What's a good story without a good hero? Sometimes a fictional man is all a woman needs. Afterall, they don't leave dirty underwear all over the floor. So, I thought I'd list the literary heroes that I love:
Jamie Fraser (The Outlander Series, Diana Gabaldon):The Outlander Series is the thinking woman’s romance. Our Highland hero is brave, noble and sexy. He’s so good looking both women and men desire him. An educated man, he is at home in places like King Louis’s court, when he’s not swinging a broadsword. And that accent! No wonder Claire would cross time just to be with him.
- Dr Stephen Maturin (Aubrey/Maturin Series, Patrick O’Brian): Why do I like the good doctor and not his particular friend, the heroic Jack Aubrey? I’ve always liked an intelligent man and he’s smarter than most. Not to mention, he has that International Man of Mystery vibe- spy, outlaw, philosopher and naturalist. He’s an excellent surgeon, although his bedside manner needs work. He can do much better than that Villiers chick.
- Mr Edward Fairfax Rochester (Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte): The ultimate Byronic hero, the dark and brooding Edward Rochester lives alone just waiting for a woman like Jane. Rich, intelligent, he might have a face like a brick, (“Do you think me handsome, Miss Eyre?”) but when he tells Jane he loves her and gives her that kiss… well, hello!
- Mr Darcy (Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen): Oh, Mr Darcy! How we love him. At first, misunderstood, in fact we think he’s a jerk, but he fully redeems himself at the end. He sees that Elizabeth is a special woman, even when no one else appreciates her. He’s the kind of guy, who rides in on a white horse to set everything right.
- Heathcliff (Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte): Like Cher, he only needs one name. Ok, so he’s a little evil, but you got to admire his devotion to his one and only true love, Cathy.
Who makes your list? Is the poetic soul of Dr Zhivago your guy? The roguish Rhett Butler? Or do you just want a good time with someone like Tom Jones?