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Top Ten Favorite Friendships

Clearly, I have a problem.

A reading conundrum if you will. As I was preparing to happily put together a Top Ten Tuesday "all about friendships" - which I naturally assumed would be as fun as it could be complicated, because, let's face it, relationships are complicated - I realized when searching my literal bookshelves and later my virtual ones that I hadn't read many books in which the friendships were primary or so memorable that they immediately leapt to mind. (You guys really have to help me correct this. Pretty, please?) Instead of skipping out, I decided to expand my search parameters by eliminating the stipulation that the book had to be about friendship, and include film and television, and luckily, I came up with enough BFF's to satisfy a list.

 
Ten Books About Friendship
 
Here are the friendships that have stuck with me, and in my perspective, lasted through "thick and thin."  
 
Emma and Liv from Bride Wars
Typical chick flick flair, this film didn't sit well with many people, however, sad as it is, it is a good depiction of a typical bestie relationship - and unlike some, it wound up being stronger for the trouble it went through.

Lizzie and Charlotte from Pride & Prejudice
Yes, these two first appear in a book but since I've never read the book, I figured I put them under the film category - plus I'm quite fond of the Youtube sensation version of these two. You know who I mean.

Mia and Lily from The Princess Diaries
I'm pretty sure that from the moment we heard Lily blurt in response to Mia's timid question, "...you look ridiculous. You should sue," we knew she was the best best friend for the new Princess Mia.

The Girls of The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants
Who doesn't love these four girls? Between the four, they're fun, sassy, shy and opinionated.


Cassidy and Allison from Dare to Love Again
Since many of my relationships with cousins are more than just seeing them at holidays - I grew up with cousins being my BFF's, any cousin-friendship has a special place in my heart. These two were lots of fun together!

Issy and Lucy from My Foolish Heart
I loved this friendship. It wasn't the focus of the book, however it felt like it could have played a larger role and been the best of the book. Issy's fear is something Lucy takes in stride while still trying to be what Issy needs - which is challenging her to emerge from the fear that drives her life.

Veronica and McKenna from Doon
Out of everyone else on the book list, this is probably the book (story) that is most friendship driven. There's an interesting dynamic to this friendship just because of their journey into a Brigedoon-esque world - both girls meet the perfect "guy," but where one wants to stay behind, the other longs to return to the modern world, and she keeps that from everyone around her.
 
Cal and Gillian from Lie to Me
Up until its ill-time series cancellation, this show (mostly) stepped back from putting on romantic sparks between its two leads. I'm the girl who is the biggest fan of putting a leading male/lady together in a show, however my gripe is that once the writer's do put couples together, we get a moment of happiness after waiting forever and then, something happens that ruins the romance, which effectively kills the solid, memorable, touching friendship that they spent years building. 

Diane Lockhart and Will Gardner from The Good Wife
My mom and I watched this show up until a couple seasons ago and for me, one of the best things about it was this friendship. It was complicated and far from "perfect," but the inspiration is that no matter how difficult things got, these two always found a way to work through everything. Googling this show would reveal that is gone because of a fatal change, but I've still got fond memories.

the Doctor and Amy Pond from Doctor Who
What more can be said about these two? They are and were awesome together. Bring them back.

Lavon and Zoe from Hart of Dixie
Zoe still has a lot to learn about being a real friend, but by taking advantage of Lavon (let's face it, she's done that one too many times - but then there was the one time when he showed up at an inconvenient time with a bag of donuts and Zoe helped him "eat" his feelings), Zoe has matured from Lavon's friendship and has even learned that putting other people's feelings before your own isn't such a bad thing.

Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson from Sherlock
There are so many inturpretations of these characters - RDJ and Jude Law, Johnny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu, but seriously, anyone who has seen series three has to agree, the BBC's contemporary re-telling does it up right.

Veronica and Wallace from Veronica Mars
Loved these two in the show. Love these two in the movie. Basically, yep, I love these two. 
 
So... my question to you all today, what are some lighthearted, girly novels I need to read that are all about friendships? Young adult, contemporary fiction, I'm all ears! Let me know which I should look out for first.
 
 Toss the recommendations my way.

29 comments

  1. Honestly, now that I think about it, I haven't read too many books where friendship is one of the main aspects of the plot, either! I like that you chose Elizabeth and Charlotte, and Mia and Lily. :) Though of course, I get pretty angry with Lily during several parts of the film because she's being so tough on Mia!

    I looked through my bookshelves and these are the friendships that were most memorable to me:
    -Harry, Ron, and Hermione, from the Harry Potter series
    -Mo and Dale, from Three Times Lucky (a middle grade novel)
    -Felicity and Jonah, from A Snicker of Magic (another middle grade)
    -Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy, from Little Women (I know they're sisters, but I love their friendship!)
    -Jo and Laurie, from Little Women

    And from TV, I have to mention Shawn and Gus (from Psych), Sherlock and John Watson (from the BBC series), Lucy and Ethel (from I Love Lucy), Ten and Donna Noble (Doctor Who), and Eleven and Amy Pond (Doctor Who).

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    1. Isn't it funny to realize that, Kristin? I was so excited about this topic because it seemed like an "easy" one - I just assumed I'd read plenty of friendship-driven novels. How wrong I was. *sigh* Ah, well. I like who I came up with - and yes! How could I not use Mia/Lily? Love those two. Same with Charlotte and Lizzie. I like all of the Bennet sisters as friends too but since Lizzie does have a bestie, I used them.

      As for Natalie's book ("Snicker"), thanks for sharing that one! I've heard so many lovely things about hers - and I almost used the March sisters then forgot. Being sisters doesn't matter to me because they are the best of friends! :)

      Shawn and Gus are hilarious; love Sherlock and Watson; Amy and Eleven, too! So many great friends - and I meant to include the young versions of Professor X and Magneto from 'First Class.' Their friendship is certainly interesting if nothing else.

      Thanks for the recommendations! :)

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  2. Good list!!!
    I haven't really thought of great friendship in books and movies a lot, so I really enjoyed this topic.

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    1. Thanks, Ella! Glad you stopped by - that was my issue too. I was so sure I'd read plenty of friendship-driven reads. Clearly, I haven't. :D

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    1. Thanks, Dawn. Despite the struggle, it was a blast to put together! :)

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  4. Have you read Sarah Sundin's 'With Every Letter" and "On Distant Shores"? For if not you really must, as besides being all around wonderful stories, friendships play important roles in both. Oh, and I second Kristin's Meg, Jo Beth and Amy nomination; sister (and brother!) friendships can be the best. :)

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    1. You know, I'm not sure, Eowyn. I'll have to check if I've read those as they are in an era I definitely enjoy. Thanks for suggesting them - and I've heard rave reviews about that series, so I am probably missing out on something lovely. As for the March sisters, yes! I definitely, agree. Love those four not just as sisters but as best friends. :)

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  5. What a fun post! I love your graphics. As a kid I loved The Baby-Sitters Club series- I can't believe how many books there are! I'd have to say my favorite best friends duo from film and book is Anne and Diana from Anne of Green Gables- bosom friends!

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    1. Thanks, Heidi - despite the challenge, I can say, this was a fun one to put together.

      Oh my, word! I cannot believe I forgot Anne and Diana. I remembered them early on, then when it came time to put the list together, they slipped my mind. They are definitely one of my favorite besties. Thanks for bringing them up. :)

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  6. LOVE this list. Veronica and Wallace? YES! Charlotte and Lizzie? Yup yup. Love Charlotte. And SO with you on Lavon and Zoe. They're the coolest/cutest bffs.

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    1. And how many girls can say their bff is the mayor and owns a gator? ;)

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    2. In the end, so did I, Juju. Veronica and Wallace are perfect albeit they have their issues; Lizzie and Charlotte are my "classic" besties; Lavon and Zoe are the quirky pair. Love them together - plus as you say, who can say they have a BFF who owns a gator?? I mean, come on... that is pretty cool. ;)

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  7. I totally agree about Cassie & Allison! Cousins are the best. And Lily & Mia's friendship makes Princess Diaries so good.

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    1. Yay! Gotta love cousin besties. Because they ARE indeed the best. :) Mia and Lily are great - as you say, it's what makes the story so good. Love those two.

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  8. Good list, I love the girls friendship in Sisterhood in the Traveling Pants, Mia and Lilly and Amy and The Doctor as well.

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    1. Thanks for visiting, Lilly! I've not read the "Sisterhood" or Princess Diaries books, but the movie friendships are both great. As for Amy and 11? What more can be said!? They're awesome. And I want them back. ;)

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  9. I just kept saying yes as I as reading your list! VM of course (I love that we both obsess on that one!) Lavon and Zoe yes yes! The Traveling Pants girls, Princess Diaries girls! Yes! Awesome list!
    Missie @ A Flurry of Ponderings

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    1. Me, too, Missie - I just love Veronica and Wallace. They're fabulous together. Lavon and Zoe are quirky, but oh-so-fun. The Sisterhood girls are awesome as are Mia and Lily. Talking about those last two makes me realize how much I want to revisit their journeys. :)

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  10. The Gallagher Girls series is a great YA series about friendships that is pretty good. It the one series that both me and my sister agree on. After seeing your list I have to read Love at any cost just for the cousin BFF, my cousin was by best friend growing up and still is. I agree with Veronica and Wallace, they were friends who stuck by each other through everything.

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    1. Thank you for the recommendation, Carissa! You know, I've been eyeing those Gallagher Girls series for eons now. They look and sound super cute, and I think I even own a few of them. Now, I'll *have* to get to them soon because I just love fun books - and that's how I imagine Ally's novels.

      Aww, how fun! I'm still close to some of my cousins too - they were/are my besties. :) Hope you enjoy Love at any Cost. And three cheers for Veronica and Wallace - they're one of the most memorable besties in recent pop culture.

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  11. The first book that pops into my mind is With Every Letter by Sarah Sundin. Great characters, and real friendships-- they don't always get along but they always find a way to work through their issues and forgive each other.

    Cassie

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    1. Thanks, Cassie! Clearly, I'll have to check into Sarah's books. They look pretty plus - *happy dance* - they are set in a historical era that I love, so that's a very good thing for my reading tastes. The way you describe the friendships sounds good - it's best when characters do encounter rough patches because, well, that is what life is like! :)

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  12. I'm having a problem thinking of many good friendship relationships in books, and most of the ones I can currently come up with are from books I read when I was young. Going to have to think on this one- there has got to be some good friendships in books I've read in the past few years.

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    1. Right?? That is my reaction too, Grace. I feel like there *has* to be some awesome friendship-driven books, and I'm just spacing out. But, overall, I'm happy with who I did think of, and really, I've got a few to check out thanks to awesome readers! If you do remember any, let me know. :)

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  13. Well, it looks like your list turned out anyway. :) Open Road Summer has a huge friendship focal point as do some other YA's that I've read. There are also several books I've read where the two love interests were really good friends first, like Dancing with the Fireflies. I would say those have a huge friendship element as well.

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    1. That it did, Tressa. That it did. :)

      I'm very interested in Open Road Summer, which means I'll have to order it sometime. Anytime you have a list of YA's to recommend, send them my way as I'm always hunting for good reads.

      As for the friendship-turned-romance angle, those are my favorites. I just was trying to step back from the romance. That being said, if more authors chose to go with that important element, I'd be a very happy girl. Thanks for sharing! :)

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  14. Ah yes -- Mia and Lily from Princess Diaries, I remember them. Have to admit I've frequently found many friendships in entertainment forced. As for some of the ones that stood out... The O'Connor sisters from the O'Connor saga by Julie Lessman (as of book three!), Quinn and Morgan from Kristen Heitzmann's ''The Breath of Dawn'' come to mind right now.

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    1. You have a good point, Ganise. All of these are memorable (to me) for various reasons and I'm glad to have remembered them! ;)

      The O'Connor sisters are indeed the best of friends. Julie did a nice job of creating a kind of Little Women-esque relationship between them that's very "real," which is what makes it work. Ooo! Yes. Love Quinn and Morgan, they're just... *sigh* perfect together. :)

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