Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted at The Broke and Bookish. Each week the bloggers at The Broke and The Bookish put out a topic, and discuss their top ten options for said topic. This week it’s all about the Top Ten books dealing with friendship.
So, Guilty Pleasures by Laurell K. Hamilton may be a very strange addition to this list, because frankly Anita doesn’t have any friends. She has people she associates with–and people who at one time were friends, but her domination of the world through the bedroom has made me give up on this series. Seriously, I stopped way back with Narcissus in Chains. But the reason why this book is on this list, is because of the friendships it formed. We passed around Guilty Pleasures and the other books in this series like stolen candy in high school. I made a few friends though this series, and while we enjoyed reading it then, we’ve moved on to other books.
Daughter of the Blood by Anne Bishop is on this list for the exact same reason that Guilty Pleasures is. One of my friends in high school read this book, passed it on to me, and I passed it on to another person, so on and so forth. I think one of the reasons why this series is so much one of my favorites, even now, is that it’s something that my friends really enjoyed even though we read different genres.
Prince of Tennis by Konomi Takeshi is on this list not because it’s a feel good manga where tennis players become friends due to mutual love of the game. It’s not that. And frankly, I think only a few of these characters are friends outside of the term of teammate. -sigh-. It’s because this is the first manga that I read that I found an online presence for. I was reading Bleach and Naruto at the same time, but both of the fandoms intimidated me, so I stuck around with Prince of Tennis, and I made some really great friends through livejournal (oh archaic site I wish you were at your former glory).
Kit and Nina from The Young Wizard series by Diane Duane are amazing friends. I like that though they have feelings for each other, at the core they are friends. They will always be friends, despite fighting with each other, facing jealousy, and unspeakable losses. They’re there for each other and bring out the best in each other. I think they’re a great representation of friends that have grown up together, and a true honest friendship.
James, Lupin and Sirius from the Harry Potter world. I love these three men. I love their relationship, their love for one another, the loyalty and the way they all come together once more. I want more stories from the Marauders era. I almost added Peter into this, and in a way I can see why he betrayed James and Lily–just wanting to get the same notoriety as the other three men who considered him a friend. Power went to his head and he did the unthinkable in betraying his friends and so I’m keeping him off of here. But the other three–I think I have a James and a Sirius in my life. 🙂
The friendship that Diane makes with the humans in her life is why this series is on the list. Yes, she’s got great relationships and friendships with animals of all types– but the major character development is her coming to trust the people in her life. Diane and Onua’s friendship is something great, as is her friendship with Alanna. I love this series and the way Diane grows.
Saasuuuuuuuuuukeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!! >.> That’s it. That’s the entire plot of the Naruto series. Naruto and co running around chasing after Sasuke, and getting into fights with other baddies along the way. Now, I’m so far behind on this manga that I’m not even going to pretend to know what’s going on. But the friendship between Naruto and Sasuke (though at first loathing and hatred, well for most of the beginning of the series) that growth from inadequacy feelings to the obsession to retrieve a teammate and rival to the realization that there’s friendship there. And that’s why this series is on that list. Because if you try to tell me that there’s not friendship, deep down I’ll let you know how crazy you are.
Wunder by A.R. Von is on here not because of the story she’s written, or the characters and world she’s built. But the fact that Ms. Von has become someone that I’m really honored to call a friend. She’s an indie author who is building a name for herself. She’s also so encouraging and wonderful. She’s given me feedback, and shared knowledge with me about the independent publishing world, and helped to push me to submit something to a publishing house that I’ve been wanting to work with for years (and it was accepted! I’ll post more about that when I get more information). So yeah. A.R. made my list because she’s a great friend.