Entertainment Weekly


Stay Connected


Advertise With Us

Learn More

Skip to content


What literary character have you fallen in love with?

Posted on

It’s nearly Valentine’s Day, Shelf Lifers! So in the spirit of the holiday, I thought, why not dedicate a post to those we share a special bond with: The characters in literature that we love?

And I mean love, folks. Not just respect, or admire, but love. Because, really, what avid reader hasn’t fallen for a fictional character at one point in time?

Here’s my confession: While reading East of Eden as a teen, I had a major crush on Caleb Trask, the jealous twin brother of perfect son Aron. (The fact that I went for the one who represents Cain versus the one who’s a stand-in for Abel probably says a lot about me…) And I even came dangerously close to falling for the unlucky-in-love-and-life protagonist of Jonathan Tropper’s This Is Where I Leave You after reading it last year.

So now it’s your turn: Which literary characters have you fallen in love with? And let’s try to stretch our minds beyond Twilight‘s Edward Cullen, shall we?