Top Ten Tuesday is a meme by The Broke And The Bookish. This one is a random pick from their list of previous topics.
I found it a lot more difficult to come up with a list than it should have been. All duos seems to evolve into romantic relationships or split when they find significant others. But I didn’t give up searching and finally came up with a somewhat sneaky list.
- Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong from the middlegrade girl detective series Hazel and Wong by Robin Stevens. I’ll elaborate on them at a later date.
- Jo and Meda from the Crushed series by Eliza Crewe. Once again, I’ll be talking more about them at a later date. I have these plans okay!
- Adelina and her sister from The Young Elites by Marie Lu. Okay, so we didn’t much see them together but I reckon they’ll be a wonderful team if not necessarily on the side of good. But they’ll be so interesting to read about.
- I’d pay to see Ronan and Calla from Maggie Stiefvater’s The Raven Cycle go on a road trip together. If you’ve read the series, you’ll know why the idea fills me with such unholy glee.
- Harriet, Nat, and Toby from Holly Smale’s Geek Girl series.
- Delilah and Selim from Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant: I miss these two. I need more of Selim wanting to have some calming tea and Delilah bouncing off the walls.
- Cinder and Thorne from Scarlet: I love their dynamic, serious Cinder and silly Thorne. I was also somewhat relieved that they weren’t destined to be a couple (despite, IMO, being rather suited for each other).
- Angela and Holly from Unmade: Hey, who says romantic couples can’t be dynamic duos? Despite their rocky start, I think Angela and Holly make a kick-ass duo, especially in the last book.
- Aziraphale and Crowley from Good Omens: Oh, my old favourites. <3 One’s a book-loving angel with no fashion sense and the other’s a plant-scaring demon with impeccable taste. They … uh … make Things happen.
- Clary and Simon from Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy: You just know they are on course to be the best parabatai/battle-buddies since Will and Jem. I can’t wait.
- Frodo and Sam from LOTR because I think our list would be remiss without them. These two are from different upbringings in the Hobbit world and yet the work beautifully together. They aren’t necessarily bound to one another though there is a sort of master/servant relationship there but the loyalty and trust between the two goes beyond servitude. Sam will always be on Frodo’s side, and should Frodo not have been corrupted by the ring, the opposite would always be true… it’s just so darn emotional! (Perhaps Legolas and Gimli are more dynamic, as in they are different races, but their relationship is more for levity and world building whereas Frodo and Sam are true from beginning to end – I love both pairings though!)
- Edward and Al Elric from Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood (both comics and show). These two are hilarious and I just love the brotherly relationship between them – like Frodo and Sam they will always be true to one another but these two are full of oppositional characteristics that it makes their scenes adorable and memorable and real.
- Rudy and Liesel from The Book Thief – I think I like this dynamic duo, and it comes to mind immediately, because their relationship was so believable. They have that childish heartwarming love between them, a playful partnership more than a romantic interest. This relationship really motivated the reader to continue and to understand the side of the story we were being told. Children are always the victims in war and it is tragic.
- Elephant and Piggy from Mo Willems’ Elephant and Piggy series! I love this pairing and I think it works for so many children. On one side of the page we have Elephant, the worry wart who asks for permission, and on the other we have the tremendously troublesome Piggy who erupts from the borders of the pages at all angles and forgets to ask for forgiveness when he’s mis-stepped. They are hilarious, and there is something in their relationship that is very endearing.
- Calvin and Hobbes. Because… Calvin and Hobbes! Not only do we have the dynamic play between two philosophies but we have an adorable rough-and-tumble pair that can make a story complete, and make us fall in love with them, within the constraints of a daily comic strip.
- Oh! Last minute add in – George and Martha by James Marshall – a picturebook series abou two hippos who couldn’t be more different and who couldn’t love each other more. <3
- Mariel and Dandin from Mariel of Redwall and The Bellmaker. I love that these two determined friends, most unusually for Brian Jacques’ books, do not fall in love or ever, as far as we know, return to Redwall (or anywhere else) in their maturity. Mariel and Dandin, perfectly paired as absolute friends, travel and have adventures. For the rest of their lives. (I do hope that, not-mentioned-in-canon-but-completely-likely-anyway, they occasionally return and visit Saxtus.)
- Lirael and the Dog from Lirael and Abhorsen. I think a solid argument could be made that this is the central relationship of the novel(s). Mogget and Sam, Sam and Nick, and Sabriel and Touchstone are also favourites. Especially Sabriel and Touchstone.
- Maree and Rupert, also Maree and Nick from Deep Secret. Maree and Nick are a close-knit cousin alliance that admits no outsiders, particularly parents (hostile or ineffective, depending on which parent you consider). Maree and Rupert spend most of the book fighting. Their descriptions of the other are snicker-worthy, to say the least.
- Irene Norton (nee Adler) and Nell Huxleigh from the series by Carole Nelson Douglas beginning with Good Night, Mr. Holmes. Bold American diva-detective and proper though impoverished English gentlewoman become best friends and (occasionally) partners in crime. Look out Holmes and criminals alike: you don’t stand a chance.
- Rosalind and Celia in As You Like It. Cousins as close as sisters who run away together so that nothing can separate them. How can you resist that?