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Monday, August 30, 2021

TTT: Austen Men Ranked

Top Ten Tuesday:
The assignment this week is to name my favorite literary crushes. I've done this assignment several times. See that list here. Instead, today I will rank all of Jane Austen's available men, from most crush-worthy to least. 

These are the men I'm choosing from in my ranking:

Pride and Prejudice

Sense and Sensibility

Northanger Abbey


Mansfield Park



F. Darcy

E Ferrars

H Tilney

G Knightly

E. Bertram


S. Parker

C. Bingley


J. Thorpe

Mr. Elton

H Crawford

W. Elliot

Y. Stringer

G Wickham

Col Brandon


F Churchill




Mr. Collins








My ranking (biggest crush to no crush at all): 

Top Nine:

1. Fitzwilliam Darcy: He's rich and handsome; he becomes a better man; and saves the day.

2. Captain Frederick Wentworth: His love was true over seven years.

3. Henry Tilney: He stood up to his terrible father at great cost.

4. Col. Brandon: rich, devoted, and selfless.

5. Edward Ferrars: bumbling but sweet; does the right thing in the end.

6. George Knightley: like a big brother until confessions of love.

7. Edmund Bertram: kind to his cousin when his family wasn't; admitted he was wrong.

8. Young Stringer: kind; hard worker; interested in further education (But I'm not sure this character was an actual character in the portion of Sanditon that JA wrote.)

9. Charles Bingley; kind and bumbling but easily swayed by sisters.

Bottom nine:

10. Henry Crawford: I believe he really did love Fanny Price but didn't know how to comport himself.

11. Sidney Parker: Snobbish, yet comes around to being quite charming, before he 'takes one for the team.'

12. Frank Churchill: Not a bad guy, just a guy with a big secret.

13.  John Willoughby: I know he truly loved Marianne but had to abandon her for his greater love for money.

14. Mr. Collins: weak and sniveling but not mean.

15. William Elliot: He was after a title and willing to use his cousin to get it.

16. George Wickham: a liar and a cheat, but apparently quite personable. 

17. Mr. Elton: mean, thoughtless, and little; held a grudge.

18. John Thorpe: a liar and a cheat, but not personable.




Top left to right: 5, 4, 1, 2, 6, 3, 7, 8, 9

Bottom left to right: 14, 10, 18, 11, 13, 16, 17, 12, 15


  1. Lovely twist on the theme this week! I never found Austen's characters particularly swoonworthy myself: I needed more or a bad boy and headed over to North Yorkshire moors and the Bront√ęs!
    These are my fictional crushes, some formed years ago, others more recent!

  2. This is fun. :) I haven't read the books but I recognize some of them from the shows. I'm a big fan of Sense and sensibility from emma Thompson.

  3. You had fun with this. I agree with your choices completely.

  4. I haven't read much Austen (other than Pride & Prejudice many years ago for school).

    When you get the chance, I hope you can stop by my post and check it out: https://readbakecreate.com/characters-i-would-love-to-have-a-drink-with/

  5. I love this take so much. Here is my posthttps://paigesofbook.blogspot.com/2021/08/top-ten-tuesday-book-characters-i-want.html

  6. It looks like you had a lot of fun with this post!

    Hope you'll visit my TTT list.

  7. I love what you did with your list this week! :)

    Check out my TTT

  8. I agreed with most of your ranking for the top nine. For me, I would put Captain Wentworth first, then Mr. Darcy. I have not read Sanditon so I can't say much about those two guys.

    Your bottom nine - they deserve to be there.

    Have a lovely day.

  9. Love this twist on the post! I would have struggled between John Thorpe and Mr Collins for bottom place, so your level of detail is very admirable haha. Great list :)

  10. Haha, that is a fun twist!! I tweaked the list as well but not as creative as yours :)

  11. I do very much enjoy Darcy, Brandon and Wentworth!

  12. I love the analytics that went into this! I don't know the Jane Austen characters well enough to agree or disagree with you, but I do remember liking Colin Firth in his role so I am glad to see he ranked well.

  13. Even though I haven't read more than a few Austen novels, this post made me laugh. So fun!

    Happy TTT!

  14. This is so fun! Gotta' love a post dedicated to Austen men. :)


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