Can Fix Him” fantasies.
    4. Boris Airay from Alice in the Country of Hearts
    The Chesire Cat was always the coolest Alice character. And then this game/manga makes him into a sexy, sweet, funny catboy. He’s definitely one of the healthiest choices for Alice. He’s pretty much that best guy friend who in a high school show would wind up with her in the finale. But he’s always got Alice’s back and cheers her up and makes her laugh when she’s crying. And who doesn’t want a guy like that?
    5.Sylar from Heroes

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  31. Joie @ Joie de Lire said:

    Lovely picks! Mr. Darcy is a must on every girl’s list, I’d imagine. And now I’ve just added Keturah and Lord Death to my TBR list! Can’t wait to meet the Lord Death!
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  32. Stephanie said:

    All right, I’ll bite. If I had to pick my top five fictional crushes of all time Wolf would definitely be close to the top if not already there. I believe he’s currently competing for first place with Four from Divergent. Then I’d have to pick Dante from The Hourglass Door series, Will from The Ranger’s Apprentice, and Jason from The Heroes of Olympus. What’s not to love about any of them?
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  33. SarahO said:

    Love this post!!! Han was my first fictional crush as well and Mr. Darcy also helps top my list! The other 3 are Percy Jackson, Joe Morelli (One for the Money), and Jack (Blood Red Road).
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  34. Erica said:

    I love Han Solo, but Indiana Jones trumps him I think. I also like Prince Kai because he felt real and didn’t have a generic “Prince Charming” personality.
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  35. Isabel said:

    I love the Lunar Chronicles. And Han Solo. But then again, who doesn’t? :D

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  36. Jackie G. said:

    The fact that Sailor Moon and Tuxedo Mask made it onto this list makes me adore Marissa Meyer even more. I’ve been feeling a little nostalgic for the cartoon lately. I’m pretty this is a sign that I should watch the show!

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  37. April Books & Wine said:

    Tuxedo Mask <3 <3 <3

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  38. Elke said:

    I liked Cinder very much. I loved the story and I loved the characters! I can’t wait for the next books!

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  39. Paulette said:

    Yes to Han and Mr. Darcy! Jealous about someone else getting a sneak peek at Siege and Storm. Can’t wait to read Scarlet!

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  40. WriterAlina said:

    This was a fun post to read. :-) Han and Darcy are great characters and also share my hear along with so many others. lol. Unfortunately, I’m unfamiliar with Lord Death and I’m also looking forward to Siege & Storm, will have to read.
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  41. Ellie said:

    Aaah. I think my first fictional crush was Rufio from Hook. Even his VOICE (ZUKO from avatar) Still strikes me

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  42. Jillyn said:

    Hmm… My top five would have to be….

    1) Travis Maddox from Beautiful Disaster
    2) Kai from Cinder
    3) Draco Malfoy from Harry Potter
    4) Jin from the Tekken video games
    5) Dracula

    I have to agree with Mr. Darcy being crush worthy though.

    Thanks for the giveaway and the post!
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  43. Stephanie said:

    Mr. Darcy is definitely in my top 5!! I gobble up every version of Pride and Prejudice I can find!

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  44. Brooke Banks said:

    I had such a huge crush on Tuxedo Mask too!

    I can’t wait for these books!
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  45. Caitlyn said:

    Is it sad that I don’t know any of them?
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  46. Wren B. said:

    Oh my gosh pretty much every guy she talked about I fangirl over.

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  47. JennyC said:

    I love the Cinder series! Like most people I really enjoyed reading the first novel!

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  48. Em (Love YA Lit) said:

    As a little girl, my heart went to Luke in Star Wars – he was totally my type – I liked pretty boys (because they were so pretty!). I was really bummed for him when he didn’t get the girl. Whenever I’ve gone back to Star Wars as an adult, Han Solo is totally my man. I wonder when I got over the pretty boys?
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  49. Ellice said:

    Eeee, Mr. Darcy! I think every girl who has ever read/watched Pride and Prejudice has had a crush on him. Most recently, my heart belongs to the fictional Etienne from Anna and the French Kiss. That book makes me want to travel to Paris :)

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  50. Danielle P said:

    I loved CINDER! I’m so excited for Scarlet to come out! Yay!

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  51. Scoot said:

    Oh YES PLEASE. I have the same crushes. Love them! Except for Sturmhond… but I am going to have to keep an eye out for that one! I loved Cinder and can’t wait for Scarlet. Thanks for writing such a great story!

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  52. Jenny L. said:

    Han Solo! Swoon. Great list. Can’t wait for Scarlet!

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  53. Angela said:

    I love [almost] all of them too!! <3

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  54. Karis said:

    <3 Tuxedo mask, since like i was 5!!! LOL!!!

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  55. Kari said:

    I also love Tuxedo Mask XD He is an underrated hot guy XD

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  56. Calla said:

    I like Han Solo, but not any of the others! I love Cinder though!!

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  57. hannah C brown said:

    I know I already posted but I somehow forgot to mention one of my biggest fictional crushes, the Doctor from Doctor Who (Especially the 11th.)
    My other crushes are characters I made up; is that sad or perfectly fine?
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  58. Sarah said:

    Great giveaway! I’d have to add Aragorn from Lord of the Rings to your list. :-)
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  59. Shaliesha said:

    I thought this was a weird crush, but someone else posted too about Hanson Allister from Cinda Chima’s novels. Love him!

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  60. karen said:

    I cannot wait!

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  61. bn100 said:

    fun post

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  62. marissa | Rae Gun Ramblings said:

    Love this post! And that’s just cruel and unusual torture to include a Siege and Storm character!
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  63. Laura Hartness said:

    No question– Mr. Darcy is my book crush for sure.
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  64. Alexa Y. said:

    Just reading this post made me want to watch Sailor Moon from start to finish again. It seems like I just might have to tackle that particular project…

    And Mr. Darcy is TOTALLY swoonworthy <3
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  65. Bridget Howard said:

    So jealous you already got to read Siege and Storm I loved the Darkling and can’t wait to read this. I am all with you when it comes to Mr. Darcy he is totally one of my dream fictional characters!!!!

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  66. Jasmine Rose said:

    Okay, I’m gathering that I REALLY need to watch Sailor Moon…
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  67. Leeanna said:

    No fair on picking someone from Grisha #2!! I’m with Marissa on Han Solo though…
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  68. Christianna (The Girl With The Blue Bow) said:

    I totally had/have a crush on Han Solo too! He’s awesome and so is this giveaway/post!
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  69. DeeDee Griffin said:

    Agreed on Han Solo and Mr. Darcy! Now I need to go find out who Tuxedo Mask, Lord Death, and Sturmhond are.

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  70. Megan said:

    I swear I have at least 50 book boyfriends. So excited for Scarlet! And, assuming their is a romantic interest for all of the leading ladies, the Lunar Chronicles will give me 4 more fictional guys to fall in love with!

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  71. Debbie B. said:

    It would be really cool to win!

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