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Five Swoon Worthy Fictional Heroes

They are charming and proper, and all that they say sure does make you go weak at the knees. So what, if they are characters from books, these men are definitely swoon worthy. Indulge yourself in these books and trust me nothing can stop you from thinking about “the man”, even after you close that last page.

• Edward Cullen from the Twilight Series

Topping my list is surely Edward Cullen from Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight series. With a high cheek bone, strong jawline, and skin that sparkles in the sunlight; he is the perfect man when it comes to looks. But hold on, it isn’t just these physical attributes that push him up the swoon list. There’s much more to Edward Cullen. He is charming and polite with streaks of being stubborn when it really is required to be. Protective about the love of his life, this near perfect hunk is also sensitive, putting humanity in the forefront. Refined and seductive, his words leave you in a state of daze.

• Noah Calhoun from The Notebook

I am not really a Nicholas Spark fan, nor did I enjoy this book, but for Noah Calhoun. He is the poor guy with a selfless heart. A too-good-to-be-true boyfriend, Noah comes across as a simple and straight forward person. It’s his innocence that makes the heart flutter. He fills his relationship with oodles of romance, and is faithful and committed to his love. And this is what makes him charming! Here is one fella totally dedicated to the love of his life, all though his life.

• Rhett Butler from Gone With the Wind

From the voluminous book Gone With the Wind, Rhett Butler is one man most people would love to hate. For, he isn’t the gentleman woman often look out for. He is brash, with the most terrible reputation in society. In fact, he is found to insult and bully Scarlet throughout the book. So, how does he still make it to the list?

Rhett Butler could well be termed as the lovable scoundrel. With a complex set of traits, he comes across as a well read man with unabashed mannerisms. Rhett is motivated by his own self-interest rather than the cause of the war. When he first meets Scarlett she is 16 years to his 33. A willful spoilt child she is, Scarlet isn’t used to not having things her way. Yet, it is Rhett Butler, who recognizes the inner spirit of Scarlett and is able to judge her far better than most people Scarlett has ever known. He knows she’s a strong and capable woman. He knows she could do whatever it takes to survive. He challenges her at every step bringing out her strengths lying deep within. Complex indeed, for on one hand he belittles her, and on the other he pushes her to rise above the ashes. It’s this complexity that makes him so very attractive to me. And when Rhett says to Scarlett, “You should be kissed, and often, and by somebody who knows how,” I swoon every time.

• Augustus ‘Gus’ Waters from Fault in Your Stars

The man who serves as an inspiration, Augustus is John Green’s lovely creation in the Fault in Your Stars. The book is a fairly decent read, though most portions do come across to be a bit depressing. But Augustus is hot. When Hazel sets her eyes on him at a Support Group, there are more than just sparks flying. Any why not, ‘cause Augustus just has it all. He is confident, young and a charmer in every way too. He is an amazing basketball player, until he is struck by cancer which leads to his leg being amputed. But that sure doesn’t dampen his spirits. He lives life the way he deems best- going out with friends and socializing. He leaves a mark on almost everyone. It is this spirit of his, to live life to the fullest, making things happen around him, and bringing about happiness in the most dreary of conditions, that makes you want to fall in love with him over and over again.

• Mr. Darcy from Pride and Prejudice

The best is always for the last and it’s got to be a classic pick. The aristocratic central character in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, Mr. Darcy is all that women can ask for. He is rich, powerful, good-looking, noble, tall and with oodles of generosity. He often comes across a man who would brood way too much, but well, one may well attribute this quality to be present among most individuals who come with an aura of power. He risks it all for his love and pursues his woman – the love of his life who is far beneath in status, despite the scorns from his relatives. He admires her for what she truly is. And that’s what makes him so appealing. Mr. Darcy accepts his woman the way she is.

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  • BellyBytes

    Ah ! Swoon worthy guys. I only remember Rhett Butler and Mr. Darcy simply because I haven’t read the other books. Can’t think of any other hero that makes my heart go pitter patter but your post definitely did make me want to reach out to the remote and put on the latest Romedy Now offering.

  • Priyanka Naik

    I loved your list of fictional crushes. Rhett Butler and Mr Darcy are my all time favorites. Also, add to the list Atticus Finch and Howard Roark. Actually there are too many fictional crushes I have had. Always manage to find someone impressive between the pages of a book…sigh!

  • Roshan Radhakrishnan

    I keep thinking that surely I should know some new names to add in this list but the truth is I cant think of any. Most of the books I read are crime thrillers so when they say ‘she lost her head over him’ they probably mean that literally!

  • Shalini

    Major swooning happening! For me it’s Rhett Butler all the way. Gone with the Wind was one of the first classics I’ve read, much before Pride and Pejudice and no one could take his place when it comes to swoon-worthiness. Hehe. Loved the post, Ramya.

    • Ramya Abhinand

      Yay Shalu… a hi- Five for Rhett butler. Despite all his arrogance..theres something about him, something in the way he talks….

  • Kala Ravi

    Oh, la, la!! Except for the Fault in our stars, which I haven’t read, obviously all of these guys are absolutely swoon-worthy!! I think for me it is more the emotional part that works, good looks of course do help along. Typically I cook up better visual imagery when I read books and most of the times the movie is a let down…sighh!

  • shanayatales

    I love Darcy and Cullen. They top my list for sure. I liked Gus too. He was nice enough. But clearly not in the same league as the former two (for me anyway).

    • Ramya Abhinand

      Of course Gus isnt in the same league as Darcy.. but when I read the book, the only thing that stood out was GUS….:)) Probably my frame of mind at that time??

  • Soumya Prasad

    Okay, I clearly am the odd woman out here. For me it would be: No, no, maybe, no, no. While these men were portrayed to be charismatic and drool-worthy, it did not do anything for me. Cullen was too cold (literally and otherwise), Noah was a dumbly innocent, Butler was too arrogant for no reason, but there was a certain charm in him, Gus was a big whine master and Darcy is one character I have always hated. He’s proud, arrogant, egotistic and annoying to say the least.

    My list probably would have the following men. Jerry from P.S I love you, Howard Roark from The Fountainhead, Jacob Black from Twilight, Atticus from To Kill A Mockingbird, The Jackal from The Day Of The Jackal. But then again, I’ve always liked men with a mean streak 😀

    • Ramya Abhinand

      Ah can see that Sowmya… the men with a mean streak. I wouldnt deny that these men too have a certain appeal. Yet I did swoon a little more than usual when I read these books :))

  • Swagata Tarafdar

    Very nice write-up. I recently read ‘Fault in our stars’ and loved the characters of both the protagonists. ‘Pride and Prejudice’has been on my to-be-read list for long. And though I own ‘Gone with the Wind’, I haven’t read it yet. After reading this write-up, i am adding twilight series and ‘The Notebook’ in my to-be-read list.

    • Ramya Abhinand

      Oh you must read Pride and Prejudice atleast for Mr Darcy. Gone with the wind is quite a volume, get it through and surely Rhett would stay on in your mind.

  • Anagha Yatin

    Rhett Butler is my favourite for his complexity! Its this complexity that makes him stand out as the real man.
    Loved this round up Ramya.

  • Vidya Sury

    Hehehe. Nice roundup, Ramya. Initially I wasn’t that into Cullen, but he totally grows on you, eh? I actually ended up watching some of the movies in the series and was shocked to find I enjoyed them. Gosling does a great job in The Notebook. Slow movie–ideal for those afternoons when you’re multitasking 🙂 And Darcy. Mmm. Yes!

    • Ramya Abhinand

      Haha yes Vidya Cullen just grows onto you. And With regards to notebook frankly the movies was far better than the book. I didnt quite like the book, however Noah just stood out in the book.

  • Lata Sunil

    Edward Cullen from the movie I love. Not just for his looks, but the way he loves Bella. I am no fan of Notebook and haven’t read Fault in our stars. But, Rhett Buttler and Darcy, of course. Another hero I have loved recently is Heathcliff from Wuthering Heights. He is the typical bad boy, but who doesn’t love a bit of wildness!

    • Ramya Abhinand

      Ah Lata you are so right.. Its just the way he speaks and does it all… Heathcliff yes.. for the love he holds and expresses.

  • the bespectacled mother

    I love this list. I was happy to see Edward Cullen topping the list and I want to go back to reading Twilight once again for him. I have not read The Notebook but I have watched the movie. Despite popular reviews about Sparks’s books, I must give it a try reading it. Gus Waters is a teenager and outside my desirability although I agree he was charming in the book as well as in the movie. Mr. Darcy should be crowned the father of all romantic heroes (character wise) because he has surely been the insipiration behind the creation of a lot of new age romantic heroes. I have not read Gone with the wind for the thick volume that it is but it was nice to know Rhett Butler through your post.

    • Ramya Abhinand

      yay Edward Cullen it is. I quite dont enjoy Nicholas Sparks. Infact when it comes to the notebook the movie is far better. But Noah does stand out in the book. Yeah Gone with the wind is quite a volume with oodles of detailing about the american civil war. but rhett is a charmer, and if you could put up with the volume, he wont disappoint you

  • Obsessivemom

    Agree completely on Cullen (totally drool worthy – strong, silent ones) and Rhett and Darcy (of course, always). Haven’t read the other two books, though I did catch bits of the films. I think its time to get Fault in Our Stars. I doubt I’ll like Noah, though. I find I cannot identify with Sparks’ books – a bit too high on emotion. But (only on your recommendation) I’ll try this one or shall take a re-look at the movie at least.

    • Ramya Abhinand

      yeah Sparks books are high on emption. I preferred the movie, though Noah was quite charming. I wouldnt recommend reading The notebook, the movie is far better. Watch it.

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