A few days ago, in the middle of the night when the insomnia kicked in, i realized that i have never seen any BOY book blogger or book lover ever have anything to say on the matter. But seeing that every reader, whether male or female, has strange and unique connections with the awesome fictional characters. So what is the problem of having a crush on a female or male character? The fear of being ostracized, the fear of being called gay or outed? Or is it just too extreme for you? What is it?
As concerned as I am, all of this coming from me is hypocritical. I’ve never stated that i’ve had a book ‘girlfriend’ or book ‘bookfriend’. But I do have to admit that I have had crushes on fictional characters both female and male. And most recently, Becky Albertalli’s Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda has definitely given me all the feels and has had me swooning over two particular characters.
I also have to mention how diverse this novel was. Simon is Gay and Abby is Black -these are only a few.
Simon, the angsty protagonist in Albertalli’s debut, is my book boyfriend. I think it has to do more with the fact that I could relate to him a lot, that I began to swoon. But the relationship I have with Simon is so obsessive that I have become him. I can’t stop listening to Elliot Smith or eating Oreos. We just get each other.
Abby, Simon’s new best friend, is just the kindest girl next door. I just could not not be in love with Abby. She’s just Abby and someone good to have around. She’s there for you, ready to stick up for you and just a damn good best friend. Who wouldn’t want an Abby as their best friend or girlfriend?
But back to the whole situation, I’d like to find reasons why guys just have never posted about it. And if you have, that’s just great. I just feel that this is strange to see this be a girl-dominated thing. Which is not bad at all, I just thought the idea of a guy not having a book girl/boyfriend was weird.
Let me ask another question to guys who wouldn’t post a book ‘boyfriend’: Does this somehow take away from your masculinity?