There are a lot of terrible people in books. In fact, there are more wicked people in books than there are in the world and probably the history of all time. When you think of horrible women in books- I can think of many. Amy from Gone Girl is downright crazy. Every single female in Game of Thrones is messed up. The Color Purple has some terrifying chicks. No fairy tale princess has ever had a good experience with other women.
Even the females in literature who aren’t necessarily evil or crazy are often boring or annoying. I always wanted to slap Pollyanna. Pippi Longstocking would make a scary neighbor. And even Anne of Green Gables is a flat character as an adult.
So, today, I thought I would celebrate the admirable women and girls in literature- the book characters who would make good friends. These are the females from books that you would be best friends with and would totally invite to your bachelorette party. These girls would take your secrets to the grave and help you bury the evidence in the back yard- or at least make fun of you while you did it. They would tell you if you were in the wrong and stay up with you all night laughing. These are the bookish chicks you need in your life and your literary BFFs.
Violet Baudelaire (A Series of Unfortunate Events)
I don’t think there is a cooler book chick than Violet. She is a problem-solver, inventor, engineer, and a good big sister to her two younger siblings. Violet would be the friend who would sit up with you all night and figure out why your relationship was falling apart, your car was falling apart, or your life was falling apart.
Best quote: “It was a close call, but we survived.”
Ramona Quimby (The Ramona Series)
I don’t know that Ramona would always be a great friend- she would probably get you into trouble way too often- but she would be the fun you would always call to hang out when you are bored. She would be the friend who would plan elaborate weekend adventures, road trips, and plenty of fun. Even hanging out in your living room would be a lot more fun if Ramona was along for the ride.
Best quote: “This is a great day, a great day, a great day!”
Becky Sharp (Vanity Fair)
Of all the famous book characters, Becky Sharp would be a vibrant friend in real life. Becky Sharp is extremely ambitious. She passed up lifelong happiness in the pursuit of money and social standing. Today, Becky would be an ambitions business woman who let nothing stand in the way of her goals. Of course, in the end, it mostly backfired, but real-life Becky would always be around to buck you up and encourage you to go for your dreams.
Best quote: “Revenge may be wicked, but it’s natural.”
Hermione Granger (Harry Potter)
I’m not sure why Hermione isn’t the star of Harry Potter, because she definitely saves the day more often than he does. Hermione is usually the answer to any academic question. In real life, Hermonie would grow up to be a brilliant scientist who would probably discover the cure for the common cold. Then, in her acceptance speech, she would mention you as an inspiration because she is that good of a friend.
Best Quote: “I mean, you could claim that anything’s real if the only basis for believing in it is that nobody’s proved it doesn’t exist!”
Heidi is an amazing girl because at the age of five, she was basically raising herself. Heidi made her own fun wherever she went. Heidi would be your hippie friend who would encourage you to get out and move and who believes that sunshine and prayer is the cure for any ill. She would also make amazing food.
Best Quote: “I would rather be on the Alp than anywhere on earth.”
Jane Eyre (Jane Eyre)
Almost the original feminist, Jane is so no-nonsense it is almost painful. Luckily, her sense of humor is strong enough to keep her from being a stick in the mud. Jane would make you laugh with her stories, but would also prevent you from doing anything too stupid- like driving home drunk from a party. Jane is definitely one of the best friends in literature.
Best Quote: “I am not an angel and I will not be one till I die: I will be myself. You must neither expect nor exact anything celestial of me – for you will not get it, any more than I shall get it of you: which I do not at all anticipate.”
Rue (The Hunger Games)
Although Katniss is the star of The Hunger Games, she is a little too selfish to make a great friend. Rue, on the other hand, was so unselfish that she sacrificed her own life for a friend she only knew for a few days. Rue would be the kind of friend who would support you in everything no matter what- even if you were mean to her.
Best Quote: “Don’t count me out.”
Lucy Honeychurch (A Room with a View)
Lucy in A Room with a View is just at the age where she is deciding whether to follow her heart or follow the expectations that people have for her. By the end of the book, Lucy has decided that it isn’t worth society’s good opinion if she isn’t being true to herself. Lucy would be the friend who would always tell you to go for what feels right- even if it is getting a tattoo at 4 in the morning after drinking half a bottle of tequila. You may not want to go out with Lucy without one of your steadier friends around.
Best Quote: “Let us rather love one another, and work and rejoice. I don’t believe in this world of sorrow.”
Nancy Drew (Nancy Drew)
Problem-solver extraordinaire, Nancy is practical, thoughtful, and down-to-earth. She seems like the type of young woman who would encourage you to use your brain and not just your heart, which every female needs from her book BFF. She would be the perfect friend to have along with Lucy Honeychurch, as you need a little of both to be an effective person.
Best Quote: “It’s important to take time out to have fun with your friends, particularly if they spend considerable time doing your bidding.”
Madeline is a brave, curious girl who isn’t afraid to go after what she wants. As an adult, I imagine Madeline would be the kind of friend who would encourage you to get out of your comfort zone and do something awesome-like write your own opera- because why not?
Best Quote: “Poo, poo!”
Mary Poppins (Mary Poppins)
If you have never read book Mary Poppins, you are missing out on one cool chick. While movie Mary is all sunshine and rainbows, book Mary would not be afraid to snap at unruly children and may make you take your medicine without any sugar at all. Mary would be equally good for you and would not allow you to sulk over not getting a job you wanted or a fight you had with your mother. But, she is equally whimsical and would suddenly fly off on a trip to Paris or Nigeria without a moments notice.
Best Quote: “I’ll stay till the wind changes.”
Coraline Jones (Coraline)
Coraline would be one of the best bookish friends in literature. Coraline has an insatiable curiosity. If she didn’t die before the age of 19 from stupidity, she would probably become an amazing inventor or artist when she grew up. In addition to being curious, she is completely fearless and courageous to the point of idiocy. Coraline would be the friend who would never allow you to doubt yourself or your abilities and would always cook up crazy adventures that would make life fun.
Best Quote: “When you’re scared but you still do it anyway, that’s brave.”
Petra Arkanian (The Ender Series)
Petra is a stone and she doesn’t care who knows it. She is completely no-nonsense and does not allow anyone to hold her back. She would never allow the patriarchy to keep her down. Real-life Petra would most likely go into politics and become president one day, and we all need friends in high places in our lives.
Best Quote: “Just a brilliant and talented polyglot. Petra Arkanian. The only girl in Salamander Army. With more balls than anybody else in the room.”
Who would be your literary BFF?
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