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Books: who was your first "genre" crush? 
14th-Jan-2013 10:38 am
Read Irresponsibly
Geek Speak Magazine will be publishing "First Crush" commentaries in the next edition. ... a collaborative piece for this month called My First Crush, in which we all contribute just a short paragraph or two revealing the first character from a genre book, movie, TV show, video game, whatever, for whom you remember feeling a real affection. (I think mine is a tie between Garion, Wesley Crusher and Raphael.) Come on, fess up! Who are yours?

So. Who did you first crush on in Sci/Fi or Fantasy?

I can still remember my first crush, no problem: Kelson Cinhil Rhys Anthony Haldane. I just submitted my write-up for the magazine on him.

In the summer between fourth and fifth grade, my older sister took the original Deryni series with us on a drive across the USA. Sometime around South Dakota, when my Rawls and George books started getting old, she thrust the end of Deryni Rising at me. With all the fervor of the newly converted, she insisted that I read the final fight scene in the cathedral. And so I lost my heart that summer to a raven-haired, fourteen-year-old boy gifted with magic, sarcasm, and wit beyond his years.

Kelson Cinhil Rhys Anthony Haldane. It was a dark, cool, magical name from a misty magical world far removed from a common, two-named kid stuck in a minivan on an endless summer vacation. I read that cathedral fight scene over and over again, inching backwards through the book until I had finally read it from beginning to end. Picking up momentum, I made the leap into Deryni Checkmate and then blew into High Deryni only to find another amazing culmulating fight scene - this time with horses! Oh, my little 11-year-old heart was ready to burst. I wanted to leap onto my pony and gallop off to help King Kelson stop the madness and save the kingdom. Long live King Kelson! ... at least, in my memory.
14th-Jan-2013 03:52 pm (UTC)
The first SF character I felt a connection to was Friday, of the Heinlein book of the same name. I think that was the first "adult" SF I read, around age 12 or so. But my first "crush"? Probably Camilla n'ha Kyria of Darkover.
14th-Jan-2013 09:37 pm (UTC)
I remember liking Friday, and quoting from that book a lot. ("Never kick a man in the balls, not even symbolically...") But she wasn't a crush. And I never got into Darkover.
14th-Jan-2013 06:38 pm (UTC)
My first genre crush was Alaric Anthony Morgan! I was 12 going on 13. My friend Christine, who read the books because I insisted, had the hots for Duncan, and also Derry. Wow, something for everyone!

I have always been attracted to that sort, I think. (After Morgan, there was F'lar and then Aragorn.) I've never gotten over Morgan. Omnicompetent, persecuted, virtually always right, forced to make hard choices while retaining a moral center, and just enough arrogance to keep him challenging. *fans self*
14th-Jan-2013 07:02 pm (UTC)
Hey, welcome to my blog! Enjoy the books.

Oh, yes, Alaric Anthony Morgan and his hunky (and for some reason I always though "chunky") cousin Duncan. I had such a soft spot for Duncan. Sean Seamus Michael [Lord] Derry wasn't so much my speed until I read the short story about him and the horse in Deryni Archives.
15th-Jan-2013 02:59 pm (UTC)
I just got asked to write up Deryni Rising separately from my genre crush. You are welcome to comment. http://reedrover.livejournal.com/1528681.html
14th-Jan-2013 09:31 pm (UTC)
Oh Geez. Am I gonna admit this? Yeeeeah, I am: Will Riker, all the way.

Really the whole TNG bridge crew, but oh, Number One. Troy and Worf were pretty far up there, but my feelings for them were so much more complicated. I wanted to be them and that vague, longing something else. Worf would understandd my anger, my outsider feelings, my bewilderment at human customs, he would respect me enough to show me his softer side. We would be warrior-partner-officers together! Or something! And Troy was so understanding and so beautiful, physically everything I wanted to grow up to be. ...and touch? Or something!

But Riker was easy. Broad shoulders, strong personal ethics, sensitive new age machismo, and a black goatee. Six year old Aster was sold. I didn't want to be him, I just really liked him. Like liked. Plus, red uniform, and red is best.

14th-Jan-2013 09:38 pm (UTC)
Great. Now I've got "Sensitive New-Age Guys" playing in my head.

But hey, at six? I totally get it. And yes, red was the color when I was six.
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