As far as relationships go in books, it’s the romantic ones that get most of the attention. Who doesn’t love a spot of romance after all? Or when those two characters you’ve shipped for so long finally get it together!
However, I personally think that some of the most interesting and most heart-warming relationships in books are actually the friendships, so I thought I’d give them a little love in this post by sharing some of my absolute favourites!
So what are your favourite bookish friendships? Here is my top 10, in no particular order:
1. Harry, Ron and Hermione from Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
For me, Harry, Ron and Hermione will always be the greatest of book friends. As someone who grew up reading the Harry Potter books, this trio in many ways taught me a lot about what friendship truly was. They have their ups and downs, and a large part of their friendship is bickering and teasing, but they are all there for each other through the absolute darkest of days, and the toughest trials.
2. James, Sirius and Remus from Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
J.K. Rowling must just write the best friendships, because second on my list is another Harry Potter friendship trio!
The Marauders from Harry Potter have always been one of my favourite friendships in fiction (let’s just pretend Peter Pettigrew never existed, shall we?), despite the fact they aren’t even shown very much together (what with James being dead by the start of the first book). I (and many other fans, I’m sure!) would literally be beside myself with glee if J.K. Rowling ever announced she was writing a novel about the Marauders! Sirius Black and Remus Lupin are two of my favourite Harry Potter characters, so them as teenagers + James Potter + their antagonistic relationship with Snape would make an AMAZING book!!!
3. August and Issac from The Fault In Our Stars by John Green
One thing I really loved about The Fault In Our Stars was the friendship between August and Issac. As fellow cancer survivors they have supported each other through some of the hardest times life could throw at you, and they understand perfectly what the other has been through/is going through. When Issac needs to throw things or is down about his girlfriend leaving him, or the operation he needs to have, August takes it upon himself to make him feel better, and when Issac tells August his eulogy, it’s one of the most heart-breaking moments in the book (I mean, how can you not well up a bit at this: ‘When the scientists from the future show up at my house with robot eyes and tell me to try them on, I will tell them to screw off because I do not want to see a world without him’).
4. Chaol and Dorian from Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
To me, Chaol and Dorian have one of the most steadfast friendships of any book I’ve read. Despite their different personalities and different statuses, not to mention the many obstacles that come between them (liking the same girl, for instance, or one of them being possessed by a Valg demon), their friendship seems to remain rock solid.
5. Cath and Reagan from Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
The shy, introvert girl + more outgoing friend combo is so well used in fiction that it has become a cliche, but I still couldn’t help but like Cath and Reagan in Fangirl. Cath is still the one character in fiction I have always felt I could relate to most, and whilst her sister Wren (who is also a lot more outgoing than her) just makes her feel bad, Reagan’s tough love approach builds her up instead. And that’s what good friendship is all about, after all!
6. Macy and Kristy in The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen
Whilst to some extent this is another quiet/outgoing friend pairing, I loved Macy and Kristy’s friendship! Instead of simply being shy, Macy is struggling with her grief over her father’s death, and I feel like her blossoming friendship with the bubbly and outlandish Kristy really helps her start to get over what has happened. Plus I loved both of the characters separately, so how could I not like their friendship?
7. Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson from Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
The two vastly different personalities of genius detective Sherlock Holmes and his sensible and pragmatic assistant John Watson is a large part of the charm of this famous fictional friendship. As Watson is essentially Holmes’ only close friend, due to his eccentric and often cold personality, it’s especially nice when you catch the odd spark of true feeling between them (for example, when Watson gets shot in one story and Holmes is distraught, and shows a rare glimpse of his human side, or when Watson calls him ‘the best and wisest man whom I have ever known’ when he thinks he has died at the falls of Reichenbach).
8. Sam and Frodo from The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
These two are a classic book friendship for a reason: who else has a friend who would go through so much for them? All poor Sam was doing was ‘dropping some eaves’ under the window at Bag End, and somehow he ends up virtually dragging his friend Frodo up Mount Doom to cast the One Ring into the fire, because he’s that good of a friend!
9. Sam Tarly and Jon Snow from A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin
Speaking of good friends and people called Sam, I really like the unlikely friendship between Sam and Jon in the ASOIAF series. In a harsh world full of betrayal and violence, the true friendship between Sam and Jon is incredibly refreshing. You really can’t imagine one betraying the other, which is a pretty strong statement to make about any characters written by George R.R. Martin!
10. Bronn and Tyrion from A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin
Another ASOIAF friendship here, but with a slightly different tone… Bronn outright says at points that he and Tyrion are friends of convenience – Tyrion has money, and Bronn can protect Tyrion – but nevertheless I absolutely adore their friendship! In many ways it’s the transparency that I like, as they are both perfectly open about what they get out of the friendship. At the same time you can tell that deep down they do have a genuine regard for the other (Bronn even goes on to name his step son after Tyrion). Plus I found their banter absolutely hilarious!
So who are your favourite fictional friendships?