I’ve been rereading a lot of my favorites recently, and one thing I’m discovering is that there are TONS of absolutely amazing guys out there in the world of books, and most of them just don’t get enough love. (There are other heroes than just Edward Cullen…) So here is my very incomplete and unofficial guide to the Most Awesome Book Heroes Ever:
1. Captain Frederick Wentworth from Persuasion by Jane Austen. I mean, really, to start this list off right, I needed to go with Austen. Who else could give us Mr. Darcy, Mr. Knightley, Edward Ferrars, AND Henry Tilney, not to mention Wentworth (my favorite)? She is just brilliant, and who wouldn’t swoon at Wentworth’s gorgeous letter to Anne at the end, when they both think it’s too late, but it really isn’t…? Ah, just read it. What a good book.
2. Peeta Mellark from the Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins. All those Gale lovers can go die, because the true book hero connoisseur knows that Peeta’s the one to love. He’s quick-thinking! He bakes! He paints! He risks his life again and again! In short, he’s literary perfection. If only Katniss could realize what her true feelings really are, they could live happily ever after…
3. Jehu Scudder from the Boston Jane series by Jennifer L. Holm. This is the most underrated series ever. I mean, it literally has it all: adventure, romance, tragedy, humor, a strong heroine, and the supremely hot Captain Jehu Scudder as a hero! Jane is a proper young lady from Philadelphia when she travels to the wilds of the Pacific Northwest to marry her fiancé, but when she arrives to find that her fiancé is nowhere to be seen, she must rely on her own grit and courage to carry her through.
4. Jace from the Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare. When a friend of mine first described this series to me, I was hesitant. I mean, really, what sounds so appealing about a series which revolves around two teenagers who fall in love despite the fact that they may be brother and sister? But once you get past that ad actually try the book, you realize that it’s about so much more than that. It’s a great fantasy book about teenagers saving the world and making new friendships and discovering who they really are. Really one of the best fantasies I’ve read in awhile and surprisingly funny too!
5. Joe Willard from the Betsy-Tacy series by Maud Hart Lovelace. Set in the early 1900’s, this series is so adorable and sweet that I find myself rereading it all the time. It starts whe Betsy ray and her friends are just little kids, but I’ve always loved the books about her high school years and marriage the best. The major reason being: Joe Willard. He is such a great, multi-dimensional character, smart and loving and sometimes grouchy like real people are.
6. Gilbert Blythe from the Anne of Green Gables series by Lucy Maud Montgomery. I would definitely be remiss if I didn’t mention Gilbert, because he’s absolutely classic. Yes, he starts out as the snarky kid who calls Anne “carrots” but he turns out to be the gentlest, smartest guy ever, and a doctor too!
7. Prince Charmont from Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine. I absolutely fell in love with him in around 5th Grade, and even now, rereading Ella Enchanted, it’s impossible to say that he isn’t the guy all Prince Charmings should be measured up to. A handsome, manly price who loves to slide down banisters? Perfection.
8. C. Grandison Parr from Enthusiasm by Polly Shulman. LOve love love him and his fantastic poem-writing skills! This is an awesome book is you want a modern-day Austen hero.
9. Sergeant Mike Flannigan from Mrs. Mike by Benedict and Nancy Freedman. He is simply the best. And this book is amazing. It was written about a million years ago, and has such an adorable, cuddle-up-with-a-blanket-and-a-hot-mug-of-cocoa feel. Mike is brave and sweet and manly and just so adorable. This is such a classic.
10. Detective Chief Inspector Alec Fletcher from the Daisy Dalrymple series by Carola Dunn. I love this series of cozy British mysteries set in the 1920’s, they’re just adorable. Daisy is a great, strong protagonist and Alec is just so cute.
11. Marak from The Hollow Kingdom by Clare B. Dunkle. Ok, so, yes, this is kind of an odd choice, but I love Marak. He’s awesome and funny and actually really sweet for a Goblin. This book is such a good fantasy and Kate and Marak’s relationship is so well-done.
12. John Reid from Time Enough For Drums by An Rinaldi. Seriously one of my favorite books ever. I discovered it when I was probably like 10, and I’ve loved it ever since. I’m a sucker for a good historical fiction, ad this one is amazing. It takes place during the America Revolution, where headstrong Jemima is the unruly pupil of the semi-stern but definitely kind John Reid, who she believes is a Tory.
13. Greg the Cop from Stealing Heaven by Elizabeth Scott. I absolutely love Elizabeth Scott’s guy characters, and Greg is the best, funny and original, and multi-layered. This is a great, great book.
14. Jonah Griggs from Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta. There literally aren’t words to describe how awesome both this book ad this character are. Jonah is so fabulous, complicated and very funny and sweet.
That’s it for now…Though there are so many many more! Ah, this list makes me want to reread all this books so much! Comment and tell me what you think (and who you’re favorite book heroes are)!