Today's Fictional Fancy comes to us from Jaime, a.k.a. shezcrafti, who blogs about pop culture at Shezcrafti.com. When she offered to be a part of FF, and said that she wanted to write about Logan, I immediately said yes. (I'm game for featuring anyone, really, but when they're on my FF list too? Yes, please.)
I was a 23 year old college student when I first saw Veronica Mars, an age that’s young enough to still appreciate a show about high school drama but just old enough to feel guilty about having wildly inappropriate feelings for one of its central characters.
I am referring, of course, to that brutally hot but emotionally unstable mess, Logan Echolls.
When I first met Logan, he was ordering pizza to his lunch table—the one where all the richest, most popular students of Neptune High sit—paying in credit, of course, presumably with funds from his movie star father’s latest $20 million movie.
Appearance-wise, Logan is not the type of guy I typically go for. He’s tall and well-built with boyish good looks, but a bit too fair-skinned and clean cut for my tastes. But there was just something about his commanding presence and snobbish, cynical demeanor I couldn’t help but find frustratingly alluring. I often fall for smartass guys, and Logan is the ultimate. From the first episode, I had all the reason I needed to continue watching.
The son of famous movie stars Aaron and Lynn Echolls, Logan is one of Neptune’s elite “09ers” and your typical rich, spoiled brat who enjoys nothing more than relentlessly mocking Veronica Mars about her lesser social status. Once upon a time, however, Logan and Veronica used to be friends and part of the same social circle as Lily Kane, who was Veronica’s best friend and Logan’s girlfriend. Then one day Lily Kane was brutally murdered; it was an event that changed both their lives forever. You see, Veronica’s dad was Sheriff at the time and falsely accused Logan’s best friend’s father of being the murderer. That sort of thing tends to ruin one’s friendships.
Although I was introduced to Logan as Neptune High’s “obligatory psychotic jackass,” I knew there had to be something more to him. Eventually we learn that despite leading a fabulously wealthy life, Logan’s a deeply troubled young man with a dysfunctional family. His outward display of arrogance, cynicism and biting wit is just a cover for his complex and conflicted emotional state, which is what I think attracts me the most because I totally have a thing for Byronic hero archetypes. In case you didn’t pay attention in English class, a Byronic hero is “a man proud, moody, cynical, with defiance on his brow and misery in his heart, a scorner of his kind, implacable in revenge, yet capable of deep and strong affection.”
Over the course of the show, the barriers between Logan and Veronica erode and they begin a steamy, forbidden relationship. (Check out this video of the Top 10 Logan & Veronica Moments from season one that are sure to make you melt, tear up a little, turn you on, need a cigarette, or all of the above.) Things really get good when we get to see Logan’s sensitive, vulnerable side—what is it about that moment when tough guys break down and cry that is so damn sexy? Angst is hot, ladies. Especially when the guy you’re cradling in your arms happens to be ridiculously attractive and mega-rich.
But if I had to pinpoint an exact moment when I fell in love with Logan Echolls, it would be the time he dressed up as Tom Cruise in Risky Business and shouted “Wang Chung or I’ll kick your ass!” He really knows how to woo a girl who was born in the ‘80s.
Unfortunately, it could never work out between me and Jason Dohring, the actor who plays Logan, because he’s a Scientologist (surprise!). But I’ll always have my fictional fancy, Logan Echolls: funny, fascinating, occasionally freaky and oh-so-completely f-wordable.
P.S: Alliteration is awesome!
Thanks so much to Jaime for writing this up! If you're interested in sharing a Fictional Fancy of your own, email me!