Hello Ebi! Hello Fam!
This weekend I safely celebrated my birthday. Aside from the regular shenanigans with my direct family (just 4 of us), I spent the day with a dear friend who I’ve known since seventh grade. On the way home, the idea of friendships in literature came to mind. Who had some of the strongest bonds?
So, of course, the first that came to mind was in the Harry Potter saga. Harry, Hermione Granger, and Ron Weasley’s connection started from childhood and continued into adulthood. Though their backgrounds were different, they all shared one commonality—magic. Their battles against Voldemort, death eaters, and other dark forces in the HP universe, solidified their friendship and those made with other characters like Luna Lovegood, Hagrid, Prof. Dumbledore and Neville Longbottom.
In the DC universe (because comics are a form of literature too), there is the friendship that developed between the original memberships of the Justice League: Batman, Wonder Woman, Superman, Flash, Aquaman, Green Lantern, and the Martian Manhunter. Though their relationships had some turbulent times (Superman almost killed Batman!) It’s their wish to protect the human race from threats found on Earth and beyond that binds them. Batman is the only one among them whose ability is not supernatural, but that doesn’t make him any less powerful than his counterparts.
As a child, I discovered that even animals could be best friends. I loved Winnie the Pooh and his pals’ Piglet, Tigger, Eeyore, Roo, and even the one human, Christopher Robin. Aside from the many lessons I learned from them, the central theme was based on the importance of solid friendships.
In Nnedi Okorafor’s first book in the Akata Witch series, the young protagonist Sunny Nwazue, who’s haunted by a vision that portends the end of the world, makes a deep connection with characters Orlu, Chichi, and Sasha. They journey with her as she discovers the special abilities she wields, fights masquerades, (check out the book) and begins to embrace the grand destiny that awaits her.
Lastly, in book one of the Twilight series, Bella becomes friends with Edward Cullen’s sister Alice. She is a vampire (for those who don’t already know) but she also has powerful, precognitive abilities. Bella is quite introverted, and struggles with too much attention. But Alice saw in Bella’s future that they would have a lifetime (whatever that means to a vampire) friendship and that Bella would eventually become a vampire herself. Kinda cool if I say so myself. 🙂
What friendships stood out to you in the books you’ve read? Did they resonate with you, perhaps the characters were similiar to people you know? If so, I invite you to share! Thanks for visiting and come back soon!