How refreshing that the logo chosen by Google for Feb 14th shows an elderly couple tripping off into the sunset, the message presumably being that love is for the young at heart. I’d post it here, but fear the wrath of Google’s copyright division who sound pretty scary. Elsewhere in the media love is bursting out all over with Radio 4’s Today featuring the film Brief Encounter while yesterday’s Telegraph article on what women want from a romantic novel was a celebration of the output of Mills & Boon. As a ‘junior’ member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association I know how hard these writers work and the exacting standards set by editors. It’s great to see them acknowledged without the derision so often served up by ‘literary’ critics.
And finally, the RNA have come up with a great idea. They ran a poll of members’ top romantic heroes, the results of which are published today, and if you were thinking literary heroes, think again! These are full on flesh and blood men who must be ‘gorgeous, deliciously sexy, intensely masculine and have a commanding presence’.
I’ll drink to that! Nor can I argue with those who made the top ten (though I may have put them in a different order!) Here they are for your delectation, with one or two clues as to where my own allegiance might lie.
1. Johnny Depp
2. Daniel Craig (!)
3. Sean Bean
4. Richard Armitage (!)
5. Hugh Jackman
6. Colin Firth (!)
7. Alan Rickman
8. Pierce Brosnan
9. George Clooney
10. David Tennant (!)
(Picture from Richard Armitage Online)
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You forgot the older men too!!! It’s a great list 🙂
Thanks for the reminder, Liz.
for the record, here are the over 50s that are reckoned to still ‘have what it takes’ (Think I might stop at no. 7 – otherwise a few wrinkles too many for me!)
1. Pierce Brosnan, 2. Harrison Ford, 3. Ranulph Fiennes. 4. Bill Nighy, 5. Liam Neeson, 6. Sam Neill 7. Sean Connery 8. peter O’Toole, 9. Clint Eastwood, 10. Omar Shariff
On the whole I agree with your choice except for Johnny Depp. He is very good looking but does not really match your given criteria. I must say I would have had Richard Armitage in first place after watching his performance in North & South, and I agree with your choices of Daniel Craig and Sean Bean.
These are RNA choices rather than mine. I know loads of people who would have Richard A at the top (me included!)