Over on YouTube, there is a Top 5 Wednesday family, where a large community of people answer different Top 5s each week. It was started by Lainey (gingerreadslainey) and I’ve been watching a number of the videos every Wednesday so I thought I’d participate over here on my blog!
This week’s Top 5 is Friendships!
I’ve decided that any time there’s a good crossover Top5W topic, I’m going to answer it for books as well as television shows! This is one of them 🙂
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5. Beth & Jennifer
The fact that, as readers, we witnessed their friendship entirely through text made me love their friendship even more. We didn’t read descriptions of body language or physical comfort, we saw how supportive they were of each other through their emails and their witty banter. They alluded to time spent together in the real world but the reader instead experienced their relationship through stories and direct communication between the characters. I absolutely loved that.
4. Gemma, Felicity, Pippa and Ann
[Gemma Doyle trilogy]
It’s been a long time since I’ve read this trilogy but I remember falling in love with the characters and the fact that there were four strong, intelligent women who supported each other and worked together. They argued and engaged in petty gossip but they were there for each other when it was important.
3. The March Sisters
There’s not much I can say about the March sisters without tearing up. Jo, Beth, Meg and Amy’s relationship greatly affected me and how I view my relationship with my own sibling and family. Little Women is such an important story about the unconditional love of family, and this is exemplified through the love of the four sisters.
[Harry Potter series]
The dream team. They had their issues throughout the series [minus Hermione because she has her shit together, thank you very much] but they remained incredibly close friends and worked together through everything they faced.
[Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants]
As you can probably tell from this list, I am a sucker for strong female characters being awesome and taking care of each other, and these four are by far my favourite. They have each gone through hardships, but no matter the distance, they stuck together and helped each other through it.
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[How I Met Your Mother]
These five actually ended up surpassing the Friends crew for me. The dynamics between them are so fantastic and loving. They joke and poke fun at each other but there is so much love in their relationships.
A dorky comic book geek and a broody bad-boy from Chino. From the very first episode, their friendship was my favourite part of the show. Seth, a kid who had never had a friend before, suddenly had a protector and a brother. Ryan, a kid from the wrong side of the tracks who punched first, asked questions later, suddenly had someone other than himself to look out for, someone to make him softer. They made each other better.
[One Tree Hill]
The trend of awesome ladies looking out for each other continues! This friendship is one that I love equally as a trio and as three different pairs. The three of them went through some harrowing things throughout the nine seasons and they were always supportive of each other and there to defend and comfort in times of need [with the exception of a certain character’s exit and some incredibly terrible writing in the later seasons].
These two would be on my list solely for ‘A Trip to the Dentist’ but their banter and friendship was so refreshing. Not only were they both incredibly intelligent and caring towards each other but it one of the first purely platonic male/female friendship that I had ever seen on TV. I respect Rob Thomas so much for keeping their friendship strictly platonic because they just loved each other with all their hearts and could rely on each other for anything, without it being muddled by sexual tension.
This friendship is number one, partly because I’m trying to hold on to the first five seasons, but because the five of them went through the trenches together. They survived their internship, residency, multiple major disasters, pregnancies, fights, breakups and millions of other situations. Their relationships were often volatile, but they banded together and supported each other when it really mattered.