Thursday, March 15, 2012

Hotties Of Lit


This post is all about HOT GUYS. That's right, this totally random post is the brainchild of Marni Bates and several other YA authors (including yours truly) who really just wanted an excuse to post pics of hot guys and giggle and swoon over them. And so you may giggle and swoon over them as well.

So, onward to HottiesOfLit.

WARNING: Major, uber, unapologetic geekiness ahead. You'e been warned.

Okay, so here's the thing. I'm one of those weird, geeky girls who don't really swoon over many real guys. And by that I mean living people. Barring one exception, which of course would be...

BIN BONS (aka Ben Barnes)

My love for Ben is nothing new. I've said for a long time that if I could choose my perfect Ash, Ben would be it. I mean, look how perfect he is.

Yep, that is my Ash, and there's no talking me out of it. ;)

But, other then BinBons, I really don't have any living actors or hot guys that instantly jump to mind. In fact, if you want to meet the boys who give me the most inspiration, and the ones I've swooned over, you'll have to turn away from movies and television, and look to video games and anime.

That's right. Let me introduce you to:


Swoony boy #1
Squall Leonhart
Final Fantasy VIII

I was obsessed, OBSESSED, with Final Fantasy VIII, mostly because of this boy here. Squall Leonhart, the angsty, taciturn, brooding lone wolf and reluctant hero. His story of how he went from a hostile, closed off soldier to a leader willing to sacrifice everything for the ones he loved was one of the most inspiring stories I'd ever experienced. And of course, the love story was fantastic.

More pics of Squall. It's okay, feel free to drool over a drawing.

And let me include one of the best moments of FFVIII. Final Fantasy fans, I'm sure you remember this. I'm sure you squee-ed over it as much as I did. That and the ending.

Swoony boy #2
Cloud Strife
Final Fantasy VII

Yes, its another broody angsty FF boy! Seriously, though, this game is what started my obsession with Final Fantasy. From the second Cloud leaped off that train, I was hooked. And when THAT moment came (FF fans, you know the one I'm talking about, the one with a certain flower girl and a one-winged devil) I screeched in shock along with the rest of the gaming world. More on THAT swoony man later. But here is Cloud, in all his angsty glory.

Sob along with me, now. Oh, Aerith. *sniffles* The ending of Advant Children KILLED me. Ripped my heart out and stomped on it. It was absolutely glorious.

Cloud being a bad-ass, because he is.

Swoony boy #3

chaos isn't the type of boy I usually go for. He's not angsty, hostile, brooding, or tormented. He's the exact opposite, actually: kind, helpful, sweet, caring. He never complains, keeps his own council, and hangs back in the shadows, giving everyone else the spotlight. But he was the most mysterious character of the entire Xenosaga series, and the secrets he carried were staggering. (Seriously, once you knew who he really was, you were like WHAT?!?) He was a stoic and could appear melencholic at times, though he never burdened anyone with his secrets and always helped whenever he could. I fell hard for his character, which is why he earns a special spot in my swoony boy list, as the only one who is not a typical bad boy.

A tiny hint as to chaos really is.


Oh, ho, you thought we were done, didn't you? Nope, my list of swoony boys doesn't just include video games. I love the boys of manga and anime, too. Here are a FEW of my favorites.

(Note: I love most of these boys because of the stories that surround them, not just because they're nice to look at. Okay, so there's that, too.)

Fushigi Yugi

One of the most epic love stories in anime. (Even though the "Miaka!" "Tamahome!" got a little grating after a bit.)

Heero Yuy
Gundam Wing

"Omae o korosu."

Uchiha Sasuke

Vash the Stampede

Love and PEACE!


Yeah, he's a villian and a (literal) demon, but he's so much more elegant and refined then that hot headed brother of his.

Ayashi no Ceres

A few pics of him and Aya, because they're adorable together.

And, we come to the special mention of this post. The swoony hot guy who is probably the most infamous yet sexy villian in all of gamer-dom. He's so infamous, he has popped up not only in his original game, but a movie that came after it, and several other games, as the ultimate unbeatable bad guy. And he is sexy, there is no denying it.

Of course, I'm talking about...

The infamous Sephiroth.
Final Fantasy XII, Advant Children, Kindom Hearts, other

Sephiroth was the inspiration for the villian in The Iron King. Ever wondered what Machina looked like? Wonder no further.

Yup, Sephiroth is a bad ass and he knows it.

So that is my incredibaly geeky post on my favorite swoony boys of video games and anime. Its not the whole list, of course, because then we would be here all week. But these are a few of my standouts, the boys and the stories who inspire me, who make me sigh and laugh and sob and write heartbreaking, tragic endings to my novels. I hoped you had as much fun reading as I had writing this, and be sure to check out some of the other participating blogs and the hashtag #HottiesofLit on twitter for more pics of swoony hot guys.

Also check back later tonight to see who won the signed Immortal Rules arc!

Until next time,



  1. Ah! Good choices! Especially on Squall Leonhart. Haha! Hopefully Ben can play Ash in a future movie! ;D

    1. Oh yeah. Ben Barnes is DEFINITELY someone I could stare at all day. Mmm-mm. Talk about hot!!! And of course the world could not be comeplete without Squall Leonhart, now could it?

  2. *sigh* We have such similar tastes....excellent choices. *stares at pics some more*

  3. So similar in taste Ms. Kagawa...Ben Barnes, Cloud Strife, Heero, Sasuke and OMG OMG Sesshomaru as well.....*swoons*......

  4. Mmmmmmmh, gotta love some Sesshy-moo! Although I would totally say you have to add Black Butler's Sebastian Michaelis to your lovely list.


    1. SEBASTIAN!!!!! who can't love him?
      and you have also forgotten to add Byakuya and Ichigo (from Bleach)

    2. SEBASTIAN!!!!! who can't love him?
      and you have also forgotten to add Byakuya and Ichigo (from Bleach)

  5. Ben Barnes!! Let me just stare for a good long while. Love me some Tamahome and Sesshomaru! Great post!

  6. Julie, this is the sort of post that proves your awesomeness - at least among us geeky girls who love you & fictional boys :)

  7. Definately swoon and drool worthy :) it makes me happy:)

  8. Wait... so you fangirl over Tamahomeboy but not Tasuki?! And here I thought you loved redheads! And what about Yuhi? Sure, Toya's got all the sex apeal, but why go for a robe when you can go for a man who can cook and fight with chopsticks! But no one, and I mean no one, can argue that Sephiroth is indeed, by no contest, is the sexiest character in Final Fantasy history (Besides Kuja. That man shows more skin then anyone) Though Sesshomaru... No one can argue that Fluffy-sama is the hotest, sexiest anime character out there. I have now had my fangirl rant ^-^

  9. I'm so happy to see my Final Fantasy boys on this list!!! :) Interesting that Sephiroth was the inspiration for Machina! Thinking about it, I totally picture it.

    Great post! Though... I'm a TifaxCloud fan. Not too fond of Aerith. Do you want a FFVII remake as much as I do!?

    -Sarah (Inklings Read)

  10. I love Leonhart and Cloud and Sephiroth because they're all in Kingdom Hearts and Sasuke!! Also guys from anime that I love are Kurosaki Ichigo (Ichigo) from Bleach and Tasuku Kurosaki (Kurosaki) from Dengeki Daisy!! You should really read Dengeki Daisy because it is so sweet!! It's about a hacker!!

  11. Haha you're adorable! and you've got some great swoon worthy guys there :-D

  12. What can I say? I love this post! XD

  13. *that's* Ben Barnes. I played along too and cast Akiva from Daughter of Smoke and Bone, and Jace and Simon from the Mortal Instruments.

    Here's the link:

  14. I love Ben Barnes!! He's my Cove Rowell! <3
    Love, love, love him!! Ever since I saw him as Prince Caspian, I knew he was my Cove Rowell! ahaha!!
    And Cloud is AWESOME!! All final fantasy characters are!
    Great choices! Since Ben is your Ash, I'll definitely have to check these books out! They sound amazing! :)

  15. EGADS! Tamahome! Tooya! Julie, you fellow anime fan, you! I <3 you. Back when I worked for the company, AnimeNation, I used to spend every day face to face with these anime hotties. Jealous? Well, those days are long gone, but I still swoon over these guys. So happy you brought up my favorite Yuu Watase characters though.

    And Cloud... Be still my beating heart.

  16. YEAH TOYA!!! Ayashi no Ceres is my favorite manga forever! (like my pseudo lol)I love Toya!!!
    I love Fushigi Yugi too, so Tamahome is perfect!
    Yuu Watase is ma favorite mangaka!

    I love Ben Barnes but I see it as Dimitri from Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead!

    Squall form FF VIII is perfect for Ash I think ♥♥♥

  17. Oh man, I love your list! :) SO many of them I totally agree with >///< <3

  18. Ohhh, I could not agree more.


  19. First of all, definitely perfect for Ash. Second of all I love Final Fantasy Squall and Fushigi Yuugi Tamahome. Well I guess that was a second and third of all. You have a great list here!

  20. Omgoodness. I love Ben Barnsie (perfect Ash), Cloud, and Sephiroth.
    (But you seem to be missing Zero from Vampire Knight... Thats fine tho, i dont like to share. :P)

  21. this is pure awesomeness.... and I must say, I am also a huge sasuke fan!

  22. Yes!!!! This post is so epic, I want to do this meme on my own blog!

    I knew Machina was a Sephiroth-type of guy. No wonder I loved him so much. I'm like you. My fave guys to drool over aren't even actual real people. Is that sad? It makes sense if you love video games and anime a lot more than movies and TV. I don't feel so bad, after all.

    You rock, Julie!

  23. Julie, you rock! I used to do this with a friend back when we were at school. You can't believe how glad I am to find out we weren't the only ones!! I totally obessed with Tidus from Final Fantasy X. Yummy!!!

    Lots of love from Spain!!

  24. Julie, I think this post just made you my favorite author. *wipes away drool*
    Squall Leonhart is just so...*falls down*

  25. This is an awesome post! Susan got me hooked on Fushigi Yugi and we stayed up late into the night getting me caught up on the series. Then I had to run out and buy the whole series myself so I could see how it all ended. Tamahome, is pretty awesome, but when Chichiri takes off his mask he is pretty awesome too. Ya know? Lol.

  26. OMG! I totally pictured Sephiroth in my head when you wrote about the Iron King! Heheh... Great minds think alike! :D

  27. Cloud! Tamahome! Tooya! <3
    Fushigi Yuugi is one of my all time favorite mangas! Have you read the prequel, 'Genbu Kaiden'?

  28. What a fun post to read...and love the eye candy :P
    I love Sasuke as Ash.
    I am a huge FFVII fan,played many times and enjoyed reaching level 99 to kick some Sephiroth butt with ease lol.
    OMG, I SO DID PICTURE SEPHIROTH as MACHINA WHILE I WAS READING ALSO!!!! Sephiroth is my favorite video game villan...

  29. I will agree. I don't know what it is with FF, but they sure have the hottest guys. ;)

  30. Ok, first of all.. I don't know who Ben Barnes is, but feel free to post more pics of him:)He is very yummy.And second of all I have to stick up for Inuyasha, cuz I luv his stubborn ways, but I equally like his brother. I love Cloud and Sephiroth too.....
    Oh sorry, lost track of my thoughts. I scrolled back up to look at

  31. Oh my, I think I am going to think of Ben every time I read about Ash!! Haha. Cloud~~*swoon*. I cried at the ending when I played the psp game. T_T. I love Yuu Watase 's manga! Collected m ost of her books. Lately I am swooning over Rikuo from Nurarihyon no mago, and the boys from Hitman Reborn :b Please do post more pics of yummy, er, i mean good looking guys! XD

  32. Of course Bin is the hottest guy...ever! I would like to announce that I have officially been corrupted by you. I am now in love with a cartoon. Tooya is hot hot hot, but the most disturbing part is that half of his hotness comes from the ultra cool weapon he is holding. :)

  33. why not have bin be the cover guy for the iron knight? he would do better than the guy now, but thats just my opinion

  34. You forgot Kakashi and Sakuya (Sensual Phase)! They're hot.
    I swoon over anime drawings everyday. Nothing new. XD

  35. Even though I'm not a gamer... we certainly have enough platforms in our house... so I think I've got to check out Final Fantasy! :P But yes... BinBons is MY Ash too... and I love your inspiration for Machina. I read that here a while ago, so when I last reread the series... I had him in my mental image and I LOVED him like this! Very cool!! I love how you get your inspiration for some of your characters through these other works! Thanks for sharing all that with us!

  36. AWESOME!!!
    No, i totally didn't faint or anything over those guys...

  37. HELL YES. These people are amazing :D

    Have you seen Howl's Moving Castle (*coughhowlisamazinglycutecough*)

    If not, you should :P

    And Ben Barnes would be amazing as Ash :3

  38. Oh Julie! I love how you love anime! And I thought it was only me who swoons over the--well, not so real guys but hot nonetheless. :D Tamahome and Sasuke would be on the top of my list as well if I made one! And Ben Barnes, ooh.. hotness-personified!

    Love this post, Julie! :D

  39. OMG, I love Heero Yuy!!

  40. I can see Ash dressed up as Sasuke for Halloween one year ...and Puck as Naruto BELIEVE IT!!!!

  41. It's hard to find actors that fit the characters because our imagination has made them perfectly already...

  42. Squall! Cloud! SEPHIROTH! On the last part with Sephiroth. He's from FFVII. Not FFXII.

  43. OMGGGGGG TAMAHOME!!!!!! i was rewatching fushigi yuugi as i was reading this and i started freaking out because i one of my favorite authors likes watching the same anime as me!!!!! <3 and she loves Tamahome too!!! Wooo!!! all is right with the world xD Fushigi yuugi is one of my favorite animes,it has such a sweet plot! Ayashi no Ceres was really good too!!! <3

  44. OMG TAMAHOME!!!! I just happened to be rewatching Fushigi Yuugi when i read this blog post!!! You can just imagine my inner fangirl freak out as I realized that one of my favorite authors watched Fushigi Yuugi- one of my favorite animes EVER- too!!!! EEEPPPP!! I watched Ayashi no Ceres too, but i have to say that Fushigi Yuugi had such a sweeter plot! I just loved the ending!!!

  45. I'm giving a testimony on how me and my fiance became a vampire. This was how i and my fiance became Vampire, I was browsing the internet searching on how i could be transformed. When i came across the email of a man named Lord Mark. who was a VAMPIRE so I told him that I and my fiance has always dreamed of becoming a VAMPIRES so he asked me my name, country, State, address, photo, etc. and asked me to contact the market of spells for the Hindu materials required for our transformation. So I did and he said that a vampire will be assigned to guide us and direct us on how the items are to be used. After five days I and my fiance was totally a vampire. if you are interested in becoming a vampire, contact him for more information on how you could also be transformed. Email: