Friday, September 3, 2010

Fiction Friday: FRIENDSHIP

This week I've been working on refining and nuancing the friendships between my main character and a couple of secondary characters which got me to thinking about fun and fascinating best friends from fiction...

Betsy & Tacy, through the years
Harry, Hermione & Ron
"Three the Hard Way" (read this one!)
Friendships in fiction can be inspirational, can turn into romances, can dissolve into cruelty... Friendships can be lasting and heartfelt, or insincere and manipulative.  As I refine AUDITION, I want to make sure readers understand the different types of friendships my mc has with various other characters in the story--and the impact each of these relationships has on her.

Who are your favorite fictional best friends?  What have their journeys taught you about your own writing?

5 comments:

Laura Marcella said...

Anne Shirley and Diana Barry! They're so different from each other, but I think that's what keeps them friends. There's no competition since they have separate outlooks on life, yet they both value the important things in life like family and friendships.

SWK said...

Great one, Laura. Love ANNE OF GREEN GABLES! Thanks! - Stasia

Solvang Sherrie said...

In fifth grade I fell in love with Judy Blume books. Are You There, God? It's me, Maragaret, Starring Sally J. Friedman as Herself, Deenie, Blubber -- they were me, they were my friends, and they stayed a part of me as I grew up.

Val said...

I just finished reading SING ME TO SLEEP by Angela Morrison so I must point out Beth and Scott. At first, Scott seems too good to be true but reading on we see him really doing his share of screwing up his friendship with Beth. It reminded me that I need to make my own main character's friendships balanced: sometimes great, sometimes flawed, and sometimes friends aren't even speaking to each other, but the friendship doesn't necessarily die during those hard times.

Jennifer Wolf said...

I immediately thought of ANNE of GREEN GABLES. Also since I just finished MOCKINGJAY, the difference in the friendship/romance between Katniss and Peeta and Katniss and Gale. AND Holly Cupala's TELL ME A SECRET has a good example of how to destroy and attempt to rebuild a friendship.