Earlier I saw a Tweet this week from a male blogger about how not every reader is a girl after posting a picture of a quiz titled “Who’s Your Book Boyfriend?”
That got me thinking: Why are “book boyfriends” so popular then?
I mean, I guess there are many reasons for that, the least being that girls – females in general – tend to make a big deal out of things, which include liking a fictional character more than people in real life. I admit I like to overdramaticize a bit too, but why is it that they’re book boyfriends? Why not book best friends (BBF)? Book girlfriends? Etc.
Okay, I have an answer for the book girlfriend one too: guys don’t really see fictional characters as potential dates. Or at least not as often as girls. What can I say? We’re different genders and we focus on different things. Call it society, standards, or whatever else, rarely do you see a guy jumping up and down about a swoonworthy girl. (Commonly do you see a girl jumping up and down about a swoonworthy guy.)
But you see, me? I get the guys. I don’t see fictional characters as a potential love interest for MYSELF, much less a boyfriend. First of all, most of these “boyfriends” are already taken? Let’s take a look at some iconic ones:
- Peeta (who’s with Katniss)
- Four (who’s with Tris)
- Augustus (who’s with Hazel)
- Percy (who’s with Annabeth – OTP 5ever)
- Daemon (who’s with Katy)
Let’s take a second look at how the love interests are main characters? Guys – why you tryna steal the main character’s bae? I don’t know about you guys but for me, I WANT the guys I like in fiction to get together with the girl he likes. It’s all fun and games in the end, but that doesn’t stop me from cringing every time a girl obsesses over her “book boyfriend.” (Trust me, it happens often.) It goes against the whole “OTP” idea since you’re pairing the person with you instead of the other fictional character written for them in the book.
I get obsessing over fictional guys. I don’t get wanting them as my boyfriend.
What about you guys? Are you saying “YAY” to book boyfriends or “NAY”? For me, I’d say yay if people also used the term “book best friend.” Just sayin’.
And finally is a video I made where I go on a “date” with some iconic book boyfriends. Yes, it made me quite uncomfortable while acting but in the end I imagined I was roleplaying their love interest (which certainly helped). Do they end up well? Watch and find out!