Earlier this year, my son and I attended his musical theater festival in Atlanta. Jodi Picoult was one of the guests at the festival (along with Darren Criss, but that is a story for another day). She talked about the book she wrote with her daughter called Between the Lines and how they had turned the story into a musical theater performance as well. Here’s one of the songs we got to hear at the festival.
The story of Between the Lines centers around a teenage girl who does not seem to fit in at school. She seeks solace in books, especially a fairy tale meant for children. The fairy tale includes a handsome prince, and she finds herself falling in love with Prince Oliver. The twist, however, is that Oliver is also falling in love with her. From inside the book! Those of us who love reading also love writers who bring their characters to life in our minds. This book imagines that the characters actually are alive inside the book, and one of those characters wants to find a way out of the story. Sure, the book is not meant for a woman of my age, but I love YA fiction. Plus, the story is really creative and in many ways relatable.
I really enjoyed this book, but it also got me thinking about fictional characters and how we manage to fall for these men who are literally not real. This is probably a psychologist’s dream, right? We all clearly need help when we can allow our minds to take over in such a way that we would feel such a way for a person we know only exists on paper. The thing is, good writers make the characters real in our minds. So, have you ever developed a crush on a literary man who only exists between the pages of a book? I’m admitting that it’s happened to me three times.
The first happened many years ago with a man who I know pulls the heart strings of women all over the world and across many generations. Mr. Darcy from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. Some combination of Darcy’s posh attire, imagined accent, proud character, and secret love for Lizzy inspires the adoration of many women. In fact, Mr. Darcy and the cult of Darcy have been inspiring fiction related to his characters for many years.
The second character with whom I developed a solid crush was Four from the Divergent series by Veronica Roth. He’s quiet, smart, and a total badass. What’s not to love? Plus, I read Divergent and got to know Four prior to the release of the Divergent movies. So, when Theo James ended up playing the role of Four, he was even better than I had imagined.
Unfortunately, my most recent literary crush was with a boy far too young for me. As a matter of fact, he was still in high school when I met him. Still, he was mature beyond his years. Perhaps, that’s because it turned out that he was cloned. Jack DeWeese is smart, strong, and can heal with the power of his mind. What’s not to love? Jack is one of the main characters in the Mindspeak series by Heather Sunseri. I love everything that Heather writes, and you can actually get Mindspeak for FREE right now on your Kindle. So, if you have not checked her out, you need to go do it right now. You can come back and thank me later, but be warned that I’ll fight you to be the captain of Team Jack.
Do you have a favorite literary crush? Who is it?
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