Thursday, July 24, 2014

Have you ever fallen in love with a fictional character?




We definitely have lost our hearts to characters in mysteries and Jordan Bingham, the young sleuth in the  book collector mysteries, is head over heels for Archie Goodwin in The Wolfe Widow,  the third book in the series.  




Sure, she had a bad case for Lord Peter Wimsey in The Sayers Swindle, but he’d be a hundred and fourteen years old now if he was real and there were other impediments to them living happily ever after too. He was married to Harriet Vane for one thing.  


 
But Archie – the right hand man to the great detective Nero Wolfe – remains happily single and very dishy. That’s always such a challenge for a girl carrying a torch. Jordan thinks Rex Stout should have called those books The Archie Goodwin mysteries. 

Never mind, he’s a good role model for Jordan who is the first person in her family to go straight.  Jordan could do worse than imagine what advice Archie would offer after she gets fired and her boss’s book collection is threatened.  Oh yes, and lives are at risk too.  

I found it wonderful to work on this book as one-half of Victoria Abbott (with my daughter) especially as I got to reread so many of the Nero Wolfe books and enjoy the good life in the brownstone and the wit and banter in these mysteries that hold their own with re-reading.  Yes, I still have that crush on Archie Goodwin, although I suppose young Jordan would have a better chance with Archie if he were real.  


Now I’m off reading the Roderick Alleyn stories by Ngaio Marsh for The Marsh Madness, the fourth book collector mystery. I must say, I love my job!  Roderick Alleyn is pretty appealing too, an aristocrat who is also a Scotland Yard detective.  Maybe in the course of research I’ll fall in love again.  But right now, Archie Goodwin’s still my main fictional heartthrob.  

How about you?  Do you ever get a crush on a character from a book?  Let’s hear it. There are no secrets here, my friends.  Mind you,  I am tempted to say that Archie’s taken, but I think he’s still playing the field.

22 comments:

SueAnn said...

This is an easy one- Jamie Fraser, from Diana Galbadon's Outlander series!

Mary Jane Maffini said...

Oh yes, SueAnn. He's a heartbreaker too. Hugs!

mary kennedy said...

What a great post, MJ! If I can use a movie instead of a book reference, I just watched Random Hearts on Tivo--it has Harrison Ford playing a DC cop and I was smitten. (so smitten I can't remember the name of the actress who played the love interest, my bad)

Kelley said...

My first crush was Joe Hardy from "The Hardy Boys" mysteries. He was reckless, daring, and blonde. And when you are 10, those are cool things to look for in a guy, whether he was real or fictional. And then, I discovered Archie Goodwin. Archie was the real deal. I still have a major crush on him, and I still think he one of the best characters ever written.

Mary Jane Maffini said...

Thanks, Mary! Now I have to watch Random Hearts. I hope I don't fall out of love with Archie and head over heels for Harrison. Stay tuned. XO

Mary Jane Maffini said...

Thanks, Kelley! I agree. He is the real deal and one of the best ever.

Hugs.

Nancy said...

Armand Gamache in the Three Pines novels by Louise Penny. Strictly platonic, but he is wonderful and still in love with his wife, Reine Marie. But, if he had a clone...

Grandma Cootie said...

Well it's definitely Jamie right now. But now that I'm thinking about it, I must be pretty easy because there are many characters I wouldn't have minded showing up at my door: Archie, of course, Mr. Darcy, Capt. Wentworth, Blackthorne (Shogun) - the list could go on and on. And when I first read the Perry Mason series in high school, not sure if I had a crush on him but I suddenly wanted to be Della Street and have her job. (I could write shorthand notes standing up ;-) ).

Fred said...

I would have to say Olivia Limoges.

Anonymous said...

Definitely Archie Goodwin. I'd love to go to a baseball game with him.

Once I almost bought a Christmas present for one of my characters before I remembered he was make-believe.

Margie said...

Mine has to be Marco from Kate Collins Flower Shop mysteries. Abby is a lucky woman!

Annette said...

Right Margie, Marco Salvare immediately came to mind for me. My other historical heartthrob is Mr. De Winter from Rebecca. I know, sounds dysfunctional. But oh he is such a mysterious character.

Katreader said...

I've fallen for many a fictional character! From the pen of Laurell K. Hamilton-Edward (definitely not a sparkly fellow, lol-had to put author's name, just in case anyone got any other ideas). Sailor from Juliet Blackwell's Witchcraft series. And a few more.

Mary Jane Maffini said...

I hear you, Sister! I love Gamache too. I know he's faithful though.

Hugs,

MJ

Mary Jane Maffini said...

That's a great list, GC!

Della Street: what a role model. Hugs, MJ/VA

Mary Jane Maffini said...

Good one! Thanks, Fred. Hugs, MJ/VA

Mary Jane Maffini said...

Too funny! Of course, if it was Archie, that would make perfect sense.

Thanks for the chuckle!

MJ/VA

Mary Jane Maffini said...

Lovely choice, Margie. Abby is lucky indeed. And her author looks after her interests.

Hugs.

MJ/VA

Mary Jane Maffini said...

Who doesn't love a mysterious man, Annette? Mr. De Winter fits the bills.

Hugs

MJ/VA

Mary Jane Maffini said...

I like a girl with range! Thanks for coming by, Katreader.

Hugs,

MJ/VA

Tonya Kappes said...

I do fall in love with characters, especially in series. I devour them!

Amanda said...

I've always had a big crush on Emerson from Elizabeth Peter's Amelia Peabody series.