The great thing about books is that you are able to go inside the mind of the characters. A movie or TV show is more superficial in the sense that you have the characters physical appearance and their basic personality but rarely really get to know them. In a book you can read their thoughts, you are with them during their struggles and triumphs, you get to know them on some of the most deepest levels. Because of this it is quite possible to develop a bit of a crush on a character. I will be the first to admit I have had my fair share of character crushes.
The first character crush I remember having was Vada Sultenfuss in the book My Girl by Laurice Elehwany. Most people may be more aware of the movie staring Macaulay Culkin. As a young kid I identified with her feeling out of place and found her unique home-life intriguing. Of course for those who know the story what she ends up going through made me what to jump into the book so I could be there for her. A great story and even better character, who I am proud to admit I still have a crush on 🙂
Of course my crushes did not end once I “grew up”. My most recent crush is on Lisbeth Salander in The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo Trilogy. Now this one can easily be seen as strange. Lisbeth is a very complex character but what I loved about her is that she is an incredibly outwardly strong and capable individual who also happens to be extremely vulnerable. To me individuals end up with this personality mix because of trauma they have had as a child. You end up growing up quicker so you are more mature and capable, but still desire what all children desire, acceptance, protection, and love. Not having that at a young age makes you desire it even more as an adult. I found myself wanting to be there to protect her while also accepting she would probably also be protecting me
Alright now that I have thrown myself out there it’s your turn. Do you have a character crush you are brave enough to admit to?