Tuesday, January 07, 2014 12:20

Fairytale News | What I look for in book boyfriends.


'Mel on reading' is a little feature I created as part of my Fairytale news. It's my way to show my thoughts on topics that go from pet peeves in reading to my favorite things in books.

I think we all have a certain type of character we fall for. Some people swoon over the bad guys, some look for the good guys, but there is so much more in between. Today I want to show you the different things I like in book boyfriends. For me, most of them are the quirky, humorous or silent/broody types. I like it when they have imperfections, because it makes them more interesting and realistic. I say no to the perfect, flawless hunks or the macho's.

Snorting.
There, I said it. It sounds attractive when a male character snorts. Call me crazy, but there is something quirky about it and I don't know..

“Goodfellow?” Glitch stared at Puck nervously. “Robin Goodfellow?”
“Oh, look at that, he’s heard of me. My fame grows.” Puck snorted and leaped off the roof.

Honesty.
It doesn't matter which topic, but I like it when they aren't afraid to speak their mind. It gives plenty of interesting situations.

“Can I be honest with you?" Chaol leaned closer, and Celaena leaned to meet him as he whispered: "You sound like a raving lunatic.”  

Flawed.
It's not always about appearance. A character doesn't have to be 'the most beautiful face I've ever seen.' Sometimes it's about what's going on with someone's personality.

"I stare down at his face. It has not grown more beautiful since I first found him, festering in the dungeon, and yet it is more dear to me than my own.” (About Beast)

Flirty and humour (especially sarcasm).
I am by no means a flirt. I think I would suck at it, being shy and too self-conscious, but there is something exciting about male characters that make flirty replies - or one that has a good sense of humour.

“I can’t decide if you’re crazy or stupid.”
“I have so many good qualities,” Sturmhond said. “It can be hard to choose.”
  

Trust and loyalty.
The moment you see that he would do anything to keep her save and that she is able to trust him with her deepest secrets.

“I knew they would kill me when they found out, but…” He struggled for words, releasing a sharp breath. “I think I realized that I would rather die because I betrayed them, than live because I betrayed you.” (Scarlet, Wolf talks.)

Acceptation.
When it's obvious that the male character loves the MC no matter what. When he accepts her and all her flaws.

“There is no shame in scars, Ismae.” (Duval)

So, some of my favourite male characters:
-Duval from Grave Mercy & Beast from Dark Triumph.
-Sturmhond from Siege & Storm.
-Captain Thorne from Scarlet (although I went with a quote from Wolf)
-Hector from The crown of Embers.
-Valek from Poison study.
-Fred from Poison.

What do you look for? Definitely name some of your favourite male characters!

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Mel@thedailyprophecy

Mel is a microbiology technician who is obsessed with Disney, fairytale retellings and fantasy. If she's not reading or blogging, she's either busy with gaming, hanging out with family or watching a TV show. She loves summer and bright nail polish. One of her dreams is to travel the world. She has found her Prince Charming and they are together for 7+ years.

68 comments:

  1. CHAOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL!!!!!!!!!!!! 'nuff said.

    *and yes, I do agree with all of these. I'd add geeky to this as well--Cricket Bell is the perfect example of how a geeky guy can be, indeed, sexy as hell :)

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    1. Oh yes, geeky! How could I forget about that?

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  2. I think I just really like nice and/or geeky love interests haha. No bad boys for me :P
    e.g. Sam from Speechless, Finn from All Our Yesterdays, Jase from My Life Next Door, Xander from The Distance Between Us
    And I definitely like the funny ones as well like Sturmhond and Thorne :D

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    1. I completely forgot about geeky, those are fun too :D

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  3. I say a big NO to the perfect and flawless hunks too. They are not realistic, they are boring and I don't like when every male character I read about is the hottest/most beautiful/etc. With your list, I agree the most with 'Flawed' and 'Flirty and Humour'. Flawed because it's so much more realistic if characters are flawed, no one can be perfect. But I like flirty characters the most, probably because I like flirty and charming guys in real life too. Although I'm pretty sure I suck at flirting myself haha. Oh and Chaol is definitely one of my favorite male characters. Him and Celaena are one of my fave ships.

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  4. I totally agree with you on the whole quirky/humorous thing! While sometimes I love the bad boy and the silent brooding type, my favorite boys are always the sweet, slightly awkward and quirky ones. I think that's probably because those are the kinds of guys I'm attracted to most in real life as well? While the bad boys sometimes really do make you swoon it's these boys that I always end up loving the most. And I love it when the love interest is really protective! I mean, there's kind of a fine line between being protective and overbearing, but as long as it doesn't cross that line, I'm all game. :)

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    1. I think it's the same for me too! I think I would classify my boyfriend under the sweet, silent and quirky type :D

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  5. This list is amazing, Mel. Quirky book boyfriends are great and all these attributes make me swoon as well! Flaws make them lovable and sarcasm makes me smile when done right so that is a definite trait I like in a bookish boyfriend. Okay, all of these I love. Honesty, trust, loyalty, acception, even the snorting! And those boyfriend examples! YES YES YES.

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  6. HECTOR! AND STURMHOND!!! <3333
    And yeah, I usually go for the good guys :) I can't help myself, they make me all starry-eyed swoony. Also, men in uniform. Or tuxedoes. Which is kinda like a uniform right?
    Oh, and PIRATES! Because obviously <3

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    1. MEN IN UNIFORMS. PIRATES. Competely forgot about those!

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  7. The two that matter most to me are

    Sarcasm, which I think demonstrates both intelligence and the sort of sense of humor/personality which dovetails with mine.

    Acceptance of you for YOU. Nothing is more swoony than when the love interest loves the heroine for both the good and bad parts of her personality. That's real love to me, rather than loving who they would be if you got rid of their pesky personality.

    Oh, also, an important quality is picking their battles. As well as being decisive.

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    1. Yes, sarcasm and intelligence go both hand in hand. I find it swoonworthy when they accept the MC with all her flaws. Like Chaol/Celaena.

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  8. Love this post!! I love so many of the same qualities you talked about and I love ALL the men you mentioned!! CHAOL!! HECTOR!!! I love a powerful character but also a strong and reserved one. Depends on the guy but there's something to be said about a quiet confidence. I also love scars...yeah I know that's weird...but I think they give people the most special kind of uniqueness--they always tell a story.

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  9. Aw, yes. <3 I love this post. And I agree with all of it. Honesty. Flawed. Yes please, hih. <3 thank you for sharing those awesome quotes as well :D Loved them.

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  10. I love your list and I agree with you :) I love honesty, flawed and Flirty and humour. I also have to admit that I like it when guys are a little geeky.

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  11. <3 *sigh* I love this post.
    I do have to admit that I have a thing for the whole bad boy characters, but I love the qualities you mentioned even more.
    And those quotes! *swoon* and the snorting... yeah I do like that.
    My comment totally doesn't make any sense, oh, who cares? We're talking fictional guys, I totally don't have to make sense!

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    1. Sense? We don't care about sense :D We swoon about guys who aren't real, pretending they are real! Haha.

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  12. Awesome post. I personally am really attracted to passion and conviction. People that do what they love, and even if they're a little cocky (who am I kidding, I love that) they do what they think is right. Characters that don't take themselves too seriously, but have a strong sense of honour are the guys I drool over.

    -P.E. @ The Sirenic Codex

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  13. Yes! I agree with them all <3
    Snorting does sound really attractive when you read it in a book!
    CHAOOOOL & STURMHOND <3 Yes. They are definitely brilliant examples.
    I really love Will from TID. He's such a hilarious and flawed character. And then there's also Patch from Hush Hush because he's so mysterious and sexy ;)
    I could probably be here all day listing book boyfriends, so I'll just go with those two.
    But I definitely agree with all the qualities you listed, Mel. Guys with those qualities make the perfect book boyfriends :)

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  14. OMG STURMHOND!! I haven't read the other but I just finished Siege and Storm last night and STURMHOND *squels* I totally love his humors and that he's sarcastic without being a total jerk if you know what I mean. Mal -- I don't really care about him now haha.

    I agree with all of these, Mel! I'm gonna have to check out the rest, especially ToG seems the guy is honest and you are right about that... It leads to...interesting situations lol xD

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  15. Is it bad that I love a bad boy. Like the Darkling. I want to change the bad guy so I have fun when I read about a bad boy who becomes good. Maybe it's about having something you don't already have. My husband is nice... wouldn't fight... has no tattoos. I really loved reading through the comments and seeing what everyone likes!

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    1. I do like The Darkling, those type of bad boys are mysterious and interesting. I don't care for the bad guys like Christian Grey..

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  16. HECTOR!! (He's basically my favorite romantic interest in a book... EVER)

    I do love a sarcastic/funny book boyfriend, but the acceptance, loyalty, and honesty are my favorite characteristics (that's probably why I prefer Jem to Will in the Infernal Devices series, come to think of it).

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    1. Hector is the best. I really want to re-read that book to see him again :D

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  17. Great choices of characteristics in guys and in your examples. I absolutely love Thorne. Though Wolf is also a great guy, the quirky guys are always the best <3

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  18. <3 I always love bad boys. There's just something appealing about them (but I do not want them in real life lol) That's why I loved Sawyer of How To Love, Wesley Rush of The Duff, (don't judge me! lol) Christian Grey. :D

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    1. I won't judge you, but I really don't get the appeal of boys like Grey.. But hey, he's all yours now! Haha :p

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  19. I haven't read any of the books you mentioned besides Siege and Storm, but I totally agree with you about everything you like in a book boyfriend. I love the quirky, not-necessarily-beautiful guys who are witty and flirty and honest. Those are definitely my favorite ones :) Sturmhond is a good one! I don't know if he's really one of my "book boyfriends," but I LOVED his character. Couldn't get enough of it.

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  20. I just finished Crown of Midnight and my crush on Chaol has only got worse! Love that guy! Typically I go for the brooding and or sarcastic men for my book crushes!

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  21. I am all for the bad boys, Mel. I know... I know that I resembled some of those really crappy heroines who always chase after the bad boys but they really make my blood pump. Maybe it's because I have this longing to prove to the world that there's always good in us even if we tried so hard to mask it with an evil facade.

    And well, good boys seems like too good to be true. And that always make me wary. If the boy is bad, I wouldn't have a lot of expectations from him. It's like what I see is what I get.

    Great discussion!

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    1. It depends on the bad guy. Mysterious ones like The Darkling are fun :D

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  22. A lot of these are good traits in my books as well. Especially acceptance. I'm really love Captain Thorne, but I think I like Wolf a bit better, even though he scares me a lot.

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  23. I loved Wolf in Scarlet, but I liked Thorne also. Can't wait to see more of him in Cress! My favorite crush in literature is Kartik from Libba Bray's Gemma Doyle trilogy. I tend to like the male characters that aren't so uptight and frat-boyish. They just have cute flaws and are always loyal. :)

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  24. Gah Chaol and Sturmhond <33 I'm not one for book boyfriends but characters who are funny, sarcastic, witty and flawed always catch my eye. I would definitely add Levi from Fangirl on my list because he basically embodies everything I like :3

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  25. OH YES. OH YES. I'm all for book boyfriends with flaws, book boyfriends with heart and humor, some sarcasm and lots of wit!! I love all those boys who are always so sweet and loyal, and though they may not be the "chosen one", they always are so dear to my heart :3 PUCK, CHRISTIAN, STURMHOND AND CHAOL. LOTS OF LOVE!! Thanks for sharing, Mel!! :D You gave me a chance to fangirl <33

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  26. Humorous and flawed, oh yes! Love ALL your choices:)
    Jen @ YA Romantics

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  27. Ahahaha awww snorting - it's funny cause it's SO true, I really love it when a guy snorts too XD I also adore humor/sarcasm, honesty is a MUST and so is loyalty! Yup, you pretty much nailed it with this list Mel, I seriously love it ♥ this is awesome!

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  28. Aww...this is a great discussion post Mel! I'm definitely the kind of person who falls for humor and sarcasm; but I really admire loyalty and honesty too. This is such a great list though! *swoons* Wolf from Scarlet was pretty epic!

    Thanks for sharing Mel!
    ~ Zoe @ The Infinite To-Read Shelf

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  29. I also love Chaol! He's such an amazing guy. I like a slightly flawed book boyfriend, just because it makes them seem more human to me. I love when they're funny, too. Great post :)

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    1. It makes them feel more realistic and yes, more human!

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  30. Chaol! *Sigh* Great list! Wasn't expecting snorting, haha, but I do love Puck

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  31. Great topic Mel.I agree with all the qualities you mentioned.Addition to that I also like when guys are a bit socially awkward.I have a huge soft spot to geeky guys,but unfortunately they are really rare in the fictional world.
    By the way,I love Chaol.I can't wait to read more of him and Celaena.

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  32. I certainly never thought that snorting would make it into such a list, but this list exists to prove me wrong.

    Right now, my book boyfriends must-have list includes only two things. 1.) Witty and smart and 2.) the guy goes in, the feelings go out.

    For 1., Stormhund qualifies. I loved every quip, but I hated how he lost all the appeal when he turned out to be the prince. It's like he wasn't even fully fleshed out after that, but at least he still retained some of that wit.

    For 2. LEVIIIII. Like, OMG. He was also witty, but everything else just made me wish for a Levi of my own, but that's never going to happen. But my standards for guys have just gone infinitely higher.

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  33. I am loving Chaol from Throne of Glass! I love your choices, especially the trust and loyalty and the flirting. *fans self* I agree with them being too perfect sort of puts you off, I think for me being humble might do it too! Happy new year Mel.

    Jeann @ Happy Indulgence

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  34. I loooooooove Chaol, Duval, Hector, Captain Thorne and Valek. So clearly I need to read the other two books you've mentioned because you've got fabulous taste in book boys :)

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  35. Ha ha, I agree, there's always something sexy about boys snorting. Puck is indeed a perfect example. ;D
    Honestly is definitely something I look for in a book boyfriend and a real life boyfriend. Without honestly, not thanks.
    And I definitely like it when boys are flawed. I'm scared and afraid of people who are perfect.
    Humor! The guys I like MUST make me laugh or our relationship just won't work out.
    Great list Mel! :D

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    1. Perfect people are scary and intimidating! And non-existent in real life, thank god :p.

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  36. Oh, Captain Thorne. He is mine. (I may or may not have accidentally started a fight on Twitter with all the Thorne fangirls the other day...) I love all his humorous, flirty lines. Also, I personally go for Ash in The Iron Fey series. ;)

    JB

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  37. -Duval from Grave Mercy & Beast from Dark Triumph.
    -Sturmhond from Siege & Storm.
    -Captain Thorne from Scarlet (although I went with a quote from Wolf) <---- UMM YES. I love snark and sarcasm and humor. These are totally my dudes. Love this list and such a fun topic! Sometimes I fall in love with characters out of nowhere but in these cases, I totally have a "type" haha!

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  38. Some book boys I've recently liked include Hazael and Ziri from Laini Taylor's Daughter of Smoke & Bone series. Beyond that... it's been a while. One of my favourites is Gen from Megan Whalen Turner's The Thief. He was funny, cheeky, and self-deprecating. I don't know if he's someone I'd necessarily develop a crush on, but he was a really cool male character (and obviously a pretty memorable one, because I read that book more than a decade ago)!

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