"MLE" wrote:But I think Rhett Butler was an idiot. If he wanted Scarlett to grow up, why did he indulge her so as to keep her a brat? Her character went seriously downhill under his influence.
Very intriguing...... GWTW is one of my absolute favorites, I've read it several times, but, even as much thought and analysis as I've given to the characters of Rhett and Scarlett, I've never thought of their relationship in quite this light...... I don't know that I totally agree, but your points are interesting nonetheless.
So..... my list of hunks is quite short. It's been many, many years since any character in a book made my heart beat (I guess I'm getting hard as I get older! ha!). And I'm unfamiliar with many of the characters others have named. These are the ones that come immediately to mind (I may think of others to add later):
1. Rhett Butler (natch)
2. John of Gaunt in Katherine
3. Percey Blakeney in The Scarlett Pimpernel
(I love the contrast of his assumed foppish, inane persona with his true character of brilliance and bravery. Plus he was rich.
4. Anton in Summer of My German Soldier
(I don't think he was supposed to be a hunk, but he was the first male character in a book that I remember seriously falling in love with -- at about age 13, I think.)
5. Byron Henry in The Winds of War