What better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day than with a list of our literary crushes? We’re rolling out the gents today, but stay tuned tomorrow for a list of leading ladies.
5. Robinson Crusoe
Independent, practical, and versatile, Mr. Crusoe appeals to those who appreciate an element of the handyman, and it doesn’t hurt that he spent much of his life alone, diminishing the chances of him carrying unnecessary baggage into the relationship. Also, we hear that he’s quite wealthy. You may have to convert to Christianity, but if you’re willing, this may be the match for you.
4. Gilbert from the Anne of Green Gables Series
Sure, he’s young. But Gilbert stole our hearts from the first tug on Anne’s carroty braid, and by the end of the series, we wanted to scratch Anne’s eyes out with jealousy. (He was older by then.)
3. Tomas from The Unbearable Lightness of Being
Who doesn’t love the flawed man (I mean character) who realizes that love really does conquer all? A womanizing workaholic, Tomas discovers that the best things in life are neither things nor women who are not his wife.
2. Lestat from Interview with the Vampire
The original hot immortal Lestat de Lioncourt would mop the floor with Edward Cullen. Sulky and sexy, he turned our heads the first time he sank his fangs into a willing jugular.
1. Atticus Finch from To Kill a Mockingbird
Intelligent and noble with an unwavering moral code, widower Atticus Finch leads by example, instilling in his two kids the value of being able to climb into someone else’s skin and walk around in it. The swoon-worthy lawyer accepts the appointment to Tom Robinson’s case and defends him mightily—even though he knows he’ll lose—because it’s the right thing to do.
Compiled by Heather Hammerbeck,