Since there's some kind of YA crush tournament thing going on right now, I figured I'd post about my top ten YA crushes :). They're not in any particular order.
Ooh, goodness. He's intense and kind and older (aka way more mature than guys my age). He's a trained fighter which means his body has got to be amazing. He has a strict honor code and a respect for life that few in the Vampire Academy world seem to have. Bonus points for being Russian and probably having an incredibly sexy foreign accent (when he wants, that is; I'm not sure Rose ever noted an accent while he spoke English). What isn't there to like about him (except for the creepy Strigoi time)? Even the slight loss of control he occasionally has is incredibly sexy 'cause it's when he's sexually frustrated about his and Rose's situation ;).
[Edit: Truthfully, I like Adrian (from Bloodlines/Frostbite) now more than Dimitri and would probably include him over Dimitri.]
2. Patch aka 'Jev' from the Hush, Hush saga by Becca Fitzpatrick
[Edit: Ren is no longer on my list.]
4. Harry Potter (yup, you got that right) by JK Rowling :)
I definitely had a crush on Harry Potter. Yeah, yeah, he has a giant temper issue and is a bit of a jerk wad for thinking that it's okay for him to sacrifice himself but not let his friends sacrifice themselves for him. But he's also loyal and kind and usually has the best of intentions. He's also selfless, a tad awkward, and unbelievably brave.... Nowadays you get all these YA books that describe the girl protag. looking up into the hero's eyes... but there's something so much sweeter about his eyes being like his mother's. And I've also always been a sucker for green eyes ;). Plus, the fact that he was gangly to start with but then grows up slowly but surely makes him feel so much more real... That in itself is its own brand of sexy for me. And and and his intelligence is actually shown.
I'm pretty much anti-Jace, anti-Will. They're jerks to Clary and Tessa too often for me to feel the connection between the two...Whereas Jem is a beautiful, strange, and haunted boy who plays the violin. He's incredibly intense and is kind to Tessa throughout Clockwork Angel. He has had a rough past but that has not made him one bit less determined to fight evil and to enjoy life as best as he can. Though his illness limits the amount of time he has left, he doesn't seem like a cripple to me. In fact, his disease seems like his only vulnerability, while the rest of him is all charm and light. I also really like his unusual looks and have no complaint with the model they chose for the cover ;).
6. Damon from the Vampire Diaries by L.J. Smith
Second bad boy I read about. Damon starts off a little creepy in both the books and the TV show (really creepy in the books), but he grew on me. In the books and TV show, he's not afraid to live it up a little since he's a vampire. Of the two Salvatore brothers, he's the one who doesn't mope around and is also very confident. The few kind acts he does are generally directed towards Elena. But he's also so.... redeemable. Has so much potential, that is. Because even when Damon is being mean and spiteful, there's a part of him that's not really into it. He's the bad boy who doesn't always know what he wants. The bad boy who's a little bit broken and vulnerable beneath it all. I think there was an metaphor in Shadow Souls? or maybe The Return? that said that Damon kept his innermost secrets and vulnerabilities (represented by a little child, mind you) chained to a rock in his mind. That's just... so incredibly sad. He's also way more fun to be around than do-gooder/always serious Stefan.
(The guy to the right looks a bit too vulnerable for Lucius... except for maybe one of the last scenes. But he also looked hot enough to be Lucius so I thought I'd post it anyways.)
Incredibly arrogant and wealthy and entitled and controlling... And yet that confidence looks good on him. He also likes the curves in Jessica's body rather than preferring her to look like a stick (as in most YA novels). He is a gentleman, holding out her chair for her. Chivalrous. [I get really happy whenever anybody is polite because it feels like fewer people are nowadays. But that's a topic for another time]. Lucius isn't afraid to challenge Jessica and is also incredibly smart in his own right. And vulnerable because he still wants to have a chance at being normal.... and protective. And even gruesome, given the things he does and almost does at the end. But he's afraid and that vulnerability--that scene at the end of the book--was so wonderful. A great contrast to the confidence and charm he always seems to exude.
[Edit: I don't remember enough of this book to tell you whether I'd keep Lucius on this list.]
8. Prince Brigandell from Fire by Kristin Cashore
Man, oh man. I love the last couple of scenes with Fire and Brigan together, especially when he's so vulnerable. It was heart-wrenching to see a guy who's been forced to grow up so quickly, forced to take on the duties of the Commander of the army and fight for his life against one of the most dangerous monsters of all, forced to shield himself against any and everybody, break down and cry, thinking that the war and so much more was his fault. So beneath that frosty exterior that Fire first senses from him is a boy-man who's not always as sure as he looks. And he already has a child despite how young he is! But still he's a kind and caring and responsible father and sibling. And deadly. He became Commander for a reason. I just really love the way all this came together in his character. I'd like to rub my hand along his stubble like Fire does ;P.
He's the kind of guy who feels like a next door neighbor type but I've never had the privilege of having someone that hot live near me. Tortured artist? I've never even met someone who's that great at art... but lord, one of the sexiest things for me at least is when a guy lets his inner passion show... which is what Wes does with his art. He's also kind and humble and understanding. Honestly, he feels like every girl's dream guy come to life. The only complaint I'd have is the tattoo... Even though the heart in hand artwork is made into a big deal in the book and I understand why he has it, I still don't like any sort of tattoo on a guy.
10. James from Ballad: A Gathering of Faerie (Books of Faerie #2) by Maggie Stiefvater
Move over, Sam (from the Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy). James is the much better romantic interest. He's also a bit emo and artistic with his musical ability on the bagpipes (and more) and his tendency to write all over his hands, but his character transcends the pages of the book more for me than Sam. James is incredibly loyal to Deirdre though Lord knows why (she's a bit annoying and she hurt him in the past) and Nuala. He is also smart and charming. It hurt to see how he would tell jokes just to diffuse situations with Deirdre and to be that guy, you know? And even though part of the story line has him running out to meet Death every night, he still seems bright--I can see why Nuala. would often comment that his music glowed. His soul seems like it'd glow, he's that passionate. So sexy.
I tried tracing a pattern here-- I'm not sure there is one (except for maybe liking the super confident guys with sensitive spots :D). I've got some resident bad boys, some fighters, some guys with temper issues and sensitive streaks, some older, and one 'next-door-neighbor' kind of sweet guy in the mix. Maybe the truth lies in that I think they're all larger than life. And that is a measure of the author's skill. Thank you, authors, for creating such awesome characters.
Who are your YA crushes? Do you share any of mine? Do you have any ideal actors who'd portray your guy/girl?
** Also, none of the images shown are mine. I just found them via Google so I owe credit to whoever posted these! Especially the public Deviant Art photo of Lucius... Thanks!!