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Top Ten Tuesday | Fictional Crushes



With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, one of the things we girls indulge in is romantic stories. Or if you’re anything like me, you do. (But then in the interest of being fair, I’ll admit to doing this ALL YEAR ROUND.) Anyway, back to topic. These stories are of a varying sort. Some are comedies which pay homage to the increasing competition to see how many clichés it can pile on or perhaps they’re more of the elegant period dramas that make us swoon over the old-fashioned charm.  

Either way, today's Top Ten Tuesday let us have fun with our idea of Valentine's Day romantics.

Broke and Bookish February 9th Topic 

Valentine's Day is next week...let's do a Valentine's Day themed freebie!
Top Ten Books That Would Make Great Valentine's Day Reads (or anti-Valentine's day reads), Top Ten OTPs, Top 10 fictional crushes, top ten great love declarations in fiction, swoony quotes from books etc. Get creative!

I’ve chosen to talk about some of my fictional crushes because… why not? I mean, some of these dudes are amazing and I won’t pass up a chance to gush about them. Others are just… well, yeah, they should need no introduction. Also I’m taking this chance to discuss fictional crushes because – shout out! – some of my #BookBesties and I have been gushing over them on Twitter and it seemed like having a canvas with more than a 140 character limit could be ideal.

Keep in mind, there are countless names I didn't include like Ross Poldark (*swoon*), Mr. Nobley (Austenland) or William Murdoch! Also, while some of these men are introduced in books, others are from the cinema or television too.



from Elizabeth Camden’s Against the Tide


This man is outstanding. There is something “perfect” about his character made better by the fact that he’s a redeemed scoundrel who “feels” so genuine to the page. Still a leading man I remember years after reading the novel.

Amazon | Goodreads


from Stephanie Perkin’s Anna and the French Kiss 

Ahh, Etienne (yes, I like his given name)...!

Amazon | Goodreads



from Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

I've only watched a few first season episodes of this ABC show, and already I adore Fitz.



from Jane Austen's Emma

I've only met Mr. Knightley through the many film and TV adaptations of this well-known novel, but nonetheless, he's amazing!

ON AMAZON | Emma (BBC)Emma (Miramax)



from Becky Wade's Meant to Be Mine 

Given how the book opens, I know some readers had a tough time with Ty's "before" character. I did not. I was pleased with the way Becky handled her "lost" hero, and his genuine change of heart. 

Amazon | Goodreads 



from Disney's Cinderella (2015)

Because what fictional crush list would be complete without a prince?

FILM REVIEW | Cinderella (2015)

from DC Comics CW show Arrow

Yes, I know Oliver is FAR from perfect, but I detest how much harping this dude gets on the show. Sure, sometimes he so deserves it, but most of the time, the characters blame him for EVERYTHING, and the poor guy doesn't deserve that!

TV SHOW REVIEW | Arrow, Season One (2012)

 a.k.a Captain America from Marvel Comics Captain America: the First Avenger  

Noble, heroic and a gentleman. Steve Rogers is a walking moral compass. And I love him.

FILM REVIEW | Captain America: the First Avenger (2011)


from the BBC mini series North and South 

Move over, Darcy. Mr. Thornton is in town.  Ps; if you've not seen the miniseries, RUN don't walk to get your hands on a copy!

from NBC's Blindspot
Really, I crush on Weller and Jane as a couple; they're amazing together. But that's not to belittle Kurt as a solo male lead. The way he protects Jane is lovely.

TV SHOW REVIEW | Blindspot, Season One Pilot (2015)
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Another edition of Top Ten Tuesday has drawn to a close. In looking back over this list I am 99% sure I’ve neglected mentioning some amazing fictional crushes, but well, for today I’ve listed ten who are among the favorites.

Who would be on your “fictional crushes” list? What topic did you write about for todays “anything goes” Valentine’s theme? 

Share your bookish thoughts and Top Ten Tuesday links down below. I’d love to visit.

Thank you for visiting.
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  1. Etienne!!!!! I do agree that his given name is pretty amazing and I love Anna and the French Kiss!

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    1. I do too - for some reason I liked it better when he was called his given name. Must be the romantic in me. "Anna" is a sassy, darling novel and I'm eager to return to the world Stephanie created - still have Lola's and Isla's stories to read. Thanks a bunch for visiting, Nicole. :)

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  2. Etienne is a lovely name <3 And Mr. Thornton and Mr. Knightley are both so wonderful, I'd definitely have them on the list if I were asked to list out my ten fictional crushes :) Lovely list, Rissi!

    My TTT

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    1. Hi, Lianne - thanks (AS ALWAYS!) for visiting. Always fun to get your list of favorites. Mr. Knightley and Mr. Thornton = SWOON! Aren't they amazing!? :)

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  3. Ooh yes, Etienne is definitely crush worthy! Great list! :-)

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  4. Mr. Thornton! I am so there with you on that one. ;) I did top quotes of love! (http://birdbooksandcoffee.blogspot.com/2016/02/ttt-valentines-freebie-top-quotes-of.html)

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    1. Mr. Thornton is a MUST on such a list - he's just... wonderful. :)

      Your list sounds fabulous, Jessica. Off to read it - and thanks so much for visiting.

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  5. Glad to see Fitz, Steve Rogers, and Prince Kit make your list! :)
    You know, every time I see a picture of Prince Kit I can't help but think how clean he looks! :D

    Check out my TTT.

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    1. All three of those men are favorites, Lauren. I know they're not all originally in books - though Steve was originally introduced in a comic book, which totally counts, right!? ;)

      That scene (in picture) from the Cinderella film is one of my favorites, so I couldn't resist using a picture of Kit. :D

      Thanks so much for visiting, Lauren.

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  6. Hehe, I love the Avengers, but Loki will always be the one for me. AND SOMEDAY, YOU WILL ALL KNEEL TO US. #fantasiesofashipper

    My TTT.

    Grace @ That Peculiar Fangirl

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    1. I know a LOT of people who adore Loki. I've always been a heroes kind of girl vs. liking the baddies. And if I'm honest I'm growing a bit tired of Loki thwarting the good guys. ;) But most of my blogging friends agree with you; they think Loki is epic. :D

      Thanks so much for visiting, Grace; love your blog title too!

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  7. I just love St. Clair! His character just makes me smile. Great list, Rissi and thank you for stopping by. :)

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    1. St. Clair: Me. Too. Thank YOU for returning the favor, Jess. Appreciate you stopping by. :)

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  8. Omg Etienne was just A BIT ADORABLE. THAT IS ALL. XD Although I think he was a bit clingy...but dashing?! I shipped him and Anna sooooo hard throughout that series. XD Here's my TTT!

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    1. Etienne IS indeed adorable - and like you, Cait, I shipped he and Anna. Lots. They're amazing together and I anticipate returning to their world via Lola's and Isla's stories. Thanks a bunch for visiting. :)

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  9. You just reminded me I never saw the new Cinderella. I think I know what I'm going to do for valentines day! Hopefully I fall head over heels for Prince Kit too!
    My TTT

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    1. OhMyGoodness, Maranda! What a perfect way to enjoy Valentine's Day. I sure hope you like Cinderella. It's magical in my opinion. :)

      Thanks so much for visiting. :)

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  10. I like Mr. Knightley, but Captain Wentworth from Persuasion is my favorite. "A man does not recover from such a devotion of the heart to such a woman. He ought not; he does not." Awwww!

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    1. Wentworth is amazing, Beckie. I totally agree! In fact I've been wanting to re-watch ITV's Persuasion (my favorite adaptation) and Katherine Reay has told me reading the book is a must. :)

      Thanks so much for visiting - and sharing one of your favorite fictional crushes! :)

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  11. Oh my yes! Kit, Cap, and so many more!

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    1. *High five* SO many amazing guys - how was I to list all of the great fictional men out there!? :)

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  12. ohhhhhhhhhh indeed! Bane... Mr. Knightly... TY PORTER! I would also add myJames to the list ;) (aka James MacDonald from Carla Laureano's Five Days in Skye). Great list, Rissi! My TTT

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    1. Thanks so much, Carrie. I likely missed LOTS of great guys, and haven't read "Skye." Which I'm guessing is quite shameful of me. :D Thanks so much for sharing!

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  13. Mr. Knightley and Fitz are two of my favorites! You have some great choices on here.;)

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    1. Aw, thanks, Amanda. I thought they were all quite ok. ;)

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  14. Obviously you're not alone in your gushing. I did a mental squeel and had some goosebumps over several of these since most would also be on my list. And I loved Ty too. Sometimes it seems readers expect Christian romance characters to never actually screw up or to be human and I love it when books can portray the ugly and the good. It always makes the joy and HEA endings and all that so much better. Love Knightley and Kit and Mr Thornton and Steve Rogers... Yep. Great list! :)

    Tressa @ Wishful Endings

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    1. Bravo! Well said regarding the characters of Christian fiction, Tressa. I SO agree, friend. Specifically speaking of Becky's character (Ty), I was beyond impressed with how she handled him. I never felt disgusted with him despite his many flaws and for me, that takes a careful, talented writer, which Becky absolutely is!

      Thanks so much for sharing some of your favorites. And for dropping by. :)

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  15. Before reading your list my mind started collecting crushes of my own. I was delighted (but not really all that surprised) to see you had some of my choices! There are indeed some swoon-worthy gentlemen in this post. *Happy sigh* ^^

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    1. YAY! Glad to gush with fellow fangirls over some of these amazing men! :) Thanks so much for visiting and reading the list, Joni. I'd enjoy reading a list like this on your blog someday too.

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  16. Gushing about fictional crushes? Too good! Yes, Mr. Knightley is perfection - I love him in the book, film and TV adaptations. Awesome to see Ty Porter on here! I recently bought Meant To Be Mine and enjoyed it immensely (and mostly because of Ty, hehe) Prince Kit! Agreed; every list needs at least one prince. Steve Rogers is impossible not to love. Mr. Thorton. Oh the feels!

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    1. Right? That's what I thought. I couldn't pass up such a chance. :)

      Yay for another Ty Porter fan. I'm loving all the swoon-y comments he's getting in this comment section - and I agree about Kit. A list just isn't complete without a prince! :)

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  17. So many greats on this list! And, a couple I still need to read. How clever to include Steve and Kit! They definitely deserve a spot :)

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    1. Well, I figured both Steve and Kit DO appear in books of some form (comic books and a storybook fable), so why not!? ;)

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  18. Ahhhh Steve Rogers. And Fitz. <3 Two of my favorites. *happy sigh* Especially Steve. He's probably half the reason why I'm single. ;) (I kid, I kid. LOL ) But hey--if for only a time I don't have a special someone I have one big amazing fictional crush who's literally Captain America? Not too shabby. ;)

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    1. I agree, Meghan! For now, having fictional crushes on some of these amazing men? I don't mind at all. Just until Mr. Right comes along of course... ;)

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  19. Etienne is so adorable, isn't he? I love him to bits too. And Prince Kit!!!! *swoon* And clearly, you realize my feelings on Mr. Thornton just go without saying, yes?? You already know how very, very, VERY much I love that man!!! :D

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    1. YES, he so is! I hope I like the other two boys in Stephanie's novels. :D

      Prince Kit!? *SWOON* He's a keeper.

      I do, and I appreciate your feelings for Thornton. He's worth all of those fangirl emotions and then some! :)

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