All book lovers know that when the chips are down, our books are there for us—to comfort us, to hold us tight, and tell us that everything is going to be okay. Their characters can be good friends with us, too. If you're in the market for a new best friend, consider these characters in literature. There's someone for everyone! And they won't gossip about you behind your back or take credit for your chem project!
You: You’re a homeless, posession-less 87-year-old man OR woman who has pigeons living in his/her hat. You yell at random people on the street because you hate everyone. When you see people litter, you throw their garbage at their heads. If you find out someone hasn’t read the entire works of Shakespeare, you berate them for 48 minutes straight. In pig latin. You never say goodbye.
Your best friend is... Holden Caulfield from The Catcher In The Rye!
You: You’re an insane centatour with a British accent and sharp wit. You throw wild (tea) parties attended by the most philosophical bunch in the land. Also, you’re reliable, because your BFF is constantly screwing everything up—getting lost, crying, you need to be her rock.
Your best friend is... Alice from Alice In Wonderland!
You: You are very spiritual, but you’re growing weary of the whole God thing. He let you down when Justin Timberlake married someone else and your faith has been diminishing rapidly ever since. You are in the market for a bestie who is powerful and all-knowing, but one that has been seen. And one that won’t let your favorite backstreet boy run off with some floozie who was in 7th Heaven—which wasn’t even about heaven.
Your best friend is... Moby Dick from Moby Dick!
You: You’re the queen of gossip. You need to know the dirt on everyone—not the made up dirt, the real dirt. The dirt that nobody knows. The dirt that one person knows, actually. One person who pays very close attention and documents it with honesty. Warning: watch your back. This bff is watching your every move.
Your best friend is... Harriet M. Welsch from Harriet The Spy!
You: You just want a friend with a mansion, who throws some awesome parties. That is all you care about. You don’t want to know your best friend’s story, about his family, if he likes long walks on the beach or likes lots of butter on his popcorn or lots and lots of butter on his popcorn. You don’t even want to know why he’s so rich. Any deep conversation you try to have will be drowned out by Party Rock Anthem. He’s kind of a social climber, so watch out. If that’s not important to you, this guy’s your man.
Your best friend is... Jay Gatsby from The Great Gatsby!
You: You’re a fan of the underdog, and you like a challenge. You see the best in everyone, even if there is nothing good there. You also enjoy being seen as the better half in a relationship. You want to look good.
Your best friend is... Draco Malfoy from Harry Potter!
You: You find yourself in legal trouble quite often and need a bud to stand by you through thick and thin. And quite frankly, you could use a good role model around. Someone who is like your conscience, your Jimminy Cricket, the angel on your shoulder telling you not to lick the cream out of all the Oreos in the pantry. Your friend will believe you are a good person anyway, even when you fail. And he will forgive you when you do. Take notes, because your friend is awesome.
Your best friend is... Atticus Finch from To Kill A Mockingbird!
You: You're not into the regular movie night sleepover, you want a friend who does things differently and with spunk. And who has the freedom to host whatever crazy adventures you feel like pursuing—maybe someone who has their own house, and no parents to tell them what they can and cannot do. You don't have any pets but you've always wanted a monkey and a horse, and of course, a friend who is strong enough to lift the horse over her head. Your favorite fast food? Wendy's.
Your best friend is... Pippilotta Delicatessa Windowshade Mackrelmint Ephraim's Daughter Longstocking from Pippi Longstocking!
You: You never really felt like you fit in, so you need a best friend who understands what that’s like. You also want to pour yourself into your new friendship. You don’t necessarily value total independence. And you want a friend who will support you, and be the glue of your larger group of friends. And you appreciate -- or at least do not mind—surrounding yourself with Bengali tradition. And as a book lover, you know it can’t hurt to have a friend who works in a library.
Your best friend is... Ashima Ganguli from The Namesake!
Who, in literature, would be your best friend?