I’m sure I speak for all avid readers when I say I’ve had my fair share of fictional crushes. When faced with warriors, princes, fallen angels, and Demi-Gods the question arises, which fictional characters would really make the best boyfriends irl?
Moody Dumpling here ranking three of the best (and two of the worst) boyfriends in bookish history. Starting off with…
BEST: PERCY JACKSON
Percy Jackson and the Olympians
Percy Jackson’s devotion to Annabeth Chase is unrivaled. He supports her when she’s strong, holds her when she cries, falls with her into the underworld, and even turns down the Gods’ offer of immortality for her sake. Now that’s dedication!
She tied her blond hair back with a strip of denim torn from her pants leg, and in the fiery light of the river, her grey eyes flickered. Despite being beat-up, sooty, and dressed like a homeless person, she looked great to Percy.
So what if they were in Tartarus? So what if they stood a slim chance of surviving? He was so glad that they were together, he had the ridiculous urge to smile.
–The House of Hades, Rick Riordan
WORST: CHRISTIAN GRAY
Fifty Shades of Gray
At first glance, Christian Gray is your typical bad-boy, but as the book goes on he proves himself to be an absolute psychopath. From his traumatic past to his sadistic ideas of pleasure, Christian is not dating material. Ladies, steer clear!
“So you’ll get your kicks by exerting your will over me.”
“It’s about gaining your trust and your respect, so you’ll let me exert my will over you. I will gain a great deal of pleasure, joy, even in your submission. The more you submit, the greater my joy – it’s a very simple equation.”
“Okay, and what do I get out of this?”
He shrugs and looks almost apologetic.
“Me,” he says simply.”
–Fifty Shades of Gray, EL James
BEST: PEETA MELLARK
The Hunger Games
Sure I’d take a Hemsworth over a Hutcherson anytime, but book Peeta was a character I could really emphasize with. No matter the circumstances, his first priority was always protecting Katniss and her family. Also, did I mention he can bake?
“Peeta, how come I never know when you’re having a nightmare?” I say.
“I don’t know. I don’t think I cry out or thrash around or anything. I just come to, paralyzed with terror,” he says.
“You should wake me,” I say, thinking about how I can interrupt his sleep two or three times on a bad night. About how long it can take to calm me down.
“It’s not necessary. My nightmares are usually about losing you,” he says. “I’m okay once I realize you’re here.”
–Catching Fire, Suzanne Collins
WORST: EDWARD CULLEN
Edward wants so badly to be the dream boyfriend that he doesn’t realize he’s a nightmare. He goes through Bella’s things without her permission, watches her sleep at night, and admits to being addicted to the taste of her blood.
“And so the lion fell in love with the lamb…” he murmured. I looked away, hiding my eyes as I thrilled to the word.
“What a stupid lamb,” I sighed.
“What a sick, masochistic lion.”
–Twilight, Stephanie Meyer
BEST: SAMWISE GAMGEE
So yeah, technically Sam is not Frodo’s boyfriend, but their friendship is so iconic I couldn’t leave them off this list. Sam follows Frodo into haunted marshes, spider caves, and the literal fires of a volcano. When Frodo is captured, Sam climbs to the top of a tower to save him, fending off Orcs and Goblins with a frying pan.
“It would be the death of you to come with me, Sam,” said Frodo, “and I could not have borne that.”
“Not as certain as being left behind,” said Sam.
“But I am going to Mordor.”
“I know that well enough, Mr. Frodo. Of course you are. And I’m coming with you.”
–The Fellowship of the Ring, J.R.R. Tolkien
Do you agree with my list, or have I left out your favorites? How about book girlfriends? Let me know what you’d like to see in the comments!