Once again, I’ve been losing myself in books, and fantasizing about days spent in the company of my fictional BFFs. Now, my fictional best friends are much more numerous than my real life best friends. Mostly because ultimately, these friendships are much less time consuming and require much less reciprocity than real life friendships. Plus, I read a lot more books than I meet real people, so I get many more chances to meet these fictional friends. Today I thought I’d share a few more of my fictional BFFs – please chime in at the end and let me know which fictional characters YOU would love to hang out with all day and have adventures with!
Mel from Team Human by Sarah Rees Brennan and Justine Larbalestier – Mel is an incredible best friend. Let’s just get that out of the way right now. For all her many flaws, she is genuinely devoted to her friends. Even when this is what causes her to screw up or even hurt them, it’s so much more forgivable than it might be otherwise because she really does mean to do the best she can by the people she cares about. So right there, Mel is clearly someone anyone should want as a friend. Not everyone has that kind of devotion. On top of that she’s fun, funny, athletic, and smart, which would make her just straight-up enjoyable to be around, plus we would have shared interests and things to talk about. As far as I’m concerned, Mel and I are basically BFFs already.
Hermione Granger from the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling – I admit, I don’t talk about the Harry Potter books too much on this blog. Mostly because I assume you’ve all read all of them already. But that doesn’t mean I don’t think about them extensively, even excessively. And the thing I think about most is how awesome Hermione Granger is. I can’t decide if I’d rather be her BFF or just BE her, but either one would be amazing. Hermione is everything a nerdy bookworm like me can admire and want to be friends with. She’s awkward at first, but does learn how to loosen up. She loves books, so we would have lots to talk about. She’s extremely kind and compassionate. She’s a great friend, sometimes despite herself. She’s loyal and trustworthy. She’s smart enough to get me out of any jam. I could go on and on, but I’ll end with this: Hermione Granger has already been a great friend to me just by existing in books. How much better of a friend would she be if she were my awesome real life best friend?
Bertie Wooster from the Jeeves & Wooster books by P.G. Wodehouse – Bertie might be a little lesser known than Hermione Granger these days, and he is certainly of lesser intelligence, but that doesn’t mean he wouldn’t be a blast to have as a friend. Bertie is cheerful, fun-loving, generous, and willing to do almost anything – no matter how much he might hate it, no matter how much he might screw it up – for his friends. We could go to the club together, throw dinner rolls and prank our other friends, play some sweet piano duets (with Bertie singing – my voice isn’t that good,) stroll around a country estate, and bond over just how much we love great food and a good night’s sleep in a comfortable bed. Plus, Bertie comes with bonus Jeeves. Not only would he be a fun BFF, but his valet is there waiting to solve any scrape you get yourself into with poise, elegance, and dry humor. They are the perfect duo, and I would certainly love to have BOTH of them in my life.