Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Put Up Your Dukes and Let's Get Down To It--Top Ten Tuesday

Alright ya'll. I really had no clue what to do for this week's Top Ten Tuesday hosted by The Broke and the Bookish but after seeing a post that Ellie did a while back it inspired me to talk about something we all LOVE to do...what is that? Defending the honor of your favorite book boyfriends. We all love to put our gameday gear on and root for our favorite boy in whatever book we may be talking about. So here are my Top Ten Favorite Teams that I root for...And I really hope we can get some good comments on discussions going. AND if I don't root for your team...feel free to defend said boy in the comments or hit me up on Twitter. Let's get this discussion going. 

Round 1
Will vs. Jem
The Infernal Devices
Alright ya'll. I'm starting off strong with opinions on this one because to me there is NO CHOICE in the matter. How this is even a debatable triangle is beyond me. Here is how I see it. The world is round. 2+2=4. The sky is blue. The grass is green. Tessa loves Will. Will loves Tessa. See how easy that is? For real. I cannot talk more about this. All my friends who are Team Jem, I love you as people, but I truly believe that you are mentally ill. You'll see my full rant and explanation in my review of Clockwork Princess but until then, it is Will and only Will. There is no other option. 
Winner: Team Will

Round 2
Gale vs. Peeta
The Hunger Games
I'm cheating a little bit on this one. While reading I loved Gale. He was my main man. He was strong and assertive and loved Katniss for everything she was and he always believed in her. By the end of Mockingjay though, my love for him diminished. Looking back on the series and after thinking about it, obviously Peeta is the better man but he never really made me swoon during the first time through. After re-reading I do adore him but I'm choosing neither. Hands down I pick Katniss as the sole winner of her own every time. Bitch is badass and takes no shit. She stands up for what is right and doesn't care what anyone thinks. I want to be her. No shame. 
Winner: Team Katniss

Round 3
Aspen vs. Maxon
The Selection
The premise of The Selection focuses on which girl Maxon will choose. Like the Bachelor, every viewer has their favorite girl they root for. So let's turn the tables on them and pick sides on which boy we like better. I LOVE Maxon. I cannot say enough about how adorable I find him. He has so much more depth and lets America be who she is. He doesn't try and change her or make her think a certain way. I think Aspen does this. He wants the fantasy of America. Maxon fell in love with the reality. Again, no question in my mind who the victor is.
Winner: Team Maxon

Round 4
Adam vs. Warner
Shatter Me
Ok...I already know I'm catching a lot of heat for this from MULTIPLE people. Lemme name a few...uh, Betty, Judith, Jamie and Hannah, I know you will all read this and tell me YET AGAIN how crazy I am but I am choosing my choice and sticking to my guns. While Shatter Me had me absolutely swooning head over heels for him, after reading Destroy me and Unravel Me I cannot turn my back on Warner. He is so broken and in his own subtle and roundabout way, he does the right thing. And Juliette feels like she can be herself around him! If that isn't meant to be, I don't know what is. Sorry for the unpopular choice but I'm making a few more question team alliances further down but here and now...Warner love.
Winner: Team Warner

Round 5
Alex vs. Julian
Ok, this is another one where I don't even believe that people argue over this. Alex. Alex. Alex. Alex. He taught straight-laced, rule-follower, scared of her own shadow to defy the entire government and love. Love him and love herself. He is perfection. *sigh* While I like Julian, he just doesn't do it for me. Alex was, is, and always will be the perfect man for Lena. They just go together and to argue is denying yourself the amazingness that is Alex Sheates. *swoon*
Winner: Team Alex

Round 6
Jack vs. Cole
Again, another unpopular choice and I don't know what it is but sometimes I just love the bad boy. Cole. Musician, sarcastic, confident, immortal, and tattoos on his knuckles...*drool*.  I need to hold on to my dignity when I think about him. Like Warner, there is just something about him that makes me love him. I want redemption for him. I want him to have a happy ending. I think he is so much more than what Nikki sees. He is deeper than people realize. Jack...meh. He was there her whole life and waited forever to act on it. That bugs me. I have that problem with another boy down the list. If you like her...TELL HER. Personal experience with this many times. Grow a pair and man up, don't wait around. That's my problem with him. So quiet, sexy, alluring Cole...you have my loyalty.
Winner: Team Cole

Round 7
Christian vs. Tucker
Okay, where is my girl Betty at?!? I know she has got my back on this one because we are loyal and avid Christian lovers. Tucker...yack. Yeah, he's sweet and I like that he is outdoorsy and does cool stuff with Clara but he just doesn't do it for me. CHRISTIAN on the other hand. Quiet, self-assured, gives her space when she needs it, he sees her. And they FREAKIN' BELONG TOGETHER. C'mon people! I can't explain it more than that. I just adore Christian and Tucker can go ride off in the sunset on his horse in my opinion.
Winner: Team Christian

Round 8
Jeb vs. Morpheus
Another bad boy!! Like I said earlier with Cole and Jack, the same issue applies here. Jeb dates the queen bee of mean who terrorizes Alyssa and he just doesn't even have enough brain cells to realize this. Alyssa is supposed to be your best friend...Oh but wait, you have always liked her too...um, okay. How about you not date the skank you makes her life a living hell then. Too annoying. Morpheus is manipulative, conniving, cruel at times but always has Alyssa's best interest at heart. Truly he does. And he doesn't apologize or make excuses for the tough choices he has to make. He owns who he is and does what has to be done to get Alyssa where she has to be. I love him. He's dark and sexy and I'll take a trip to Wonderland for you.
Winner: Team Morpheus

Round 9
Leon vs. Peter vs. Will
A love square?! Oh yes, I was floored myself when this happened. While Peter and Will are both absolutely fantastic and endearing, my heart has and will always belong to Leon. Oh he is a top ten book boyfriends and I love him beyond words. He sacrifices everything for Gaia and would follow her to the ends of the earth if it meant being with her. He supports her. He believes in her. And best of all, to me, he loves her independent and fiery personality. I'd like to find him in my real life. I'm waiting...
Winner: Team Leon

Round 10
Jace vs. Simon
The Mortal Instruments
I never like the friend for reasons stated above. Make a move. Don't act like a jealous jerk and expect the girl to know why you've got your man period all the sudden when a hot guy actually shows interest in her. Simon is this to me. The best friend. Ugh. Don't like this role. Jace, however, oh my stars is he a sexy book boyfriend. I don't even want to think about the horrible things he would do to anyone and everyone who would stand in his way of getting to Clary. This type of devotion and possessiveness is something I die for in books. I love it. This is another one where there really is no choice to me. It's always Jace...in this life and if there is one after this...right, Jace?
Winner: Team Jace

Alright ladies and gents. Like the title says, put up your dukes and let's get down to this. Where does YOUR allegiance lie? 


  1. I totally cheered when I saw you put down Team Katniss! :) I also definitely prefer Maxon over Aspen in The Selection (and I'm excited to read The Elite)! :) Thanks for stopping by my TTT post!

    Alice @ Alice in Readerland

  2. Glad to see Christian won for the Unearthly teams. Boy oh boy, did I cry at the end of that trilogy when Clara ended up with Tucker. I mean, I like the guy, but he felt like he just didn't belong. And not just because he's human and Clara's mostly... not. Mostly, though, I didn't cry because Clara and Christian didn't end up together, but I cried because Christian got such a crappy ending. Poor guy! That killed me. It'll be a while before I can handle re-reading that series. </3

  3. Ahhh I love your topic, but seriously I'm so nervous to read unravel me and everbound now!

    My TTT

  4. I never understand when people say they ship Jem and Tessa. I mean, Jem is a great guy, but he's like friend to her. There's 0% chemistry. Will and Tessa, on the other hand, defy each other on both a physical state, and one of the mind.

    Oh, God. I was looking forward to reading Unearthly, but now I'm not so sure. *runs away*

  5. Wow, this is a fantastic idea. I'm thrilled you picked Team Katniss!

  6. I love this post! I also always preferred Gale as a character throughout the Hunger Games series - Peeta just never really did it for me, and I felt like I was missing something. But all in all, Katniss would have been strong enough to take neither. There's quite a few people on the Team Warner train, you know; you're definitely not alone, lol. And I agree about Morpheus. Jeb kind of came off as really annoying. And Julian was just . . . not Alex.

  7. I love your topic and agree with you completely on Jace! But I have to say that no matter how much I love Cole, Jack stole my heart! I guess I am one of those hopeless romantics....at least for that story I am! :)

  8. I'm was team Peeta all the way before, until my guy friend told me that he was team Gale. I asked him why, and he said that it was unfair because Gale had been there first, and he was a good friend. Then I was like, :O

    I'm 50/50 about Aspen and Maxon, and I'm ashamed to say that I haven't read the rest yet. *cowers away in shame*

    Top Ten Tuesday @ Divergent Gryffindor

  9. UH OHHHHHH. First off, I need to read a lot of these. Let's start with the good first shall we? TEAM KATNISS!!! WOOOO. But really, friend...WARNER??? CHRISTIAN?? (ok I GET that but TEAM TUCKER FOREVZ. I was Team Alex forever but I felt bad for Julian by the end and rather liked him.

  10. I'll add Darkling vs. Mal from Shadow and Bone, and say Darkling! But then there is a new sexy boy in Siege and Storm, so... I'm with you on all of these, but I have to say, I LOVED the way Cassie ended TID. Win-win.

    Check out my Top Ten!

  11. Oh my gosh we disagree on almost every one! And I'm mentally ill! bahahahahaha I'm cracking up!

  12. yessssss team warner!!!!

  13. Round 1 OMG... you took the words out of my mouth----- MENTALLY ILL. oh my goodness, I was rolling. Only thing you left out was silver, sick and dying. hahahaha
    Round 2 I'm hot for Gale. I won't accept this Team Katniss crap. :P
    Round 4 Eff that.
    Round 5 Hell yeah Alex!! Julian didn't stand a chance. REEEBOOOOUUND!
    Round 7 Preach it, girl preach IT! Peace out HOWDY DOODY.
    Round 10 Jace. You said it.

    BEST TOP TEN EVER!!! Can we play this game at BEA???? PLEASE???

  14. This topic is so awesome! Of the ones I've read, I agree with Team Maxon and Team Leon. I love Leon! But I've always been Team Peeta since I first read the series. And I can't stand Morpheus at all. So you can have him, and I'll take Jeb. Lol.

    Ashling @ Reading, Writing, & Anything but Arithmetic

  15. What a fun post! Team Katniss all the way!

  16. Team Katniss and Team Alex for me too. I actually haven't read SO MANY books on this list (my sister just read Unravel Me though, and she's definitely Team Warner, not that I know what this means yet XD ), so I'll have to fix that, but during Mockingjay, I didn't like Katniss with any of the boys (I'll always be a Peeta fan though), and I've been Team Alex FOREVER (even Lena acknowledges it - it's ALWAYS been Alex), even though I appreciate Julian as a character. This was a really cool TTT. Great idea!

    Aimee @ Penmanship Smitten | My TTT

  17. That is such a great post idea. I'm reading Splintered right now and it is terribly disappointing so far.

    My TTT: http://rachaelc94.blogspot.com/2013/04/top-ten-favorite-book-to-movie.html

  18. What a great idea for a post! I totally agree with your Maxon vs. Aspen match-up; Maxon is just so much better for American than Aspen. I haven't read any of the other books for your match-ups other than The Hunger Games, but I love Peeta. I think Katniss stands on her own great, but I think he helps her and heals her in a way no one else can.

  19. I know we've argued about this in person but I am so Team Jack and Team Adam. I'm not far enough into The Selection to make a decision on Maxon vs Aspen, so I'll have to update you on that one. Right now I don't think I'm either of them because I'm annoyed with Aspen, but I also don't really know Maxon yet. And Cole? Really? BUT THE THINGS HE DID TO NIKKI AT THE END OF EVERBOUND! That is totally irredeemable in my eyes.

  20. Aspen is a jerk!

    And I totally agree about Simon. Simon is just a whiny guy, until book 4. Then he's awesome, when he's not pining over Clary! But Cassandra Clare for sure knows how to write sexy boys! Team Will and Team Jace all the way!

    Thanks for stoppin' by! Have a good week!

  21. Love this!!! I am all for Maxon over Aspen. Definitely a great pick! Don't know about the Will v Jem situation yet though... I'm only half way through Clockwork Prince. I do love Will... but I might like Jem for myself! :) Super cute idea and great TTT!

  22. Awesome post today! I LOVED reading it. I agree with most of your picks too!I am all about Team Maxon, I cannot wait for the Elite to come out!

    Ashley @ The Quiet Concert


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