The Top 5 favorite friendships in fiction
Are you kidding me with this question? This is an impossible question and you must know it! So I’ll list some favorites, but I won’t pretend it’s all of them.
- The ultimate, obvious trifecta of almighty Hermione/Harry/Ron, Harry Potter series. Okay, so I don’t need to explain this one. But this friendship is so well-balanced, so heartfelt, and so – well, it’s freaking Harry Potter! Is there anything else?
- Sam Vimes/Captain Carrot, Discworld series: There are oodles of brilliant friendships in the Discworld books, but if I have to pick one that cuts at my guts? City Watch honcho Sam Vimes’s grudging, almost fatherly love for loyal, upstanding, won’t-be-king Carrot. I could have just as easily said Fred Colon and Nobby Nobbs! Or Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg! The glory of Pratchett’s characterizations is eternal.
- Aristotle/Dante, Aristotle and Dante Discover the Mysteries of the Universe: This might be more than a friendship, but it starts as the most lovely example of one. I’m not a huge fan of romance in YA (no secret here), but when I see deep friendships I squee enough to wake up my cat. Which does not please her.
- Nana/Nana, Nana: I’m an avid otaku, and one aspect of anime and manga that I adore are the strength of the girl-girl friendships depicted in many series (take Madoka Magica or When Marnie was There as off-the-cuff examples). Nana depicts a very deep friendship, and at times a difficult and questionable one, but that’s what I love about it. Friendship often isn’t easy, and maybe it shouldn’t be.
- Chava/Ahmad, The Golem and the Jinni: I thought this magical-realism book was simply gorgeous, not in least because these two non-human characters, so unlike each other but even more unlike anyone else in the 19th century immigrant city they find themselves thrown in, become the most grudging of friends despite huge differences in their personalities. Kinship! It’s where it’s at.
In a stunning literary debut, two boys on opposite ends of the world begin an unlikely friendship that will change their lives forever.
Ollie and Moritz are best friends, but they can never meet. Ollie is allergic to electricity. Contact with it causes debilitating seizures. Moritz’s weak heart is kept pumping by an electronic pacemaker. If they ever did meet, Ollie would seize. But Moritz would die without his pacemaker. Both hermits from society, the boys develop a fierce bond through letters that become a lifeline during dark times—as Ollie loses his only friend, Liz, to the normalcy of high school and Moritz deals with a bully set on destroying him.
A story of impossible friendship and hope under strange circumstances, this debut is powerful, dark and humorous in equal measure. These extraordinary voices bring readers into the hearts and minds of two special boys who, like many teens, are just waiting for their moment to shine.
Because You’ll Never Meet Me is out now