Day 20- Favourite Romance Book

(finally going to complete this)

Honestly speaking, I don’t have any smutty romance novels around. But I do have Jane Austen and that’s pretty much the same thing. haha.

All of her novels are romances in a way. It all depends on what kind of hero you’d like. Instead of picking a book, let me nitpick at four of my favourite leading men in Austen’s work.

Starting with the ever popular: Mr. Darcy.

Let’s face it, he can be a prick. Yet, all around the world women swoon at the mention of his name. Whether or not that has to do with the lake scene from the ’95 version or the ‘striding across the field’ scene (that would have never happened in that day and age) in the ’05 version, we can never truly know (it is). He has been voted as the favourite Austen man of all times. What qualities does he possess?

First off, he’s an amazing brother. ANY girl would fall for a guy who’s a terrific brother. If he loves his sister and treats her well, he’s most likely to treat you like a queen. True? Secondly, he learns from his mistakes. Lizzie Bennet’s comments about him being ‘ungentlemanly’ stings him so bitterly, the poor thing goes back nursing his wounds.. and ultimately, learning to let down his guard a little and be well, nice. Thirdly, he’s honourable. That word seems so vague to me but let’s analyse his actions: He gives Wickham cash the first time, then the second time in order to make sure Lydia was well taken care off. He didn’t have to do that but he did. He told NO ONE about the whole debacle (while Mr. Collins blabbed to Lady Catherine). He does this all without getting any sort of confirmation from Elizabeth about her feelings towards him. If that’ s not a good man..well, I don’t know what is.

And guys, if you ever want to propose, I think you should steal the first line from his first proposal. Not the rest where he goes off butchering the whole thing, just the line “You must allow me tell you how ardently I admire and love you.”

Second in line is Mr. Tilney from Northanger Abbey. He was voted number 3.

Mr. Tilney.. well, first of all, he’s an absolute tease. One of his first lines in the book is a comment about the muslin Catherine Morland’s aunt was wearing. He understands muslin.. if only because he helps his sister a lot. (See! Another thing with being nice to sisters). He dances willingly unlike Mr. D or Mr. K (he’s next on my list). He’s absolutely flirtatious but not to the point where you want to gag. He reads a lot and enjoys conversation. Honestly speaking, he’s probably the most amiable of all Austen’s men.

The only drawback to Mr. Tilney is his cranky father and his rather callous older brother. His sister is a gem, so on that  front, you’d be happy. And, he stands up to his father over the treatment of Catherine Morland and insists that he be allowed to marry her. Again, an attractive quality.

Northanger Abbey may not be an epic romance but read it for Mr. Tilney’s lines; those are the best.

Thirdly, is my favourite Mr. Knightley. (I am always torn between him and Mr. T) from Emma.

George Knightley is the brother of Emma’s brother-in-law and a dear friend of her father’s. He’s older than her naturally and has been in her life well, almost since she was born. Their families were very close and after the alliance between Emma’s sister and his brother, they were practically family. Mr. Knightley is the sassiest of Austen’s men. His snark remarks are on par with Mr. Bennet’s. If you ever want a sparring partner, this is your man. But he’s a sensible man and is wiser than most around. His advice is always well-placed and his understanding of Emma is innate; that’s to be expected seeing as they’ve known each other in forever. But that’s what makes their love story a dear one: love born from friendship.

Mr. Knightley takes such good care of Emma’s family, especially her father and was even willing to move to stay with them instead of his own estate because he knew Mr. Woodhouse (Emma’s father) would never leave his home nor would he be willing to part with his daughter.

And the proposal lines (sigh):

“You will not ask me what is the point of my envy..You are wise – but I cannot be wise. Emma, I must tell you what you will not ask, though I may wish it unsaid the next moment…Tell me, then, have I no chance of ever succeeding? I cannot make speeches, Emma. If I loved you less, I might be able to talk about it more. But you know what I am. You hear nothing but truth from me. I have blamed you and lectured you, and you have borne it as no other woman in England would have borne it. ”

Perfection.

Lastly, but definitely not least, Colonel Brandon from Sense and Sensibility.

Now, Colonel Brandon is a darling. He’s not a great talker. He does not recite poetry or make startling declarations. He’s just there. He’s the strong figure that becomes the support of the Dashwood girls. He loves Marianne but keeps his feeling checked because she is much younger and more deserving of happiness with someone of her own age. But when she is wronged, who steps in to save her but him? Who understands her need for better music and appreciates her talents more than him? He never imposes himself on her but makes sure she is aware that she can rely on him. Their romance is a slow burn and in fact, Marianne does not fall in love with him herself until after she marries him. I don’t recommend that naturally, but for a girl as headstrong as Marianne Dashwood to marry you, you must be someone truly worthy in her eyes.

The strong, silent type, that’s Colonel Brandon. And sometimes, that’s all you need.

Fine, fine, this isn’t a book review. But I found writing this so much more entertaining than answering a straightforward question, anyways. :p

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