Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Top Ten Tuesday: Fictional Crushes

I'm not usually a meme sheep.  I can count the memes I've done in my lifetime on one hand.  However, I discovered this little gem on The Broke and the Bookish and couldn't resist.  This Tuesday, Broke and Bookish asks "who are your top ten fictional crushes?"  Although I'm sure they intended the list to be characters from books (do comic books count?), if I'm honest, many of my character crushes originally appeared in movies or on television before they made it to the printed page.  With this in mind, I decided not to limit myself exclusively to literary characters.

My fictional crushes are, in no particular order:

1. Jean-Claude (Anita Blake series by Laurell K. Hamilton) - He's gorgeous, he's French, he's lust incarnate, he's a vampire.  Does any more need to be said? 

2. Doyle (Merry Gentry series by Laurell K. Hamilton) - Besides being one of the most powerful sidhe warriors of all time, he's also noble, sensitive, and loyal to his family.  I can't wait to see him as a father.

3. Mr. Spock (original Star Trek series) - Yeah, I'm a geek, sue me.  When other girls ripped posters of teen heartthrobs out of their Tiger Beat magazines and plastered them on their bedroom walls, I had a poster of Leonard Nimoy as Mr. Spock on mine. 

4. Commander Data (Star Trek: The Next Generation) - I crushed on Data (Brent Spiner) for many of the same reasons as Spock.  Both personified the "other" trying to fit in with the predominant culture, often with mixed success.  Spock had his Vulcan heritage to cling to, but Data was even more isolated because he had no family and no history, at least in the early episodes.  He was the ultimate outsider and still managed to find acceptance.  My introverted, awkward teen self identified with and took inspiration from this character.

5. Wesley (The Princess Bride, by William Goldman) - A man who starts the relationship by saying nothing but "as you wish" as he obeys the woman's every command and then proceeds to become a swashbuckling pirate who rides to the rescue of his lady fair.  Does it get any hotter than this?  If he looks like Cary Elwes, it might!

6. Catwoman (DC Comics) - I remember watching reruns of The Adventures of Batman and Robin with Julie Newmar as Catwoman.  This gorgeous, devious sex kitten often had Batman tied up in knots - literally!  I wanted to be her when I grew up.  Hmm...that might explain a lot.

7. Morgaine (The Morgaine Cycle, by C. J. Cherryh) - this alien warrior is as deadly as she is beautiful.  She travels across centuries and galaxies in her eternal quest to destroy the tech of a lost race that's destroying the fabric of reality and kicks much ass along the way.  What's not to love?

8. Evil Witch Willow (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) - Cute little Alyson Hannigan turns into a super badass in Season 6 of the television series.  It was great to see this character's progression from vapid, fluffy white lighter to the embodiment of the Dark Goddess.  Even after she turned back to the light, Willow carried herself with more maturity and poise as a result of her stint as Evil Willow.

9. Daenerys Targaryen (A Song of Ice and Fire series, by George R. R. Martin) - I've loved watching Dany grow from a frightened child into a queen who is capable of everything from military tactics to dispensing justice to her people.  I just wish Mr. Martin would write this series faster.  Fans have been waiting five years for the next installment.  Don't leave us hanging, George!

10. Melisande Shahrizai (Kushiel's Legacy series, by Jacqueline Carey) - Ruthless, beautiful, and the consumate sadist, Melisande is the ultimate Bad Girl.  Another example of "I want to be her when I grow up."

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  1. I'm so happy to see that someone else has Jean-Claude on their list!

    Carmel @ Rabid Reads

  2. Catwoman! I have Bruce on my list -- and if I was going with a girl crush, I'd have to pick Barbara Gordon / Batgirl. Though Catwoman is an interesting character.

    So glad to see someone else with Trek characters on a list!

  3. You seem to have a nice list. I haven't read ny of these though. Will do soon. My all time favourite is Paulo Coelho. I know the world loves him. It's not only fiction, it's fiction with great inspiration.

  4. I read a lot of sci-fi and urban fantasy. I have fond childhood memories of the Trek characters so I just couldn't leave them off a character crush list.

    I love Jean-Claude for his peristence, patience, and pragmatism. He and Anita are good for each other in an odd way. I'm looking forward to seeing what happens with Jean-Claude's goal of building his power base across the U.S.

    I'm not familiar with Paulo Coelho. I'll have to check him out.

  5. I'm sad to say that I am not familiar with any of your fictional crushes!

    Thanks for joining in on this week's topic!

  6. Oh Jean-Claude...the epitome of patience...I love it when he just breathes trying to stay calm...I'm read for the next book!

    I haven't read the Merry Gentry series...are those as good as Anita Blake?

  7. The Merry Gentry series is good, and it's definitely a Laurell K. Hamilton (i.e. female protagonist having lots of sex with lots of men), but it's not Anita. Merry has none of Anita's sexual/relationship hangups and she's much more practical than Anita about using her body to create alliances with powerful people. However, Merry doesn't do much police work and what mystery is involved usually leads back to one of Merry's enemies.

    The world of Merry Gentry is similar to Anita's world but not identical. Merry is also a very different person than Anita. If you like the current Anita story arch, then you'll probably enjoy Merry. If you prefer early Anita, then Merry probably isn't going to be your cup of tea. I like the Merry Gentry series because I'm a fan of Celtic mythology and LKH has done a *lot* of research. It's fun to see how she incorporates it into Merry's world.