“Friendship is born at that moment when one man says to another: ‘What! You too? I thought that no one but myself…'”
– C.S. Lewis
Happy Valentine’s Day!
On this day last year, I made a top ten list of my favorite fictional couples. Am I posting an updated version for 2015? No. I mean, it was fun and everything, but I’ve already done that once. This year, I want to try something different: I’ve made a top ten list of my favorite fictional friendships!
Valentine’s Day is always so focused on romance… and I don’t know about you, but I think that’s sweet for about two seconds and then I get bored. Maybe it’s because I don’t/have never had a girlfriend? I don’t know. All I know is that today, I’m going to fangirl about platonic love and the friendships that give me at least as many feels (if not more) than any fictional romantic relationship.
But before I get started, I’d just like to say that A) this post is completely spoiler-free, B) I ranked the friendships so that my favoritest is at the very bottom, and C) I haven’t limited myself to discussing only duos. Three of the ten relationships listed below are between groups of people because… the more, the merrier!
“The man had sat back down in the comfortable upholstered chair. He moved his shoulders around as if to ease away an aching sensation. He seemed terribly weary.
‘Call me The Giver,’ he told Jonas.”
One of the themes of The Giver is love, and I appreciate how Ms. Lowry made love between friends the most important kind in this book. Jonas and the Giver have no one else with whom to share all those memories, so consequently they grow very close. They’re the only people in their entire community who understand pain, or true happiness, or history. Or love.
“You are quite skilled, Watson.”
“I am dissecting a body in the middle of the night. We are not having a moment.”
OMG THESE TWO. They make me laugh so much. They’re just… god. They’re such dorks. And they solve crimes together, which I think is an A+ relationship goal! Also, I love how Joan doesn’t take any crap from Sherlock. If he treats someone poorly, or has a bad attitude, she calls him out on it and so he’s slowly becoming a better person. I love this adaptation of the Arthur Conan Doyle stories because it updates the classic duo (solving crimes in modern-day NYC!) and portrays them so accurately.
Unlike some other adaptations, but I won’t go into that here because I’ll just start ranting.
“We need to girl the hell up!”
Please excuse me while I fangirl over the awesomeness of a TV show: IT’S ABOUT QUEER LADIES OMG. (And many of the cast members are LGBTQ+ themselves, as well! Squee!) These five are so much fun to watch. They’re dorks! They’re nerds! They attend a creepy, magical university and make vlogs fight vampires! …oh, and did I mention that one of them is a vampire?! Carmilla is literally perfect in every way and no one can tell me otherwise.
“The first rule of being a team is trusting one another. And if you trust someone, you let her keep her secrets. When she is ready to tell you, she will. You don’t have to know everything.”
Obviously I have a bit of a THING for friends who fight crime together, right?! DeeDee is a brilliant chemist, Luz is a genius with tools, Betty is a master of disguise, Oona is a forger, Ananka is a walking encyclopedia, and Kiki herself is the leader. Each of these girls could’ve easily used their skills for criminal means, but instead these “delinquent Girl Scouts” work for the greater good… or do they?
“No one will ever forget that night and what it meant for this country. But I will never forget the man and what he meant to me.”
These two, on the other hand, commit crimes. And they give me so many feels, too! V introduces Evey to so many things she’d never seen before – music, literature, et cetera – and teaches her to be brave, but he can also be quite manipulative at times. (OMG THAT PRISON SCENE THOUGH. NOOOOOOO WHY.) They definitely put the “FUN” in “dysfunctional friendship.”
“We have heard tell that Legolas took Gimli Gloin’s son with him because of their great friendship, greater than any that has been between elf and dwarf. If this is true, then it is strange indeed: that a dwarf should be willing to leave Middle-Earth for any love, or that the Eldar should receive him, or that the Lords of the West should permit it.”
I mean, Frodo & Sam are nice together too, but… LEGOLAS AND GIMLI. My poor fangirlish heart! In The Fellowship of the Ring they don’t trust one another at all, because historically there was a lot of animosity between elves and dwarves. However, they gradually begin to get to know one another, and eventually fight side by side. AND THEN LEGOLAS TOOK GIMLI WITH HIM TO THE UNDYING LANDS OMG. That’s a really special place for elves, and they hardly ever let anyone else go with them – besides Gimli, only Bilbo, Frodo, and Sam were allowed to travel there because they had been Ringbearers. I’m having an emotion.
“I had a friend, once. She called me spaceman…”
Donna is my favorite companion, and her friendship with the Doctor is a major factor in my adoration of that character. I think they had more FUN together than he has ever had with any companion before or since – just good old fun, visiting ancient Rome and breaking into Adipose Industries and meeting Agatha Christie and running through the biggest library in the universe. Doctor, Donna, friends. Traveling through time and space in that blue box of his. She was going to travel with him forever…
“‘You can be just friends with people, you know,’ Orla said. ‘I think it’s crazy how you’re in love with all those Raven Boys.’
Orla wasn’t wrong, of course. But what she didn’t realize about Blue and her boys was that they were all in love with one another. She was no less obsessed with them than they were with her, or one another, analyzing every conversation and gesture, drawing out every joke into a longer and longer running gag, spending each moment either with one another or thinking about when next they would be with one another.
Blue was perfectly aware that it was possible to have a friendship that wasn’t all-encompassing, that wasn’t blinding, deafening, maddening, quickening. It was just that now that she’d had this kind, she didn’t want the other.”
Hats off to you, Maggie Stiefvater. I don’t know how she does it – some of the characters in this group of friends are romantically involved with one another, but she never lets that overwhelm the platonic relationships that are at the heart of this series. (I feel that many other authors would.) The fourth and final book, The Raven King, comes out this fall and I am so not ready for that. So not ready to say goodbye to this astounding series and its even more astounding group of friends.
“Things are never quite as scary when you’ve got a best friend.”
I feel like this comic strip defined my childhood – who’s with me?! And I’ll never be too old to read Calvin and Hobbes, either – if Bill Watterson began producing more of these cartoons again, that would make my day. Calvin and Hobbes get into a lot of mischief and trouble together, but they also have one of the sweetest friendships I’ve yet found in all of literature. #relationshipgoals
‘What’s happening and what’s going to happen, this isn’t your fault. You can’t control everything and not everything is your responsibility… you said something about how you don’t want to drag me around after you so I can die beside you. I wanted to tell you then, but I didn’t have the words and I didn’t have the time. I’m here because I choose to be. You save my life. I save yours. That’s how we work.’
‘Until the end.’
‘Until the end.'”
Words cannot properly express how much I love these two, but I’ll attempt to describe my admiration anyway. This entire series is built around the friendships between characters and, though not without romance, contains but little. I love the friendships that formed between characters of such different ages and backgrounds, and I love reading about the adventures of Skulduggery and Valkyrie. They crack jokes, wreak havoc, fight crime (yes – more crime-fighting friends!), and become the best of friends. The Skeleton Detective and his assistant never cease to make me laugh and cry… sometimes both at once.
Of course, I have many other favorite fictional relationships – I haven’t even come close to mentioning all of my fandoms! What you see above are just my all-time favorites. I love stumbling across awesome friendships in stories. I love friends in general.
I’ve been tagging some of you in silly Valentine’s Day posts on Facebook all day, but right now I’d like to take the time to thank all of you. Yes, ALL OF YOU. You’re the best friends I’ve ever had so please, consider this post a ginormous platonic valentine addressed to all my readers. I mean this wholeheartedly. I have so many amazing memories and inside jokes with you, and you always make me feel better when I’m feeling bummed out. THANK YOU FOR BEING AWESOME XOXO.
Tell me about YOUR favorite fictional friendships! Why do you love them so much?
P.S. I’d like to conclude this post with one of my favorite passages from Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A. Milne. It’s the sweetest quote I know of: “If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day so I never have to live without you.”
Happy Valentine’s Day.