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Fun Friday: What Non-Romance Characters Would You Want to See Featured in a Romance Novel?

Friday, February 15, 2013

It’s no secret that the best-selling fiction books of 2012 started life as Twilight fan-fiction. It’s also no secret that the majority of us either currently have or have had in the past secret (or not-so-secret) crushes on fictional characters who weren’t necessarily featured in romances of their own. Additionally, it’s also no secret that my Ransome Trilogy came about because of just this circumstance—my “crush” on a character in a non-romantic role and the actor who portrayed him in the film adaptations. (Don’t know what I’m talking about? Click here.)

Knowing that most of us are fans of more than one genre of fiction (even if it’s not in books but in our choice of TV shows or movies)—from the CSI and Law & Order franchises to science fiction and fantasy to sweeping historical sagas to “based on the video game” adaptations . . . we all have our guilty pleasures. We also have favorite characters from those non-romance stories that we would love to see find love.

One of the romance blogs I follow posed the following question today:

Which character from a non-romance do you wish were a character in a romance novel?

And while, yes, I have used some of these actors as templates for my characters—and even had character traits inspired by the characters they played—this is a question of having these original CHARACTERS as the heroes of the story, not new characters inspired by them.

Here are some of mine***, in no particular order:

Methos from the Highlander TV series


Eomer from The Lord of the Rings


Ardeth Bay from the Mummy movies

3-Ardeth Bay

Captain Sean Renard from Grimm


Jayne from Firefly/Serenity


Aaron Hotchner from Criminal Minds


Steve McGarrett from the NEW Hawaii Five-0


Younger Obi Wan Kenobi

8-Young Obi Wan Kenobi

Wedge Antilles from the original Star Wars trilogy and the X-Wing EU book series


Rev. Timothy Johnson from Dr. Quinn

10-Rev Johnson


So, what non-romance character would you like to see get his (or her) own starring role in a romance?

***Confession time . . . I’ve started fan-fiction romances for three of the characters on this list. I’ll leave it up to you to guess which ones.

  1. Friday, February 15, 2013 1:29 pm

    The Winchester brothers from Supernatural! I am a Sam girl so I’d prefer to see him as the starring role, but Dean would be oh so fun too. 🙂


    • Friday, February 15, 2013 1:37 pm

      And I’m a Cas-Meg shipper, so I could go with anything from Supernatural that brings more romance!


  2. Ruth permalink
    Friday, February 15, 2013 1:30 pm

    One of these fan fiction romances of yours had better be about Renard… 😉


    • Friday, February 15, 2013 1:37 pm

      I haven’t actually started writing that one yet.


  3. Lori permalink
    Friday, February 15, 2013 5:29 pm

    My guesses: Methos, Eomer and Ardeth. I’d have to really think about the other question. My brain is mush, on copy edits. 🙂


  4. Friday, February 15, 2013 11:11 pm

    I like your Star Wars choices along with Jayne Cobb. As for the Winchesters, I lean towards Dean (it’s an older sibling thing). Should I duck now if I say Severus Snape?


  5. Robin permalink
    Saturday, February 16, 2013 7:38 pm

    Methos, Ardeth Bay and Steve McGarrett 🙂


    • Saturday, February 16, 2013 11:00 pm

      If those are guesses as to the ones I’ve done fan-fiction for, then you got one out of three. If those are the ones you want to see as heroes, I fully support you!


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