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10 Love Interests Who Are a Little Extra

June 23, 2017
Sam Benson
Riveted Editorial Board

People say that women are all about the drama, but everyone in the real world knows that the true drama lovers are guys. You can see it clearly in those male love interests. You know, the ones who are sarcastic, dramatic, exasperating, and just over the top—all the things that we love to hate in a hero. They’re the ones that tend to take things a little too far and a little too hard.They could star in their own one-person soap opera! These guys are EXTRA. If you aren’t familiar with the term, it’s someone who is over the top with excessive, dramatic behavior. Being extra doesn’t make them bad, at all, it just means they could…you know…benefit from learning to dial their reactions and behaviors down a little. But the truth is that even though they could benefit from a chill pill, that doesn’t mean they should take one. In fact, I think their extra makes them significantly more interesting!

What do you think? Take a look at my list of favorite love interests who are a little extra, and tell me if you think their “extra” is part of their charm! Read all about Jonathan and his “extra-ness” (number 1 on this list) in In a World Just Right  in full read until July 3rd!


In a World Just Rightby Jen Brooks

Jonathan has a unique ability. Ever since coming out of a coma as a kid, he has been able to create alternate worlds. The possibilities of this ability are endless—you could save the planet, end world hunger. But what does he do? He uses it to create a world where Kylie Simms is his girlfriend. Okay, I guess this is something a lot of teenagers might do when they are put in this situation, but it is a little extra. 

Pride and Prejudiceby Jane Austen

Mr. Darcy is one of those characters we all love, but you have to admit he can be a little ridiculous sometimes. He’s rich and arrogant and this list would not be complete without him. He proposes to Elizabeth just after he admits to sabotaging her sister’s relationship with his best friend. But still, he’s the original brooding bad boy and there’s a reason girls have been falling for him since 1813.

City of Bonesby Cassandra Clare

Jace is sarcastic, broody, and the exact definition of extra if I’ve ever heard one. He’s an amazing Shadowhunter and he knows it. We find out there are many hidden layers to him as the books go on, but it’s clear from the beginning that he deserves a spot on this list.

Twilightby Stephanie Meyer

Whether you were Team Edward or Team Jacob, everyone knows no one can come close to Edward in his extra-ness. He watches Bella while she sleeps and spends the rest of his time brooding. Fourteen-year-old me couldn’t get enough, but it’s clear he can be a bit much sometimes.

Anna and The French Kissby Stephanie Perkins

Anna thinks she’s met the perfect guy at a Parisian boarding school. The only problem is he’s taken. 

A Court of Thorns and Rosesby Sarah J. Maas

Tamlin is the High Lord of the Spring Court. He has a bit of a temper and makes it known. He’s fiercely protective of Feyre and most of the time goes overboard.

Red Queenby Victoria Aveyard

It was shocking when Maven betrayed Mare and Cal in the first book. He was tired of being the forgotten prince, so he made himself king. In King’s Cage, he has Mare as a hostage and begins using her as propaganda against the Scarlet Guard. But he still comes off as a tortured bad boy and it’s hard to hate him completely.

Shadow and Boneby Leigh Bardugo

The Darkling is incredibly old and far too good looking for his own good. He’s the leader of the Second Army of Ravka and uses that power to his advantage. His ambition means he’ll stop at nothing to get what he wants and earns him the description of extra.

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