Who Is Your Fictional Fantasy?
In honor of Valentine’s Day, we asked several of our favorite authors to choose the fictional character they’d love to go out with on a dream date. Enjoy their answers…and then share your own in the comments!
“Even though I write straight romance, I’m gay married, which definitely isn’t the norm. My wife always teases me that I get to have both an awesome wife and still date perfect men as I write them. She’s not that far from the truth. But while my heroes are rugged and gorgeous, always hot in their Wranglers and alpha in their actions, I’d pick a different character to go on a Valentine’s date with. I’d choose elderly rancher Elbert Romo who was a minor character in my five-book Cypress Hollow series. He would wear (clean) overalls and he would shave for the date, but he’d forget the stubble on his neck. He’d order me a beer and pass it down the bar to me, cold in its bottle. He’d tell me a dirty joke and then blush as he realized just how inappropriate it was. He’d order me fried chicken and then ask for extra napkins because he would know I’d need them. He’d laugh too loudly at everything I said and he’d burp on accident but without shame, and he’d pull me up to dance to ‘Crazy’ by Patsy Cline when it came on Tillie’s jukebox. At the end of the night, he would bluster about what I owed him, and then, at the very last minute, he’d take off his old blue engineer cap, lean forward and kiss my cheek. His breath would smell like coffee and his clothes like Ivory soap. Then, from the car window, he’d call, ‘Roses are red, violets are blue, I’m going to the naked beach tomorrow, you should too!'”
I would love to have Valentine’s dinner with Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy, preferably at Pemberly. I would talk about my family because I know he would want to know what my sisters have been up to, and then if asked, I would graciously agree to play the pianoforte passably. He would find my warbling sweet to his ears and pretend not to notice the dogs howling in the background.
“A few years ago I would have answered Rhett Butler, since who can resist the debonair bad boy? A few years before that, I’d have gone with Holden Caulfield because there’s nothing better for an angst-ridden teen girl to do on Valentine’s Day than curl up beside her favorite angst-ridden teen boy — fictional or otherwise. But since Rhett likely would have stood me up (all those sexy bad boy vices do get old sooner or later) and Holden probably finds Valentine’s Day hypocritical and phony, I’m going to go with a nice guy — one who has been with me through countless rereads and never once let me down. Harry Potter, will you be my Valentine?”
“Rhett Butler, of course. Why that handsome Rhett Butler? Darling, he is every Southern woman’s fantasy of dash and delight.”
“That’s a tough one. Do you spend 2/14 strolling the grounds of Pemberly with Mr. Darcy, circling the lochs with Jamie Fraser, or riding off on a white horse with the Duke of Lancaster from Anya Seton’s Katherine? I have a weak spot for warriors, so I think in the end I’ll spend my Valentine’s Day with Bernard Cornwell’s Untred of Bebbanburg: a strapping Viking warrior with a big, big sword and sarcasm to burn!”
“My greatest pleasure as a young girl was found in the potent magic of words and music, whether books, albums or theater. So when my parents came home after seeing the musical, Camelot, and relayed the tale while playing the accompanying soundtrack, my sisters and I were enraptured. We listened to those songs until we knew every word, every phrase, and despite the heady passion of Guinevere and Lancelot’s romance, it was King Arthur who stole my heart. His honor and integrity, his admirable resilience, even his stoicism in accepting heartbreak, swept me off my feet. But it was during the song “How To Handle a Woman” that his tenderness was best conveyed: “The way to handle a woman is to love her, simply love her; merely love her, love her… love her.” There could surely be no more romantic, loyal, or devoted a Valentine, so I choose him as mine. If he’d deign to share a bit of verse, a moment of candlelight, and the sweetness of his particular brand of “handling,” I’d be delighted to break open a box of See’s… and let him have first choice of the nuts and chews.”
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