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26 Literary Characters Who Stole Your Heart

Admit it: You've fallen in love with at least one character in Harry Potter.

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We asked the BuzzFeed Community who the first literary character they fell in love with was. Here's the list of fictional heartbreakers.

1. Gilbert Blythe from Anne of Green Gables.

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I definitely had a crush on Gilbert from Anne of Green Gables when I was a kid. I wanted someone to love me the way he loved Anne.

—Mary Thurston, Facebook

2. Draco Malfoy from the Harry Potter series.

I know, I know... There was just something mysterious about his name. I was 10 years old and fascinated with the concept of being broody.

—Sarah Irene Hanson, Facebook

3. Elizabeth Bennet from Pride and Prejudice.

Elizabeth Bennet. Hands down. My wife even knows that if I met her in person right now, I might still attempt to woo her despite the ring on my finger.—jeffh4e27fb350
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Elizabeth Bennet. Hands down. My wife even knows that if I met her in person right now, I might still attempt to woo her despite the ring on my finger.

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4. Ponyboy Curtis from The Outsiders.

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He dug sunsets and liked to read. My 11-year-old heart was a goner.

—Tatiana Hernandez, Facebook

5. Peter Pan from Peter and Wendy.

Even though I knew he was an asshole, I got a bit protective about him; I was reading the part where Wendy was about to give Pan the "thimble" and I screamed, "HE'S MY MAN!" —Juliatheballerina
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Even though I knew he was an asshole, I got a bit protective about him; I was reading the part where Wendy was about to give Pan the "thimble" and I screamed, "HE'S MY MAN!"

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6. Sirius Black from the Harry Potter series.

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I've been in love with Sirius for as long as I can remember. Order of the Phoenix crushed me and was the day my childhood died.

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7. Atticus Finch from To Kill a Mockingbird.

I totally had a thing for Atticus Finch. I would always imagine this charming, Southern, handsome stud of an attorney.—Kristan Jones, Facebook
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I totally had a thing for Atticus Finch. I would always imagine this charming, Southern, handsome stud of an attorney.

—Kristan Jones, Facebook

8. Mr. Rochester from Jane Eyre.

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I was 13 when I read the book for the first time, and besides his being the mysterious, broody type any hopelessly romantic teenager would fall for, I fell hard for his sense of humor and fiery personality. I'm still in love with him!

—Kate O'Keefe, Facebook

9. Violet Baudelaire from A Series of Unfortunate Events.

She's super intelligent, clever, and just overall really cool.—Seth5999
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She's super intelligent, clever, and just overall really cool.

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10. Theodore "Laurie" Lawrence from Little Women.

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I fell in love with Laurie at age 7. He was smart and funny and lovely and you have no idea how much I wanted to be Jo when he was falling in love with her... *swoons*

—Maisie Cumberbatch Allen, Facebook

11. Edmond Dantes from The Count of Monte Christo.

There was something so mysterious and compelling about a tall, dark, and handsome French guy getting revenge and falling in love in the process. Couldn't resist!—Chelsea Khristov, Facebook
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There was something so mysterious and compelling about a tall, dark, and handsome French guy getting revenge and falling in love in the process. Couldn't resist!

—Chelsea Khristov, Facebook

12. Peeta Mellark from The Hunger Games series.

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I loved the idea of someone who accepts Katniss (aka me) for who she is. No questions. Even when she changes after the games, he continues to love her and protect her.

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13. Joe Hardy from The Hardy Boys series.

Frank Hardy was too square for me. —patriciam4f6889699
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Frank Hardy was too square for me.

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14. Eragon from the The Inheritance Cycle series.

The way he's described is just so perfect, and the connection he has with Saphira and the way he loves Arya despite her flaws... I just fell completely in love with him.

—Kieran Prior, Facebook

15. Jay Gatsby from The Great Gatsby.

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That man went to great lengths for love. Ugh. Still in love. Still swoon.

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16. Pip from Great Expectations.

Definitely Pip. He simply loved Estella even when she was distant, and forgave Miss Havisham for her terrible treatment, even though he had every reason to resent them both. As an 8-year-old, I just wanted to be loved that way too.—shise0620
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Definitely Pip. He simply loved Estella even when she was distant, and forgave Miss Havisham for her terrible treatment, even though he had every reason to resent them both. As an 8-year-old, I just wanted to be loved that way too.

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17. Dorian Gray from The Picture of Dorian Gray.

Dorian Gray made me realize I was gay.—vincento4c12b89b2
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Dorian Gray made me realize I was gay.

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18. Edward Cullen from the Twilight series.

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My first literary crush was def Edward Cullen, along with thousands of other teenage girls. Everything about him was a turn-on. Except for when he watched Bella sleep — that was creepy.

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19. Jesse de Silva from The Mediator series.

Jesse the ghost, hands down. The ruffled pirate shirt, the tragic backstory, the sexual tension when he called her "Querida"... My 11-year-old heart went HNNNGGGGG every time.—noraf4f7080040
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Jesse the ghost, hands down. The ruffled pirate shirt, the tragic backstory, the sexual tension when he called her "Querida"... My 11-year-old heart went HNNNGGGGG every time.

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20. Rhett Butler from Gone With the Wind.

He was so devoted to Scarlett and stayed by her side despite her flaws. But he also had enough self-respect to know when to walk away. Sure, he has a bit of a temper, but he's one heck of a dad too.—Finny
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He was so devoted to Scarlett and stayed by her side despite her flaws. But he also had enough self-respect to know when to walk away. Sure, he has a bit of a temper, but he's one heck of a dad too.

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21. Katy Carr from What Katy Did.

Katy from What Katy Did, What Katy Did at School, and What Katy Did Next by Susan Coolidge. I can't remember how many times I read my mom's copies of those books growing up.

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22. Capt. Wentworth from Persuasion.

His vulnerability in the note he writes for Anne — I just love his heart. It's something every girl would want to hear from a man they love. "You pierce my soul… I am half agony, half hope…"—telethai
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His vulnerability in the note he writes for Anne — I just love his heart. It's something every girl would want to hear from a man they love. "You pierce my soul… I am half agony, half hope…"

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23. Holden Caulfield from The Catcher in the Rye.

He hates everyone as much as I do and takes girls on fun ice-skating dates in NYC.—maddies4fce0966d
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He hates everyone as much as I do and takes girls on fun ice-skating dates in NYC.

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24. Lestat from Interview With the Vampire.

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I was obsessed with the vampire Lestat. He got me through some lonely times in high school.

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25. Hermione Granger from the Harry Potter series.

Hermione Granger, without a doubt. She was amazing even before Emma Watson brought Hermione into perfect female form.

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