I think one of the main reasons why I love reading YA (young adult) so much is because of the kilig factor. You know, the feeling that you used to get back when you were a teenager and you start to realize that you like someone (and if you’re lucky, that person likes you back). And everything that person does has an impact on you – a look, a smile, a gesture can represent so many different things. YA romances lets you relive those moments for yourselves. I think this is also one of the reasons why Twilight is such a big hit. I remember I have an icon somewhere that says “Bella Swan – most envied fictional character since Elizabeth Bennett”.
I am not immune to the charms of fictional guys and I have a few crushes of my own. Here are a couple of examples and some excerpts from the books to show why I like them so much♥ (these excerpts do not sum up these characters so I highly recommend that you read the books):
Marcus Flutie from the Jessica Darling series (Megan McCafferty)
He looked straight at me, then stripped off the button-down he was wearing, under which, he was wearing a passion-red T-shirt that said: YOU. YES. YOU. Then he strummed the guitar and began singing his song for me. Yes. Me.
Eugenides from The Thief, Queen of Attolia, King of Attolia (Megan Whalen Turner)
Unable to guess the answer, she asked, “Who am I, that you should love me?”
“You are My Queen,” said Eugenides. She sat perfectly still, looking at him without moving as his words dropped like water into dry earth.
Vidanric from Crown Duel (Sherwood Smith)
“How about a wager”
“A wager?” I repeated.
“Yes,” he said, and gave me a slow smile, bright with challenge. “Who reaches Jeriab’s Broken Shield in Lumm first.”
“Stake?” I asked cautiously.
He was still smiling, an odd sort of smile, hard to define. “A kiss.”
I couldn’t choose an excerpt for the other characters so here’s the rest of the list:
Po from Graceling (Kristin Cashore)
Corlath from The Blue Sword (Robin McKinley)
Geric from Goose Girl (Shannon Hale)
Charmonte from Ella Enchanted (Gail Carson Levine)
Lord Death from Keturah and Lord Death (Martine Leavitt)
Tristan from Stardust (Neil Gaiman)
You know that phrase “man of my dreams”? I think in my case it should be “man of my fiction” hahaha. So who’s your fictional crush? 😛