Literature has a certain charm attached to it, no one can disagree. Be it novels, poems or drama, all genres of literature are endowed with a huge fan following. All the genres have one thing in common. There is one theme, which all the literary modes have employed, none other than romance and love. The suave, chivalrous man and the beautiful, strong woman, both occupy the fantasy world of many people worldwide. This article shall prove to be a soothing relief for the die-hard romantics. If the ballroom dances, the simple proposals and poetry pregnant with euphemism make you go week in your knees, then this article is just for you! Here we are, giving you our top ten most romantic fictional characters:
10. Edward Rochester
The tall, dark and handsome Rochester of our very dear Bronte sister, Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre, matches all the aspects of a romantic hero. He fulfills the checklist of an old school romance. The chase he brings into the relationship with Jane and his “…stern looks and heavy brows…” make the reader fall head-over-heels for him. Rochester’s way of adoring Jane and understanding her individuality as a female figure is noteworthy and force us to give him a place in our favorites of romantic characters despite his certain flawed features.
9. Fitzwilliam Darcy
Fitzwilliam Darcy, the protagonist of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, and the charm he carries with his enigmatic persona makes him a to-die-for romantic hero. Who has forgotten the extremely long love letter of Mr. Darcy written to Miss Elizabeth Bennett? Jane Austen, who is known for her superb handling of domestic history and romantic situations, in her masterpiece Pride and Prejudice, has created a character that has become an epitome of romance. Be it his gentleman-like behavior, his handsome features or even his estate(!) make him a perfect recipient for a romantic hero.
Heathcliff is the male protagonist of Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights. This is one character who has given rise to that stereotypical imagery of girls loving the “bad boys”. He makes all the readers swoon over him and we find ourselves sighing “Oh Heathcliff!” The Moorish features of stubbornness and an element of raw in him make him stand part from all his fictional competitors. He is our favorite as it was for him that our dear Catherine uttered these words of an epic stature,
“If all else perished, and he remained,
I should still continue to be;
And if all else remained,
And he were annihilated,
The universe would turn to a mighty stranger.”
7. Rhett Butler
Rhett Butler, the iconic strong figure in Margaret Mitchell’s Gone with the Wind, like Heathcliff of Wuthering Heights, has an element of raw sexuality and primitiveness attached to him. He is a typical alpha-male. He always looks at Scarlett, his beloved, as if she were naked. The intense sexual description he lays out of her by just having a look at her make him an intense man for the ladies. He is the subtly dominating guy, but in a healthy manner. This is the guy which every partner would like to have at some point or the other in their lives as he makes Scarlett feel desired.
6. Elizabeth Bennett
Elizabeth Bennett, the second of the Bennett sisters in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, due to her amazing ideas about the institution of marriage and her dealing with love for Darcy make her a reader’s favourite. The subtle ways in which she expresses her fondness for Darcy at Pemberley and the playfulness of spirit which she brings into her relationship with Darcy make her an adorable darling for all the romantic hearts. Lizzy always wants to marry for love and not for money. Her “fine eyes” seem to be gazing at the readers and sending them into a hypnotic trance of adoration and romantic admiration.
Fenchurch, the female romantic figure in Adam Douglas’ novel So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish! Cannot be left behind when the topic of discussion is most romantic character. She is presented as the soul mate of Arthur Dent. Her sexuality, wit and quirky nature make her a lovable character. She makes sure that she is able to keep a strong communication with Arthur despite the presence of various adverse situations. Readers are generally found complaining that “Douglas got rid of her too quickly as she was just too perfect”. Fenchurch, with her sense of humor, smartness and amazing looks make her a perfect lady love for all the readers out there.
4. Jane Eyre
Jane Eyre, the female protagonist of a novel by the same name, Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte is considered as one of the most romantic female figures in English literature. Her individuality and assertiveness make her an all the more lovable character for Rochester, her love. Jane’s falling in love with Rochester gradually seems very natural to the readers and does not represent a state of utopia. She cares for Rochester and protects him. She does not leave him even when he has lost his eyesight. Jane passes every test that is thrown in between her journey of love for Rochester by fate and social norms. She defeats rigid class hierarchies and forms a bond with Rochester that could not be constrained by shackles of any sort.
Now if we are talking about romance, how can we ignore Shakespeare’s Orlando in ‘As you Like It’? Orlando, as we all know, was a sucker at romantic poetry and did all sorts of crazy things to get close to the love of his life, Rosalind. The lyrics written on trees in the uncorrupted Forest of Arden, though scorned at by Rosalind, speak volumes about this every lover’s dream boy. His boyish charm and open simplicity as a lover add a feather to his hat.
Cleopatra is another Shakespeare hit in his play ‘Antony and Cleopatra’. She was a queen and the love she has for Antony is devoid of any political interests. Both Cleopatra and Antony share a teenage kind of love, full of repartee. She loves Antony whole heartedly and flirts with him and exercises her love for him. The amazing date Cleopatra organizes for Antony on the barge can never be erased from the reader’s memory of her as a mind blowing romantic character of all times. Her romantic alliance with Antony is however, not an irrational one as she very well is able to strike a perfect balance between the political and public spheres of life.
1. Oliver Barrett IV
This is our most recent and sort of contemporary romantic hero. Oliver Barrett IV is the protagonist of Eric Segal’s Love Story which created a furor in the ‘70s. This hero made the ladies believe that the class differences do not matter if you have true love. The way Oliver takes care of his wife, Jennifer in her sickness solidifies the sacred vows of their marital relationship. Ollie does not even inform Jenny about her suffering from leukemia in order to keep her life normal and as happy as possible. The novel which was released on Valentine’s Day is bound to make a romantic character to die for.