Sarah Bean is a teen librarian (YAY LIBRARIANS!) and a book blogger. Her website, GreenBeanTeenQueen, has pretty much the coolest title ever. Also, she's adorable, and here to talk to us about her ultimate literary crush!
Ah, Gilbert Blythe. Just typing the name out like that makes my sigh. I don’t remember how old I was when I first discovered Gilbert-I was somewhere around seven or eight and my mom had decided to record the eight hour long Anne of Green Gables movie marathon that was on during the PBS telethon. Once I saw it, I was hooked and I watched it almost every day (it would have been every day if my mom would have let me!) I begged my mom for the book series and she bought the entire Anne collection and I found myself lost in Avonlea.
Gilbert was my first book crush. I knew I loved him the moment he called Anne “carrots.” He wasn’t being mean, he was flirting! How could you not see that Anne? I want Gilbert to flirt with me! Ugh-I got so mad when Anne wouldn’t talk to him because how could she not see how adorably cute and nice he was? If she wasn’t going to have him, I’d gladly take him! Dumb Anne Shirley for not seeing the charm of Gilbert-it took her the entire book to finally come around! When he saves her from drowning after the boat gets a leak and she gets stuck-swoon! And when he gives up his teaching post so Anne can stay closer to Marilla and Green Gables-double swoon!! And anytime Jonathan Crombie says “sorry” in the movie version-movie Gilbert swoon!!! But no, it takes Gilbert almost dying for Anne to realize they’re meant to be together. I realized Gilbert and I were meant to be together from the moment I book and movie “met” him! I mean, come on-how can you not love him? He’s cute, he’s funny, he’s smart, and he challenges Anne. He doesn’t always put up with her whining, but at the same time he lets her have her temper and her fits and fume over dumb little things, and he lets Anne be creative and loves and encourages her imagination. I love Anne, I really do, but she can be really dense when it comes to boys.
Even though I was shy as a kid, I had quite the imagination like Anne and boy did we share a temper! Gilbert gave me hope that someday I would meet a boy almost as charming (because let’s face it, no one is as charming as Gilbert Blythe). He gave me hope that even with my wild imagination and crazy temper someone someday would love me as much as Gilbert loved Anne.
My crush on Gilbert hasn’t faded-he’s still my number one book crush. I will happily spend my day watching all eight hours of the Anne movies one and two (but not three-never three!) just so I can dream about Gilbert. I re-read the books and I even listen to them on audio-full book version and radio dramatization when I’m traveling. I’ve dragged my husband to local school productions of Anne of Green Gables (and I get annoyed if they don’t get Gilbert right-he has to be very crush-worthy for it work!) I’ve hosted an Anne of Green Gables tea party and Book Boy Crush party at my library just so I can gush about how much I love Gilbert. I’m seriously addicted.
Boys should go to Gilbert Blythe training school where they learn to be as awesome and charming and crush-worthy. If they did that us girls would be swooning! Luckily I did find an amazing man who is my own Gilbert, but I do think that if Gilbert Blythe came walking out of my copy of Anne of Green Gables and wanted to sweep me off to Avonlea, I would take him up on it-really, who wouldn’t?
So, discuss: Who do you hold to the highest standard of literary love? Who would you transfer directly from the page to your life?