Romance is literature. It’s woven throughout so many of our favorite stories and is impossible to ignore even in its more tragic form. But when it comes to romance, there are a few characters who stand out. The most famous romantic literary characters of our time are ones we continue to go back to.
If you’re a big reader, you probably already have your list of the most romantic literary characters. But we decided to put them all in one place. Do you agree with our list?
Keep reading to see if your most romantic literary character made it on the list.
Heathcliff – Wuthering Heights
It’s impossible not to find a man who would cross moors for your love romantic. Many literary fans put him at the top of their list, despite how heartbreaking the novel is as a whole.
Lenore Stonecipher Beadsman – The Broom of the System
Truthfully, what reader doesn’t love a person that is willing to see outside their comfort zone and question life? That’s precisely who Beadsman was for many of us. A character who questioned her existence for several excellent reasons.
Amory Blaine – This Side of Paradise
Educated, passionate, and insanely attractive. That’s what many thought about Blaine and one of several reasons why we fell for him. From the first read, the character of Amory imprints on your mind and keeps you from thinking of anything else.
That’s why he’s made it to our top list even though he was decades before many of us were alive.
Augustus Waters – The Fault In Our Stars
This novel seemed to define romance for a whole new generation of women. It may have been tragic and heartbreaking, but we couldn’t forget all the ways that Augustus made our heartbeat. From the flowers to the promises, we could forgive him for that one big omission because of the way he made our hearts beat.
Peeta Mellark – The Hunger Games
A love triangle is a classic literary device. Peeta, however, is a character that makes you hate it. There seemed to be no team when it came to The Hunger Games series. Most people were on the side of loyal and dedicated Peeta, who consistently went out of his way to be there for the one he cared about.
In the end, many of us got what we wanted, but at the same time, we knew things were never that simple.
Mr. Rochester – Jane Eyre
Literary history forces us to be in love with Mr. Rochester for all the right reasons. He was smart and made us laugh, and honestly, what could be better than that?
Sure, we know he wasn’t much to look at, but that didn’t stop the way he made us swoon. We’d go back time and time again to hear the sweet words he whispered throughout the novel.
Whether or not your favorite literary figure made it on the list, we know we have some genuinely romantic men here. Who else would you add?