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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.

Comments

celticmommy
May. 9th, 2003 03:11 pm (UTC)
Okay, I'm a bookworm AND a comic geek so I'll give you both LOL
books:
-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

Comics:
-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.

shebit
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.
celticmommy
May. 9th, 2003 07:32 pm (UTC)
Re:
ok my bad.
mollyringle
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...