July 25: Top Ten Fictional BFFs
When I was thinking about this prompt it occured to me (sadly) just how few books that I’ve read feature friendships that don’t turn into something romantic, especially in YA literature. Please address this issue publishing industry!
1. Harry Potter, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger (Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling)
We’ll ignore the fact that Ron and Hermione end up together since they spend almost the entire series as friends. I still believe that it is truly wonderful how few romantic relationships are explored in the Potter world, as other themes are far more pressing.
2. Holly Kennedy, Sharon and Denise (P.S. I Love You by Cecelia Ahern)
Holly’s friends help her cope with the tragic loss of her husband, Gerry, by being supportive when she needs it most, but they also drag her out of her comfort zone to face her new life.
3. Bella Swan and Alice Cullen (Twilight by Stephenie Meyer)
If we’re discounting her friendship/relationship with Jacob, Bella and Alice are my favourite friendship in the series. Alice is just so easy to love that she makes even Bella appealling.
4. Jesse, Vicks and Mel (How To Be Bad by E. Lockhart, Lauren Myracle and Sarah Mlynowski)
These three unlikely friends take a road trip around Florida and form a wonderful bond thanks to the issues they face together.
5. Gansey, Adam, Ronan and Noah (The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater)
Right. I’ve as yet only read book one, and I get the indication from other reviews that there may be a relationship developing down the line (no spoilers!) but it’s rare to read about a diverse male friendship in YA, so I am pro-platonic at the moment.
6. Bridget Jones, Shazzer, Jude and Tom (Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding)
I love these four simply because they feel so genuine. They are completely at ease with each other, drinking, swearing and bitching, (like real life) and that’s exactly the sort of adult friendship that needs reflecting in fiction.
7. Alix, Ben, Dean and Zara (Unboxed by Non Pratt)
This was one of my favourite reads of 2016 as it features one of the best friendships in YA, and the whole premise revolves around their group dynamic.
8. George/Melissa and Kelly (George by Alex Gino)
One of the things that I love the most about middle-grade is that there is a real focus on friendships, and this pairing is more meaningful and important than most.
9. Mia Thermopolis and Lilly Moscovitz (The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot)
These two are so geeky and awkward and I love them so much; they don’t try to be something they’re not to increase their popularity.
10. Cormoran Strike and Robin Ellacott (The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith)
I swear that if in Lethal White (book four) the pair end up as a couple I give in: why can’t men and women be friends in literature without any romantic inclinations? Regardless, up to this point the two are happily friends.
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