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Jack Wild as the Artful Dodger

Jack Wild as the Artful Dodger

Interesting question posed by my friend Suzanne the other day:

Who did you lust after at age 14?

In literature, people. We’re looking for a heartthrob that went viral, starting with a book–like Edward Cullen in the Twilight books. Readers fell in love with Edward, and then they fell in love with Robert Pattinson in the movie.

In literature. We’re looking for a heartthrob that went viral, starting with a book–like Edward Cullen in the Twilight books. Readers fell in love with Edward, and then they fell in love with Robert Pattinson in the movie.
What character could you not stop thinking about?
Well, lessee. I came up with a few.
Oliver Twist and the Artful Dodger, as played by Mark Lester and Jack Wild in the Disney musical “Oliver!” — I remember plastering their Tiger Beat posters all over my room.
And there was Ponyboy Curtis in THE OUTSIDERS. The movie didn’t come until years after the book and I can’t remember who played him. But I had a paperback version of The Outsiders with a photographic cover, and I was obsessed with the boy in the photo. I wanted to marry him.
Oliver Barrett (played in the movie by Ryan O’Neal) in Love Story
Louis & Lestat in Interview With the Vampire (1976)
Here are a couple from my mother’s generation:
Heathcliff (played in the movie by Laurence Olivier) from Wuthering Heights
and Rhett Butler from Gone With the Wind.
But to me, the winner is the timeless object of lust, but especially as played by Colin Firth:
Fitzwilliam Darcy. I didn’t read the book until I was sixteen, but I swooned over that man, and when Colin played him, I knew I could die happy.
It’s hard to think of books that went viral like Twilight! Probably Outsiders.
music & film
Jackson Browne
the Beatles
Shawn Cassidy
David Cassidy
John Travolta
Michael Jackson
Donny Osmond
Bobby Sherman
Freddy Prinz
Robert Redford/Paul Newman (tho they’re older)
Andy Gibb
—– Original Message —–
From: Suzanne Selfors
To: susan Wiggs
Sent: Friday, May 01, 2009 5:53 PM
Subject: conference
I have to do a 20 minute thing about summer reading and I’m trying to figure out if there was an Edward (Vampire in Twilight) equivalent for my generation, in literature?
Mark Lester grew up and became a doctor.

Mark Lester grew up and became a doctor.

It took me a while to think of a parallel from the Ancient Past.Β But I came up with a few. Remember any of these?

Oliver Twist and the Artful Dodger, as played by Mark Lester and Jack Wild in the Disney musical “Oliver!” — I remember plastering their Tiger Beat posters all over my room.

And there was Ponyboy Curtis in The Outsiders. The movie didn’t come out until years after the book and I can’t remember who played him. But I had a paperback version of The Outsiders with a photographic cover, and I was obsessed with the boy in the photo. I wanted to marry him.

C. Thomas Howell as Ponyboy

C. Thomas Howell as Ponyboy

70s sob story

70s sob story

Other contenders: Oliver Barrett (played in the movie by Ryan O’Neal) in Love Story

Louis & Lestat in Interview With the Vampire, later played by Tom and Brad.

Sorry, Robert P. Youve been out-vamped.

Sorry, Robert P. You've been out-vamped.

Romeo has been played by a couple of tasty morsels:

I think Zach Efron is their love child.

I think Zach Efron is their love child.

Leonard v Leo? How are we supposed to choose?

1996 version

1996 version

Here are some from my mother’s generation:

Heathcliff (played in the movie by Laurence Olivier) from Wuthering Heights

Cathy and Heathcliff, a fun couple

Cathy and Heathcliff, a fun couple

and Rhett Butler from Gone With the Wind.

Rhett! Oh Rhett! We DO give a damn!

Rhett! Oh Rhett! We DO give a damn!

But to me, the winner is that timeless object of lust, especially as played by Colin Firth:

He must be in want of a wife.

He must be in want of a wife.

Fitzwilliam Darcy. I didn’t read the book until I was sixteen, but I swooned over that man, and when Colin played him, I knew I could die happy.

Your turn! Post your pre-teen crush (from a book that later became a movie) in Comments and you’re automatically entered in the drawing for Just Breathe AND a copy of the latest in Romeo & Juliet stories, Saving Juliet by Suzanne Selfors.