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T5W: Bookish Boyfriends I’d Break Up With

Without trying to sound like one of those sad singletons, I am please to have a topic in the month of Valentine’s day that is about people you would break up with in books. That is probably sad, but I think as many of us have had a visceral reaction to a character not breaking up with someone as we have had when two characters don’t get together quick enough. This list wrote itself pretty easily and if I am being honest probably could have been 50 names long, but, I have kept it doen to five, y’know, because it’s Top 5 Wednesday.

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Edward Cullen from The Twilight Saga

I am really hoping it isn’t just me that finds his intensity, his compulsive need to be around her all the time, and the fact that he is a whiny overdramatic teenager that is stuck in that phase of his life quite literally forever utterly repellent? I just couldn’t do it. I not stay with someone like that and would have broken up with him in a flash. I mean, he watched her sleep when she didn’t know and that is super creepy.

Peeta Mellark from The Hunger Games

OK, so Peeta is nice. Peeta would look out for you. The problem is that Peeta is a damp squib and like a lapping puppy and that would be absolutely unbearable. Yes he is nice, but he isn’t really anything else and the nice is not an attractive nice but a wet kinda nice and I don’t feel it.

Christian Grey from Fifty Shades of Grey

There is nothing attractive about being so possessive and controlling that your partner is literally tracked everywhere they go, that you encourage them to give up work for you, that you hurt them, that you take them away from their friends and make you feel guilty for wanting to see your family and friends. Being rich and attractive does not excuse this kind of thing, and to be honest, loses every bit of appeal when you can’t enjoy your time with them and other people.

Theo Kane from The Gentleman Sinner

Is he rich and reasonably attractive? Sure. OK that’s where the good bits run out. What about stalking you home? Not enough, OK, how about stalking you across the Atlantic Ocean to your hotel in Las Vegas. Still not too much? OK, kicking off at your place of work so that you lose your job? Knocking you out cold with a single punch? Killing someone in front of other people with a single punch to the throat….

Mr. Wickham from Pride and Prejudice

To be fair, I don’t think there will be many people who disagree with this one. No matter how handsome and swoony you are, no matter if you are in the military, if you are a serial gambler and womaniser then you are gone, bye bye.


That was fun. I really enjoyed this week’s topic. There is something fun about dissecting why you would break up with characters in books, especially when they’re popular but have pretty diabolical traits that are being shown.

Would you break up with any/all of these characters?

Which bookish boyfriends would you ditch in a heartbeat?

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