Jane Austen’s heroes are some of the most varied, most intriguing, and definitely the swooniest out of all classical literature. Even people who haven’t read Pride & Prejudice know who Mr. Darcy is (at least, I’m assuming they do otherwise what kind of world do we live in?). If Helen was the face that launched a thousand ships, then Mr. Darcy was the fictional hero who launched a thousand variations.
But today, I don’t want to talk Darcy.
Okay, I sort of do.
Here’s the thing. I want to know your favourite Austen hero and why. BUT… If your favourite is Darcy, then I want to know your second favourite. We all love Darcy, but let’s give some of the other heroes a shot, eh?
For me, Darcy actually isn’t my fave Austen hero. Oh, I die over him like the next girl. I mean, he’s rich, he’s handsome, and best of all he changes for the woman he loves. *awwwww*
BUT… (there’s a lot of buts in this post)… I’m a writer. I’ve got imagination. So I like to imagine, realistically (stay with me, here), would I go for Darcy? If I knew all of Austen’s heroes personally, would Darcy be the one to catch my eye? I think not.
After careful consideration of all of Austen’s leading men (ha), I hereby name Henry Tilney as my favourite. He’s funny, he’s charming, he’s kind to everyone. He makes a woman feel special and interesting. He’s not snobby, or boring, or passive. I don’t want a man to change for me, I want that man to be awesome already. No, Henry Tilney is not perfect, but would he make me laugh, make me swoon, make me happy? I think so.
So who’s your favourite Austen hero? Or second fave, if the answer is Darcy? Let me know who and why in the comments and you’ll be entered to win this Jane Austen colouring book that also has some lovely quotes inside (unfortunately none of them are Tilney quotes). Open internationally!