Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Top Ten Tuesday - Literary Best Friends

We boldly proclaim that each day of the week preceding Wednesday shall henceforth be known as “Top Ten Tuesday” (please update your calendars)!  This historic decision has come about after the discovery of The Broke and the Bookish blog.  Each week fellow bloggers are invited to ponder and rank a new literary related subject.  Because of our similar fondness for lists we are all too excited to participate. 

This week’s subject for consideration is:  “Top 10 Characters I’d Like to Be Best Friends With”

   1.      Melanie Wilkes (Gone with the Wind) – We were soooo tempted to pick Rhett with this one (we still think we would have done well as part of his entourage), but it’s impossible to overlook Melly.   She has every characteristic we’d want in a friend and we’d promise not to take her for granted like Scarlet and Ashley.

   2.      Charlie Bucket (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) – Seriously, he owns an entire Chocolate factory!  Oh, and we’re sure his personality is endearing too…

   3.      Georgia Nicolson (Angus, Thongs and Full Frontal Snogging) – After reading this novel our life-long ambition is to become part of the ACE gang.  We totally want to cast aside our annoying American Midwestern accent for a British one.

   4.      Frodo Baggins (The Return of the King) – We would love to sit down and have a prolonged conversation with Frodo right before he boards the ship at the Grey Havens.  Sam and Gandalf are welcome to join us if they’d like – the ale’s on us.

   5.      Elizabeth Bennet (Pride and Prejudice) – Oh, to be able to stroll along a garden path alongside Lizzy.  Despite her tendency to be a tad bit prejudice, we’d accompany her to any social and maybe she’d invite us over to peruse Darcy’s library!  

   6.      Thursday Next (The Eyre Affair) – Funny, eccentric, and always caught in a web of literary related hardships.  We want to join her as a LiteraTec and with any luck; she’ll teach us how to jump into a novel.

   7.      Harry, Ron, and Hermione (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows) – Since the very beginning we wanted to pal around with Harry and Co.  Unfortunately, as Dumbledore would have never let us into Hogwarts, Deathly Hallows would have been our best chance to befriend the chosen one.  We’re relatively confident that we could have lent a helping hand in the Horcrux search.  

   8.      Scout Finch (To Kill a Mockingbird) – We would love to have an opportunity to spend a summer with Scout, Jem, and Dill.  We’d even volunteer to ding-dong-ditch Boo Radley.

   9.      Peter Pan (Peter Pan) – Unfortunately, this one would be a conditional friendship.  As long as Peter could convince Tink to share a little of her pixie dust, we’d be friends.  Otherwise the fly‘in green kid’s a little too arrogant and obsessed with pirates for our liking.

   10.  Dirk Pitt (Atlantis Found) – We admit he’s rather shallow and his one liners are quite predictable – still, there’s no one we’d rather have on our side if a German industrialist ever decided to separate the polar ice shelves and take over the world.

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  1. My number one? Sam Gamgee. Has there ever been a more heartwarming display of loyalty?

    And, just because he'd be fun on the weekends, Long John Silver.

  2. I love your list! Charlie Bucket and Scout were really good ones I didn't think of for mine.

    Conditional friendships aren't such a bad idea, either. I could think of a few characters who'd be good to have around even if they might get a little annoying...

  3. What a good call with Charlie! I definitely need a friend that can give me chocolate when I need it..which is all the time! :P

    I'm with you on Elizabeth Bennet but I foresee us ending our friendship due to my love for Darcey.

    My Fictional BFF's

  4. Ah, Dirk Pitt. My hero. Him and Al secured a spot on my list, as did characters from Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter. And I wish I had thought of Charlie (and his chocolate factory). Best friends share everything, right? ;)

  5. I've seen Scout on a couple lists! Good choices.

  6. I was tempted to include Willy Wonka on my list, but Charlie is a much better choice. Great list!

  7. Nice picks! I'm loving how you included Charlie Bucket! The Harry Potter crew seems to be popular today.

    Carmel @ Rabid Reads
    Top Ten Tuesday

  8. Excellent choices. Melanie Wilkes was an honorable mention for me. Too blind to Scalett's "dark side" to be a best friend for me, though. I'm glad to see so many of us picking Ron-Harry-Hermione as a package too. That's as it should be I think. :)

  9. Your list (My thoughts):
    1. Melanie Wilkes (Yes, she's the best. Good call.)

    2. Charlie Bucket (Friendship and chocolate, good plan)

    3. Georgia Nicolson (You're kidding!? What a goof-ball girl)

    4. Frodo Baggins (Samwise Gamree was my choice)

    5. Elizabeth Bennet (I opted for Elinor Dashwood, but would love to be friends with Lizzie, too.)

    6. Thursday Next (Good pick. I haven't thought of her for years.)

    7. Harry, Ron, and Hermione (I completely forgot to add any Harry Potter Characters. I'd like to be friends with Luna, too.)

    8. Scout Finch (I chose Jem, though Scout would b a good friend, too.)

    9. Peter Pan (I'd love to learn to fly) –

    10. Dirk Pitt (Haven't read this book. Worth it?)

  10. OOOH Georgia Nicholson....great choice

  11. Oh good point with Melly - she never seems to get the credit she deserves.

    I went with Elinor over Lizzy but I have to agree that she would be fun to chat with and we could laugh at people's follies together :D

  12. I'm so glad you chose Thursday Next too!

  13. Nice list. I also considered Sam Gamgee, but I think it would be impossible to pry him away from Frodo.

  14. It didn't occur to me to choose all three of the Potter kids, but I wish it had. I did choose all four of the Pevensy children from The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe though. Scout is also a great choice! You can check out my list at www.bookaddictreviews.blogspot.com

    Oh, and I'm now following-nice blog!

  15. Love your list.
    My addition would be Charlie Bucket who was Grandpa Joe's best friend in the immortal Charlie & The Cholcolate Factory.

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  16. Heres my list, some of ours are the same, some of my choices are weird, but I'm weird, so its all good :)

    1. Elizabeth Bennet-we have identical personalities
    2.Mr Darcy-My husband has his identical personaility and he's also my best friend
    3.Jane Bennet and/or Elinor Dashwood-gotta love a good solid depandable sister/freind
    4.Atticus Finch-no freind would be able to keep you on the straight and narrow better than him
    5.Lucy Pevensie-always wanted to follow her on her adventures
    6. Ebenezer Scrooge post ghosts
    7.Samwise Gamgee-I'm a sucker for unsung heroes
    8. The HP Trio-I always had a crush on Ron, but they are a package deal
    9.Clifford the Big Red Dog-always wanted to ride my dog like an elephant
    10-All of the American Girls from the historical American Girls books-I loved them when I was a kid. Now that I'm older I see how formulaic the books are, but to my 6 year old self they were real and true, which has stuck with me