Thursday Thirteen — Best Friends in Literature

Every now and then, I do “Thursday Thirteen” posts — lists of thirteen things. On my old blog, I did my thirteen favorite movies, thirteen favorite books, etc.

My best friend’s birthday is today, so I’ve decided to do best friends in literature! They provide amazing characterization and they inspire me to write great friendships, too. Too often in young adult fiction, the protagonists (especially the female ones) lack real friendships. Their lives seem to revolve around the romantic interest.

I know there are plenty others, such as Holmes and Watson and Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn, but I wanted to mention both ones I read firsthand and ones written in the last century. So, these are just from books I’ve read, and most of them are fairly modern, with the exception of Anne of Green Gables.

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1. Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, and Hermione Granger
Harry Potter series by JK Rowling
The Golden Trio! How could I NOT mention them? They are such an awesome example of a strong friendship — they each have their strengths and weaknesses, and they work together so well.

2. Liesel and Rudy
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
A beautiful friendship in the tumultuous time of the second world war. Liesel and Rudy always make me laugh (and cry) when I read this book.

3. Anne Shirley and Diana Barry
Anne of Green Gables series by L.M. Montgomery
The best of bosom friends, the two girls support each other and also help the other get into (and out of) lots of trouble.

4. Frodo and Sam
The Lord of the Rings trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien
Going through the toughest of challenges, these two hobbits protect each other as Frodo seeks to destroy the ring of power.

5. Clary Fray and Simon Lewis
The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare
Even though Simon’s in love with Clary and afraid it’s unrequited, this is a great friendship. They’ve been friends since they were little and even demons can’t tear them apart.

6. Ellie Linton and Fiona Maxwell

Tomorrow series by John Marsden
Through very different, an invasion on their country brings Ellie and Fi from friends to the closest type of friends. I also want to give Homer Yannos an honorary mention since he’s Ellie’s close friend, too.

7. Royce and Hadrian
The Riyria Revelations by Michael J. Sullivan
Two thieves get wrapped up in a conspiracy for the crown and an overarching plan. The two have taken care of each other for years, and their friendship is constantly put to the test with life-or-death situations.


8. Katniss Everdeen and Gale Hawthorne
The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins
There’s a romantic flavor here, too, but Katniss and Gale have been friends since they were young, hunting together and taking care of their families. (Side note: I was all for Gale romantically until Peeta came into the picture 😉

9. Todd and Viola
Chaos Walking series by Patrick Ness
This one also veers into romance towards the end, and I almost don’t know whether to call them “best friends.” They seem to transcend that. It’s a powerful relationship.

10. Jackson Meyer and Adam (does he have a last name?)

Tempest by Julie Cross
Time-traveling Jackson and science whiz Adam study Jackson’s time traveling both in the “right” timeline and the one that Jackson knows is wrong. Adam is a pretty awesome sidekick.

11. Sam and Lindsay (and Elody and Ally)
Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
I put Elody and Ally in parenthesis because Sam and Lindsay are the more prominent girls in the friendship. Far from perfect, these girls are multi-faceted and their friendship relies on both love for each other and on trying to escape their old lives.

12. Clara and Angela
Unearthly series by Cynthia Hand
These girls are unlikely friends. They bond over the fact they both have angel blood and become closer friends as the series goes on. Angela can sometimes be competitive, but overall, they’re very supportive of each other.

13. Cameron and Sonia
The Myth of You and Me by Leah Stewart
I put this one last because it doesn’t exactly have a happy ending. Sonia and Cameron were once inseparable, but they haven’t talked for years until Sonia sends Cameron a letter. This book was a great read about how a relationship can be strong and fragile at the same time.

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