As much as I love my book boyfriends, I also have a soft spot for the ladies. I might not want to make out with them in quite the same way, but I definitely want to hang out, watch Netflix, drink tea and complain about our love lives. You know, typical girls’ night activities. I call these women my book BFFs; those characters I know I’d be best friends with if we were to ever meet in real life. And they were, you know, real.
So in honor of those endlessly interesting female characters, here are my top five book besties, in no particular order.
Hazel Grace: The Fault in Our Stars, John Green
Diagnosed with terminal cancer and placed on permanent oxygen, Hazel has some pretty heavy stuff going on for a 17 year old. But even though she might not venture out of the house too much — America’s Next Top Model isn’t going to watch itself! — she’s still funny, sarcastic and wise beyond her teenage years. Augustus Waters becomes the push she needs to enter the world again, but there’s a reason these bright and quirky kids are drawn to each other in the first place. I want to take Hazel under my wing, assure her everything will be fine and then talk about who’s going to win next season on Top Model.
Elizabeth Bennet: Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen
Who wouldn’t want to be best friends with Lizzie? She’s funny, smart and refuses to let a man (or anyone else) decide her fate. Darcy might have the money and the looks, but she never lets that sway her decision to stay far away from him. It’s only after he proves his worth that she takes another look at the eligible bachelor. In the meantime, she’s busy being loyal to her friends and family and keeping a level head in the face of love-related catastrophes. Lizzie and I would make the best of friends: we could do each other’s hair, talk about books and stay up late, chatting until the candles have long burned down. Plus, maybe she’d invite me to Pemberley — which would be awesome.
Cath Avery: Fangirl, Rainbow Rowell
As soon as I read Fangirl, I recognized a lot of my friends in Cather. She prefers books to people, fanfiction to conversation, and looks at real-life boys like they’re alien creatures from another world. She’s that girl you become best friends with on Tumblr, but she has no idea what to say to you when you meet in person. By the end of the book, Cath has opened up a bit to the outside world. But even from the start, she’s quick, smart and someone you just know would be a great conversationalist if they could just got off the Internet. I could see Cath and I writing side-by-side for hours without talking – which is a rare quality to find in any friend.
Daenerys Targaryen: Game of Thrones, George R.R. Martin
I like to hang out with strong women who aren’t afraid to speak their minds. If they happen to be the Mother of Dragons, all the better. Daenerys starts out the series a little naïve, sheltered and apprehensive about her future. But she just gets stronger and stronger, until she’s eventually leading armies, taking lovers and commanding dragons. I think I could learn a lot from a leader like her, and I’d love to pick her brain over wine while her army chills outside the tent, of course. If we could invite Arya Stark along too, my strong-lady circle would be complete.
Anne Shirley: Anne of Green Gables, Lucy Maud Montgomery
Anne might just be my book soulmate. Romantic, impulsive and quick-tempered, she would be the friend I end up arrested with after trying to act out Romeo & Juliet on the lawn of our crush’s house at midnight. Anne and I would talk about books, run through the woods, make daisy chains and daydream about our futures. This would be a match made in BFF book heaven.