(Note: Contains minor spoilers regarding The Chronicles of Narnia and The Lord of the Rings.)
Okay, ladies. I know we’re all guilty of, at some point or another, developing a “little” crush on a character—usually the love interest of a story—who we really, really wish was real. Well, I am no exception. But, being me, I do not develop crushes on characters who already have love interests because, well, I’m just not that kind of girl. But I do have the recurring problem of my book boyfriends leaving me for other characters in their stories.
A few years back, after becoming obsessed with Disney’s version of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, a friend gave my family the complete Chronicles of Narnia on audio CD. I listened to those things until they got so scratched you couldn’t go five seconds without a skip, but during the process of hearing Prince Caspian and The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, I sort of fell for Caspian.
I loved that he was strong, brave, caring, tried to do what was in the best interest of the people he led, was responsible, had no significant other, and…was more or less perfect. But then, as we go deeper into the story, there is a twist!
He falls for the daughter of the star and marries her. WHY?!?!?!?!
So once I got over Caspian, I came across Faramir from The Lord of the Rings. (Boromir’s younger brother. Remember Boromir?) Faramir had a lot of the same traits as Caspian in his dedication to duty and his bravery. Not to mention his willingness to give up his own life in order to do the right thing. If that’s not swoon-worthy, I don’t know what is.
But guess what? If you read the books, we find out that Faramir falls head-over-heels for Éowyn—the Rohirriam warrior princess. Now don’t get me wrong, I was giggly-happy for them both, but the point is, he broke up with me for a girl who was going to try and get herself killed when another guy rejected her. In other words, she’s not entirely stable. Then again, I’m not either…
Are you beginning to see the pattern here?
Last of all there was Éomer, Éowyn’s brother. Prince of Rohan, great warrior, and future king after the death of his cousin. He shared the same loyalty and courage as the other two and was a fabulous horseman, might I add. (Did you know I love horses? I do. Now you know.)
But I made the mistake of reading Tolkien’s epilogue and I found out that he gets married, too!
So that’s it. I’m done with the whole book-boyfriend thing. But then I started writing my fantasy romance trilogy and now my mother says I’m in love with the love interest and I have to agree. I couldn’t help it! Yeah, I’m hopeless, I know…