I have great friends. I have best friends who are wonderful, brothers who are best friends, and a fantastic group of awesome people in my life. That said, sometimes I just can’t help myself. I read a book, and I think to myself “oh man, I want to be this person’s friend so badly! I wish he/she were real!” I find myself thinking this quite a lot, to be honest, but I’ll restrict myself today to just telling you about three of my Fictional BFFs.
D.J. Schwenk, from Dairy Queen by Catherine Gilbert Murdock – I’ve listened to the first two books in this series, so maybe I’m being a little influenced by the fantastic narration, but D.J. seems like such a great person to be friends with. She’s a nice person, which is obviously something I want in my friends. She loves sports, so we could totally watch the games together – I know I could get her hooked on hockey, and I’m sure she would help me develop a love of football. But most of all, D.J. is hilarious. The way she phrases things and tells stories, the way she sees the world around her – I know being friends with D.J. would involve a lot of laughter and no pretension, and that’s awesome.
Jennifer Strange, from The Last Dragonslayer by Jasper Fforde – Jennifer is practical, friendly, and extra importantly, she drinks a lot of tea. Plus she has a great dry sense of humor. If you’re sensing a trend already, it’s true: I like friends I can laugh with! And better yet, Jennifer comes with an awesome pet. While I’ll bet Jennifer can dole out the great, sensible advice, I also think we would have fun together. I can just see Jennifer and me sitting around a table with hot cups of tea and cookies, laughing at the ridiculous things the wizards at Kazam Employment Agency for Wizards have been up to, and feeding the quarkbeast a couple old tin cans. That sounds to me like a completely delightful way to spend an afternoon!
Persis Blake, from Across a Star-Swept Sea by Diana Peterfreund – Where to start with Persis? I mean, besides the fact that she has a secret identity as a rescuer of the oppressed, is outstanding at what she does, and hides it all beneath a flaky (but still fun!) exterior. Girl knows how to dress, has an awesome pet (another theme!), lives on a tropical island with a sweet guest bedroom I could stay in all the time, and, oh yeah, has an impressive moral compass and serious smarts and determination. Unlike many masked avenger types, Persis knows how to have fun. She puts on a silly mask for others, but that mask is rooted in a real enjoyment of life. We could have a blast together, but talk about the serious things and be on the same page morally. What more could you ask for in a friend?
So what fictional characters do you wish you could hang out with? Do you have a fictional BFF (or several?)