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:
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.”
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.
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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