Best Bookish Friendships

Hey everyone! Welcome to another blog post! Today I’m going to talk about some of my favorite bookish friendships.

One of my absolute favorite things to read about in books is friendships, so naturally I have a lot of friendship dynamics that I really love. Today, though, in my usual style, I’m going to be talking about 5 (or maybe a couple more) of my absolute favorites, and a little bit about why I love them. I’m really excited about this one, so here we go!

1. Kaladin and Syl (Stormlight Archive)

If you’ve read the Stormlight Archive, then you know why I love this dynamic so much. Syl is so cheerful and upbeat, she helps bring Kaladin out of his gloomier moods (which he has a lot of, for good reason—his life kind of sucks, especially at the beginning of the first book). Their relationship is just so fun, almost like a brother-sister kind of dynamic. The two of them may not always agree, and they may not always like each other very much, but they always care about each other, which I just love.

Plus, Syl’s character is just a breath of fresh air in general (comment below if you get the joke). She helps balance out all the really intense action that’s happening in the books.

2. Percy Jackson and Grover Underwood (Percy Jackson and the Olympians)

A lot of people tend to focus on the relationship between Percy and Annabeth, which makes sense, I guess. They are the main two characters in the trio, but honestly, I think that’s such a shame. Maybe this is an unpopular opinion, but I really love Grover as a character. He’s just such a great best friend. He’s loyal and, even if sometimes he’s a little useless, he really comes into his own toward the end of the series.

I like the dynamic between Percy and Grover and how much they just click together.

3. Holly Short and Artemis Fowl (Artemis Fowl)

What I like about this friendship is that, in the beginning, these two characters were not friends at all, but over time, as they got to know each other better and better, they started to get closer. I’ve mentioned before that I like the trope of hate-to-love, and this is kind of like that, but hate-to-friendship instead, which I like just as much if not more.

I just love the banter that these two have. The more that I talk about it, the more I feel like rereading this series.

4. Wax and Wayne (Mistborn Era 2)

This friendship might actually be my favorite dynamic on the whole list. These two characters are so very opposite of one another—Wax is serious and more of a planner, Wayne is a wisecrack who tends to do whatever he wants. And yet, when they work together, they’re an incredible team. They have a history that goes way back and they just get each other in the way that only long-time friends can. I love it.

5. Cinder and Iko (The Lunar Chronicles)

Iko is probably one of my top 2 characters in this series. Really, I could have put her relationship with pretty much any other character, because I just really love her, but her relationship with Cinder is my favorite by far. Just like a lot of these other friendship dynamics, Cinder and Iko are kind of foils for each other. Cinder is the more serious one, while Iko is a dreamer and always tries to see the positive in things. She’s a comic relief character, but she’s also so much more than that.

6. Chip and Jonah (The Missing Series)

For my final friendship, I have to go on a little rant. Chip and Jonah have such a good friendship dynamic, and I wish we could have gotten to see more of it. Unfortunately, after the second book in this series, Chip’s character pretty much gets tossed aside, so we only get to see them interacting for the first two books. I’m still a little bitter about that.

But anyway, the relationship between Chip and Jonah is great. I think they work together really well and kind of balance each other out, the way all good friendships should. (Clearly, I have a type.)

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Okay! That’s all that I had for this post today! Let me know down in the comments what some of your favorite bookish friendships are, and I’ll see you guys soon!

-Ariel

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