How to Deal With a Romantic Crush on a Fictional Character #amreading #writers

 

Romantic crushes on fictional characters from books or even from stories that you have created can be both enjoyable and rewarding however they can also be time consuming, energy sapping and wreck havoc with your emotions. Some crushes on fictional characters can last for years. They can also be very difficult to snap out of (in my head I am currently thinking about my ‘thing’ with Mr Darcy in ‘Pride and Prejudice’).

It is therefore important to learn how to cope with your crush. Here at Blondewritemore we are here to help.

The Benefits of a Fictional Character Crush:

  • With fictional characters there is no fear of rejection, no long term disappointment, no risk of pregnancy, no marital discord, no risk of divorce or affairs.
  • Things get much easier once you accept it will be a one sided love affair.
  • Think of the cost savings with dating someone who does not exist.
  • You will never have to introduce your fictional love interest to family members or friends.
  • Your fictional love interest will always be there for you. They don’t have sporting events to attend, work commitments or nights out with the lads. If you want to spend time with your fictional character just pick up your book or dive into your story.

Learning to Keep Your Crush Alive:

  • Think about all of their bad points. These are normally the character traits that make us love our fictional character even more. Sigh!
  • Make sure you invest time in your fictional love interest. Forget things like laundry, housework etc. Reach for your book or story and dive back into their world.

 

If you feel your crush is getting out of hand try some of these tips to dampen down those hot and sweaty feelings:

  • Play the ‘fictional character’ field and read other books or create new characters.
  • Write a blog post on your crush and the reasons why you cannot stop thinking about them. Chances are there are other tortured souls out there who are also suffering or who have been able to move on from their fictional character crush.
  • Imagine your fictional love interest in your world and ask yourself do they fit in? This has helped me overcome my crush with Legolas from Lord of the Rings. Picturing us wandering about my local ‘One Stop’ shop, me, tired housewife, carrying my basket full of household basics (toilet roll, dishwasher tablets and clingfilm) and him, attractive long haired elf, in tights, carrying his bow and arrows made me see my that our romance might not work on a practical level.
  • Enjoy those fictional character crushes writers and readers!

 

 

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48 thoughts on “How to Deal With a Romantic Crush on a Fictional Character #amreading #writers

  1. Oh gosh do you have a talent for making light of the things that we readers and writers actually deal with! Ha! In 2012, during my first NaNoWriMo, I created a character called Senior Warden Vincent Jasper… He of course goes by Senior Warden Jasper. Sadly he has no flaws apart from the fact he is not real. That will get you every time. I have allowed a couple of friends of mine to read the story as I wrote it and both of these lovely ladies confessed to mooning over my fictional man which is totally unacceptable being that I CREATED HIM! But since he and the heroine of the story are so perfect for each other, I have elected to bow out of their relationship and wish them the absolute best. 😉 Perhaps sometime in the near future, other women will have the pleasure of loving Jasper as much as I do.

      1. You know what? I shall. I just have to get him and his companions dressed in their Sunday’s best before sending them out to the public. Grammer, typos, etc are just as bad as going to a job interview with a spaghetti stain on your white blouse. I just gotta get me someone to edit them up and then off we go. Jasper for everyone!

  2. Although, this is not a fictional character, he might as well be. Do not laugh, okay, it’s okay to laugh, but Johnny Depp. I love every character he plays because he does them all so well. Only if only! 😉

  3. I think most of my crushes have been on fictional characters. 😀 They’re so much easier to get along with! (Does that say something about me?)

    I also had a crush on a character I created a few years ago. I lived vicariously through her love interest. 😉

    1. Do you know Phoenixgrey85 I really think crushes on fictional characters are the next big thing! All my crushes on fictional characters give me so much pleasure in life 🙂

  4. To name a few …
    The roguish Sergeant Troy in Thomas Hardy’s “Far from the Madding Crowd”.
    Lieutenant Dunbar in Michael Blake’s “Dances with Wolves”.
    Professor Snape in the Harry Potter books (yes, do laugh).
    Peter Claire (a 17th century English lutenist) in Rose Tremain’s “Music and Silence”.
    And an exceedingly quirky character called Ferdinand in my, as yet, unpublished novel “Counting Magpies”.

  5. This is probably a dumb/dangerous thing to admit, but I based one fictional character off another – kind of – to feed my love for the first fictional character after he died (not just on his show, but in real life). Keeping the love alive.

  6. Very funny indeed and actually really good advice. I once met a man who thought Tinkerbell was real. It was weird and very disturbing.

  7. Oh, my crushes run far and wide and I have way too many of them to keep the sanity. And half of them are of my own creation. But when you create a Scottish book publisher who looks like Killian Jones, you have to crush on him.
    I keep them at bay, beating them back with their flaws… which are few and far between, but it helps some. My recent new crush is the hero from Lizzy and Jane by Katherine Reay. Since he’s styled slightly after Mr. Darcy and he loves Hemingway, how can I resist?

    (love this post so much)

  8. Mr Knightley (from Emma) will always be my biggest fictional crush, but there’s enough space for Mr Darcy, Frank Churchill and all those hot elves in my little fangirl heart.

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