Swooning Over Fictional Love: Same-Sex Character Crushes That Captivate Our Hearts

From swooning over star-crossed lovers to blushing at unexpected sparks, these same-sex character crushes sweep us off our feet!

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There’s something magical about getting lost in the pages of a great book, but it’s even more enchanting when we find ourselves smitten by a character whose love story resonates deeply with our own experiences. Same-sex fiction character crushes don’t just offer escapism — they provide representation, validation, and a celebration of love in all its beautiful forms. From daring adventurers to sensitive poets, these characters make our hearts race and our imaginations soar, proving that love truly knows no bounds.

Lana Myers from The Mindf*ck Series by S. T. Abby

When it comes to same-sex crushes, I have an endless list. Being a bisexual woman, it’s nearly impossible not to fall head over heels for every captivating woman I read about. But Lana Myers from The Mindf*ck Series? She completely stole my heart.

The Mindf*ck Series by S. T. Abby book cover

Lana isn’t just any badass; she’s a force of nature. After enduring a harrowing trauma, she didn’t just survive — she thrived, taking control of her destiny and exacting her own brand of vengeance. There’s something irresistibly magnetic about a woman who faces the darkest shadows of her past and emerges victorious.

Badass women? I’m head over heels. But a badass woman who could kill me? Yes, please! Lana can pin me down with a knife to my throat, and I would thank her. Her strength, her resilience, her unapologetic fierceness — she embodies everything I adore.

  • Trish G, Editorial

Lila Bard from V.E. Schwab’s Shade of Magic Series 

V.E. Schwab’s Shade of Magic Series  book cover

Hands down, Lila Bard from V.E. Schwab’s Shades of Magic series. Lila is irresistible because of her fierce independence, boundless ambition, and audacious spirit. As a cross-dressing thief with dreams of becoming a pirate, she defies gender norms and societal expectations with unapologetic confidence. Her sharp wit, resourcefulness, and bravery make her stand out in any situation, often saving herself and her companions through sheer cunning and determination. Lila’s unrelenting quest for adventure and self-discovery, her complex moral code, and her loyalty to her friends create a captivating, inspiring, and delightfully unpredictable character. Her fearless embrace of danger and the unknown makes her a thrilling and unforgettable literary crush.

  • Adelina Milano, Social Media Outreach

Isabelle Lightwood from The Mortal Instruments Series

The Mortal Instruments series book cover

Isabelle is so fierce and confident. She’s very protective of her family. I love her fashion sense. She doesn’t let anyone disrespect her. Isabelle has a good heart that she guards well because she’s been hurt before by people she thought she could trust. When she lets her guard down with someone, it’s because she feels safe enough to be that vulnerable around that person. I enjoy her character’s journey throughout the series. She discovers more about herself and where she fits in the Shadow World. She becomes stronger, braver, and more kick-ass throughout the series. I want her wardrobe. She has long, dark hair like me, which is another reason why I love her character. Easiest Halloween costume to pull off on short notice.

  • Christina, Graphics

Nancy Drew from The Nancy Drew Series by Carolyn Keene

The Nancy Drew Series by Carolyn Keene book cover

I grew up reading Nancy Drew books, so this is definitely a childhood crush of mine (an adult one too). Nancy is super brave, and she’s always snooping around places she shouldn’t be for the common good. She always solves the mystery and saves the day at the end of the book, and I for one love a good heroine. Not to mention she’s super pretty with her strawberry blonde hair!

  • Paige Ritson, Editorial

Naomi Nagata from James S. A. Corey’s The Expanse Series

James S. A. Corey’s The Expanse series book cover

Naomi is my same-sex crush; what’s not to like about her? Being a ‘Belter,’ Naomi was dealt a crappy hand in life. However, she handled it by immersing herself in work and school to become one heck of an engineer. Her ability to think quickly and outside the box has saved her and her crew many times. But she’s not all brains; she’s also extremely kindhearted and wise. I admired her ability to forgive Clarissa after she almost killed her, once she realized that Clarissa had been acting on misinformation. Naomi is my girl crush because she embodies many qualities I aspire to have: confidence, strength, and loyalty. I find all these qualities very attractive, and they’re what have kept me rooting for her throughout the series!

  • Sandra Garcia, Graphics

Callisto from Xena: Warrior Princess By John Layman

Xena: Warrior Princess By John Layman book cover

Callisto is one of Xena’s most threatening recurring antagonists. To be fair, when Xena was doing evil deeds many years ago before turning good, she did kill Callisto’s entire family during a village raid. Consumed by hatred and revenge, Callisto grows up to be an ultimate warrior, hell bent on destroying Xena’s life before taking it. Only problem is that she’s also bat crap cray-cray. There’s something about her complex and twisted nature, her unique body language, and her deep brown eyes that makes me fall head over heels into my own grave for her.

  • Erin Dzielski, Editorial

Jude from The Folk of the Air Series by Holly Black

The Folk of the Air Series by Holly Black. The first three books in the series -- "The Cruel Prince," "The Wicked King," "The Queen of Nothing."

Jude is diabolical — or rather strategic — in all the right ways in how she plans. She’s young, but her mind is sharp, and her tongue is even sharper. While she may plan life like she’s preparing for war, there’s still that naive side of her that I do like. It shows that she’s still growing, but she also recognizes her mistakes. She can admonish herself and take responsibility for her actions. She stands up to the men in her life with an air that she knows she belongs to, and I wholeheartedly admire that about her. She’s a fierce force that even her own family must watch out for, yet she can be vulnerable during those introspective moments. And one thing’s for sure: Jude doesn’t play about her family! I truly love that about her. Girl crush forever when it comes to her.

  • Quiarah B/Vphan, Editorial

Elena Deveraux, The Guild Hunter Series by Nalini Singh

The Guild Hunter Series by Nalini Singh book cover

I’m a sucker for a badass FMC. Add in emotional vulnerability and a tragic backstory, and I’m a goner. Sorry to my husband, but Elena epitomizes what it means to be a girl crush. She kicks ass, takes names, and is the best friend anyone could ask for. She owns her mistakes and tries to save humanity and those she loves, but she doesn’t allow anyone to walk all over her simply because they perceive themselves to be better than she is. 

  • Kristi Eskew, Editorial

Arwen Undómiel, The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

Arwen was one of my first crushes; I can still remember being a little girl entranced by her ethereal beauty, angelic nature, and romance with Aragorn (who I now realize I was jealous of). This movie franchise and book series were a huge part of my childhood and remain a huge part of my life today. Arwen chooses mortality over immortality for the sake of her love for Aragorn, and this sacrifice really stuck with me as one of the most beautiful parts of The Lord of the Rings, on-screen and on the page.

The Lord of the Rings book set

I’m realizing now how much this early fictional crush has affected my current crushes. For instance, like how Arwen was a half-mortal living in the elven kingdom, my more recent crush, Jude Duarte from The Folk of the Air universe, is a mortal in a faerie world — with long, brown hair to boot! I’m now the same age that Arwen’s actress, Liv Tyler, was when she began filming the movie franchise. I saw the extended edition of The Two Towers in theatres recently and am happy to say that my crush has not diminished one bit. 

  • Fiona Hansen, Editorial & Outreach 

Pippa Fitz-Amobi from A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson

A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder book cover

So many FMCs these days are kind of, well, bland. Holly Jackson writes a compelling and interesting protagonist that actually has motivations and flaws, and while you can see yourself in her, you can also admonish her for making mistakes you wouldn’t make. Like, lots of mistakes. She is badass and strong and will do anything to get to the truth, but that also means she can sometimes be reckless and somewhat stupid. I’ve always really admired her passion and determination and how she can stand up to anyone who gets in her way! I really hope they do her justice in the TV adaptation because she’s one of the most flawed MCs I’ve seen, and I know TV doesn’t love that.

  • Elizabeth Beaver, Editorial

In the world of fiction, same-sex character crushes do more than make us swoon — they inspire, empower, and remind us of the diverse tapestry of love. They challenge norms, expand our empathy, and validate our own romantic experiences. So next time you find yourself blushing over a beloved character, know that you’re part of a wonderful community of readers who celebrate love in all its forms. Here’s to many more literary loves and the joy they bring to our hearts!

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