Oh yes, I know. Mr. David Gandy is quite a looker. In fact, he's so fine his first campaign for D&G Light Blue cologne ranked in over eleven million Internet hits the first day it started. Quite impressive for a pretty boy.
But not only is he the male supermodel equivalent of Gisele Bundchen, he is also the face to many fictional male characters in certain books such as Fifty Shades of Grey by E. L. James, Gabriel's Inferno by Sylvain Reynard, and Bared to You by Sylvia Day.
Some people are pretty creative with their love of the Gandy as Christian Grey or Gideon Cross. But nothing compares to the comparison of Gandy to Gabriel Emerson from Gabriel's Inferno. There's even Pinterest boards dedicated to the love of Gandy as Gabriel. It's full of memes and manips based on the books. Looky below...
Hundreds and hundreds of photos with captions like, "Gandy is my Gabe," or "My favorite fictional boyfriend," and "I just cheated on Christian with Gabriel." Who has that much time?
Not this girl. Put I'll look at the pretty pictures all damn day.
The question is: Why do readers like to picture someone like David Gandy as their favorite fictional boyfriend? And for that matter, Henry Cavill, Ian Somerhalder, and Matthew Bomer? Or the the Holy Grail of fictitious comparisons: Robert Pattinson because, let's face it, The answer to that is simple. Putting a real face to the character makes it seem more real. More tangible. It helps the reader to imagine their most desired character can live in reality. Suddenly, a readers make believe outlet has a body.
Does it really matter?
Our society today is fascinated with realism. Look at reality TV. Even if it's not truly real anymore, the whole basis was raw and real once upon a time. But that's whole other discussion. Let's take for example, Twilight. I didn't read the books before I saw the movie. In fact, the reason why I read the books was because I thought that this Robert Pattinson dude looked cute in the trailer. Then as I read the books, I only thought of Edward as Robert Pattinson. I only thought of Kristen Stewart as Bella, blah, blah, blah. Fanfiction helped create and solidify the idea of Pattinson wearing Edward Cullen's shoes. Online communities, Facebook groups, and Twitter handles seemed to pop up overnight. The more popular Fan Fiction became, especially the Twilight kind, the more memes, manips, and photoshopped images started surfacing. Granted, using real life people as models for book characters wasn't invented by the Twilight fandom, but in my opinion it was popularized because of it. Since then with the success of 50 Shades, Gabriel's Inferno, etc the trend of comparing these make believe sex gods has risen to even bigger heights.
It's a form of escapism. I'll be real, I don't mind putting a sexy male model's face to my favorite character. And I'm not going to slight anyone who wants to make memes, banners, manips, etc. Because all in all, the author has done their jobs: They have created an image in their readers' heads that spurred a creativity to mass produce images inspired by popular books which is really a form of promotion for each author. BRILLIANT!!
Bravo, our favorite authors, you have in extension helped your readers take part in the creative process of your book while bringing more awareness to your brand.
Now, who can play these characters in the movies? I hear Gandy is available. He's got the acting chops, see below.