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19 Literary Crushes

Spend Valentine’s with one of these fictional fitties and guarantee yourself a good time.

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2. Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy, Pride and Prejudice


The most crushed upon of literary lads (certainly in the Bloomsbury offices), has layers of decency under that stiff upper lip.

And then the BBC added Colin Firth to a wet shirt and sealed Mr Darcy’s fate as literary crush forever.

3. Atticus Finch, To Kill A Mockingbird


“Courage is when you know you're licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what.”

The noblest crush here, and the best dad in the history of literature, all that morality and purpose makes a true hero of Mr Finch.

4. Kitty Butler, Tipping the Velvet


The showgirl who steals the heart of heroine Nan, Kitty Butler shines from the first pages of Sarah Waters’ Tipping the Velvet. The fan-girl crush that blossoms into love.

5. Sherlock Holmes, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes


The world’s most famous detective; daring, intellectual and unattainable; between the BBC’s Benedict Cumberbatch and the big screen Robert Downey Jnr. he’s never been more appealing…

6. Heathcliff, Wuthering Heights


Ah, Heathcliff, the brooding, vengeful bad boy. Who doesn’t love a man who’s not only forbidden but disappears, and then tries to ruin your life and everyone around you because you didn’t buck society’s trend and went for the safe bet?

7. Oliver Mellors, Lady Chatterly’s Lover


The quintessential ‘bit of rough’, Mellors is the game-keeper who seduces the Lady of the house. Causing a scandal upon publication due to the graphic nature or their woodland trysts, we eventually got over it and embraced it...

8. Professor Severus Snape, The Harry Potter Series


Proving crushes don’t have to be brooding moor-clambering lunatics; sometimes they can be malevolent potions teachers who keep you guessing whose side he’s on, and in the end it was heart-breaking.

9. Peeta Mellark, The Hunger Games


Peeta’s access to bread alone would be enough for some (me), but he’s also compassionate and, having carried a torch for Katniss since he was 5, the boy’s got staying power.

10. Josephine March, Little Women


Headstrong, ahead of her time, and constantly in high spirits or hot water, who didn’t love Jo? And you all know that you’d have burnt your dress sitting too close to then fire too!

Plus, massive book worm - Jo March FTW.

11. Todd Wilkins, Sweet Valley High


Ah, Todd Wilkins, the classic high-school, basketball star, to crush on. Todd was sadly too perfect to actually be real and thus created an unrealistic idea of what high school boys were like, but it was nice while it lasted.

12. Jon Snow, A Song of Ice and Fire


Jon has it hard from the start as the bastard son of Eddard Stark, but he’s brave, quick-witted and handy in a scrap. Jon Snow knows a great deal more than he’s given credit for.

13. Fleur Delacour, The Harry Potter Series


Miss Delacour is blunt and seemingly arrogant upon her arrival at Hogwarts, but she emerges as caring, independent, loyal and a fitting addition to the Weasley family.

Not that she ever cared what anyone thought of her.

14. Four, Divergent


Four tries to maintain a tough guy image while falling head over heels for Tris. He isn’t intimidated by Tris’ strength and prepared to protect her at his own cost.

We’d swoon if we weren’t totally in Dauntless too.

15. Westley, The Princess Bride


From love-sick farm boy to feared pirate, Westley has quite the transformation, but one thing that doesn’t change is his love for Buttercup. Brave, ingenious and well-spoken, it’s almost as if he’s straight out of a fairy tale…

16. Katniss Everdeen, The Hunger Games


Our prickly heroine doesn’t really like many people, chances are she wouldn’t like you or me, but we LOVE her. Smart, brave and loyal, she can inspire a revolution.

Bonus points: She knows how to make an entrance.

19. Theodore Lawrence, Little Women


We love him because Jo loves him, but not like that. The charming boy next door becomes one of the family through his kindness and sense of fun.

Hands up if you would have married him?

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