Top Ten Tuesday is an original meme created by The Broke and the Bookish for list addicts. The only catch (and it’s a biggie) is that you are supposed to stick to ten things. This week’s list is…
Top Ten Books About Friendship (aww)
This week’s challenge was hard as when I went through my Goodreads read pile I saw plenty of books that had good examples of friendship but not that many where it was at the core of the book. I read an awful lot of romance books and friendship is often the last thing the lead characters want.
I prefer it when the friendship between characters is tested in some way through adversity or misunderstandings as I think it is more realistic and can often reveal different facets of characters’ personalities. I decided to focus on male friendships rather than doing my usual and champion strong heroines. Here goes nothing…
1. Lord of the Rings series by J.R.R. Tolkein
The bond of friendship between Samwise and Frodo is pretty spectacular and overshadows the connection between Frodo and the other companions.
2. Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
It would be a pretty poor list indeed if I failed to mention Harry, Ron and Hermione. Their friendship is really at the heart of every book in this series.
3. The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne
The book itself might be a little schmaltzy and implausible but the effects of the friendship between Bruno, the son of a Nazi Commander, and Shmuel, a Jewish prisoner, will tug at the heart strings.
4. Black Dagger Brotherhood series by J.R. Ward
The boys in black are so close they consider each other brothers.
5. Sherlock Holmes series by Arthur Conan Doyle
Sherlock and Watson. Nuff said.
6. Batman and Robin
I know this doesn’t qualify (even loosely) as a novel but the friendship between these two is pretty cool until Batman annoys Robin and the latter has a hissy fit and runs off to be Nightwing.
7. Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
The earthy qualities of Sancho provide the perfect foil for Don Quioxte’s flights of fancy.
8. Tintin series by Hergé
Where would Tintin be without the stalwart support of Snowy? He’s cute, fluffy and intelligent.
9. The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
The witty repartee between Jack and Algernon is delightful and cements this as one of my favourite plays.
10. Hercule Poirot series by Agatha Christie
Poirot’s enduring friendship with Captain Hastings is one of the few things that really humanises him as a character and makes him so much more than just an odd little Belgian genius.
So what do you think? Have I nailed this this week or are there way better examples that I’ve neglected to mention?