I have plenty of free time on my hands these days and it seems all I do the entire day is read. Thank God for the makeshift library I set up a few months back; plenty of unread books grace my shelves so I'm set for a few more weeks. Yesterday I finished reading Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier and found myself utterly captivated by it's dead protagonist- Rebecca. This made me ponder back to the numerous literary crushes I've developed over the years. Here are some them:
Mr. Willy Wonka in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
|Johnny Depp plays Willy Wonka, 2005|
Best dialogue: “"Everything in this room is eatable. In fact even I am eatable, but that is called cannibalism my dear children and is frowned upon in most civilizations.”
Vampire Lestat in Vampire Chronicles
|Stuart Townsend plays Lestat, 2002|
This 200 year old vampire is a vanity-struck sexy rockstar, a rebel, a miser, and ultimately a redemption seeker. He is more like one of my bi-polar friends...yes Molls I'm referring to you. He's crazy when life's good and deeply morose when things go bad. Unbelievably powerful and unapologetically fatal; Vampire Lestat is irresistible!
Best dialogue: ''Evil is a point of view. God kills indiscriminately and so shall we. For no creatures under God are as we are, none so like him as ourselves.''
Lord Henry in The picture of Dorian Gray
|Collin Firth plays Lord Henry, 2009|
Best dialogues: "There is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.''
"The people who love only once in their lives are really the shallow people. What they call their loyalty, and their fidelity, I call either the lethargy of custom or their lack of imagination. Faithfulness is to the emotional life what consistency is to the life of the intellect - simply a confession of failure."
|Javier Bardem plays Ariza, 2007|
This is not to say that I find the above mentioned traits attractive but despite his flaws Florentino Ariza is a die-hard romantic who reaffirmed my belief in true love that transcends time. Written in Marquez's masterful prose, Florentino Ariza is unforgettable.
Best Dialogue: “The only regret I will have in dying is if it is not for love.”
Rebecca in Rebecca
|Author: Daphne Du Maurier|
The oppressive presence of Rebecca throughout the novel captured my imagination and made her one of the most memorable characters I've come across. Her 'last joke' in the book is the perfect example of Rebecca's wicked nature. Not so much of a crush than a fascination, the ghost of Rebecca haunted me long after I finished the novel.
These were mine. Who are your literary crushes? Any character who has captured your mind and enthralled you with their charisma?