Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Valentine's Week Guest Post: Hot Boys With Accents

‘Ello, Sexy.

The first time I fell in love I was in Orlando, Florida. He had dropped something while walking out of a restaurant, and being the good Southern girl that I am, I picked it up and handed it back to him. He gave me a brilliant smile and replied, “Cheers, Love.”

That was it. I was smitten. Sure, he was an over-weight, bald man old enough to be my father, but that accent. Being from the backwoods of Kentucky, it was my first real life exposure to a British accent, and it was the most beautiful sound in the whole world to my ears.

To this day, I’m still entranced by a good accent. A guy can go from fairly average to steaming hot in two seconds flat with the addition of an Irish brogue. Even in books, I’m drawn to characters with accents I can only hear in my head. In honor of Valentine’s Day, I’ve put together a list of my five favorite boys with accents in YA literature.

Carlos Fuentes from Simone Elkeles’ Rules of Attraction. I liked Alex, really I did, but it was his brother Carlos who stole my heart. There was no way Kira could have resisted when the Mexican bad boy said, “I dare you.”

Étienne St. Claire from Stephanie Perkins’ Anna and the French Kiss. What could be more perfect than a boy with a French name and British accent? After reading Anna and the French Kiss, I’m pretty sure the answer to that question is “not a single thing.”

George Weasley from the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. Yes, there are tons of guys with accents to choose from in the Harry Potter series (like Professor Snape who can read the phone book to me any day of the week), but the Weasley twins win my affection. How can you not love the fun-loving gingers? Well, I suppose I mean the fun-loving ginger… We miss you, Fred.

Jem Carstairs from Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare. I like Jem. He’s smart and sensitive and plays the violin. How cool is that? Okay, so the whole Bleached Boy thing creeps me out a little. (I know a woman who is silver because of her “medicine”. Trust me on this, it’s not pretty.) But looks aren’t everything, right? Especially when you’re a half-British, half-Chinese Shadowhunter who grew up in Shanghai and now lives in England. What I wouldn’t give to hear him speak.

Image from Just One More Freak Deviant Art
Will Herondale from Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare. You thought I was going full-on Team Jem there didn’t you? Don’t be so naïve. I couldn’t choose just one Shadowhunter even if I was being held at claw-point by a demon. Will isn’t just beautiful and British, but also tortured. And if there is anything I love more than a boy with an accent, it’s a boy with angst.

How about you? What are your favorite fictional boys with accents? And what accents are certain to make a guy’s hotness level raise a few points in your book?

Miss Tammy is the Young Adult Services Coordinator for a public library system in Kentucky. When she's not reading, writing, or cataloging books, she's sleeping. Being from Kentucky she has no accent whatsoever. 


  1. AHAHA, the beginning to this post just totally made my morning :D

    I'm DEFINITELY a sucker for accents - even flew off to the UK to surround myself with them, and met and married my Welsh husband (who has two accents - his every day English accent (which is refined as he went to a fancy school), and his Welsh accent that comes out when he's talking to his Welsh friends and family).

    And the SAD thing - I barely ever notice his accent anymore! After 7 years, I'm just used to it, and when other people notice, I'm like, "Oh yeah! He is a sexy-sounding foreigner!"

    Awesome post, Tammy! I can't wait to read Anna and the French Kiss... Etienne St. Claire sounds like my kinda guy! :)

  2. In college I briefly dated a girl from Sunderland. She was a hard partier (imagine that) and much more rough and tumble than I could handle for long. But ah, that Mackem accent. Still sends shivers down my spine.

  3. I actually prefer Alex over Carlos xD. Which is good we don't have to fight over either of them hehe.

    From HP - Ron Weasley, Fred & George, Remus Lupin and Sirius Black. Who can so no to the British accent really?

    Dimitri from Vampire Academy - Russian xD.

    The Scottish and Irish are my favouirte but I don't think I've read any books with those accents yet except for Artemis Fowl.

  4. Haha, yes, accents are irresistable! I loved Étienne, he was so swoon-worthy with his lovely accent. In movies especially, I'm a goner when a handsome actor has a yummy accent. :D

  5. Accents, YES! I've had the SAME THING happen to me! He could have talked to me all night. Serioulsy.

    I agree with all your boys, I love them all!! Especially Will.

  6. You had me at "accent"....yes, St. Clair, Jem, Will...I may be swooning...just a little.