Poll: YA love interests who leave you wishing you were 17 again


Alex Pettyfer / Jace Wayland?Over the last two weeks, those who entered our Nightshade giveaway* told us which love interest from a young adult novel tops their list. We expected Vampire Academy’s resident Russian hottie Dimitri Belikov to top out (he did), but almost always his name was in the same breath as that snarky Shadowhunter Jace Wayland from The Mortal Instruments series.

On a side note, we’re with everyone else in lobbying for Alex Pettyfer to play Jace in the forthcoming City of Bones (TMI #1) movie. Bells and I confirmed we don’t have to feel like dirty old ladies for swooning for Pettyfer, so enjoy the eye candy.

That, however, got us thinking. When we looked at all the entries, we knew more of you would like to weigh in. And plenty of the comments told us you — like the VBC — don’t mind putting yourselves in teenage shoes to swoon over the likes of Dimitri, Jace, Ash, Edward and Peeta. (Lots of love for the boy with the bread.)

So, let’s make it a poll. The top five from the contest entry comments have been put in the poll below — but you are welcome to write in your own suggestions, just be sure to leave a comment with your write-in, too.

We’ll also say we expect some new YA swoon-worthy boys in 2011. We can promise you’ll get a HBWS in Angelfire’s Will and a surprise love interest in Unearthly.

*Thanks to all who entered the Nightshade giveaway. Our winner, Linda, has already claimed her prize. More good giveaways on the horizon. We promise.

225 Responses to “Poll: YA love interests who leave you wishing you were 17 again”

  1. Maria Clara says:

    Jace or Dimitri??
    I really don’t know.
    Hard decision.

  2. Brandy says:

    Dimitri all the way, nobody else compares!

  3. Rebekka J says:

    Jace all the way!! C’mon people….blonde, manly curls…hunters gear…reckless endangerment of his own life…angsty goodness….


  4. Heather Warren says:

    Dimitri!!!!! lol Jace is hot and all but with Dimitri on the same poll, there’s just no comparisson lol he’s waaaaaay hotter!! πŸ˜€

  5. Kristen says:

    JACE for sure. What a stud. Dimitri’s old, people. LOL

  6. StΓ©f says:

    Jace is hot. Peeta is Cute.
    But Dimitri is a MAN! He is always going to be my number 1!

  7. Sophie says:

    Everyone vote for Dimka!!! FTW <3

  8. Sahar says:

    Dimitri. PEOPLE, this is redic. Nobody else has his depth. Jace is young and childish. And peter is a sweetie and protective but not as fierce as Dimitri. Done.

  9. Edmy says:

    I REALLY DONT KNOW. i like ALL of this characters except peeta. UGH, didnt like him ! & i’ve never heard of iron fey sooo..left dimitri,jace and Edward. Dimitri is a man and all but im a teen therefore it just wouldnt work out, Jace is a teen why are you guys calling him childish ? his in that stage ! lol and i think our personalities would work well together ;).I LOVE EDWARDD !
    like seriously thats a character i really loved but i think he might be too nice, bella was being a real whore at time ! lls but i voted for Edward πŸ™‚ (dont judge me) lol

  10. Jane says:

    Dimitri Dimitri Dimitri…
    Need I say more?

  11. Edmy says:

    i mean i havent read the last book of vamire academy soo i havent fall in love with him yett ! lls

  12. kanchi says:

    I am in love with you Dimitri!!!! YOU made me cry!!!!! I love you!!!!!!!!!!!! DIMKA!!!!!! hot sexy badass russian accent tall only 26 THATS YOUNG! instructor guardian not afraid of risks fights for what he believes in caring sweet tries to keep a strong sheild . A real diamond in the rough!

  13. JustDontAsk says:

    Jace all the way!!!!! I know Dimitri got me melting but Jace he’s got that sarcasm that just makes you want to kick him and kiss him at the same time. Isn’t that irresistible? Jace is part angel and kicks some arse at demons and still has time to make jokes like “that’s as close as he’ll ever get past second base” (talking to simon being a rat and being hugged close by clary)!!!! it will always be Jace!!!!

  14. Carol says:

    i love Dimitri he took my heart and ran away with it =p but Jace is a close second lol =D

  15. My Name's Not Your Business :) says:

    Jace…Jace…Jace… I love most of those people in this pole, but I’d have to say I’m obsessed with Jace.

  16. Primero says:

    Okay, where’s ‘All of the above’ check box?

  17. Mitzy says:

    Loving me some Dimitri….can’t wait for the movie

  18. nattie says:

    i want dimitri! and jace! and adrian and christian!
    maybe even eddie! i can’t decide πŸ™

  19. Lindsay says:

    DIMITRI! There is no question about it!

  20. C says:

    I’ve read and liked all of the series listed and liked each hero listed too – except for Dimitri, which is kinda funny in a way because Vampire Academy is actually my favourite series and you might think that I should therefore like its main love interest. But I don’t, he’s always annoyed me.
    Adrian (also from VA) is just so so so much better a character and I think he should have also been listed as an option <3
    Out of those who were named, Jace is my favourite but I had to vote for "Other".

    • JSD says:

      AGREEED! omg adrian was amaaaazing πŸ™‚ dimitri, yuck. VA is my fav series but I can’t stand Dimitri! Jace out of those above but I voted other.

  21. nadina says:

    even though im team ADRIAN, Dimitri is still awesome and the better one out of all of them !!!!

  22. ele says:

    Jace, Dimitri or Peeta? DAMN THIS IS HARD!

  23. Kelly says:

    Ok, I had to refresh the page and vote for 2. Theres no way I can chose between Dimika and Jace. Mmmmmmm. Yummy fiction. If BOTH of these (I now Cassandra Clares is) make it to the big screen, I may faint!

  24. Rayianne says:

    C’mon! That’s a no brainer! Jace all the way! Blonde curls, badass Shadowhunter, protective, snarky attitude, cocky, sarcastic, golden irises. . .

  25. Lexi says:

    Jace!!!!! Maybe if they’d said Adrian instead of Dimitri I’d have had a harder time chosing, but… I’m not atracted to Dimitri AT ALL.
    Team Jace + Team Adrian!!!

  26. Ari says:

    Dimka ftw. He’s just, sexy, sweet, and a MAN. (But I do have a soft spot for Peeta and Adrian)

  27. victoria says:

    Dimitri Belikov all the way!! no one compares to that hot Russian GOD! <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 BB/Dimka all the way baby

  28. Haley says:

    Umm, Edward. Nobody else on this list even compares. Regardless, I don’t know who half of them are. Sooo, EDWARD <3

  29. Jazz says:

    OH, COME ON!!!!!

  30. mindy says:

    love love love dimitri! was in love with edward till i read about dimitri..

  31. jocelyn says:

    jace is the best forever!!!

  32. Cheerios says:

    My GAWSH, JACE no doubt. Definetly filled with angsty goodness and recklessness…I never like the sweet type. I didn’t like Peeta from the beginning. But may I also suggest, that jared was a major hotty, from Stephenie Meyer’s The Host.

  33. Katherine says:

    Well…Jace is probably the best bet if he could be mine forever, but Dimka is perfect for other girls like Rose, and Ash is probably better for girls like Meghan.
    But personally if any one of them could be mine I’d choose JACE πŸ™‚

  34. Jennifer says:

    OMG DIMITRI ALL THE WAY!!!!! Don’t get me wrong, there is something mysteriously sexy about Edward but, I’m gonna have to go with Dimitri on this one!!! ;o)

  35. lala says:

    Dimirti is kickin Butt! He really is a God! lol

  36. kristen says:

    I love dimitri he has a lot of heart and in the books hes a well respected man as well as a fire cracker you never know what hes gonna do and thats why i love him he dosnt let society set up boundries that stops him from doing what he wants to do or protecting the people he wants to help

  37. Jenny says:

    Dimitri! There is no other choice!

  38. LillyCB says:

    My nickname is made up of my nickname (Lilly) plus a “C” for “Cullen” and a “B” for “Belikov”… I had to vote for “Dimitri” because I feel that he’s more real that that of “Edward”. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE EDWARD CULLEN, but, Dimitri is my man, lol! I actually feel bad for choosing Dimitri over Edward, lol! Ok, I’m rambling… πŸ˜‰

  39. Dimitri's girl says:

    Dimitri all the way!!!!!! How can you not love someone so sexy that he could do things that make you lose control within seconds *swoons*

  40. Samantha says:

    ADRIAN IVASHKOV FTW! Come on…there’s nothing hotter than a filthy rich, cocky, but kind hearted man who can make you laugh and also give you super endorphins when he bites your neck. What what?

  41. jackie says:

    i love me some sexy dimitri!! πŸ˜› none of these other panzies compare

  42. Melody_Omaha says:

    The best thing about Dimirti is that he’s an acceptable fantasy-crush for almost a decade longer than any of these other characters. πŸ™‚

  43. Theora says:

    While I love a number of these guys (Christian Ozera, Jacob Black), my favorite YA love interest of all is definitely Heath Luck from House of Night.

  44. Najat J says:

    Dimitri Belikov <3

    A Sexy Russian.
    With a GOD-LIKE reputation in combat.
    Infinitely patient.
    Intense. Calm . Collected.
    Overprotective with the people he loves.


    He's my kind of man!!!


  45. Nina says:

    it was probably the hardest desicion ever. hmmmm, okay maybe not ever but still hard.

    so it was down to Jace and Dimka πŸ˜€ havent read the hunger games, hate twighlight and i thought Ash didnt compare to the other 2 :)so it was down to them, but as said Dimitri is calm, and collected and just god damned sexy. But mostly he fight for what he beleives in and the people he loves. For example Rose he would never stop fighting off and army for her. <3

    and then there is Jace who is also god damn sexy and passionate. He would fight for the people he loved but it totally beleive that but he would not be the superhero our dimka would be would he.

    Dimka is my superhero not superman or spiderman πŸ™‚
    he my russian man!

    but Adrian Ivashkov was listed he would be my no.1 no doubt or thought to it!!! <33333

  46. shadow says:

    and then Peeta!

    I only read the first book of TVA – and though it was okay, I didnt fall in love with the story at all…

  47. tanya says:

    Dimitri and i do love jace too

  48. mΓΆΓΆp says:

    Considering I’ve been hating Dimitri ever since Blood Promise, it was really no tough decision (between him and Jace, since I don’t like Peeta either and don’t know the other) πŸ˜€
    And all that after being referred here by a VA fansite xD

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  50. Sinead says:

    DIMKA! <33 .

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