What are book boyfriends and how do they impact a reader’s real life? Do you feel like real guys can compete with guys in books?
Book boyfriends are that, fantasy make-believe wonderful men/boys that we wish were ours. I think that while authors may base their male character traits on people they actually know, I’m sure these boys, especially the ones that seem too good to be true, really are only on the page. In general, I think real life dudes have no chance when compared to book boyfriends. I say in general, because let’s face it, girls are always griping about the male population. But there are some special guys that can rival a book boyfriend. I’m lucky enough to say that I’m pretty sure my husband could, maybe, almost. 😉
Let’s begin by defining a book boyfriend. By definition a book boyfriend is the male main character in a book that steals your heart with his incredible swoon worthiness and makes you wish you were in fact the female main character. BIRLs (boys in real life) can most definitely NOT compare to book boyfriends. Number one, book boyfriends smell like soap, mint, and the woods. BIRLs smell like sweat and stinky feet, or cheese curls, beef jerky, and sometimes onions. Number two, book boyfriends are rich, independently wealthy, charmingly poor, or hard working over achievers with an operable car. BIRLs are not rich, have to work for their money and that means staying late and working past closing. Forget dates, BIRLs either don’t have the money or don’t have the time off. okay, I should probably stop now. I think my bitter is showing. Book boyfriends are always perfect. In real life, they would probably be creepy or annoying. A google search of “book boyfriends” returned this little gem of a link that had me laughing out loud. What if your book boyfriends were real? I will admit that book boyfriends are probably not so swoon worthy if brought into real life. They probably cannot be separated from their plotlines or they lose something that makes them so remarkable. I do think that reading makes me pickier and harder to please when it comes to the opposite sex. However, is that such a bad thing? It makes me less likely to settle, too. In fact, a have had more than one reading experience that led me to end a relationship. I cannot say that I have ever regretted those break ups. I’d like to think that there is a Jamie Fraser out there for me. Or a Josh Bennett… Or a Dean Holder… or a Lucas Maxfield…. Or….