Who Is Your Favourite Jane Austen Hero?

Mr Collins

Okay, I’m going to cut straight to the chase here.

My favourite Jane Austen hero is… drum roll please….

Captain Frederick Wentworth.

Why?

In my opinion, Captain Wentworth is the ultimate hero. Millions of Mills and Boon heros have been modelled on this bloke. Captain Wentworth has the good sense and taste to fall in love with the deserving heroine of Persuasion (my favourite Jane Austen novel, in case you were wondering). He never, ever wavers in his affections, regardless of being dumped by his true love. Not only that, in the next eight years, Captain Wentworth goes off and makes something of himself. I might be judging Captain Wentworth and his fellow by the standards of today, but hey, I am a woman of my time, so I like a self made man. What a hero.

The other choices are as follows:

Mr Darcy (not Colin Firth as Mr Darcy who is of course my first choice from all television and movie adaptations of Jane Austen novels, I’m only human after all), but the character from Pride and Prejudice the book. Mr Darcy has inherited wealth (my point here is that he didn’t earn any of his dough himself) and bad manners. Would Lizzie fall in love with him if he wasn’t rich? I doubt it.

Mr Bingley from P & P, who is good tempered and easily led. In today’s world, Charlie B would probably get ripped off in some ridiculous internet scam. Still, he can probably afford it.

Mr Knightley from Emma, who is older and superior to his heroine. In real life, Mr Knightley would be the type of person who had already been there, done that and bought the t shirt. Poor Ems, I don’t think she will have much fun with Mr Knightley.

Edward Ferrars from Sense and Sensibility. Fast Eddie is a fool who allowed himself to become engaged to someone other than the heroine. Luckily he gets his act together in the end and wins the true heroine, but he owes that more to good luck than good management.

Colonel Brandon from S & S. Unfortunately, Colonel B is a sucker for a pretty face (like most men, it’s true). His beloved, Marianne, is much younger than him and not all that substantial in her character. Other than being led by his you know what, Colonel B seems like a good bloke, honourable and sensible.

Edmund Bertram from Mansfield Park. Another man who falls for someone other than the heroine. Say no more.

Henry Tilney from Northanger Abbey. To be perfectly honest, Henry also seems like a good bloke, but he is going to get bored with his heroine, the young and silly Catherine Moreland at some point, and then what? How do you spell affair?

Mr Collins. Relax, I’m only joking, he isn’t actually on the list. His name only came up because he’s got shelves, and we all know how attractive that is, don’t we?

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