Who's the most romantic character in literature?

So, in a recent British poll on the most romantic literary character of all time (men, that is; they dealt with women in an earlier […] Read the full post.

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  • Frugal Gal

    Love, love, love Gilbert Blythe! THANK YOU for including this often-overlooked romantic! That statement he makes at the end of “Anne of Ingleside,” about how a love being sweeter when a man and woman face all of life’s joys and sorrows together, hand-in-hand made me realize that love didn’t have to be dramatic or tragic to be real. And it’s the moment when Anne first feels her heart skip in his presence.
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    The most romantic thing about Gilbert is that he lives up to that comment. He grows old with Anne and they face joys and sorrows together without ever falling out of love. Isn’t that what we all want?

    • Allie

      Gilbert was just the dreamiest guy when I was 11 years old and first read AoGG.

    • Melissa

      Totally agree. Gilbert is #1 on my list!

  • Audrey

    Kudos for a staffer mentioning Logan Bruno from the BSC books! They were the first ‘real’ novels I read as a kid and I always thought Logan was soooo dreamy. What about Laurie from “Little Women?” I know he and Jo never ended up together but he was warm, funny, and very romantic. I personally always loved the guys who actually had the time of day to talk to the heroine, not the stuck-up, brooding guys like Heathcliffe, Darcy and Rochester. (Although every film incarnation of Darcy has been way sexy to me.) Also love that Henry DeTamble made the list, because he’s the first person I thought of when I read the title to this article.

    • txtingmrdarcy

      I completely agree with you, Audrey! Also love that Mark Darcy is on the list as well. :) “Bridget Jones” is my go-to chick flick on sick days.

    • Liz

      Laurie? I don’t know.. He loved Joe as much as her whole family. Heck, he even married her own sister!!

  • Renee

    Definitely Mr. Darcy from Austen…something about him just makes me swoon. I disagree with Rochester being number one on the list – though that could be because I disliked the entire book. Though I liked Henry Detamble in the Time Travelers Wife, I didn’t find his character that romantic.
    The most surprising absence from this list is Noah, from the Notebook.
    And, because I just finished reading The Pact, I’m going to add Christopher Harte – his love for Emily literally knew no bounds.

  • katiebabs

    Rochester, Darcy and Healthcliffs are must on this list.

    No Roarke from JD Robb’s In Death series? He is an amazingly written and sexy hero.

    • Manda

      Oh, yes! Roarke def. belongs on the list.

  • Vicki

    Love the inclusion of Gabriel Oak! I love me some Darcy (both Mr. and Mark), but I really think Gabe is tops. He pined for Bathsheba, and was always there for her, waiting, until she was ready for him. And thus their relationship based on true friendship just makes me melt.

    And now I have to re-read Madding Crowd again…

    • Sydney

      I totally agree with you Vicki!! I was so excited to see Gabriel on the list, I nearly forgot how much I loved his character. What a loyal, perfect and truly good man. Going to place my FFTMC on the top of my book list as well.

      • Becca

        I agree! I love the inclusion of Gabriel. I nearly forgot him as well, but I really think he is one of the most selflessly romantic characters in English literature. Excellent choice!

    • jj

      Yes, Gabriel Oak is a good choice.

  • Allie

    *Fitzwilliam Darcy (Pride and Prejudice)
    *Max de Winter (Rebecca)
    *John Harmon/John Rokesmith (Our Mutual Friend – Dickens)
    *George Knightley (Emma)

  • MTP

    If you are making a list, and one of the characters on the list is actually based on another character from the list (ie Mark DARCY!) that character is disqualified. Seriously? MARK freakin DARCY?

    A great candidate would be Richard Rahl from Terry Goodkind’s Sword of Truth series.

    • talkin’

      Including Mark Darcy is brilliant. A character based on another character – “disqualified”? lol
      I know there are better male characters than those listed already but I’m drawing a blank. For now I would have to go with both Darcy’s – meaning, of course: Colin Firth, an actor who played both these fictional characters superbly. And doesn’t “Colin Firth” become a character later in the Bridget Jones saga? Meta fiction lives.

      • Audrey

        Meta fiction FTW!

  • anon

    - Gilbert Blythe, Anne of Green Gables
    - Wesley, The Princess Bride
    - Howard Roarke, The Fountainhead
    - The guy in Marguerite Duras, the North China Lover

  • LIz

    The Twilight books are horribly unromantic in my own opinion. I couldn’t read past the first book I was so turned off by both the characters and the prose. Now Jane Austen could write romantic characters. I think I fell for Darcy when I was about 13. Wentworth is great too, but I’ve recently come round to Henry Tilney. He has all the charm and wit usually given to Austen’s bad boys, but has the best qualities of her heros as well.

  • stella

    1. Gilbert Blythe – Anne of Green Gables series (there is nothing more romantic than love that grows and changes as time passes – he is so dreamy)
    2. Severus Snape – Harry Potter series (unrequited love and very brave)
    3. Henry DeTamble – The Time Traveler’s Wife (read some of the love scenes and you’ll see why..Yowza!)
    4. Mr. Darcy – Pride and Prejudice (just for how he professes his love for her)
    5. Samwise Gamgee – The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (strange choice, I know considering there is Aragorn to contend with, but so very loyal and brave…and he gets the girl in the end)

  • forager

    Roland of Gilead–The Dark Tower

  • RJ

    For Me:

    Gildert Blythe
    Orry Maine- North and South series (actually much better then the mini-series)
    Jamie Fraser- The best of the bunch!!

  • Trish

    I think it’s funny that anyone mentioned Harry Potter. When it comes to romantic characters, nobody in Harry Potter compares to anyone on this list.

    I definitely think Heathcliff is the most romantic character in literature. He’s extremely flawed, but everything he did, he did because of his overwhelming love for Catherine, and the immense pain he suffered after losing her.

    • Clary

      I disagree. I strongly dislike characters that do horrible, selfish things in “the name of love.”
      If you love someone, you wouldn’t do those things- plain and simple.
      If you love someone, you wouldn’t be that selfish.
      And although flaws are necessary, Heathcliff is no romantic.
      And personally, the Harry Potter men are amazing and many people disagree with you on that.

      • Andy

        Nicely said!

  • Teri

    Glad to see my Scotsman got some shoutouts! If only more men were like Jaime Fraser! =)

  • steph

    Jay Gatsby
    Dr.Zhivago (Yuri)
    Rhett Butler

    • paige

      You have no idea how happy I am so finally hear somebody mention Jay Gatsby!

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