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To All The Boys I've Loved Before

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. 

 

Peter Kavinsky

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. 

That’s when I see him. Peter Kavinsky, walking down the hallway. Like magic. Beautiful, dark-haired Peter. He deserves background music, he looks so good.
— Excerpt From: Jenny Han. “To All the Boys I've Loved Before.”

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.

Whoever he is, I like him. It’s easier for me to admit that to myself now, in the dark, after all that just happened. He is not sweet or gentle or particularly kind. But he is smart and brave, and even though he saved me, he treated me like I was strong. That is all I need to know.
— Excerpt From: Roth, Veronica. Divergent

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. 

This is Freddie’s superpower. Even when he’s infuriating, or obnoxious, or just plain wrong, he is also charming and cheery and naughtily funny, and that side always wins the day. He’s twenty months younger than Nick, but bolder and brasher and ballsier, from his sense of humor to his build: Nick is leanly muscular, strong but streamlined, while Freddie’s sturdier pecs have their own twelve-month calendar. Where the public is protective of Nick, it lusts for Freddie; it is Nick’s communal parent, but Freddie’s collective mistress, and I have never met a more gleeful rogue. His deepest commitment is to being a scamp, dropping his pants as often for pranks as he does for sex—the latter being an arena in which Freddie zealously made up for being the kid brother, starting earlier than anyone wants to acknowledge, romancing as many beautiful women as the world could offer. But for all that, he’s also got Nick’s big heart, even if he’s occasionally lacking in his brother’s better sense in how to use it—or better sense, period.
— Excerpt from: Cocks, Heather & Morgan, Jessica. The Royal We

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.

 

Mr Knightley

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).

I know no man more likely than Mr. Knightley to do the sort of thing - to do any thing really good-natured, useful, considerate, or benevolent. He is not a gallant man, but he is a very humane one - and for an act of unostentatious kindness, there is nobody whom I would fix on more than on Mr. Knightley.
— Excerpt from: Austen, Jane. Emma

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? 

Darcy’s back was to the street below, his elbows balanced on the balcony railing and a glass of sangria in his right hand. He looked, Liz thought, like a model in a local department store newspaper insert: handsome, yes, but moody in a rather preposterous and unnecessary way. Neither of them smiled, nor did either of them immediately look away. She realized he was on the balcony alone. What a strange man he was.
— Excerpt from: Sittenfield, Curtis. Eligible

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. 

I Like It Like That

I Like It Like That

Currently: June-July 2018

Currently: June-July 2018