Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday: My Fictional Crushes


So...it's nearly 11:00 on a Tuesday night as I'm beginning this post, but when I saw this week's theme for The Broke and the Bookish's Top Ten Tuesday feature, I couldn't resist jumping in! I have some pretty awesome fictional crushes, if I do say so myself. 

But seriously, it's kind of fun to pick favorites, isn't it? It feels like you're learning something new about yourself while getting some training in being decisive. 

All that to say, below are some of my fave fictional crushes. I'll try to avoid too many spoilers, but be warned that it's hard to gush without providing a bit of context. ;)

From the Screen:


This crush goes back about ten years or so. Oh my goodness, how I fell in love with Harry as a teenager! Funny thing is, he's really not in that many scenes of the movie (at least, not as many scenes as I'd wish him to be!), but he doesn't need much time to charm a girl. 

Harry is a drifter - a hobo - during the Great Depression. A guy who rides the rails and looks out for himself. Until Natty shows up in his life. He puts on a great show of being burdened by Natty's presence, but it's very obviously an act by a lonely guy who can't help but take Natty under his wing and watch out for her. 

(Harry is played by a young John Cusack. I really don't need to say more, do I?)

2. Gus Pike from the Road to Avonlea series

This crush goes back even farther than my crush on Harry. I grew up watching the Road to Avonlea series with my grandparents and uncle, and Gus Pike's character intrigued and enchanted me. You will find echoes of his fiddle-playing, adventure-loving, gentlemanly ways in one of my own historical characters (Myghal). :)

3. Henry Tilney from Northanger Abbey

I suppose this character could go under the book section, as well...I'll have to see how I feel after a re-read of the book. I confess that the version of Henry Tilney I truly fell in love with is the one played by JJ Feild. It's the smile! And the teasing! And the amazing way he balances maturity and a completely endearing sense of humor. 

4. Prince Naveen from The Princess and the Frog

While the Beast (from Beauty and the Beast) will always hold a special place in my heart, more and more I feel like Naveen might just be my favorite Disney prince. I just watched the movie again tonight (Mardi Gras and all that jazz!), and goodness, for an animated frog, he gets the sweetest, most tender expressions! I LOVE the way he grows in the movie and demonstrates his love for Tiana. Their relationship is funny, adorable, and allows them both to gain new perspective and remember what's really important in life. And that last scene of the movie?? It's just perfect.

5. Guy from The Croods

Guy is quirky. And hilarious. He's a "smart guy" with huge dreams and hope for the future. While he doesn't always have a choice about hanging out with Eep's family (*wink*), he has a big, loyal heart. I love the way he fits in with the Croods. I love his tenacity and his admiration for Eep. (Their relationship is so precious!) And Guy can tell a simple story in a way that will leave you spellbound.

From the Page:

6. Jervis from Daddy-Long-Legs by Jean Webster

To say too much about Jervis would ruin the story for those of you who haven't read it. (Why haven't you read it yet??) But sometimes it's what someone doesn't say...or what they do in secret...that make their character and feelings so darling and obvious. 

(I should add that this one could also fit under the first half of the list, because the live musical production that aired a while back was totally wonderful!)

7. Dexter from Recalled by Cambria Hebert

This might seem like an odd choice if you only know the premise of the book, or even the majority of the plot leading up to the end. Despite Dexter's assassination assignment, he completely stole my heart. I think it's the way he wrestles with himself...how he fights so hard and can't seem to shake the deeper desire to do the right thing. As often as he finds himself trying to take the easy way, he realizes his error. I don't know - his story probably isn't for everyone, but he won me over with his protective ways and ultimate decisions.

8. Jacin from Winter by Marissa Meyer

OK, this is such a tough one, guys!! It's between Jacin and Wolf for me...and I feel like I need to re-read the whole series before I make a final, final decision. ;) They both are terribly, wonderfully swoon-worthy! I guess, right now, I'm just thinking about the sweet relationship between Jacin and Winter, the guard and the princess. His love for her is so tender. *heart melts* But Wolf and Scarlet...oh, I do so love them, too!

9. Pono from Songstone by Lena Goldfinch

Lena's fictional heroes totally deserve a spot on this list - and it's hard to pick just the right one, since they're all so dear! I will freely admit to some bias, given my friendship with Lena and my work in editing for her. But in that case, I should also note that it was because of how much I loved her novella The Language of Souls that I started beta reading for her and discovered the beginnings of a beautiful friendship. :) So, I was totally a fan before anything else!

Anyway, back to Pono... He's brave. He's total hero-quality in the ways he sacrifices and stands up for Kita. Pono left an impression on my reader heart, and I think I'm due for a re-read soon so I can remember all the details of why I love him so much. Mostly, I just know that I do. ♥ 

Bonus!

A romantic fictional moment that caused me to burst into tears. 

Since the overall theme of this week's Top Ten Tuesday is Valentine's Day, I feel like this is a good place/time to mention a scene from a favorite show that affected me in an unexpected way. Curious yet? ;)

The show is Signed, Sealed, Delivered. The particular episode (movie, really) is From Paris with Love

(If you haven't seen it yet, this is definitely a spoiler. So please do skip over this, in that case!)

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This show inspires me, encourages me, and reminds me to have a broader, hopeful perspective on life. It makes me laugh and cry.

And with this scene, it literally made me burst into tears.

Norman and Rita are the sweetest characters. They're also extremely shy, and throughout all the episodes I'd seen up to this point, they danced around their obvious affection for each other in a still-satisfying but open-ended way. 

Until I got to the end of From Paris with Love. I was home for the holidays (a little over a month ago), and my family ended up joining me on the couch for at least part of the movie, which I had very happily caught on Hallmark channel. (Squealing might have been involved when I realized I could finally see this movie!) In the scene, their friend and coworker Shane just said goodbye, and Rita is trying to explain to Norman why Shane can't stay. (It's a matter of the heart involving another coworker.)

Suddenly, the truth finally comes out. I guess I just didn't think it would actually happen, but they did it. Norman and Rita admitted their feelings for each other. They even kissed! And I think I missed a good deal of that kiss because as soon as it happened, I literally burst into tears. It wasn't like the happy little tear rolling down the cheek. It was like an outpouring of relief and unanticipated joy. :'-) (My poor family probably didn't know what to do with me, haha.)

I'm not sure if I was just extra emotional that day or what, but I think I'm just really invested in these characters. I surprised myself when I realized just how much I cared about them and how much I wanted to see them be open with each other.

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So that's my random romance-related anecdote. ;)

I'd love to hear if you've ever burst into tears because you were so happy for fictional characters! And/or I'd love to know about some of your favorite fictional crushes.

Happy Wednesday!

12 comments:

Tressa S said...

A few of these I'm not familiar with so I'll have to check them out. I think my first crush would have to be Gilbert or "Gil" from Anne of Green Gables. I still crush on him to this day. :)

Tressa @ Wishful Endings

Sparks of Ember said...

Gus Pike was the first person in my mind! Such a sweetheart and an adorable goofball. I always thought he deserved someone better than Felicity though she became less selfish as she matured...

Miranda Atchley said...

This is a great list, Amber! Road to Avlonlea has been something I've wanted to watch for a long time. And Daddy-Long-Legs has been on my TBR for quite some time. I had never heard of The Journey of Natty Gann, but it sounds interesting!

Lena Goldfinch said...

Aww, thanks for the shout out for Pono, Amber! <3 making a heart shape with my thumbs and forefingers. :) Is it weird to say I love that book? Talk about a book of the heart.

PS I too had a soft spot for John Cusack. Ex. Say Anything :)

Amber Stokes said...

Tressa,

Aww, Gilbert! He's such a crush-worthy sort of guy. Great pick! I hope you enjoy meeting some of my crushes if you check them out. :)

~Amber

Amber Stokes said...

Sparks of Ember,

Really?? That's awesome that he came to your mind, too! I just adore Gus Pike. There's something about him - the sweetness, as you said, combined with a sort of mysterious/adventurous side - that always attracted me. And I know what you mean about Felicity... Time and some growing-up did make a difference, but she does start out a bit uppity and belligerent. ;)

~Amber

Amber Stokes said...

Miranda,

Thank you! Oh my goodness...you have so much to look forward to!! If you love Anne of Green Gables, I think you'll adore the Road to Avonlea series. The characters grow on you and become dear friends. :)

And yes, you simply must read Daddy-Long-Legs! It's precious. ♥ As for The Journey of Natty Gann, it's an interesting coming-of-age/adventure story set during the Great Depression. There are a few things (a bit of language, crude comments, some violence, etc.) that might keep it from being everyone's favorite. But I love, love the music, the journey, and especially Harry. ;) Hope you enjoy it, too, if you watch it!

~Amber

Amber Stokes said...

Lena,

My pleasure! Pono is quite the hero. ♥ And of course you can love your own story! I feel like an author ought to love her story if she hopes for others to love it, too. :) And you really did pour a lot of heart and soul into Songstone, I know!

Yay for another John Cusack fan! We should form a club, haha. ;)

~Amber

Rissi said...

Aw, this is so cute, Amber. I'm glad you joined in the fictional crushes fun. I love Tilney (of course, we've gushed quite a lot over him on Twitter, so... I'll leave it there). I'm also anticipating meeting all of the Lunar guys. :)

Amber Stokes said...

Rissi,

I couldn't resist joining in! ;) Huzzah for Tilney! And oh, you're going to love the Lunar guys!! Can't wait to hear which one ends up being your favorite. :D

~Amber

Courtney Clark said...

I totally understand Tilney and Jervis!!! I think Jervis is one I will love even more upon a reread.

I'm trying to remember if I've seen Natty Gann.... I know I've seen the preview for it on some other well-watched VHS of that time, but I can't say, exactly!

Yay for Signed, Sealed, Delivered!!! It is such a great series. I can see why you burst into tears. :) Their Christmas movie is my favorite so far -- such layered meaning and symbolism behind even the simplest conversations in that movie. *sigh*. Have you seen the newest one? Something about Valentine's Day... I have it recorded, have yet to watch it. It looks promising! (Though I'm ready for Oliver and Shane to admit their feelings outright. At least a little bit.)

Amber Stokes said...

Courtney,

Yes, I think it's quite possible to fall more in love with Jervis in subsequent reads! :)

The Journey of Natty Gann is an interesting coming-of-age story. I'd be curious to hear if you enjoy it, should you watch it (for the first time or again)! Harry is quite swoon-worthy, in my opinion. ;)

Oh, the Christmas Signed, Sealed, Delivered movie is perfect!! I LOVE that one - and my family quite enjoyed it, too when we watched it together this past holiday season! I totally agree about the depth and layered meanings. ♥ I haven't seen all of their new movies, since they're not available on DVD. (Boo! :P) The From Paris with Love one is the most recent one I've seen... But I totally hope to watch them all at some point!

~Amber