The Book Boyfriend Problem
Is anybody else’s book boyfriend list getting out of hand? At first I just needed a basement to contain all my lovelies, now I fear I need a small country, or perhaps a cluster of islands. This compulsion I have to gather imaginary (WHAT!?) boyfriends is a strange combination of kleptomania, lust and sheer good taste. In that imaginary country with my imaginary husbands I am imaginary Queen. And life is good.
Hello everyone I’m Suzanne and I’m Book-boyfriend-aholic.
But, I don’t think I am alone in this predicament. In fact, if I started ruling Suzannlandia, my new small country populated with all my book boyfriends and me their benevolent (and lusty) queen, I’m pretty sure my neighboring countries would be Franceslandia, Annielandia and Angelandia. If you read through our messages, which are hilarious, you’ll find a lot of claiming going on. Infact, if you read a book and you know that the hero is just meant to be yours and not that ho Annie’s then you need to make sure you get your claim in fast. Otherwise a round of hair pulling, eye scratching and other such violence may ensue.
See the text message example I have included from a genuine conversation on our group. Suzannlandia and Angelandia I fear won’t have a very cordial relationship, in fact I believe there would be constant war with Angelaish troops trying to steal a very sexy Suzannish citizen, Wrath. Have I taken this metaphor too far? But, I hope you see my point.
My point being… becoming part of the romance community often entails these small bouts of thoroughly enjoyable madness. Do we genuinely argue about our book boyfriends…maybe…sometimes. Do we have great fun doing it? Hell yes. But, I think it speaks to the power some of these books possess, that well after we have read them the characters, especially the heroes it seems, live on in our imagination and leave such an indelible impression.
I delight in each entry to my book boyfriend list. Why you ask? Why delight in this madness? Because inevitably that means whatever book I have just picked up has managed to fight valiantly, breached my defences and have found themselves in 4-5 star territory. And the whole reason I enjoy reading so much is that I am searching for those books that move me, that make me remember them well past the point of the last page. Maybe what I remember is the hero, the heroine, the story but whatever it is that has made that book stand out it’s forever trapped in my memory vault labelled “Books I Love”. And, in my opinion, that vault can never be over full.
Here are some of the citizens of my country Suzannlandia (name is a work in progress!):
Curran from the Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews
Wrath, Xcor, Butch from Black Dagger Brotherhood by J.R. Ward
Bones, Ian and Mencheres from Night Huntress series by Jeaniene Frost
Maddox and Lucien from Lord of the Underworld series by Gena Showalter
Charles Cornick from Alpha & Omega series by Patricia Thompson
Simon from Wallflowers by Lisa Kleypas
Derek Craven from Dreaming of You by Lisa Kleypas
Francis Rohan from Wicked House of Rohan series (Ruthless) by Anne Stuart
The list can go on for a while…but lets stop it there!
So, how long is your book boyfriend list? Who is on it?
Annnnnd I will stop myself there, before I start waxing lyrical about my love of historical romance and fantasy as well; no one needs to know about my elf fantasies. As you can tell, I adore and day dream about most romance genres, and my three big loves are 1) reading about romance 2) writing about romance and 3) talking about romance with my gals. Which, is why I love Under the Covers so much, I get all my bookish needs satisfied and don’t get judged when I talk about my favourite characters like they are real people. Which they are right?