My Top 10 Book Friendships

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My Top 10 Book FriendshipsAs 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?

14 Responses to “My Top 10 Book Friendships”

  1. Melissa @ Quill Pen Writer

    Ah yes! I love Chaol and Dorian’s friendship, as well as Jon and Sam’s. I think a lot of books now don’t tend to show such strong friendships between two men, and those are great examples of what they should be. Thank you for sharing! <3

    • Laura

      I think that’s one of the things I like so much about Chaol and Dorian – they are just a great example of a strong male friendship, and they openly care about each other, which is something you don’t see often in fiction 🙂

  2. Lia Levina

    This is a great list! I’d like to imagine an AU where the Marauders (maybe with an exception of Peter) are still alive and the friendship still continues even after they children have grown up. I like to read about long lasting friendships like that! And yes, Isaac’s early eulogy was damn heartbreaking. And Samwise Gamgee. He deserves the WORLD for staying faithful to Frodo even though he was mean to him (although he was provoked by Gollum).

    • Laura

      That would be awesome to read about the Marauders all grown up and alive, with their own children! That’s something I would definitely be interested in reading 🙂
      And poor, poor Samwise Gamgee! He really did put up with a lot!

  3. Greg

    This is a fun topic! Cath and Reagan- absolutely. I love that scene when that one guy Cath was studying with was messing with her (don’t remember the details) and Reagan stood next to Cath and basically told him off. Loved that! I even quoted it on my site lol I just loved the writing of it. Sam and Jon are fantastic as well- I like how Jon always had Sam’s back. Jon lost a little of his arrogance thanks to Donal Noye and I love how he and Sam are tight.

    And Bronn and Tyrion are just fun.

    • Laura

      Yeah, I really love how Reagan always has Cath’s back! 🙂
      And I love how tight Sam and Jon are, even though they’re just so different. I really hope they end up reunited again somewhere along the line! And Bronn and Tyrion are such good fun! I’m really hoping they cross paths again as well 🙂

  4. Puput @ Sparkling Letters

    OHHH you totally had me at Chaol and Dorian!! I was so so so in love with their bromance it’s the cutest and most genuine thing of ever <3<3<3 which is why I'm sad that Chaol+Dorian didn't get as much spotlight anymore 🙁 and yes to Harry, Rone, and Hermione they're such a squad goal! I also love Nina and Inej's friendship from Six of Crows/Crooked Kingdom because it's so fun and genuine and girls friendships are somewhat rare! Hahaha great post! 😀

    • Laura

      I’m so hoping Chaol and Dorian’s friendship comes back into the spotlight again soon! That’s one of the things I loved so much about the early books, but in the later ones they’ve been separated and it sucks 🙁
      I still haven’t read Six of Crows, but I’ve been meaning to. And now I know there’s a great girl friendship in there I’m especially looking forward to it! It really is so rare in books to see a really good female friendship 🙂

  5. Kaja

    Cath and Reagan are such a great example of a perfect bookish friendship! I recently re-read Fangirl and fell in love with all the characters all over again.

    And any bookish friendship list would be incomplete without the HP bunch, they really created the basis for friendships in YA novels, I think.

    If you have Chaol and Dorian on this list, I’d add the Thirteen as well, those ladies have a very special thing going.

    Great list, Laura! 🙂

    • Laura

      I really need to reread Fangirl! It’s been so long since I read it, but I remember resonating with it so much, and really loving Cath and Reagan’s friendship 🙂
      That’s so true as well – the HP bunch did pretty much define YA friendships!
      Oh yeah, the Thirteen are awesome, and I especially loved the friendship between Manon and Asterin! I like how as witches they’re supposed to be really cold-hearted and not care about anyone much, but Manon and Asterin really do care about each other.
      I’m glad you liked the list! 🙂

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