Happy Top Ten Tuesday! This week’s theme has to do with unpopular opinions about characters, but I chose to narrow it down to just love interests and consider them in a semi-real-life setting. I’ve also re-imagined what a typical date with these love interests would look like, if you’re interested in that kind of thing. Enjoy! ❤
In hindsight, after writing this post, I probably should have retracted some of the names I’ve listed here… or changed my TTT title, because honestly, sometimes I do get it. Sometimes. 😛
1) Rowan Whitethorn (Throne of Glass – Sarah J. Maas)
“I missed you,” he said quietly, his gaze darting between her mouth and eyes. “When I was in Wendlyn. I lied when I said I didn’t. From the moment you left, I missed you so much I went out of my mind. I was glad for the excuse to track Lorcan here, just to see you again. And tonight, when he had that knife at your throat …” The warmth of his callused finger bloomed through her as he traced a path over the cut on her neck. “I kept thinking about how you might never know that I missed you with only an ocean between us. But if it was death separating us … I would find you. I don’t care how many rules it would break. Even if I had to get all three keys myself and open a gate, I would find you again. Always.”
ISSUES: I fully admit this is just personal preference, but I really dislike guys being possessive or territorial over me (I can handle myself, thank you very much), and Rowan is definitely this. I don’t find him hot’, so to speak, and even find some of his actions a bit controlling. Also, that whole claiming thing creeps me out (and not just in this book).
YOUR TYPICAL DATE: A sparring match in your castle. Then a run through the forest for a good ole tumble… if you know what I mean. ❤
2) Cal (Red Queen – Victoria Aveyard)
His lips are on mine, hard and warm and pressing. The touch is electrifying, but not like I’m used to. This isn’t a spark of destruction, but a spark of life. As much as I want to pull away, I just can’t do it. Cal is a cliff and I throw myself over the edge, not bothering to think of what it could do to us both. One day he’ll realize I’m his enemy, and all this will be a far-gone memory. But not yet.
ISSUES: Honestly, going for your brother’s fiancee? Not cool, man. Also, dating a prince is too much trouble than it’s worth, I think. I rather like my anonymity and privacy. 😛
YOUR TYPICAL DATE: Around his kingdom on his version of moped (I forgot what was it he took Mare on). Potentially anonymous, but then he’ll get found out and you’ll have to run all the way back to the castle.
3) Bo (Dumplin’ – Julie Murphy)
He pulls the chain out from under his t-shirt to reveal a small medallion. “Saint Anthony,” he says. “Supposed to help you find lost things.”
“What are you looking for?”
“I don’t know.” He tucks the necklace back behind his collar. “I think maybe I found it. But then some days I think it found me.”
ISSUES: He’s broody. He’s a bad communicator. He’s certainly entitled to not share his past, but I really dislike how he treated the protagonist (like a dirty little secret), especially in the first half of the book.
YOUR TYPICAL DATE: Late at night at an empty parking lot. He’ll pick you up after work, and you’ll spend the next three hours just making out because there’s not much he wants to tell you.
4) Adrian Ivashkov (Bloodlines – Richelle Mead)
“And hey, if I keep loving you, maybe you’ll eventually crack and love me too. Hell, I’m pretty sure you’re already half in love with me.”
“I am not! And everything you just said is ridiculous. That’s terrible logic.”
Adrian returned to his crossword puzzle. “Well, you can think what you want, so long as you remember-no matter how ordinary things seem between us-I’m still here, still in love with you, and care about you more than any other guy, evil or otherwise, ever will.”
ISSUES: I used to LOVE Adrian, at least in my first year of college, I did, but as I got older, his angst and broodiness and general baggage turn me off. I think he’s also become very codependent in the relationship, i.e. he practically breaks down when Sydney is away.
YOUR TYPICAL DATE: I admit, Adrian seems like he’s going to be a fun date since he doesn’t take most things seriously. I think a warehouse where you throw arrows at paint-filled balloons a la The Princess Diaries? Paint each other? Something along those lines. 🙂
5) Christian Grey (50 Shades of Grey – E. L. James)
“It’s about gaining your trust and your respect, so you’ll let me exert my will over you. I will gain a great deal of pleasure, joy, even in your submission. The more you submit, the greater my joy – it’s a very simple equation.”
“Okay, and what do I get out of this?”
He shrugs and looks almost apologetic. “Me,” he says simply.
ISSUES: Super rich, which is a problem for me because I’ll feel inadequate and like I can’t contribute enough. Possessive, controlling, territorial — three of my biggest “no thank yous” when it comes to relationships. Incredibly self-centred. Has issues, knows it, but isn’t getting help. Red flags all around!
YOUR TYPICAL DATE: You fly to Paris for a fancy dinner date and a shopping trip. He buys you designer clothing and handbags, and then cuts off the date abruptly when the shopkeeper hits on you because issues. No thanks.
6) Peter Kavinsky (To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before – Jenny Han)
“The thing is . . . I’ve never had a boyfriend before. I’ve never been on a real date before, or held hands walking down the hallway. This is all new for me, so I’m sorry about the forehead thing this morning. I just . . . wish all of these firsts were happening for real and not with you.”
Peter seems to be thinking this over. He says, “Huh. Okay. Let’s just save some stuff, then.”
“Sure. We’ll save some stuff for you to do when it’s the real thing and not for show.”
ISSUES: Too indecisive. Bad communicator. Unable to draw appropriate boundaries with his ex-girlfriend, which results in his current girlfriend feeling shitty and inadequate and insecure.
YOUR TYPICAL DATE: He comes to your place and you guys watch a movie. Maybe eat a whole batch of cookie dough or two as you do it. He insults you a couple of times, but then holds your hand. Admittedly, he’s actually rather cute. (Okay, I kind of get it.)
7) Khalid (The Wrath and The Dawn – Renee Ahdieh)
I prefer the color blue to any other. The scent of lilacs in your hair is a source of constant torment. I despise figs. Lastly, I will never forget, all the days of my life, the memories of last night—
For nothing, not the sun, not the rain, not even the brightest star in the darkest sky, could begin to compare to the wonder of you.
ISSUES: I’ll be the first to admit that I love, love, love The Wrath and The Dawn, but even with how much I love the book, there’s no way I’ll recommend my friend to go for Khalid. Literally a life-and-death matter here!
YOUR TYPICAL DATE: You go to the archery range in the castle because, hell, everyone’s freakin’ scared of him. You eat in the castle gardens and chat intermittently. He then writes you a love letter… and holy hell, it will be the best love letter you’ve ever read. ❤ (Okay, I kind of get this one too…)
8) Jason (Hello, I Love You – Katie M. Stout)
He’s the hottest Korean I’ve ever seen.
Not that I have much experience with Koreans, but all the ones I’ve encountered couldn’t even be considered in the same realm as Sophie’s brother.
ISSUES: I don’t care if Jason is as hot as monkey’s ass, he’s still one of the most hot-and-cold love interests I’ve ever read, not to mention he’s indecisive, rude, and also entitled. He’s also a (Korean) pop superstar, which is a HUGE dealbreaker for me because nuh-uh.
YOUR TYPICAL DATE: You stay at home and watch a movie because you’ll be swarmed by his fangirls if you go out. And by swarmed, I mean swarmed. Of course, you then fall asleep in each other’s arms. Chastely.
9) Etienne St. Clair (Anna & The French Kiss – Stephanie Perkins)
I look at St. Clair for help, but find him staring at me with his head tilted to the side.
“What?” I ask, irritated. “Soup on my chin? Green bean between my teeth?”
St. Clair smiles to himself. “I like your stripe.” he finally says. He reaches out and touches it lightly. “You have perfect hair.”
ISSUES: He’s not the most faithful guy around, is he? He’s also not the most straightforward guy and may lead you on, accidentally or otherwise. (This review I think illustrates him rather perfectly.)
YOUR TYPICAL DATE: An ice cream trip down the streets of Paris. Hell, give me the ice cream — I’ll give you the boy. 😛
10) Digby Jones (This Raging Light – Estelle Laure)
“I like that you can do so many things with things that come out of the earth. But you know I like my steak, too. As long as it’s in Philly.”
“I don’t know. You seem…” I choose my words carefully. “You seem too sensitive for meat.”
ISSUES: Much like Etienne, he’s also not the most faithful nor straightforward guy around. He runs somewhat hot-and-cold often, and with him, you never really know where he stands. Also, he’s boring.
YOUR TYPICAL DATE: Study date at home, because what else will you do with him?
What’s on your list this week? Leave me a link or let me know in the comments! ❤