Discussion/ why are character friendships the best part of books??? (ft. cute friends)

Book friendships are the most precious thing in this world. I love them just as much as romance. And you know how sometimes the MC falls in love and suddenly their best friend isn’t as important anymore?? TRAVESTY & EVIL.

So I think it’s important we discuss how highkey important book friendships are. Because they are so important.

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1. unconditional acceptance

In books, friendship isn’t about being pretty, it’s about being weird and having fun and being loved. With romance the characters are always trying to seem normal and boring and polite /*violently shudders*/

But with friends the MC can be weird and adorable and not be judged. I always fall in love with characters after seeing them interact with their best friend. SSSO CUTE????

A Matter of Time by Mary Calmes / Jory is cute and silly and perfect, but when he’s with his DANE???? They dote on each other. They make Sunday brunch together a priority.

And no matter how ridiculous Jory gets, Dane gazes at him fondly and it’s so special.

Whenever Jory is doing something dangerous and Dane calls him and says “Jory, where r u get home” and Jory always wants Dane to be proud of him and he replies “Dane u should see me I look so cool and I love you”

A List of Cages by Robin Roe / Poor sweet precious Julian is awkward and sad, but his friends love him anyway and constantly encourage him???? THEY GO TO SEE HIM PERFORM IN A PLAY BECAUSE THEY LOVE HIM.

And they helped him practice to get the role + bribed the director to make sure he got in.

(when your friends are nefarious on your behalf)

mom i’ve taken my friendship vitamin for the day.

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2. LESS DRAMA.

The best thing about friends is that they can fight and it’s fine. And if the MC is being annoying her friends will tell her as they eat pizza and make inside jokes.

And you know that trope when a love interest bails bc *you’re too good for me???

In friendship they’re just like “stop being an idiot, I love you. do you need help burying the body?”

The Captive Prince by CS Pacat / Nikandros and Damen trust each other so much & there’s never any need to keep secrets & it’s so glorious.

The Raven Cycle by Maggie Steifvater / I love how in this book there isn’t too much drama between the friends themselves, instead they face the world together and love each other SO MUCH.

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3. Friends are ridiculously loyal.

Romance can be seriously unpredictable, but friendship is all about loyalty and having each other’s back forever.

And there is nothing more tragic for me than when best friends break up?????? NO PLEASE I’LL CRYYY.

The Foxhole Court by Nora Sakavic / No matter what kind of trouble Neil finds himself in his friends refuse to stop taking care of him. They just protect him and call him adorable???? and it makes me smile proudly???

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4. Friends are fUNNY AF

Book friends have no filter and they make each other laugh and they aren’t afraid of being offensive.

And romances are always more fun when it starts out as two best friends. Everything’s just HAPPY and SILLY and SPECIAL??????

How to Repair a Mechanical Heart by JC Lillis/ This book features geeks who primarily live to make each other laugh and it brings me joy.

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5. SAVAGE BUT LOVING HONESTY

Nothing is more satisfying than when the MC’s best friend is brutally honest and single-handedly fixes the plot.

Best friends are always the actual heroes.

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell / When Penelope fixed the whole Simon + Agatha thing (tbh Agatha didn’t need to be in the book, and she FOR SURE didn’t need her own POV chapters.) Without Penelope’s wisdom would we have Snowbaz?? we probably would but shhhh

Relay by Layla Reyne / This turned out to be a nice book but ONLY because the MC has friends who force him to face reality. He was scared because “i love that boyyyyy but what about my future” and his friends helped him accept being gay and finding happiness and the day was saved.

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6. friends are protective, but acknowledge how awesome their friend is

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo / INEJ AND NINA. We need to have a long, proper discussion on Inej and Nina’s relationship because it was WONDERFUL SWEET PROTECTIVE STRONG.

They had the perfect balance of “no one touches my sunshine” and “sorry but my sunshine will kick your shin”

Honestly it’s been awhile and I can’t think of specific examples but you guys just KNOW

anna k

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7. friends are really really cute together okkkkkk

Friends are vulnerable together and make each other feel better when sad and they solve problems and the best romances are always best friends-lovers.

Ari and Dante by Benjamin Alire SΓ‘enz / Ari literally jumps in front of a car to protect his best friend.

Wolfsong by TJ Klune / “It will always be you and me.” When Joe is fine with not being lovers, as long as they can be best friends or SOMETHING because he just wants to be in Ox’s life because Ox is his #1 person.

GGVV by Mackenzi Lee / I’m smiling ridiculously because MONTY AND PERCY INVENTED BEST FRIENDSHIP.

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What are your favorite book friendships?

I need a Goodreads shelf just for platonic rep.

a list of cages

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60 thoughts on “Discussion/ why are character friendships the best part of books??? (ft. cute friends)

  1. Winged Cynic says:

    NAILED IT. Books with strong friendships result in less drama, smart and practical protagonists (also agree that I love them more after seeing them interact with their bestie), and they’re funny together! I also love how you used Nina and Inej as one of your examples; it’s one of the best examples of female friendships I think. πŸ˜‰ Amazing post!!!

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    • malanielovesfiction says:

      AWWWWW THANK U ❀ ❀ ❀ ❀
      it's so true, characters with close friends are usually sm smarter, they actually askk for help instead of making stupid mistakes (over and over) c: i remember reading twilight as a hs freshman adn thinkingg,,,BELLA NEEDS A BEST FRIEND WHO IS STRICTLY PLATONIC. imagine how much better everything would have been???????

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  2. Beth (Reading Every Night) says:

    I cannot even begin to express how much I agree with your post Malanie. Character friendships are the best part of books for sure and I want to see so so so many more of then because there aren’t enough. You’ve already featured some of my favourites (The Raven Cycle and Six of Crows have amazing friendships, like those characters are friendship goals) but I also love the friendships in The Lunar Chronicles series, and recently I read Sea Witch which has an incredible female friendship which is kind of the main focus of the book which I loved.
    Great post. πŸ™‚ ❀

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    • malanielovesfiction says:

      BETH OMG TYSMMM!!!! inej and nina and kaz and jesper are my goals in this life, and kaz and jes needed more screen time??? I need an entire novella about a friendship adventure ft. kaz and jesper exclusively c: I FORGOT ABOUT LUNAR CHRONICLES SDLKJFDSLKJ
      winter and scarlet????? THEY WERE BEST FRIENDS AND IT WAS SLOW BURN??????
      *goes immediately to add Sea Witch to tbr*

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      • Beth (Reading Every Night) says:

        Yes I would LOVE a novella that focuses on the dregs before Six of Crows, how cool would it be to see more of Kaz and Jesper, and Kaz and Inej, and Inej and Jesper as well?! πŸ˜€
        Yes Winter and Scarlett are incredible friends, I loved their dynamic in Cress and Winter.
        Definitely do, it’s incredible! πŸ˜€ ❀

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  3. Norrie says:

    I think i’d probably need to read more YA. In the books i usually read there are not many friendships…

    One of my favourite books friends come from Spud (John van de Ruit). These kids live in a boarding school and they are just so cute and funny and always on some kind of adventure.

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  4. bookbeachbunny says:

    Definitely second the Emma Mill’s books. I love her friendships! And The Raven Cycle of course. I love seeing platonic friendships in books because when I was in high school and college I never cared about romance or relationships and truthfully the ones that my friends went through never bloody lasted. (At least in my case.) So it’s nice to wade through the romance and see that side presented.

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    • malanielovesfiction says:

      SAME my friendships irl are the most important thing ever and I love seeing rep for that!! I need to read more Emma MIlls, I got a tinnnyyy taste in First and Then which brought me joy, because dev and her brother!!!!!! SO CUTE AND WHOLESOME????????

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  5. Elizabeth says:

    Bookish Friends are the BEST!!! I love Percy/Monty friendship, even though I probably love them more shipped πŸ˜‚
    I also love Nina/Inej! Such awesome friends!
    I think Cassandra Clare makes the best bookish friends! Like Will & Jem in the Infernal Devices are the best of friends and mean everything to the entire world!

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    • malanielovesfiction says:

      bookish friends ALWAYSSSSSS (also agreed monty and percy = ultimate perfect otp of dreams c: c: )
      I need to read will and jem sm, I always hear about how much they adore each other and I must have them *reaches out to hug them*

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  6. fictionologyst says:

    Agreed on Nina and Inej. They’re so precious!! And have you read Children of Blood and Bone? I live for the slow burn friendship like Zelie and Amari had!! The’re just sooo cute!!

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  7. Loretta @ The Laughing Listener says:

    I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS POST!!!! Totally agree, I love book friendships!! I feel like everyone falls back on romance now to try and make a plot interesting and show character growth, so now I appreciate the heck out of platonic friendships. If an author can make me care about the characters through friendships or family relationships, I end up loving the book soooo much more!

    And omg. I love that in number 2 you said “Do you need help burying the body” and then listed TRC. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ That scene where they help Ronan bury a dead body is THE BEST.

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    • malanielovesfiction says:

      LORETTA ILY ❀ ❀ ❀
      it's so sad in YA + NA when the best friend gets lost in the romantic sauce???? I feel like my best chance of having reading happiness is when the best friends fall in love bc at least then everything's okkkk
      and oh god I sm agree, when we get character development through platonic love it's more meaningful, more believable because it's not just about shallow lust???
      *side note* I would've totally helped ronan bury the body anything for my special boy skjdflksjls

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    • malanielovesfiction says:

      TYSM AJ ❀ ❀ ❀ it's so sad when the friends get shoved aside, it always makes a book lose a star for me, JUST HORRIBLE. & Harry Potter has the best friends ever, I live my life for middle grade friendship ❀

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  8. Birdie says:

    Love this! Monty and Percy are friend goals! AND, you’ve made me more eager to read How to Repair a Mechanical Heart, which has been on my to read list for a while now. (And I’m starting A Matter of Time today, so there’s also that!)

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  9. anatomyofabookthief says:

    Yaas this post is gold! I literally agree with everything and you used a Teen Wolf gif to top it all off! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ I get so so annoyed when best friends are just cast to the side when the protagonist finds an SO and it isn’t even a thing like it’s just as if it’s what is expected!! I just finished reading Optimists Die First by Susan Nielsen and I was so pleased with the friendship rep in that, it’s kind of set up as if it’s going to be another cliche where it’s only about the central romantic relationship but it actually explores loads of different friendships too which I loved! Amazing post! πŸ™‚

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    • malanielovesfiction says:

      awwww tysm!!!!!!!! STILES AND SCOTT ALWAYS BECAUSE THEY ARE THE CUTEST FRIENDS IN THE WOLRDDDD ❀ ❀
      i agree sm, the default #1 is always an SO and that's so sad????i must check out Optimists Die First!!!!! *hugs platonic rep close*

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  10. insidemylibrarymind says:

    Ah YES TO ALL OF THIS! My favorite friendships are obviously the ones in TRC, especially the Ronan/Gansey friendship, I live and die for that. And also! All of the friendships in all of Emma Mills’ books, especially Claudia and Iris in Foolish Hearts. Fantastic post! 😊

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    • malanielovesfiction says:

      ronan + gansey was just so perfect and beautiful, the way Ronan would always get jealous when Gansey made other friends????? SO PRECIOUS. w emma mills I’ve only read First and Then and sldkfsd the friendship!!!! when she said “you deserve good soup (a boyfriend)” and dev was like “well life is about grilled cheese too” and her friend said “OH I’M THE GRILLED CHEESE” and they hugged ❀ sequel sequel sequel

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