Top 10 Literary Heartthrobs: Peeta Mellark, Christian Grey and More
Between Mr. Rochester's Byronic, brooding glamour and the honest, warm-hearted appeal of "The Notebook's" Noah Calhoun, we're starting to understand what makes certain stud-studded classics and contemporary best-sellers such popular summertime reads. Here, YourTango names the top fictional heartthrobs from tantalizing summe reads (that, as it turns out, will turn up the heat all year long).
Even before Ryan Gosling (!) played Noah Calhoun in "The Notebook" movie, he won our hearts. After all, he's shy yet persistent, a hard worker but can always find time for poetry or a romantic trip to a secret lagoon. He knows that loving someone sometimes means letting them go, he's willing to dance in the middle of street for the woman he loves, and he'll be in love with her until the day he dies.
This baker's boy is strong--from manning giant ovens in his father's bread shop--but has a poetic side--revealed in the delicate artistry of his cake decorations. A bit of a chameleon, Peeta has a knack for being and saying just the right thing to everybody. So it's sometimes difficult to tell whether he is lying or telling the truth. But if you are his one true love, Peeta will always be there for you, whether you are hunting down your next meal or running for your life.
He's drop-dead gorgeous, is flawed with a mysterious past, is a little, well ... freaky, runs a billion (yes, billion) dollar empire, flies a plane, runs an entire staff and household ... and still makes it home in time for -- well, no not dinner -- but certainly to knock the socks off Anastasia Steele, the one woman that he has eyes for. Really, what's not to like?