Literary Crushes

Librarians can't help but talk about our crushes on a day like Valentine's Day because it's lit...erary. There are plenty of crushes to go around because which kind of building has the most (love) stories? The library, of course!

Colonel Brandon from Sense and Sensibility, opens a new window

When you realize how noble and pure of heart Colonel Brandon is, you forgive him for his taciturn nature.

Hermoine Granger from Harry Potter, opens a new window

Everyone's favorite book nerd blossoms into a smart, strong and courageous woman who values friendship and loyalty.

Fitzwilliam Darcy from Pride and Prejudice, opens a new window

Even though Darcy majorly screws up telling Elizabeth he loves her, he ultimately redeems himself in one of the sweetest ways.

Holly Golightly from Breakfast at Tiffany's, opens a new window

Our hearts melt for this orphan turned party girl who's the pioneer of the little black dress.

Augustus Waters from The Fault in Our Stars, opens a new window

Tall, smart, handsome with killer blue eyes, we all fell hard for the book-reading soul of Gus.

Harriet from Harriet the Spy, opens a new window

We love aspiring-writer Harriet because she is precocious, brave and timeless.

 Jamie Fraser from Outlander, opens a new window

What is most endearing about Jamie Fraser is his optimism, no-holds-barred commitment toward true love and his honorable outlook on life.

Julia from 1984, opens a new window

Julia has enough sex appeal to inspire Winston's rebellious writing and start a revolution!

Gilbert Blythe from Anne of Green Gables, opens a new window

Gilbert doesn't start off on the right foot with Anne but to see their friendship grow and develop into something more makes you believe in second chances.

 Jo March from Little Women, opens a new window

Jo, who loves to read, pops up often as one of our favorite literary crushes because she pursues her dream of writing and refuses to give in to what society expects of her.

Healthcliff from Wuthering Heights, opens a new window

Just the guy if you like your romance with a side of masochism.

Daenerys Targearyen from Game of Thrones , opens a new window

The Mother of Dragons is not only a breaker of chains, but a breaker of hearts!

Edward Cullen and Jacob Black from Twilight , opens a new window

It's too hard to choose between this brooding vampire and hot-blooded werewolf.

Scarlett O'Hara from Gone With the Wind, opens a new window

Scarlett is impatient, hardheaded, narcissistic, and yet we still hold out hope that she'll realize what's right in front of her is more important than an idealized world that's gone with the wind. 

Henry deTamble from The Time Traveler's Wife, opens a new window

We love Henry not just because he is a librarian, but because his love for Clare spans both time and the ages.

Mattie Ross from True Grit, opens a new window

How many fourteen-year-old girls do you know who would ride off into the Wild West to avenge her father's murder? 

Noah Calhoun from The Notebook, opens a new window

For many, Noah is the perfect character: strong, intelligent, romantic and emotionally vulnerable, plus he only loves one woman for his entire life.

Janie Mae Crawford from Their Eyes are Watching God, opens a new window

Even though she begins and ends her story alone, Janie proves that true love is worth the journey.

Othello from Shakespeare's Othello, opens a new window

Not the best beau given his proclivity to jealousy, Othello still ranks as a heartthrob because of his role as hero and loving husband.

Becky Sharp from Vanity Fair, opens a new window

Becky is a complicated character; she's a ruthless social climber who gets caught up in her own game, but she ultimately redeems herself.

Park Sheridan from Eleanor and Park, opens a new window

Definitely the nicest kid on the bus, Park is the high school crush we all dreamed of holding hands with.

Minny Jackson from The Help, opens a new window

We love Minny because she tells it likes it is and is never one to do as she's told.

Piscine Molitor "Pi" Patel from Life of Pi, opens a new window

Pi is a deep thinker with a sense of humor. What could be more lovable than that?

Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games, opens a new window

Katniss Everdeen is brave and daring, loves her family fiercely, and ultimately, she's vulnerable when she has to face her heart.

What literary crushes have swept you off your feet?