Happy Tuesday and first day of August! Woah, summer is flying by! I don’t know if the Top Ten Tuesday group is up and running with a new topic this week, so I just went with my own.
I’ve been listening to a lot of The Great Comet of 1812 (the musical) and it got me thinking about literary friendships. If you don’t know, TGC is about a sub-plot in War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy, and it deals a lot with friendships. I haven’t actually read War and Peace yet, but I have been so impacted by the friendship of Natasha and Sonya, it made me think of other strong friendships that have impacted me. Enjoy!
1. Marie-Laure and Werner
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
This friendship is sweet and pure. Through the darkness of war this unlikely friendship emerges that brings two children together and shines a light in both of their lives.
2. Anne Shirley and Diana Barry
Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
Is there a more iconic friendship? I think not. Ok, well maybe there is, but not for me. I love these two with all my heart. They taught us the meaning of having a true bosom friend.
3. Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
This classic friendship is one we all grew up on, and it shows the purity of childhood friends. It didn’t matter the class of the kids, or what their background was–if they could have fun together and look out for each other, they could be the best of friends.
4. Frodo and Sam/Merry and Pippin/Legolas and Gimli
The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
I can never decide which friendship I like the best in this book, so I just put down my three favorite. These pairs prove time and time again the lengths they will go for their friends, and they are examples of the power good friends can give each other.
5. Jo March and Theodore Lawrence
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Clearly the main friendship in this book is that between the sisters, but I have always cherished the friendship between Jo and Teddy. Although, when Jo denied his marriage proposal…yeah, that was tough.
6. Bailey, Poppet, and Widget
The Night Circus by Erin Morganstern
This friendship was, for the most part, a sub-plot in the book, but it became a treasure in itself. Poppet and Widget bring Bailey into their lives without question, and show him a sense of belonging he had never felt before.
7. Theo and Boris
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
I did not like this friendship at first because I blamed Boris for most of Theo’s problems, but as I moved further into the story it dawned on me that Boris was of Theo’s most constant friend, and he was always there for him, no matter what.
8. Sherlock Holmes and John Watson
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Ok, maybe this is the more iconic duo…how can you not love these two? Whether it’s in the books, movies, or tv show, Holmes and Watson never disappoint, and they never fail to show how much their friendship means to each other (even if they show it in odd ways).
9. Liesel and Rudy
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
This friendship broke my heart because it was so precious. I mean, c’mon, everyone needs a friend who is willing to steal books with you!
10. Athos, Porthos, Aramis, & D’Artagnan
The Three Muskateers by Alexander Dumas
“All for one and one for all!” This friendship is more than a friendship because it is a brotherhood. These men know that friendship means to die for the other, and they are more than willing to do so. It means you can quarrel and you can disagree, but in the end you come together again as one.
What are some of your favorite literary bff’s?