I got the idea for this week’s Swoon-Worthy Sundays feature while reading Katherine Longshore’s Gilt. While I found myself swooning for the William character in the book, I realized that while many of my celebrity crushes seem to have names beginning with the letter J (James Marsden, Josh Holloway, John Krasinski, etc.), I also seem to love those with the name William – especially in books.
I also posed the question out to Twitter and Facebook, and here are some of the answers that came back!
William Gibbon | Gilt
While not the one that first comes to mind when I think of my favourite literary “William” (see #2), it was definitely the one that inspired the idea for this week. This stressfully frustrating will-they/won’t-they tease of a relationship had me wanting to throw the book out the window. It is basically a typical love story: they like each other but will have so many complications and difficulties getting in the way of them being together, including bad timing and conniving people. The kindness and charm from this man in the Duke’s employ stands out among all the backstabbing courtiers.
Will Herondale | Clockwork Angel & Clockwork Prince
Admittedly, I’ve only read Clockwork Angel so far but WHAT a swoon-worthy character Will Herondale is. He definitely fits my “bad boy with a heart of gold” criteria, that’s for sure. I honestly don’t have any excuse why I haven’t started Clockwork Prince yet.
Also A.A. Omer‘s pick: He’s a bad boy (only to keep the ppl he loves safe), a book lover & hilariously witty!
And ALSO Natalie from Browsing Bookshelves‘ pick: ..from Clockwork Prince! I can’t resist a Victorian man and despite his jerkiness at times he’s actually a really caring character! Plus he’s a shadow hunter which is dead sexy!
Will | Perfect You
Katie from Bookishly Yours‘ pick: He’s snarky and just a tiny bit cocky but has a sweet side and he’s oh so adorable.
Fitzwilliam Darcy | Pride & Prejudice
(Okay, it’s a bit of a stretch…;) ) Natalie from A Little Bit of Vancouver‘s pick: He’s a flawed character despite him presenting himself as perfect (or severe and powerful). He’s not perfect and he also recognizes that he’s not perfect and owns up to his imperfections. And he says what he means – he’s direct in his communication; assertive. He appreciates Elizabeth the way he is, doesn’t try to change her, but more tries to change himself.