Friendship. It's important, right? Most of us would get nowhere and some of us wouldn't be where we are now without our friends. So which do you think are the most iconic friendships you've come across in novels so far? As a start to this new mini-series of blog posts "5 Best Fictional..." I thought I would kick off with the dynamic duos, those partners in crime... The 5 Best Fictional BFF's (Best Friends Forever)
Sherlock and Watson - Sherlock Holmes Stories (Arthur Conan Doyle)
Having only read a few Sherlock Holmes stories a long time ago, I am mostly referring to generally how these two have been portrayed in television remakes. (Sorry.) Every time, the loyalty the two feel for each other and the confidence each places in the other's judgement is remarkable. While Watson always takes a back-seat, he knows how to keep Sherlock in check as time goes on and that's part of what makes for a great friendship.
"...I found myself in my old armchair in my own old room, and only wishing that I could have seen my old friend Watson in the other chair which he has so often adorned..."
- The Return of Sherlock Holmes, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Harry and Ron - Harry Potter Series (J.K Rowling)
Let's leave Hermione out of the equation for a second and just focus on the bros. Harry and Ron form a bond that can be even stronger than that of Ron and his brothers. They spend their whole school life together and are as thick as thieves (or just thick in some cases,
thanks for keeping them on track, Hermione). Friendship generally is a huge theme in the Harry Potter books - take a look at what our Harry Potter Group had to say on the matter here.
Zoey Redbird and Stevie Rae Johnson - House of Night Series (P.C Cast)
For those of you who have never read the House of Night series, the bond between these two young vampire girls was so strong. They had formed such a bond through their mutual misfortune and outcast ways, that they would do anything for one another. As a teenager when I read them, the protagonist's best friend had "died", I felt so much anguish that I was in floods of tears! (It could have been hormones but, we will say it was the sheer power of friendship.)
“Change can be weird... But change has to happen for things to grow... And it isn't so bad when you're not in it alone.” - Burned, P.C Cast
Parzival and Aech - Ready Player One (Ernest Cline)
These two are the protagonist and best friend that found one another in an entirely online space. Being of an age where some of my best friends have been those I've met online, it was refreshing for this type of friendship to be acknowledged. Strong friendships can be formed through an online environment and reality and this book was entirely centred around this idea. (Check out my comparison between the book and the film, here!)
Frodo and Samwise - The Lord of the Rings Series (J.R.R Tolkien)
“Come, Mr. Frodo!' he cried. 'I can't carry it for you, but I can carry you." - JRR Tolkien, The Return of the King
The tears were streaming down my face at this point! Poor Samwise and his unfaltering loyalty to his friend; following him halfway across the world and helping him bear a burden that meant almost certain destruction. I think more people should aim to be like hobbits. Once you have their friendship it seems they're with you to the end, and there, and back again.
So there you have it! My top 5 picks of best friends from fiction - but do you have any more for the shortlist?
Amy is a regular blogger here and also runs her own blog over at Writing Into The Ether.