Writers have the ability to give birth to characters and shape them however they please. It's quite an incredible phenomenon! Earlier today, I was thinking about how important characters have defined my perspectives.
If I am honest with myself, I'd have to say that my first love was Prince Eric from The Little Mermaid. I would have given up my voice and legs for that ;).
I eventually moved on to Zack Morris from Saved by the Bell and then Mr. Darcy, but between Prince Eric and Mr. Darcy, other loves came from the books I read. I never discussed crushes or anything romantic with my parents, so I learned about holding hands and first kisses from The Babysitter's Club. (Logan Bruno was Mary Anne's sweet, Southern boyfriend.)
On the other hand, Elizabeth Wakefield from Sweet Valley made me feel comfortable about being a studious bookworm.
Hurray for the characters who shaped us!
Who was your first love?
Do you have a book that helped you grow up?