“It is not enough to be friendly. You have to be a friend.” – Wonder, R.J. Palacio
Top Five Tuesday is hosted by Shanah @ Bionic Book Worm. I love this theme and I tried to be as realistic as possible when it came to this list. Sure, I might admire a character… but simply from afar, because I know that I wouldn’t want anything more than that with certain characters. As you will see, I place much importance on a good degree of sociability, warmth, FUN, openness to new experiences (but grounded too), and loyalty. But, most importantly, being an actual friend and being courageous. You can have the mind and heart of a Ravenclaw/Slytherin/Hufflepuff, but you must have the spirit of a Gryffindor.
- Chris Chambers – The Body by Stephen King
Hands down, no competition. If you haven’t read the book, then you must have seen the film (Stand By Me) at the very least, I’m hoping. Chris Chambers is the embodiment of what a friend should be. When Teddy stands on the train track waiting to dodge the train, he very rightly tells him to stop being stupid and get off it before he kills himself. When Gordie is worried about being weird, Chris tells him that everybody is weird. When Gordie wants to drop his classes, Chris tells him he’d be idiotic to throw away such an important opportunity, tells him that he has a gift for writing and that he should pursue it no matter what anybody thinks. He’s there for his friends, he has a big heart and he is a straight-shooter to boot.
And, you know what? The same applies for Gordie, he stands up for Chris when Ace threatens them, he tells Chris he is more than the bad reputation of his family and he is capable of so much more, and he comforts Chris when he cries. If I had to recommend a film to propel our feminist movement and highlight how we embrace and strive to dismantle the stigma of “men do not cry” then this is the right film. This book, this film and these characters especially Chris and Gordie taught me what it really means to be a friend.
I, also, want to add that personally, I believe the whole “Oh, my God, I’m so much weirder than everybody else” is a whole load of nonsense. There aren’t degrees of weirdness, there’s just different types of weirdness and you just gotta find the ones who are on the same level of weird as you.
- Elinor Dashwood – Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
Steady, mature, calm, logical and fairly sociable, there’s no Jane Austen heroine I admired more than Elinor Dashwood. I literally read the pages in awe and with a huge smile on my face. Elinor is very much like Professor McGonagall and her quiet strength and levelheadedness would be a perfect balance to my Marianne-ness. Realistically, she is also the kind of people I naturally gravitate towards in life, so that helps too!
- Ginny Weasley – Harry Potter series
What I love about Ginny is that she is so straightforward and for a classic overthinker (and sometimes an underthinker) like myself, I know that I wouldn’t have to overthink around Ginny. Yes, sure, she can be mean, but my girl never pretended to be morally and righteously superior to others and personally, teasing people is my way of showing affection and so me and Ginny basically share the same love language. Also, I usually don’t understand sarcasm, but I understand Ginny’s (and Chandler’s) and sharing the same sense of humour is a must. And she’s much more understanding than she’s made out to not be, as we saw when Harry was raging and Ginny listened and then she gave her opinion and thoughts on the issue. And she plays sports. Now I love obstacle courses in particular, so we would actually share common interests, and I could definitely see myself going to Go Ape with Ginny. Plus, I could attend parties with her.
Yes, I would actually enjoy being friends with Ginny. I would have fun. Side note, my friend went to the same university as Bonnie Wright and often found her in the library! How cool?
- Louisa Clark – Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
Louisa is a big ball of fun, warmth and compassion. But the icing on the cake for me is that despite her initial stubborn hold on her beloved traditions and comfortable ways, she slowly begins to embrace new experiences and new ways of thinking after meeting Will. Can you imagine all the fun me and Louisa could have? It’d be a great balance of the new and the old with our friendship and would make for interesting and exciting conversations! It would be a very well-rounded friendship.
- Violet Markey – All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
Even the coldest heart would be pierced by Violet’s warmth. She is understanding, compassionate, intelligent and it’s hard to explain, but I absolutely loved her. She is such a strong, mature and loving person, and it takes a lot of courage to be there for someone even in the most difficult of times and plenty would have fled, but Violet? Finch taught her to live again, and damn it, she would be try to do it for him too. She is a friend, a true friend.
Queen Sansa Stark, Jaime Lannister, Davos Seaworth, Jon Snow – Game of Thrones || Melanie Hamilton – Gone With The Wind || Catherine Morland – Northanger Abbey || Fleur Delacour, Professor McGonagall, Remus Lupin, Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, and Luna Lovegood – Harry Potter series || Anne Eliot – Persuasion || Samwise Gamgee and Boromir – Lord of the Rings || Meg, Amy and Beth March – Little Women || Katniss Everdeen – The Hunger Games || Grover and Annabeth – Percy Jackson series || Hassan – The Kite Runner || Sam – Perks of Being a Wallflower
I found this quote from All the Bright Places in Goodreads (below) and also finally found my copy of the book which had been lost for a very long while. So, yep, very happy.
“Listen, I’m the freak. I’m the weirdo. I’m the troublemaker. I start fights. I let people down. Don’t make Finch mad, whatever you do. Oh, there he goes again, in one of his moods. Moody Finch. Angry Finch. Unpredictable Finch. Crazy Finch. But I’m not a compilation of symptoms. Not a casualty of shitty parents and an even shittier chemical makeup. Not a problem. Not a diagnosis. Not an illness. Not something to be rescued. I’m a person.”
Who on my list do you like and why? Who else would you add to the list? Let me know in the comments!
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