21 February 2006


Some months ago, over Christmas, my family and I went to see a movie. I was sitting next to my brother Mime and on his other side was his fiancĂ©, FutureMrs. Mime and my mother. The previews started and the second or third preview was for the X-Men III movie. In unison my mother, FutureMrs. Mime, and I, with voices full of the reverent awe usually reserved for religious observances, exclaimed “Its Hugh Jackman.” I believe a few other ladies, not in our party, might have done the same thing. More recently, I’ve been party to a lot of chatter, both in conversation and on the Internet, about Fantasy Boyfriends. While I’m sure this phenomena isn’t restricted to the female sex, it isn’t the sort of conversation I have with males. So, at the risk of sounding like Sex and the City, what makes having a Fantasy Boyfriend (or five) so great?

Obviously fantasy is part of the draw. Fantasy is perfect. In FantasyLand you can be the perfect version of you, complete with the perfect wardrobe and perfect hair and the Boyfriend is perfect as well. There are no flaws, just the virtues and vices (what, I like the bad boys) that attracted us to them in the first place. It also helps that Fantasy Boyfriends are usually found on movie or TV screens and represent what society deems to be perfection already. They are attractive in a way very few people are in real life. I’ve really only seen one exception to that rule, and that is Miss Parker’s friend thePretty who could be Tom Welling’s (Smallville, Cheaper by the Dozen) twin. But even perfection gets tiresome after a while.

Perhaps another draw is the escape. Life is, for the most part, long stretches of the mundane punctuated by insanity. Who doesn’t need to escape from this world into another once in a while? And how often does one get to use their imaginations once they are adults? Especially when one is stuck in a cubicle 8 hours a day with only the radio to keep them company.

Finally, fantasy is fun. So, in honor of that fun, Ladies and Gentlemen, feel free to share your Fantasy Boyfriends and Girlfriends. I’ll start. Here are Scully’s top five (what, I have commitment issues) Fantasy Boyfriends of February 2006:

5. Gregory House, MD – Yeah, I know he is rude, anti-social, and addicted to Vicodin, but there is just something about the way that actor portrays him that makes me love him. I’m drawn to the Slightly Unhinged.

4. Michael Rosenbaum -- He is known for playing Lex Luthor on Smallville and manages to make the anti-hero a sympathetic character. Also, he makes me laugh. He told one overly bronzed (Read: Orange) television host that she “had a fascinating tan” and displayed his Napoleon Dynamite action figures, his white conversion van he drives around LA, and his karaoke skills on MTV's Cribs. What’s not to love?

3. Sayid Jarrah – So he used to be employed by the Iraqi Republican Guard as an ‘interrogator’ and he has used those skills on the island several times. Sure he seems to be starting a Bad Boys Club with Sawyer and Charlie, but I would feel safe if I were stuck on a Lost island with him. Plus, his accent is fabulous.

2. Jim Halpert/John Krasinski – Lest you think I’m including more than five, this entry is for a character from The Office (US) and the actor who plays him. The character Jim Halpert is a nice guy with a great sense of humor, pining for the engaged receptionist. John Krasinski is an up-and-coming actor who seems, from a recent appearance on Leno, just as nice with just as good a sense of humor as his onscreen alter ego.

1. Dean Winchester – One of the lead characters on my favorite guilty pleasure Supernatural, this boy is like a M&M, all hard and brittle on the outside, soft and gooey on the inside. Also, he is extremely attractive.

So now that you have had a peek inside my head, let me peek into yours! Share your Fantasy Boyfriends/Girlfriends or at least tell me what you think about mine.


Esperanza said...

We so have different fanatasy tastes! You love those guys kinda rough on the exterior of their personalities but deeply complex? Good analysis or no? Probably not. I go for the long hair, earring, soul patch, kind of guys, with 5 o'clock shadows! And band-boy types ;) Keith Urban, Dierks Bently, and lead singer of the ALL American Rejects, and more clean cut but not too far from the genre, Micheal Vartan, Brad Pitt, President Bush, Eddie Cahil, ect.,ect.,ect.,ect.,

Scully said...

The lead for All-American Rejects has great eyes. If he weren't so disturbingly thin, he would be on my list too. And your analysis is pretty good. It is really too bad I'm such a technological moron, or I would have posted pics of each one.

aquamarine said...

To bad about the pictures, Scully. Some of those mentioned I am not to familiar with. I will have to do some surfing. :)

t said...

Here's the all time (and yours mine and Parker's first) best fantasy TV boyfriend ever.

I totally love Christian Bale too. I just love him as Batman.

Esperanza said...

I finally figured out how to get pics on my blog, that is why I finally have one on my blog...did I already say that? jk. Also, yes, the lead singer of the All American Rejects looks like your genre, well, maybe not, well, he looks like the smallville guy, not the one you like though, more like the one who plays superman, I think my sister has photos of both hanging or pasted to my old closet door....

Miss Parker said...

Jim from the Office? Really? I had no idea. Do you want to form an Alliance with me? Do you?

Scully said...

Absolutely, I want to form an Alliance with you. And the whole thing kind of sprung from seeing him on Leno. Great storyteller, kept Leno on topic and off the ick.