Your Literary BFF

June 3, 2011 at 12:00 am 6 comments

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!



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  • 1. Kate  |  June 3, 2011 at 7:12 am

    Jane Eyre and I are BFF for certain, as are Bridget Jones and I. Let’s see…the main character in Rebecca and I are friends, too, I think, and I have spent too much time with Pip from Great Expectations and with Holden Caulfield for us NOT to be friends.

    I agree with you on The Boy Who Lived, though!

    • 2. Corey  |  June 4, 2011 at 2:35 am

      Good choices! You will no doubt have some interesting hijinks with the latter two, though.

      • 3. Emily  |  June 6, 2011 at 12:41 am

        You would be BFFs with Holden Coulfied?!?!?! Friends, definitiely yes, but BEST FRIENDS? No. Serioulsy, Katie? He’s so sulky and sad and unhappy with everything about himself, except those records which are destroyed. DESTROYED! You deserve a better BFF. Maybe he’d be awesome in another 30 yrs after he figures some shit out, but until then, he needs more help than you as a BFF can offer.

        • 4. Kate  |  June 21, 2011 at 2:14 pm

          Ha ha, true — but haven’t you ever had a self-destructive friend? Holden need someone to slap him upside the head and tell him to pull himself together. None of this crying in parks while staring at carousels bullshit. And what is a BFF for if not for that? :P

  • 5. Shannon  |  June 3, 2011 at 7:50 pm

    I am genuinely ASTOUNDED by that list. Jay Gatsby??? Whatever.

    I could see Harry as my bestie, but I’d probably spend more time with the Weasley twins.

    I think my true literary BFF is Anne Elliott.

    • 6. Corey  |  June 4, 2011 at 2:37 am

      Exactly! I am with you this completely. Most of the people they chose seem to be just terrible (or maybe just complicated…) humans let alone friends!

      And, huzzah for another Anne Elliot enthusiast!


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