I’ve got a new topic for you, one that might be a little strange, but it’s one my friend and I talk about. Over and over. A pretty much identical conversation each time it happens.
We randomly start talking about the fictional characters that we love so much we want to rip them out of the pages, or dive into the book, and steal them away to be the great loves of our lives. This inevitably leads to one of us mentioning a character that causes the other to say, “Oh, I love him so much, but I could never steal him away from so-and-so.” Which, then leads us to listing all the characters we love but that are safe from our imaginary thievery.
The last time we fell into this conversation, again after I don’t know how many times, my friend encouraged me to turn it into a blog post. I couldn’t resist. There’s gotta be others out there like us. If there are, leave me a comment and let me know I’m not alone. 🙂
Here is my list of characters that I love with a deep passion, but my conscience won’t allow me to imagine them being mine.
Jamie Fraser from Outlander – Alright, this one’s a lie. I’d swoop him up quickly. I’d feel really awful about it though. I think Claire is wonderful, and I believe that they are perfect for each other. I’ve just loved him for so long, and so passionately, that if the theft of Jamie was a possibility I might not be able to help myself.
Terrible from Downside Ghosts – Oh goodness, I loved Terrible! It’s not often you read a story where the love interest is a scary looking, crime enforcer, that speaks in mostly slang. With muttonchops! He was perfection! Sadly, every time I think of him I hear him saying, “Shit. You so fuckin pretty, Chessie. True thing. So … ain’t even can breathe sometimes.” He makes me melt. It’s all about Chess for Terrible. I’d never ruin that.
Rhage from Lover Eternal – I don’t think I’ve ever read another romance novel that touched me on the level that Lover Eternal did. There was something so innocent and sweet about Rhage falling in love with Mary, and it really stole my heart. He was adamant and patient, just loving her in the best way on her time table. His love for Mary was so strong that I could never separate them. They were perfect for each other.
Curran from Kate Daniels – I feel like this one is pretty obvious. I mean, who in there right mind would want to split up Kate and Curran? From the first ‘here, kitty, kitty’ through to the most recent books, they have one of the most exciting and hot relationships I’ve ever read. They’re parallel characters that belong together.
Qhuinn from Black Dagger Brotherhood – Qhuinn and Blay’s love story took place over so many books, and they worked so hard to be together. They went through so much. I could never live with myself if I ever came between them. Blay was all Qhuinn wanted and he finally thought himself worthy. I want that for him.
Ryan Wesley from HIM – Ryan and Jamie are up there with Kate and Curran as the most perfect couple. It’s another love story where you want so badly for the two of them to work everything out so they can be together. Clearly Ryan wouldn’t be interested in me, but it doesn’t matter because I wouldn’t want anything to come between Ryan and Jamie.
Is this weird?
First, that that I’d imagine stealing away a fictional character from a fictional world? Or, how about my conscience causing me to feel bad about ripping them away from their fictional spouses? What about the fact that it’s only some of them! The other half, I’d be perfectly content thieving! Here’s a good one, I’m happily married! So, the truth is I wouldn’t trade my husband for anyone, yet I still daydream…
The more I try to explain where I’m going with this, the more I feel like a heel! So, put my out of my misery. Does anyone else do this?