This week’s Six for Sunday topic ‘Characters you think would make brilliant best friends’ was a bit more difficult than I thought it would be. It turns out there are more characters I would rather not be friends with than ones I would actually call up on the weekend to grab a coffee. It might be due to the genres I typically read not including overly pleasant characters or characters I would consider to be quality friend material. But the following four ladies and one gentleman are my definite go-to for literary best friends.
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Hermione Granger, Harry Potter series
I feel like Hermione and I are already best friends. She’s been my number one role model since I was a kid. Hermione would do literally anything for her friends, even if it meant breaking the rules she once held so dear. She’s no-nonsense and will speak her mind in defence of herself and of someone she cares about, making her without a doubt my number one choice for a literary best friend. The only thing you can’t count on her for is letting you sneak a peek at her homework assignment that you really can’t be bothered doing yourself.
Brienne of TarTh, A Song of Ice and Fire
Brienne and Jaime have the best friendship (that I may or may not ship) in the series. While the show took Jaime’s character in a direction I didn’t love, book Jaime was totally redeemed through the support and understanding of Brienne. It was a bumpy journey but their friendship and bond preserved through their love/hate relationship. Brienne is honourable, in a similar way to Ned Stark, and protects those she cares about. She’s also a complete badass and I would love to receive some sword fighting training from her so we can save the world together.
Samwise Gamgee, The Lord of the Rings
Sam is the ultimate best friend. If it wasn’t for Sam, Fordo would have been dead long before reaching Mordor. He’s the type of friend that would bring you soup when you’re sick and would give you great advice when you were feeling hopeless. He’d be full of motivational speeches and a great person to go to when you need a confidence booster. I also feel like Sam would be one of the first people you’d go to if you had really good news to share or really bad news to vent about. A+ friend, Frodo was lucky!
Beverly Marsh, It
Bev’s story in It made me sad. Like Hermione, I feel like she always had her friends’ backs and was willing to go above and beyond to protect those she cared about. But I feel like Bev could have used a best friend herself. She was tremendously misunderstood and horribly abused by her father. Reading the book made me want to give her a hug and a safe space to vent. I also feel like we would have been good friends growing up, she was very open and fun and while independent, put her friends first.
Anne Shirley, Anne of Green Gables
I mentioned Anne of Green Gables in my post on Wednesday, and it reminded me of how wonderful of a character Anne was throughout the Green Gables series. She was such a good friend to Diana and would have been so much fun to hang out with as a kid. Her imagination was so big and her cheerful nature contagious. Adventures with Anne around Prince Edward Island would have been magnificent.
Imagine having all these characters in the same room together? I feel like with all five of them you’d have a pretty strong support system. Which literary characters would you have as your best friends? Let me know in the comments!