When I read books and I end up falling for the boy, it's such a cute thing. It's one of the things I look forward to. And the best part is that I can love as many as I want for a bunch of different reasons! I am a book boyfriend collecter!
What I've been seeing and to be honest, it half upsets me and half makes me curious, is people who collect book boyfriends but think that they are the only ones who can own them. Refer to the picture above. Whenever I see a boy boyfriend of mine that's being loved by someone else, I'm kind of like "oh my gosh! you like him too? let's fangirl!"
What I've seen in multiple places are some readers getting a territorial about boyfriends. Like on message boards and fandom chat clubs. People are fighting over boys and I refuse to get involve but really, why does that need to happen? Love for the same boy is what makes readers united. Am I right? We can all discuss the awesome things the main character and the book boyfriend does, screaming, "GOALS AF!" [also because I'm a stereotypical teen who uses bad "text talk."]
I've even seen someone say "you can't have him because he's already mine" and besides the fact that it's a little selfish, it makes me feel bad as a reader. Why don't we all just be friends, or at least civil?
And just so I add a little bit of sass because, duh, that's who I am: I don't care if the sun and the moon give you permission to "have" this book boyfriend to yourself, I'm disregarding your ownership because I own the book. And the character is in the book. So I [and everyone else] own the character.