Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly post hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Today’s topic is our favorite platonic relationships in books. I’ve decided to talk about some of my favorite friendships. This was harder than expected because in some series I’m not entirely convinced these friends have a relationship that’s entirely platonic, so I didn’t want to include them.
The Golden Trio – Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
I obviously couldn’t make this list without the Golden Trio. I know that Hermione and Ron do start a romantic relationship, but the trio itself is platonic. IT COUNTS.
The Gentleman Bastards – The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
I feel like every good friend group needs a good name, like the Gentleman Bastards do. I just love these robbers of robbers so much! This reminds me that I really need to re-read the first book because it’s been absolute years.
Kell & Rhy – A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
I know that Kell and Rhy are brothers, but they are also each other’s best friend. I adore both of them, and their dynamic was wonderful to read about.
Riyria – Theft of Swords (Riyria Revelations #1-2) by Michael J. Sullivan
Riyria will always be on my favorite friendships list. I simply adore Hadrian and Royce. Hadrian is a mercenary, but so naive and kind at the same time. Royce is an assassin, and the only one who can make him somewhat kinder is Hadrian (and Gwen, I guess). They constantly bicker, which is one of my favorite things to read.
Eragon and Saphira – The Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini
These two share such a special bond. A dragon and her Rider… The reason their friendship is so intimate, wonderful, and caring is because they share each other’s thoughts. That allows them to reach a level of friendship others would never be able to understand.
The Fellowship – The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
I know that the fellowship isn’t entirely made up of great friendships. Yes, I’m talking about you, Boromir. What I love most about the fellowship is that it brought people together who would’ve never given each other a chance otherwise. That’s definitely proven by Legolas & Gimli.
Gansey & Ronan – The Raven Boys (Raven Cycle #) by Maggie Stiefvater
I love the friendship between Gansey and Ronan because they’re both incredibly different yet accepting of the other. They know how to handle each other’s moods, and when they need company or prefer to be alone.
Meg & the Others – Written in Red (The Others #) by Anne Bishop
Obviously I’m not including Simon in this because their relationship isn’t entirely platonic. Yet I couldn’t overlook Meg’s friendship with the others who live in the Courtyard. Her friendships with Henry, Tess, Vlad, Simon, and Winter for example.
The Spinster Club – Am I Normal Yet? (Spinster Club #1) by Holly Bourne
THESE LADIES ARE SO LOVELY. This is one of my favorite female friendships in books, ever. These three girls care so much about each other, and it’s heartwarming to see. Plus, they create a feminist club and have meetings!
Frances & Aled – Radio Silence by Alice Oseman
Thank you for giving us a male-female friendship without any romance at all. Aled is the creator of a podcast called Universe City, and Frances creates fan art of the podcast. They’re both introverts, which can make you feel quite different and isolated especially in high school and university. I think I love their friendship so much because I relate to them.
Have you read any of these books? What did you think of the friendships?
What are your favorite fictional friendships?