Book Boyfriends are ALWAYS a hot topic here at Riveted but with all this talk of Valentine’s Day (and all of the great romances we’re featuring right now), the concept of “Book boyfriends” has risen to new levels. Riveted user tiffany82000 may have inadvertently kicked it off when she sent us the below guest post describing four distinct categories of book boyfriends she’s identified. Her list spurred a series of
debates arguments wars “conversations” on the topic, leading a few of us to dig up or finally jot down our ultimate book boyfriend lists. We’ll be sharing one here on Riveted each day this week, starting with tiffany82000‘s selections below, and we REALLY want to know — who’s YOUR ultimate book boyfriend? We know you have thoughts and feels on this so you’ve gotta weigh in, let us know in the comments throughout the week!
Valentine’s Day is coming up and none of us want to be alone. Yet try as we might, all too often, we can only find our true love in one specific type of person. That’s right: the fictional kind. Those boys make us swoon, fall in love, hit us right in the feels, and (let’s face it) set unexpectedly high expectations for the guys we see in real life. Nevertheless, we can still continue to dream with these types of book boyfriends:
The Brooding and Warm Type:
Khalid Ibn al-Rashid
For a man is forced to kill his wife each day, it makes sense for Khalid to be so brooding. Even though we’re all scared of him at first, just like Sharhzad, we slowly peel back his layers and find him out to be a devoted, loving, and supportive warrior who simply wishes to help his people.
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
Rowan is the epitome of dark and brooding, yet he reveals his true self when he is with Aelin. Although he and Aelin upset each other a lot, he worries for her and cares for her in his own ways. Besides, who else can keep up with Aelin’s banters and fiery nature?
The Sarcastic and Witty Type:
Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
This man is the fictional boyfriend of so many ladies. The one and only Will Herondale. Not only does he sass back to everybody like it’s nobody’s business, he captures all of our hearts from quoting literature all the time to secreting pushing away those he loves. He fights amazingly, all while dishing out quips and banters as sharp as his blade.
The Seven Realms series by Cinda Williams Chima
This thief-turned-wizard is able to keep a light heart even in the darkest of times. Even through everything, he still hopes for his family and his future, constantly keeping a light humor to ease horrible situations. He does whatever he can for Raisa and cares for her, fighting desperately to keep those that he loves.
The Flawed and Cold Type:
The Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes
Magnus is so broken, yet we can’t help but love him. He makes so many horrible choices and is filled with so much angst that we only want to help him. However, when he shows compassion and kindness to those he loves, we just like him even more.
Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
Usually composed and calm, the Darkling tricked and manipulated Alina into doing what he wants. We shouldn’t like him, but we just want to find out more about his mysterious past and his dark powers. His ambition and deception really makes us wonder, does he actually love Alina?
The Sassy and Funny Type:
Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy by Cassandra Clare
We can’t forget Simon Lewis, that one boy who simply throws out that nerdy reference during a dark time of battle. He’s just so lovable that we can’t ever stay mad at him. Down-to-earth and relatable, he is a great friend to Clary while she’s in a new world.
The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
This category cannot be complete without Percy Jackson. Filled with sass, he keep the mood light during desperate situations. Even though he is constantly fighting monsters and running for his life, Percy maintains a sense of humor and wit. Plus, he’s the only one that can lift Annabeth’s spirits.