Blog Tour: Possess - Tops Tens List

Possess Blog Tour

Welcome back to our second stop in the Possess Blog Tour hosted by Teen Book Scene. Today Gretchen tells who her top ten fictional crushes are. 

Gretchen McNeail Links: Website / Facebook / Twitter / Goodreads

Author Bio: Gretchen McNeil is an opera singer, writer and clown. Her YA horror/paranormal POSSESS debut with Balzer + Bray for HarperCollins, August 23, 2011. Her second novel, TEN – YA horror/suspense about ten teens trapped on a remote island with a serial killer – is tentatively scheduled for a Fall 2012 release. Gretchen is a former coloratura soprano, the voice of Mary on G4's Code Monkeys and she currently sings with the LA-based circus troupe Cirque Berzerk ( ). Gretchen is also a founding member of the vlog group YARebels ( where she can be seen as "Monday."

Top Ten Fictional Crushes

Oh, I love this topic. Love, love, love. I’m going to do this countdown-style…

10. Batman. Okay, seriously? Seriously. Look, I can’t help it. The dude is buff, badass and ever so slightly broken. And the fact that he’s been played by Christian Bale and George Clooney doesn’t exactly hurt.

9. Jace. (Mortal Instruments series by Cassie Clare) Is there a Top Ten Fictional Crushes list that doesn’t have Jace on it? I’d like to see it. His mix of sex appeal and snark is irresistible.

8. Willoughby. (Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen) I totally threw you with this one, didn’t I? Not Mr. Darcy. Not Colonel Brandon. Not Captain Wentworth, but Willoughby? *sigh* Yes. I can’t help it. Like Marianne Dashwood, I’m a sucker for (a) fixed male attention and (b) someone who understands and encourages my ridiculous flights of fancy. There’s just something so utterly romantic about their courtship and even in their inevitable demise. With guys like Willoughby it’s always high highs and low lows.

7. Peeta. (Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins) Clearly Team Peeta. Clearly.

6. Mr. Thornton. (North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell) Mr. Thornton is the Mr. Darcy in Gaskell’s class struggle reboot of Pride and Prejudice. What gets me about John Thornton (and the reason I’d choose him over Darcy in a heartbeat) is that he’s a self-made man. Pulled himself up from nothing, educating himself along the way. He’s tough. He’s street smart. He’s tall and hot. (hee) And I want to punch Margaret in the face every time she turns him down.


4. Sirius Black. (Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling) The bad boy with a heart of gold. Brave, steadfast, raised to be evil but turns his back on his family. Survives a decade in prison and manages to break out to save Harry… Oh yes, and Gary Oldman. I mean, the guy’s played Beethoven and Sid Vicious. How can I not be madly-but-superficially in love with him?

3. Captain Mal. (“Firefly” created by Joss Whedon) Hot. Just, hot. Just…yeah. I need a cigarette.

2. Heathcliff. (Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte) Oh, this was the end of hope for any kind of normal dating life when I read this at age sixteen. Heathcliff, the possibly psychotic, severely damaged anti-hero was like crack cocaine for teenaged me. Brooding, obsessive, dark and complex. Boyfriend material? Um…

1. Gilbert Blythe. (Anne of Green Gables series by L.M. Montgomery) You know why Gilbert Blythe is still at the top of my list? Because he was in love with Anne not for her looks, not for her shenanigans, but for her brain. Gilbert loved that Anne was smart. He loved competing against her. He loved sparring with her. He loved that he’d found someone so perfectly his equal. That, in my humble opinion, is exactly what true love should be.

WOW! I love this list and all the explanations. I have to agree on Batman and Peeta and a few of the classics. Thank you Gretchen for taking the time out and actually being able to narrow it down to 10, I don't think I could have. If you missed my review for Possess, click HERE and follow the tour HERE


  1. Sounds like the makings of a great orgy. :)

  2. I love so much about this list... Nice! :) Gilbert Blythe, Peeta Mellark & John Thornton on the same list? Heck yes! Love!

  3. I know Darcy is de rigueur, but there's something so much sexier about John Thornton. And Richard Armitage PLAYING John Thornton. Prrrrrrrr.


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