I’m really excited about this month’s meme question!!
Who is hands-down the best literary hero, in your opinion? Likewise, who is the best heroine?
You mean I can only choose one?!?!?! Haha! Oh goodness gracious this one is reeeal tough! There are so many! There’s Mr. Rochester and Atticus Finch and Arthur Clennam and Theodore Lawrence and and Joe Willard and I haven’t even gotten to Austen yet! You’ve got Captain Wentworth and Colonel Brandon and Edward Ferrars and Mr. Tilney and Mr. Knightly and of course, the most beloved Mr. Darcy! Plus, I know there are some that aren’t coming to mind and so many more that I haven’t even read about yet. But as I was thinking about all the possibilities, there was one name that I always came back to: Gilbert Blythe.
Yep, I’m a Gil Blythe fan, hands down. While there is no denying the wonderfulness (yes I just used wonderfulness) of the other literary gentlemen listed above, I have to say that Gilbert Blythe is my absolute favorite!
What’s not to like about this guy? Anyone who’s has read the series through knows you just can’t help but love the person he grew up to be. Sweet, patient, honorable, unselfish, smart, hard-working, fun-loving, loyal to a fault, I mean the guy was pretty near perfect!
Then of course there is the movie series. Jonathan Crombie is forever immortalized as the face of Montgomery’s most popular leading man.
Yeeeeeeeap. I should stop so I have enough to talk about when I do actual book reviews :).
My mother has told me on more than one occasion that I need someone like Gilbert who can balance me out and handle my craziness. Like Anne Shirley, I can be a bit on the dramatic side. Okay, a lot on the dramatic side. I’m workin’ on it!
And now to answer the second question. Who’s my favorite heroine?
That’s even harder. I absolutely cannot choose. For sentimental reasons it’s a tie between Anne Shirley and Jo March. But recently, I’ve grown to admire Jane Eyre and Ann Elliot. The latter two have beautifully noble characters that I have payed close attention to. The former two, well, you gotta love them both! I think I’m a bit of a mix of both Anne and Jo.
We all have reasons why we admire people, be they real or imaginary. It’s either because we see so much of ourselves in those people or better yet, they possess qualities that we want to cultivate ourselves.
I’m looking forward to reading about everyone else’s favorite literary heroes & heroines :)