The term “book boyfriend” is a term that generally grates on me. When I think back to when this term became popular and highly used, I vividly recall the Twilight series. There was such a huge calling for Team Edward vs. Team Jacob. It forced readers to choose a side – and thus, advocating for a book boyfriend.
I also associate the term to teens and teen reads. I am by no means bashing adult YA readers. It’s just that I have seen so many people listing so many book boyfriends. It seems…elementary, like how little first graders list half of their grade as their boyfriend/girlfriend because they are simply friends and they like one another. The concept of boyfriend/girlfriend is completely lost on them.
Is the concept of book boyfriends lost on us, as readers? Specifically female readers? At what point is it too much – too many “boyfriends” on our list?
Are all of these guys that wonderfully rounded and deserving of a relationship? Or are they just guys that we are intensely attracted to…and are better off as one-night stands? OR are they guys we really love but aren’t date-able and we’d just really like them as a boy friend?
This is how I think in terms of book boyfriends. I think I can only include one honest-to-God book boyfriend, and that is Jamie Fraser of the Outlander series. A couple boy friends I would love to have in my life are Pudge and the Colonel from John Green’s Looking for Alaska.
Does this change how you view book boyfriends?
I want to know three things! Include the character name and book title for each below:
Who is your #1 book boyfriend? What makes him stand out above the crowd as boyfriend material?
Who would be on your friend zone list? What qualities separate him from boyfriend material?
Who would be on your one-night list?