November 30, 2010

Top Ten Tuesday: Characters You Want To Be Best Friends With

The "Top Ten Tuesday" meme is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish, and this week's topic is characters you'd love to be friends with!

My picks, in no particular order...

1.) Liz from Feeling Sorry for Celia - Jaclyn Moriarty is a master of characterization, but I think the one I would most want to be friends with is still Elizabeth from the first book in the Brookfield-Ashbury series. She's so very relatable, struggling with a lot of issues all teens do without once coming across as over-angsty. And she's got a great, dry, subtle sense of humour, similar to my own, that I love. I think she'd make a loyal and supportive friend.

2.) Fflewddur Fflam from The Prydain Chronicles - Because he is absolutely hilarious, I'd always be able to know when he was stretching the truth (oh those harp strings), and he really does come through in a pinch. Actually I'd want to be friends with a lot of the characters from this series.

3.) Mary Quinn from the Agency series - She's courageous, loyal and determined to do what's right and figure out the truth. I think she'd be a bit hard to get to know since she's quite a private person, but I'd definitely want her on my side if there was any trouble.

4.) Suze from the Mediator series - Suze picks her friends well. She's not fooled by all the snobby but nasty girls at her school and instead befriends one who's a lot lower on the totem pole. I like that she's not afraid to say what she thinks and that she respects and cares about her geeky younger stepbrother Doc. Plus, she'd be a good ally to have in a fight!

5.) Areida from Ella Enchanted - I'd probably want to be friends with Ella, too (though the curse-less Ella), but Areida's a side character who doesn't get too much screentime and yet is a fabulous friend. Ella has been pretty alone until she meets Areida, who is also a bit of an outcast at their finishing school. The two girls bond and I always felt sorry for Ella when she is forced to let go of that friendship.

6.) Nee from Crown Duel - Meliara is a difficult person to befriend, but Nee manages to do it. She is sweet, well-meaning and genuine, and although she doesn't play a critical role in the book, she makes Meliara's days at court much easier.

7.) Kate from Sorcery and Cecelia - We are quite similar personality-wise and I always thought we'd get along. She doesn't like huge parties either, so we'd probably just hang out and talk :)

8.) Elinor from Sense and Sensibility - I know, everyone's picking Elizabeth Bennett, and she might be more fun to hang out with. However, I think Elinor would be a truer friend and would give better advice. I get the impression that she doesn't make friends with just anyone, but she holds onto the friends she does make closely.

9.) Alice from the Alice series - I grew up with Alice, and the series is still going although I have surpassed Alice in age. She has all the typical sorts of teenage troubles, but one of the themes that this series stresses the most is friendship. Alice has her ups and downs with Elizabeth and Pamela, her two closest friends, but they have managed for years to stay friends with each other and in tough times that's who Alice turns to. I relate well to both Alice and Elizabeth, so I'd probably enjoy spending time with either of them.

10.) Edward from Sense and Sensibility - Yeah, I know we're used to seeing Jane Austen's men as romantic interests. But I think Edward and I might get along as friends (provided he told me all about his secret engagement, because seeing as I'm also friends with Elinor, that could get VERY tricky otherwise). He's not outrageously funny but he does have a subtle sense of humour I think I would enjoy, and he follows his moral principles as well as he can. Perhaps I could play matchmaker and help Elinor and him work things out... :D

Which characters would you like to be best friends with?


  1. Yay Alice! I had forgotten about Areida- good choice!

  2. Ahh, i want to be mates with all of Jaclyn Moriarty's characters.

    Loved reading this post - and thansk for the swoon-y pictures :)


  3. I only recognize the Sense and Sensibility characters, but I've never read the book. I'll have to put these books on my TBR list, so I can get to know these characters.

  4. I love that you mention the Prydain Chronicles. I don't know if FF is the character that I'd be most likely to be BFFs with but the whole series was a great friend to me growing up.

  5. Horray for Fflewddur! I had the biggest crush on Taran when I was a kid, but I always liked Ffleweddur more.

    I've just got an itty bitty list of fictional characters I'd like to hang out with, because I'm shy and suck at starting conversations:

    Weetzie Bat from Francesca Lia Block's books, because she's zany and fun and would probably just start talking to me and that'd be that.

    Death from Neil Gaiman's Sandman series, because she's interested in just about everything and starts more conversations than anyone alive.

    Caius from SHADOW MAGIC by Jaida Jones and Danielle Bennett, because he'd pull me into some strange and possibly illegal adventure, and I know we'd have tons of fun.

  6. Aww I would totally wanna be besties with Suze too! Girl kicks butt and takes names! =)

  7. Lots of great friend possibilities here. Nice to see a male on the list!

    Here's my list:

  8. Great list. I love that you chose Edward. Sense and Sensibility is one of my all time favourite books.I agree he would make a wonderful friend.

  9. I don't think I've read ANY of the books you mentioned, actually!! :D Love that about top 10 Tuesdays.

  10. I debated putting Edward Ferrars on my list. But I wasn't sure if he'd be a better best friend or boyfriend!

  11. Thanks for all the comments!

    @Lauren: Yes, the whole Prydain series is amazing (though my favorite is the High King) and I just love the diverse cast of characters.

    @Memory: I haven't read any of the books you listed! Heard great things about the Sandman series though, I should check those out at some point.

    @La Coccinelle: Yeah, I wasn't too sure either...but I figured I could have one of the other Austen men as a boyfriend and Edward could settle for friend status :D

  12. Suze is a good choice. I like her a lot.

    I would pick Meliara, actually. I like her personality, even though she can be difficult she has a good heart and she (grudgingly) acknowledges her errors. Nee is a sweetheart though.

  13. Yay! Another Sense and Sensibility fan! I have Elinor on my list, too!

  14. Sorcery and Cecelia - I had forgotten how much I loved that book!

  15. I really want to read The Agency Series, Mary sounds like a lovely character. I agree Elanor would make a wonderful friend although I think she and I would probably be a bit too similar.
    Haha I like your idea about Edward and the matchmaking! I'm going to do my own late TTT because I love this week's theme so much :)

  16. Thanks so much for mentioning Fflewder Fflam and the Prydain series. I haven't thought about those books for years, but read them over and over when I was young. How I would love to revisit them... Hmm...I can see where this is leading! Great selections!

  17. Great post! I really enjoyed this "Top Ten Tuesday" :)

  18. In answer to your question, yes, I'm a fan of Mairelon the Magician! You are actually the first person who knew where the pic came from - I love the cover on that edition. And I have read Dealing with Dragons, but it was ages ago, and I preferred the Sorcery and Cecelia series. Just curious, have you read/what do you think of the Bloody Jack series?

  19. I'm with you on Suze, Ella and Elinor! Awesome characters (don't think I know the others well).

    BTW! Isn't the guy from BBC's Sense and Sensibility super cute? the one that plays Edward, I mean. :) I liked him better than Hugh Grant, I have to say. *grins*


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