To All The Boys I've Loved Before
I admit to have the worst imagination ever. Reading books, I can't ever quite imagine the characters in my head even with crazy detailing in the book. So I always always welcome movie adaptations of books because it helps me visualize the books and I can just read it all over again with the characters in my head.
So with the release of To All The Boys I've Loved Before on Netflix, my LOVE for YA/chick lit has been re-ignited. I had not finished a single book this year and in 4 hours (thanks in part to jet lag), I finished the last book in the series, Always and Forever Lara Jean and am on my way to rewatching the film for the NTH time in the span of a couple of days.
In honour of my life being taken over by Peter Kavinsky, here is an incomplete list of all my fictional heroes of my heart. Thank you, for spoiling me for the real thing. And thank you Miss Macy for inspiring this post. And Chinggay for enabling this energy exchange.
From the brain of Jenny Han's series To All The Boys I've Loved Before, I did not expect Kavinsky to win me over especially when I was reading the book and kind of rooting for Josh and this forbidden love Lara Jean had for him. But with this Netflix movie, I WAS ALL KAVINSKY ALL IN thanks to Noah Centineo's disgustingly gorgeous face.
It does not help that this child, Noah Centineo was born in 1986, but those broad shoulders, the floppy hair, the just the right amount of cockiness, pushes me over the edge. The range of looks he delivers? I can't even begin. TThe books/movie does not only make me love the fact that representation is important! Asian girls as the leads in a rom-com! She got the guy! She got 2 guys! 3 guys! What is this smorgasbord of cute boys who like her?
And yet, she was never Peter Kavinsky's second choice. Whoa whoa whoa, indeed
Four aka Tobias Eaton
I did not expect to love Divergent as much as I did and though it was the age of dystopian trilogies, I really enjoyed this series the most because well... Theo James. The smouldering looks, the chemistry with Shailene Woodley. The freaking tattoos. Though the movies got progressively sadder (I am not a fan of that ending), I will always appreciate that gruff voice, the combat boots and his commanding presence.
It also is a mega cherry on top of this delicious ice cream sundae that Theo James has a lovely accent they didn't utilise in the movie. I remember going on spirals with Macy back in the day over Four/Tris. I was a sucker for this ship. I haven't obsessed over a fictional boy the way I have with Peter Kavinsky since Four from Divergent.
Did I care about half of the movie plot? Not quite. Hello, to the father of my non-existent future kids. Four was life-changing.
Frederick "Freddie" Charles Richard Wales
Technically, this was never a movie, but a book imitating reality is even better! It's fan fiction at its best and The Royal We by the Fug Girls was all I needed. Still probably one of my most favourite books of all time, it gave me a false peek into a what-if world where Kate and William were my friends and Harry was whom we all imagined him to be.
And with how reality turned out, sometimes I wish how the books turned out were what was real life. Instead, I am forced to deal with the fact that 2018 has diverged more from his book than I'll know. Do I want a sequel for Bex and Nick? Hell, yes. Do I wish it gave Freddie another kind of happy ending? Definitely.
For the first of two Austen heroes, I start off with Mr. Knightley who possibly is my favourite because in every single adapatation, I loved him. From Jonny Lee Miller on BBC's Emma, which definitely takes the cake, to Brent Bailey in Emma Approved, to Paul Rudd in Clueless, each reincarnation of Knightley is swoon worthy. I'm upset there aren't more adaptations of Emma given how many there are of Pride & Prejudice (but more on that later).
What I loved about Knightly apart from his general niceness is how he didn't let Emma get away with shit. He called her out on her bad behaviour but also lovingly teased her always. He loved her family and looked out for Mr. Woodhouse and just generally was a stand-up guy. He wasn't haughty like Darcy and was just sincere. How can one not love the literal guy next door.
Mark Darcy / Fitzwilliam Darcy
And finally, because no list could ever be complete without some Colin Firth in it, I present one of my favourite adaptations of Pride & Prejudice, the hilarious book to movie, Bridget Jones Diary. It was tough choosing between this and the original BBC Pride & Prejudice so it's a good thing, Colin Firth was amazing in both. Also amazing, the Curtis Sittenfield adaptation, Eligible which I generally imagine Colin Firth to play Darcy in because he could definitely be a doctor, right?
How can one say no to Mr. Firth? Whether drenched in a lake or wearing a great holiday jumper, he knows how to deliver with Bridget and with Lizzie (Eligible's adaptation is really really amazing). And though Darcy does spoil women everywhere with their realisations and confessions of love, I can't help but delude myself with every re-watch and re-read of every adaptation.