HELLO THERE, My first top ten huh? Well, as reading is my EVERYTHING I’m going to go with
My Top Ten Novel Pairs of All Time.
(Romantic, Platonic, doesn’t matter. A pair’s a pair)
10. Claudia Kishi and Stacey McGill from The Babysitters Club by Ann M. Martin
This duo is one part artist, one part chic tween how could I not love them as a pre-tween (alas, I suppose child is more fitting)?
9. Pangloss and Candide – Candide by Voltaire
One dumbass move after another. Pangloss teaches young Candide everything he knows, which is all wrong. Candide ventures out into the world on those idiotic notions and lands himself in one messed up situation after the next. But hey, that’s what satire’s all about, isn’t it? And no one does satire like Voltaire. Forget the blind leading the blind, forget the pot calling the kettle. This is dumb and dumber for the 18th century.
8. Guitar and Milkman – Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
One is a Mama’s boy, the other is a motherless child. These two boys are contrasted from the beginning. While Milkman is warm and safe in his mothers womb, Guitar is encountering racist white adults and speaking up to them. They are foils, best friends, enemies and overall brothers. They represent two very different paths young black men faced in the middle of the Twentieth Century. What’s most true about their situation in comparison with black men in that time and place is that they are both lost. No matter how wealthy ones family (Milkman), or how driven one’s personality (Guitar) a black man must endure hell and high water before he can find peace.
7. George and Lennie – Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
“Course Lennie’s a God damn nuisance most of the time, but you get used to goin’ around with a guy an’ you can’t get rid of him” (P.45)
George – the man’s man and Lennie- the over grown half-wit, have always been my go to when I think of the lengths a man would go to for his friend. George complained, and complained about Lennie, but so do most people about their siblings. If he’d have thought of Lennie as just a friend he’d have been rid of him. But Lennie is George’s family. And as George tries to prove to other people throughout Lennie’s continuous, uh, “accidental violent instances”, that Lennie is a good guy, we see love in its truest form. I dig it.
6. Tom and Daisy – The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
They go in, fuck shit up, and leave. Oh I love to hate Tom and Daisy. They cheat on each other, party like rock stars and drink the days away doing nothing but being rich and fabulous. And should something go awry, like, say, a double murder, what’s that to them? They simply pack away their things – daughter included – and go find somewhere where people are rich and play polo together. Ce la vie.
5. James and Sirius – Harry Potter – JK Rowling
Two good-looking dark haired, devil-may-care wizards? Oh pish posh you didn’t notice how epic they were in their school days. They had a bro-mance like no other. When one’s family kicked him out for being too, well, kind, the others family let him in. They never crushed over the same girls, they never told each others secrets. True, they did a fair share of bullying, but can’t we forgive them that as they attempted to save the word, again and again. Not even Ron and Harry were as close as James and Sirius.
Janie, the ultimate good girl wanting a bad boy. But that’s not it at all. People thought all Tea Cake wanted was her money or her beauty, but really, it was just plain ol love. These two had a love “that was more than love” and that “bad boy” made that good girl a strong woman. Maybe this is why I have a thing for chocolate men myself. Mmmmm Tea Cake.
3. Christine and Heed – Love by Toni Morrison
On a beach resort early in the 20th century two little girls become the best of friends. Heed, the dark skinned poor child befriends Christine, a high-yellow member of the Black Bourgeoisie. But a very, very dark moment will tear these two apart and drive them to hate one another. They are forever bonded and broken by the event and their lives change, drastically because of it. Oh I wish I could go more into detail, but the original love between two lonely little girls who have finally found a kindred spirit is a strong one and Christine and Heed take that powerful love and turn it into an even more powerful hate. There is no right or wrong, there just is the truth and in the journey to find it, you see these two make a duo the God’s were jealous of.
2. Will and Lyra – His Dark Materials by Phillip Pullman
If you’re not familiar with the series I won’t hold it against you…I’ll just wait here patiently until you’ve read it. This is the series and the story line I treasure the most. Lyra, innocent but fiery sets off on an adventure after a huge betrayl. She ends up in a parallell universe and meets Will. A little boy who’s father has gone missing and who’e mother has developed dementia. He takes care of his mother as best he can until he’s forced to commit a murder and must flee before the officials find out. He and Lyra embark upon a heart wrenching, eye-opening journey across multiple parallel universes and discover a love that is stronger than they are. They are, at first, two children in posession of two of the most powerful objects in existence, without any idea of what they’re doing or where they’re going. But as in life, it isn’t the destination, it’s the journey. What I love the most about this pair is how organic their relationship is. They trust and love with their entire beings. Lying, fighting, even killing for one another isn’t out of the question. But each is so righteous, so driven, that they put saving everyone before their own needs. Trust me, I am doing them no justice, just pick up the books and read them.
1. Fred and George Weasley – Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
Tell me you didn’t know I was saving them for last? Oh man the twins. Genius boys with a knack for mischief, they make the only happiness to be found once Voldemort returns. Lest we forget, they saw poor Harry on his first encounter with the Hogwarts Express and helped him carry his luggage. They fight, they inspire, they love. They are Harry’s big brother’s too, and if it weren’t for them he’d not be happy, or alive, for that matter. Selfless, witty, athletic, and Weasley’s to boot. With Fred and George it was never a question about whether or not you could do the right thing, it was how amazingly exciting you could make doing the right thing be. Everything about them is summed up in their sister, Ginny’s, statement: “The thing about growing up with Fred and George is that you sort of start thinking anything is possible if you’ve got enough nerve.” Well I caught onto them in my teenage years, and yeah, yeah they do make you feel that way.