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Taking a break from studies: A fun idea for a post, stolen from kateelvellon. The question was: which men (or women, if you're into that) are the hottest in books or comics? I have no comics experience to speak of, so my answers for the book genre are...

Edward Fairfax Rochester
1. First sighting, for you: 'Jane Eyre.' I was probably 14 the first time I read it.
2. So, what's he look like?: All I remember clearly is that he's medium-height and of "athletic" build. Probably dark haired. About 40.
3. Hottest appearance in a story: A proposal on a summer night under a chestnut tree.
4. Why you love him?: He's witty, he's moody, he's sarcastic; he's almost bitchy, really.
5. Ah, but was the book any good?: Well of course. So is the new musical, which I just saw last weekend. It's all very Gothic and cool.
6. Hot or lovable?: Some of both, though neither seems quite right...

Marius Pontmercy:
1. First sighting, for you: 'Les Misérables.' I was, again, probably 14.
2. So, what's he look like?: Black curls, pale marble skin, perfect nose, luscious lips, dark eyes, skinny figure of the starving college student/revolutionary.
3. Hottest appearance in a story: Swapping smoldering glances with Cosette in Luxembourg Gardens. Or, perhaps, stalking her in her own garden.
4. Why you love him?: Despite being a French revolutionary (which ought to be really off-putting), he's got high moral standards, he's quiet, he works for his living (translating books, no less), and he has about a million incredibly sweet and romantic lines.
5. Ah, but was the book any good?: The unabridged version goes on a bit long, but yes, it's quite good.
6. Hot or lovable?: Both. But he's so chaste that "lovable" might be the best choice.

Will Ladislaw:
1. First sighting, for you: 'Middlemarch' (George Eliot). I was 24-ish.
2. So, what's he look like?: Similar to Marius, if I recall. English by nationality, but with "gypsy" blood. Mrrrow.
3. Hottest appearance in a story: Coming in out of the rain and taking shelter with Dorothea. Apparently his tendency to coincide with the rain was meant to make him seem a young fertility god in comparison with Dorothea's crusty old husband. It works.
4. Why you love him?: He writes, he reads, he's honest, he's so clearly The One for her.
5. Ah, but was the book any good?: Loved it. In fact, I doubt I will be listing any books here that I didn't love.
6. Hot or lovable?: Hot! I mean, you know, for a 19th-century British novel...

Francisco d'Anconia:
1. First sighting, for you: 'Atlas Shrugged.' First read when I was 21.
2. So, what's he look like?: Heh. Like Marius and Ladislaw, kinda. Exotic dark curls, broad shoulders, narrow waist, of some Hispanic variety of ancestry.
3. Hottest appearance in a story: Luring Dagny out of her train-station job into the woods on a summer morning when they were about 17.
4. Why you love him?: Like all the other Rand protagonists, he can speak brilliantly and intelligently, has all his moral values firmly in place, and is a millionaire by age 27 (actually, perhaps from birth in his case). But, unlike some Randians, he's also witty and likes to crack jokes and generally be mischievous and mysterious in a Hermes/Mercury kind of way. And we all know that Hermes/Mercury is one of the sexiest gods.
5. Ah, but was the book any good?: Yes, of course it was. Required reading for you all.
6. Hot or lovable? Hot, totally. (Sidenote: Hank Rearden, from this book, would come in a close second, since he has that appealing repressed/angsty thing going on; and John Galt third – he's a little TOO perfect for me.)

Romeo Montague:
1. First sighting, for you: 'Romeo & Juliet,' age 13, high school, freshman year.
2. So, what's he look like?: Not sure it ever says. But he's, what, 16 or so, and supposedly good-looking enough to inspire love at first sight. And he's presumably Italian, for what that's worth.
3. Hottest appearance in a story: How to choose? Balcony scene, sure, but that's obvious...
4. Why you love him?: Because he's *Romeo*.
5. Ah, but was the book any good?: If you don't mind iambic pentameter, then yes, it's great. Aside from the usual maddening Shakespearean-tragedy plot twists.
6. Hot or lovable?: Equal measures.

At this point you're asking yourself: What? No one from Lord of the Rings? Well –I love several of the characters; practically all of them, in fact. But I love them as an ensemble - I can't choose just one. (Though you know I'd pick Frodo if I had to choose.)

Also, there have been a few Thomas Hardy characters who captured my fancy for a short while, with their passion and agony and sweetness – see Angel Clare, from Tess of the d'Urbervilles, for one – but I always end up exasperated with them. Like all Thomas Hardy characters, they make the stupidest decisions.

Ooh, neat! Tornado warning for Sacramento County! Oh, never mind. It expired. "Funnel clouds possible but not expected to touch down." Hohum. Just as well, since we have neither a basement nor a room without windows.


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May. 8th, 2003 08:29 pm (UTC)
I am super glad that you did this. I was hoping you would ;)

Ok so Marius first. Yeah I don't like him. I mean I do, I adore him, I would fall over if I met him, etc etc. BUT... Cosette?! God she's fucking annoying.
I always end up hating the romantic heroine though. I can't believe she WINS...
I guess he cannot help it any more than she, though!

I haven't read Jane Eyre since I was... yeah maybe 14 actually. I remember feeling the same way though.

Romeo. Ok yes, I really do not like Romeo and Juliet. But let's face it, a good lover is called Romeo for a reason. Damn he's sexy ;)

And as for your other two, I don't know who they are, but I shall take it upon myself to find out this summer!
You did it right. Comics are cheating a bit, cause you actually see them. But there are hotter looking xmen than Gambit, I suppose. It's just that he's so damn cool.
Really glad I did this before having Nightcrawler dream. I would hate to have to list a fuzzy blue elf. Then I would completely lose credibility.
May. 9th, 2003 09:53 am (UTC)
See, I liked Cosette just fine in the book, but in the musical and all other adaptations I've seen, they made her look like a ditzy romantic heroine, which annoyed me. I mean, she was a child slave till age 7 and then a convent student till 14 or so; she has some unusual characteristics and isn't exactly the usual spoiled girl-child. But, you know, it's been probably 10 years since I've read Les Mis, and I've been wondering if it would all still strike me the same way as it did the first time or two...

And, clearly, the plot of Romeo & Juliet is completely irrational and silly, but, yes, as a character he's a darling.

I'm sure I'd list comic-guys if I knew of any. Just never was introduced to the genre, somehow. Hee; aren't weird dreams fun?
May. 9th, 2003 12:24 pm (UTC)
Yeah when's your birthday?
You need some comics :D

I tried to read Les Mis when I was too young, I think. I should try again. I was like, screw this, I have the CD, I've seen the show. Probably why I was so irritated by her. I think I got like 1/4 of the way through. It's one of the few books I've done that with. That and David Copperfield.
Dickens always feels like a chore to me, until it's over. Then I think "well, wasn't that clever!"
May. 11th, 2003 10:55 am (UTC)
Hee; well, my birthday's in late August - near yours, if I recall. (22nd, for me.) I don't pretend I entirely understood the comic you posted a link to the other day, but the artwork and sense of movement was quite cool. And I could see developing minor crushes on some of the characters. :)

Yeah, Dickens has seemed like a chore to me, too, the few times I've tackled him. Maybe I'm just reading the wrong ones or something. But Great Expectations, which I finally finished in December, was just tedious to get through, even though it was a potentially interesting plot. *shrug* To each their own...
May. 11th, 2003 04:30 pm (UTC)
yeah the one I posted was a bit obscure if you don't know that they are a tribe of elves whose blood was long ago blended with the blood of wolves to allow them to survive the forest. They each have a bond wolf, and can go through tons of them in their life. Blah blah blah. But just the faces, the eyes, the way she expresses things in her art. And dude... Strongbow is hot. I love the fact that it's about him and there is practically no talking. He never likes to talk. It's hot ;)

Great Expectations was the first one I read. We had to back in frosh high school. I liked it once I was done with it. My mother loves Dickens... but like you said, to each their own!
May. 8th, 2003 09:34 pm (UTC)
mmm, good list. You can have Francisco d'Anconia, hell all three of the boys, if I get Dagny. Oh fuck, *so* hot. Yes. So totally insane, but so hot.
May. 9th, 2003 09:56 am (UTC)
Got to admire a woman who can climb across railroad tracks and up onto heaps of coal and iron while always wearing nylons and heels. :)
May. 9th, 2003 03:12 am (UTC)
Mr. Rochester was meant to be ugly though! Seriously, as far as I can remember from the book, he was meant to have a wierd out of proportion body, and an odd face. I always *pictured* him being really handsome, and the film didn't help but he was meant to be odd looking, like Jane was meant to be really plain and not your typical heroine beauty.
May. 9th, 2003 02:06 pm (UTC)
I figure he's one of those guys who gets better looking as you get to know him. After all, true hotness comes from within.
May. 9th, 2003 06:30 am (UTC)
A musical of Jane Eyre? What a curious idea! I guess it could work though. I've always been fond of Mr Rochester, although he's not meant to be good looking at all. But that whole gothic moody thing is attractive, if not actually what I'd want in a partner!
May. 9th, 2003 02:16 pm (UTC)
Yep - the musical is quite lovely. There are other versions, I think, but this is the one I saw. Done by some of the Les Miserables musical people.
May. 9th, 2003 07:09 am (UTC)
Hmmmmm. I love strong, broody males (not the Mills and Boon kind though). My favourites are:

George Emerson in A room with a View. I loved the scene where he is up in a tree shouting!

Albert in Behind the Scenes at the Museum (mentioned this book in my journal a few days ago) He is described as being an angel - curly blond hair and blue eyes, collecting good days like other people collect stamps - I love this about him...I can picture Jude Law playing him in a movie...

Faramir in LOTR...love the strong, quiet types :)

In an obscure way I like Heathcliff in Wuthering Heights...I always seem to be attracted to dangerous, dark men lol. (Must be why I like Aragorn too...)

I asolutely hated Angel in Tess of the D'Urbervilles!
May. 9th, 2003 01:57 pm (UTC)
I'm with you on the whole Heathcliff thing. Even though he had some serious issues I still had sort of a crush on him when I read Wuthering Heights in the 9th grade. And yes...I'd take Aragorn over Frodo in a heartbeat! Gotta love those brooding, somewhat bitchy mysterious men.
May. 10th, 2003 01:34 pm (UTC)
Of Cats and Men...
My favourite animal is the leopard and I think that's why I love these dark, broody, manly males...they remind me of this dappled cat...

It is a rare, wild, dangerous animal, a loner, physically strong enough to drag more than its own body weight up a tree, mysterious, absolutely gorgeous to look at, has this "Shall I eat you now, or shall I eat you later" look in the eyes and if you have the privilege of spotting one, you know you had a good day! Have been known to show playful affection, but I cannot mention under which circumstances (grin).
May. 9th, 2003 02:20 pm (UTC)
Oh yes, I was going to mention George Emerson too. Such a lovely little tale...

Hmm, a part Jude Law should play? Sounds like I should look into this book.
May. 10th, 2003 01:20 pm (UTC)
There are a few men >>>
in the Behind the Scenes at the Museum book that has that angelic blonde-with-blue-eyes look and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. It definitely has the weirdest start to a book I ever read! Can just imagine that being made into a movie ROFL! It made me giggle though and it ended up being a delightful read.

As for George Emerson - I liked him even more when Julian Sands took up the role in the movie.........sigh no more, ladies, sigh no more!

For the life of me I cannot recall many dishy men from books I read, but if I had to pick a list of characters in movies, it would be endless. It has nothing to do with the actor, but rather the role he played...
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May. 9th, 2003 02:21 pm (UTC)
Good to see you! Didn't realize you were on LJ. :)

I've read Jane Eyre three times now, and was quite girlishly swept up in the musical version. It was a very good quality production, though, which naturally helps. I think if it had been some horrid community production, I would have been deeply disappointed.
May. 10th, 2003 01:40 pm (UTC)
Hiya! We meet again...
I find it amazing to see how many people have Pre-Raphaelite art as their pictures! In South Africa people usually don't have a clue what I am talking about when I mention their art. I am a huge fan, probably since I also love the Romantic poets and the two are interlinked.
May. 9th, 2003 11:34 am (UTC)
Exiles by Melanie Rawn
I had a major crush on Collan from the Exiles series by Melanie Rawn.
May. 9th, 2003 03:11 pm (UTC)
Okay, I'm a bookworm AND a comic geek so I'll give you both LOL
-Armand, from Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles
1. First sighting, for you: when I read Interview with a Vampire, actually after the movie hit theaters. Not sure on the year.
2. So, what's he look like?: a Botticelli angel (he does NOT look like Antonio Banderas, dammit! ...he's about 20 years younger in appearance for one thing.) ... young adolescent in appearance (but he's immortal so no legalities *wink*), curly blonde hair, blue eyes that you could get lost in
3. Hottest appearance in a story: hmm ... hard to pin down just one
4. Why you love him?: he's not the typical character, he has his merits and flaws, and sounds drop dead gorgeous. If not, he wouldn't have been given the Dark Gift at all.
5. Ah, but was the book any good?: yup
6. Hot or lovable? : lovable

-Rhett Butler, from Gone With The Wind
1. First sighting, for you : I read GWTW for the first time in 7th grade or so. Um ... 91 I think?
2. So, what's he look like?: Dark hair, "swarthy complexion" (I love that phrase), coal black eyes, and of course the moustache, although I never pictured it like in the movie.
3. Hottest appearance in a story : when he's carrying Scarlett up the stairs (after they've been married for a while) and is drunk off his butt ... he actually showed some emotion there.
4. Why you love him? : it's that bad guy appeal, and his wicked sense of humor
5. Ah, but was the book any good? : hell yes, I've read it so many times I've literally read paperback until it fell apart, and had to get another copy.
6. Hot or lovable?: hot

-Simon Archard, from CrossGen Comics' "Ruse"
1. First sighting,for you: I was lucky, I picked up this comic title with the first issue,and have been hooked ever since. If I can get my mitts on it, I bring it home.
2. So what's he look like? : actually he looks like I always pictured Sherlock Holmes, which makes sense considering that he is in the same line of work
3. Hottest appearance in a story: Issue #6, when he's attempting Houdini's water tank escape
4. Why you love him? : He's sarcastic, smart, and intelligent.
5. Ah, but was the book any good?: Well, I like it.
6. Hot or lovable? : I think hot

Comics - women:
Vampirella, from Harris Comics book of the same name
1. First sighting, for you : I was in high school, and on a browse in a comic shop I found this comic that was printed in April of 1978 ... month of my birth, exactly. So, on a whim I picked it up. I was hooked.
2. So,what's she look like? : Well I've got her tattooed on my arm! LOL She is sensual, with entrancing green eyes, milky white skin, and raven black hair. She also has a wonderful figure, but she IS a comic heroine.
3. Hottest appearance in a story : I can't choose just one, especially given her choice in outfits ... but she has done some cross overs that I loved. I think the one with Lady Death is a good choice here ... the banter back and forth was great.
4. Why you love her? : she is a vampire from another planet who fights evil. Why not?
5. Ah, but was the book any good? : It is if you appreciate camp. Which I do. I just didn't like Kevin Lau's manga type treatment of her in "Vampi" so I leave that one alone.
6. Hot or lovable? : hot, of course.

May. 9th, 2003 06:40 pm (UTC)
Just had to correct you on your description of Armand - he was auburn haired. Lestat was the only blonde. I always preferred Louis - I guess I like my men (and vampires) tall, dark and brooding.
May. 9th, 2003 07:32 pm (UTC)
ok my bad.
May. 11th, 2003 10:59 am (UTC)
I was thinking of mentioning Armand, as well. (Yes, auburn hair - I remember thinking, when seeing the film version, "Why did they do that to Antonio Banderas's hair?? It was exactly right in its natural state! Why did they put a stupid straight-black wig on him?") But I'd happily take Louis, or even Lestat, as well...
May. 11th, 2003 02:25 am (UTC)
So many fictional fancies... yes, Mr Rochester from Jane Eyre. And Mr Knightley from Emma. And from more modern times: Mark Darcy from Bridget Jones's Diary.

I can't say I've read many comics, but I did used to fancy the one and only Tintin. He's so intelligent, brave and compassionate. And that adorable little tuft of hair he has...
May. 12th, 2003 05:22 pm (UTC)
no mr.darcy????
i::heart::him *girlie swoon*
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