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This Week’s Question
What are the most important qualities of a book boyfriend?
Fickle Fiona says…
A guy that sticks up for the underdog, makes a character that feels neglected/like an outsider feel special. Especially if he has a good sense of humour, too. Having their own quirks are always a plus. Also, someone that the nerd girl can make open up and either be himself or learn to be silly and have fun being a goofball and not so serious all the time.
For girls, they have to be feisty and sarcastic and have good comebacks to those who annoy/bother them.
Invested Ivana says…
The characters I usually crush on are those men who love their women so deeply it’s almost painful. Love them because of, and in spite of, who they are. Love them through all their crazy emotions, bad ideas, and ridiculous situations they get into. Who are in awe of their woman’s talents and capabilities and also accept their foibles. Love their woman for exactly who they are and are willing to stand beside them as partners, no matter what comes. What woman wouldn’t fall in love with that? 😉
Jamie Fraser of Diana Gabaldon‘s Outlander, Tybalt of the October Daye series by Seanan McGuire, and Clay Danvers of Kelly Armstrong‘s Otherworld series come to mind as examples of this kind of character.
I’m very lucky to have the real-world version of that in Jon. 😉
Nervous Nellie says…
My favorite qualities in a book boyfriend? Whoo…. that’s a tough question because the qualities that are appealing in a book are not the necessarily the same qualities that are appealing in real life.
In a book, I enjoy reading about the alpha lead. I like the protective qualities, the romantic, the thinker/strategist and snarky sarcasm. I enjoy the old fashioned gentleman, though I’ve never encountered one in real life. I might change my mind if I ever meet one, though. Who knows?
Kat Mandu says…
My book boyfriend qualities: I like boys that start out a bit less than confident and then build it up when it matters most. I like them FUNNY – they’d better know how to make me laugh. Like in real life, I’d also want my guy to be nerdy – a video gamer or superhero lover, maybe even good with computers. Plus, he’d better be adventurous and creative, whether that be when he’s trying to figure out how to defeat the bad guy, survive high school, or even make me swoon.
Luna Lovebooks says…
It depends on my mood but I am not going to lie, the bad boy with a heart of gold or the class clown usually sets my wings all a flutter. A tall, dark, scruffy, and handsome who can make me laugh and be tender when I’m feeling down but also kick ass if the situation calls for it. Some examples, you say? Daemon Black from the Lux series by Jennifer Armentrout and Will from The Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare, Four from The Divergent Series by Veronica Roth , just to name a few.
Percy Procrastinator says…
Without getting too political, I will say that how books were marketed to me as a kid, and how I responded to them, is probably very different than for women. Sadly, there were very few “real” women in the books I read as a kid, even into my 20s.
Having said that, I wanted to be the hero, the wizard, the Jedi, or the investigator. The main characters were usually smart and had adventures and that sounded fun!
Talking about this with Jennifer, I think I was more visual with this. Dana Scully, therefore, was my TV crush. Smart, skeptical, and sexy! (Just like Jennifer!)
Vagabond Vahn says…
If I’m your target audience for some romance, for the love of any and every thing you hold dear – skip the love triangles. They’re everywhere, they’re frustrating, and they exhaust my desire to continue the story. The stereotype that men can’t communicate their feelings is dominant in our entertainment, leading to misunderstandings, but we can – I promise! When it come to romance I say what I mean, I mean what I say, and there’s not usually anything that needs reading into. It’s few and far between to encounter this in protagonists involved in some romance without the other person trying to read into things that aren’t there (and introducing misunderstandings as a result), and a welcome relief when I come across it.
Trust and communication, being able to rely on someone to have your back in addition to the lovey-dovey bits, is incredibly attractive. Most of the novels we review on this site involve adventure and danger. The damsel in distress motif is played out – lets have some badass characters who have each other’s backs, and communicate well. You don’t have to be physically weak or inept to be vulnerable, just because the story requires vulnerability. You can be strong, you can kick butt, and by sharing a personal weakness become vulnerable for the scene. Strength of character is sexy. I’d like to see that more.
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