Literary heroes we’d hate to date

Last Friday, I led a workshop on behalf of Writing East Midlands, ‘Writing Romantic Fiction’. The course went well and I had a lovely group. At the end of the lunch break, some of us talked about literary heroes – that we’d hate to date (whatever the rest of the world might think!)

In honour of St Valentine’s Day, I’m posting some of the results here.

HeartBeryl – and this may not be a popular point of view – would hate to date Mr Darcy from Pride and Prejudice: “Too good to be true; a cardboard cut-out of a man.”

HeartFiona would hate to date James Bond (a few aghast glances met this pronouncement). “He’s promiscuous. Even though his being tortured is responsible for his not finding it easy to get close to people, I wouldn’t want to date a man I’d need to repair.”

HeartClaire’s choice met with nods of recognition. She’d hate to date Christian Grey of Fifty Shades of Grey fame, because “He doesn’t let Ana be herself.”

HeartCat, in similar vein, finds Edward from Twilight “Way too controlling.” As Christian Grey is said to be based on Edward, Claire and Cat obviously think the same way!

HeartStephanie’s ‘hate to date’ was Max de Winter from Rebecca. “A liar, domineering, and made no effort to help the narrator settle into her role as his wife.”

Heart And me? I’d hate to date Heathcliff of Wuthering Heights. I think he’s a troll, meanminded and self-centred. His only redeeming feature is his love for Catherine Earnshaw – and that doesn’t go well! If I dated Heathcliff I can image glancing often at my watch and hoping the evening would soon be over. That’s if Cathy at the window hadn’t put me off by then.

Which literary hero would you hate to date? Does he appear above? If not, feel free to add him in the comments. πŸ™‚


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24 responses to “Literary heroes we’d hate to date

  1. Speaking from the other aside of the fence, so to speak, I’d date Elizabeth Bennet, but I know what you mean re Darcy – a bit of a tit!.

    Anne Elliot, of course, because ALL the nice girls love a sailor.

    Becky Sharpe. The list goes on and on πŸ™‚



  2. I think I’d avoid Mr Rochester from Jane Eyre. Any man who locks his wife away, for whatever reason, has be somewhat dodgy!

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  3. I’d hardly call Wuthering Heights a romance or Heathcliff a romantic hero in the first place – but that’s a whole other argument … However, you can cross Rochester, Maxim de Winter, Darcy and Rhett Butler off my list.

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  4. Margaret

    Henry Tilney, yes – even though he’s a vicar.


  5. It sounds like a great course. I’ve been trying to find a vibrant writing group near where I live, but it is proving quite difficult


  6. Mags Cullingford

    Difficult question to answer. Will have to get back to you, a sad reflection on me, or them perhaps. Great idea for a blog though. Ah ah, just came to me. Sir Percy Blakeney aka the Scarlet Pimpernel was the first, and maybe the last romantic hero I fell in love with, when I was 12/13. Can’t think of any others. As for Jane Austen’s bunch, Mr Knightly’s the only one I’d give the time of day to.

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  7. incyblack

    Pip, in Great Expectations…such a ditherer. Not a single male of Austin’s. And just to jump media, no one from the Aadams Family or the Munsters.

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  8. I’m with you on Heathcliff, Sue! I think he was a horrible, mean-spirited, manipulative b…….d! Cathy was welcome to him. But then I never liked Wuthering Heights either.

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  9. Dexter – mind you, he does deep his dark side well hidden.


  10. Jackie Sayle

    I agree with all of the above, but I do love Dexter. Having said that, look what happened to Rita… so maybe not.

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  11. Mags Cullingford

    Been keeping up with comments. Would someone tell me who Dexter is, please. Feel absolute failure. So lukewarm about almost all, none are memorable enough to hate. Maybe Vronsky in Anna Karenina, but that was part of the whole point of the novel, Man of his times who was never going to behave any other way. Lesson to Anna and all women -warning cliche – “don’t hand to ’em on a plate”.


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