This month all our posts have featured the common theme ofLove. ‘Tis the season after all, so we’re making the most it!
But of course gooey mushy gushy love isn’t the only type there is on the market. In fact, most of our favourite books feature another type (one particularly near & dear to our hearts as Bri & I are long-time BFFs): Friendship! Whether it’s leader + follower, hero + sidekick, or partners in crime, the world of Story is populated by pairs of BFFs. These dedicated duos make us laugh with their antics, tear-up with their sacrifices & remind us that an adventure is always twice as nice when shared with a friend.
There are SO many to choose from, but here are just a few of our top Best-Buddy Duos:
Mez’s Favourite Besties
Some of the ultimate Best-Buddy duos belong to classic picture books. Who could forget the likes of Winnie the Pooh and Piglet, looking out for each other in the face of potential Heffulumps and Woozles, encouraging one another when balloons burst or houses flood, and simply enjoying the sunset side-by-side?
Then there’s Ratty and Moley from Wind in the Willows. I just love this unlikely friendship between the adventurous, river-wise Rat and the hitherto reclusive, homebody Mole. Yet their differences are what make their friendship so special, each helping the other to see the world threw new lenses, Ratty growing more sensitive and Moley more daring with each new venture.
Similarly, Frog and Toad (the Frog and Toad series) are another example of friends whose differences compliment one another. I love the way the even-keeled Frog looks after the rather tempermental Toad, helping him find lost buttons, grow stubborn seeds and wake-up to enjoy the Spring together.
Moving on to books for older readers, I could hardly leave out Toothless and Hiccup from the How to Train Your Dragon series. Though the misfit boy and the grouchy little dragon get off to a bumpy start, they can’t resist the bond between them. The film version of these characters is delightful in its own way, but reading the friendship grow in the books makes you want to laugh and cry at the same time!
One of my all time favourites has to be Anne Shirley and Diana Barry from Anne of Green Gables. While Anne is definitely the leader of the duo, Diana becomes her bosom friends because she accepts Anne as she is, with all her quirks and “odd little ways.” And do they ever get into some delightful scrapes together! This is another friendship portrayed beautifully in film version – it’s so fun to watch them grow up together!
And one of the all-time BBF duos, Frodo and Sam from the Lord of the Rings. While this friendship falls into the hero + sidekick category, it’s special because Frodo really couldn’t make it to Mordor without Sam. Sam’s canine-like loyalty without question, humble courage and perseverance through tough times make him the epitome of a True Friend.
Bri’s Favorite Besties
Sophie and Monster from The Girl Who Couldn’t Dream Sophie dreamt Monster to life as a young girl and they’ve been inseparable since. Monster lives to protect Sophie and he is
her only friend. When disaster strikes Sophie’s family, she and Monster work together to set things right.
Elizabeth and Jane from Pride and Prejudice These girls aren’t only friends, but sisters. United against the silliness of their mother and three younger sisters, they navigate the ups and downs of their respective romances, trying to find their happiness in life.
Tip and J. Lo from The True Meaning Smekday Tip, and eleven-year-old girl, and J. Lo, an alien from an invading race, start out as bitter enemies, only together because they need each other. Eventually they become friends, even calling each other siblings. Together, the two of them set out to save the world.
Ali and Kat from Alice in Zombieland When Kat and Ali meet, Ali had just lost her family and been transferred to a new school. Their friendship strikes up quickly and when things get rough, Kat’s loyalty and support help Ali come to terms with the truth of her family’s death: zombies.