In books, we have a pretty standard romance. Boy meets girl. They fall for each other. They live happily ever after. We meet our “perfect guy”. What makes them perfect? What makes them so different from the rest?
There’s the obvious guys that everyone falls for. Jace Wayland, Augustus Waters, Dimitri Belikov, Peeta Mallark, etc etc. We love them for their sarcasm, their big romantic gestures and one-liners, their protective nature. We love how they love the girl. That’s what makes them the so lovely, and so easy to fall for.
Does that make them perfect? Or does it give us expectations for something that’s just not going to happen?
Let’s face it, if Augustus came up to you with those sweet lines, you’d fall for him in a heartbeat. And if we go to a meeting “in the literal heart of Jesus”, we’re bound to fall in love. It’s inevitable, right?
Now think of all the guys you know. Yes, every single one. Even that guy who picked his nose on the mat in primary school. How many of them are as perfect as Augustus? Or as sarcastic as Jace? How many would help you escape Dauntless so you don’t become factionless? Or kill for you in the Hunger Games? Or kiss you in the Chamber of Secrets? Don’t get me wrong, my boyfriend and my guy friends are fantastic. But that’s just not going to happen.
We think they’re perfect. But are they? I think we see them as perfect because that’s what we want. We all want to feel like a queen sometimes. And these guys would make us feel like one. Real life guys just won’t. It’s impossible.
So what do we do? Do we get rid of the perfect characters? Do we just need to learn to set our expectations lower? Or do we hold out for that perfect guy?
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