My favourite types of romantic connection are friendship growing into love or two people who can't stand each other, suddenly finding that line between love and hate really is very thin. Although I am also a sucker for that different kind of connection, like Iris and Alex in The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox.
All my crushes from my teenage years (and from my now years) have been on book characters. I can appreciate a sweeping love story on film (Rhett and Scarlet, Jack and Rose) but I generally prefer to be reading about it. When I was younger and all my friends were swooning over Tom Cruise in Days of Thunder or Jonny Depp in Don Juan Demarco. I was completely head of heels with Mr Darcy and this guy call Roaul from a series of completely wonderful books set in the French Revolution*.
I like the build up you get in a book, I like that you get inside the heads of the characters, I like that you only get a vague idea of what the hero looks like. I like the commentary on speech and action. In books there is so much more time to develop the relationship, for the characters to have conversations and get to know each other.
So romance for me will always be far stronger between the pages than on the screen.