Nicole from Word for Teens is here to educate us on the superiority of John Thornton. Anyone who’s a fan of Thornton, Darcy, and Rochester obviously has excellent taste.
John Thornton Is Better Than You
I’m not gonna lie – one of the reasons I love North and South is John Thornton. I mean, the plot is fantastic, and the romance is beautiful, and other characters are fabulous.
But Richard Armitage’s portrayal of Thornton makes my ovaries dance a jig and explode.
And he can hold is own against any of these silly other male romance ideals. Don’t believe me?
Five: John Thornton vs. Edward Cullen
I have no love for Edward Cullen, so Thornton’s already won in my book. But for the sake of this post, I’ll pretend that Edward doesn’t try to control Bella and tell her not to go places and be all angsty and shiz. He also writes her a piano piece and is willing – literally – to die for her.
But Thornton, despite living in a time where women were still considered property for the most part, actually respects Margaret! He sees her as an equal and takes her advice when she offers it, even as he follows the basic rules of chivalry. Edward might write Bella a piano piece, but it’s nothing on Thornton’s intellectual debates with Margaret.
Besides, Richard Armitage looks much better in a top hat than Robert Pattinson.
Four: John Thornton vs. Edward Fairfax Rochester
I love Rochester. I really do. He’s brilliant and snarky and intelligent and brooding and awesome, just like Thornton.
Thankfully, Thornton doesn’t have a wife locked in his attic who tries to set Margaret on fire and steal her wedding dress and kill Thornton while he sleeps…
Both look equally excellent in top hats, though.
Three: John Thornton vs. Nate
I, personally, am in love with Ariel from Lisa Mantchev’s series, but Nate undoubtedly holds his own. He’s a swashbuckling pirate, all seasalt and chivalry, who will do whatever he can to protect Bertie.
And don’t get me wrong – I love me some Nate. But I think I love the clean-cut Thornton even more. Not because he’s clean cut – though men in suits! – but because he can do both dirty work if he needs to and the overall business stuff. Plus, if Margaret was running around swashing a sword, he’d be fighting with her, not trying to stop her from fighting. Yes being treated as equals!
Of course, he’d tend to her when she inevitably got hit in the head.
Also, pirates can’t wear top hats.
Two: John Thornton vs. Ash
Ah, Ash from Julie Kagawa’s The Iron Fey series is much loved among us young adult literature consumers. He’s brooding and dark, willing to toss himself on a sword if it means saving Meghan’s life. Outside of Meghan, though, he doesn’t seem to care about anything.
And that’s why I like Thornton better. He may be willing to do what he can to help Margaret, but he loves his family and takes care of them; he broods, but he doesn’t have the same alone-boy-who-might-kill-you thing going on that Ash does. He’s brooding, but with the potential to be cuddly.
And he might look better in a top hat.
One: John Thornton vs. Fitzwilliam Darcy
Oh. I might have to tie this one; I do love me some Darcy.
Probably for the same reason I love Thornton.
They both dislike their loves at first, but they both see them as equals; it takes time for them to fall in love; they spar verbally and intellectually; they do what they can to help their respective others’ families.
They also look equally fantastic in top hats.
Who would you put against Thornton? Because I bet you, he would win.