Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.
This week’s Top Ten Tuesday theme is platonic relationships in books. I had a difficult time narrowing down this list to just ten because there are just so many amazing fictional friends and families. I tried to put a few lines of explanation after each of my picks, but I’m currently exhausted (it’s a stupidly busy week at work), so it might come off as incoherent rambles.
1) The Weasleys from Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling: I usually have a difficult time picking a favourite when it comes to anything bookish, but I will say that the Weasleys are my favourite fictional family. I love how close and loving they are, and the Burrow sounds like such a cozy place to live. I also love how welcoming and caring Molly, and Arthur Weasley are, and I don’t think the books would be the same without them.
2) Neville Longbottom, Ginny Weasley, and Luna Lovegood from Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling: I considered putting the Golden Trio on this list, but then I decided that Neville, Ginny, and Luna deserve way more appreciation. Neville, Ginny, and Luna do so much to help with the fight against Voldemort, and I love how they stay friends during it all.
3) Sherlock Holmes and John Watson from Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle: When I was thinking of fictional friendships to include on this list, Sherlock Holmes and John Watson were one of the first pairs to pop into my head. They’re an iconic duo, and I think they would be lost without each other’s friendship.
4) Jamie and James Watson from A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro: When I was thinking about Sherlock and Watson, it reminded me about the relationship that Jamie Watson has with his father James in A Study in Charlotte. I love how enthusiastic James is about all thing Sherlock Holmes related, and I love how much he supports and defends his son while he’s dealing with a Holmes of his own.
5) Lina and Addie from Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch: I included Lina and Addie on this list because I love how supportive they are of one another, even when they’re halfway around the globe from one another.
6) Elle and Sage from Geekerella by Ashley Poston: It’s been a while since I read Geekerella, so I’m a little bit fuzzy on the details, but I remember loving Elle and Sage’s friendship when I read it. I especially liked how much Sage did to help Elle make it to the con, and I think everyone needs a friend like Sage in their life.
7) Cameron and Cooper from Chaotic Good by Whitney Gardner: Chaotic Good is my most recent book obsession, so of course I had to include Cameron and Cooper on this list. I love how much they support each other with their art and in general. I also really like their parents, especially their father and how he introduced them to the world of Dungeons and Dragons.
8) Cath and Reagan from Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell: If you’ve read my blog at all, you’ve probably noticed that I’m a little obsessed with Cath and Levi from Fangirl, but I’m also obsessed with Cath and Reagan. Reagan is such a good friend to Cath, and their unlikely friendship brings me so much joy.
9) The Covey-Song Sisters from To All The Boys I Loved Before by Jenny Han: I don’t have any sisters, and both of my brothers are significantly older than I am, so I don’t know if the relationship between Kitty, Lara Jean, and Margot is a normal sibling relationship. What I do know is that I love them and that I love how close they are with each other. I also love their father and all of the family traditions that they have.
10) Arthur and Ford from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams: I felt like I had to include Arthur and Ford on this list because they’re an unlikely pair that works well together. Arthur is Ford’s guide on earth, and Ford is Arthur’s guide on their hitchhiking adventure. I also had to include them on this list because a true friend makes sure you have a towel on hand if you’re going to have an intergalactic space adventure.
What do you think of these friends and families? Do you have a favourite bookish friendship or fictional family?