Your Literary BFF
Yesterday, the Huffington Post posted their Top Ten Literary BFFs, as apparently voted on by readers. I can honestly say no other list on earth would result in Boo Radley and Zaphod Beeblebrox being in the same sentence, let alone Raoul Duke and Bridget Jones.
I have a few problems with this list and disagree with most of their choices, but the one I have the most of a gripe with is that they have Harry Potter on this list. Forgive me, but if you’re befriending anyone in the Harry Potter universe, who chooses Harry Potter himself? He has a horrifically bad track record in terms of how he treats his friends, he has crazy angsty mood swings, and he’s never around because he’s off fighting evil or snogging Ginny or sulking. Not exactly bestie material.
I would definitely much rather befriend, well, almost any other character in the Harry Potter-verse or otherwise. Thinking about it, though, the characters I love in literature would probably just be totally overwhelming as an actual best friend (Anne Shirley, Porthos, Amelia Peabody, and Jo March spring to mind), so the question becomes deceptively hard.
Anne Elliot from Persuasion would definitely be on my list as would Arabella Strange from Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell, Phileas Fogg from Around the World in Eighty Days, maybe Paul Tomm from The Geographer’s Library, and perhaps someone from Inkheart, but then I really hit a wall. Who else isn’t too much of a character to be a friend?
So who would you choose as your literary BFFs? Feel free to pick at the HuffPost list, start afresh, or yell at me for slandering the Boy Who Lived, but definitely chime in below!