Top Ten Tuesday #6

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.
Favorite Couples & Favorite Dynamic Duos and Trios

This week’s prompt is dynamic duos. Um … If I were a comic book reader, this prompt would be so easy. Unfortunately, I’m not so I’m changing the prompt a little bit. Instead of just dynamic duos, I’m listing my favorite couples and my favorite dynamic duos and trios. Here are my top ten:

Harry, Ron, and Hermione: I can’t help it. Harry, Ron, and Hermione are my favorite trio. I love them and I love all that they do and accomplish in the seven books. I love how they help each other and I love who ends up with who. It’s perfect and no changes nor Cursed Child are necessary.

Frodo Baggins and Samwise Gamgee: I could probably list all the duos in The Lord of the Rings trilogy, but Frodo and Sam are my favorite. In fact, Dumbledore, Atticus Finch, and Sam are my three favorite literary characters of all-time. I think Sam is the real hero of The Lord of the Rings, but I love his friendship with Frodo and how much he helps Frodo deliver the ring to Mordor.

Liesel and Rudy: I loved THE BOOK THIEF. I loved its message. I loved the way it was told. So many feels. Markus Zusak is a master of words. The moment Liesel and Rudy meet, they’re perfect together.

Lyra and Pantalaimon: I love the concept of dæmons in Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy. I love Lyra and Pan’s bond. I cried for them for what they had to go through in THE AMBER SPYGLASS. I can’t imagine what it would be like to do what they did, even though they’re fictional characters.

Jace and Clary: Cassandra Clare’s The Mortal Instruments series is one of my favorite series. I love all the mythology, theology, adventure, and romance thrown into these stories. I love her characters so much. She has such a talent for writing stories that grab you from the first page.

Will, Jem, and Tessa: Clare’s The Infernal Devices trilogy is also one of my favorite series. I love the historical fiction element of this trilogy. This is one of only two trilogies in which I think the love triangle is done right and make sense. The other one is The Hunger Games.

Anna Oliphant and Étienne St. Clair: ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS is my favorite contemporary romance. I love Anna and Étienne. Stephanie Perkins knows how to write swoony romance. The sexual tension between these two is palpable and it’s so fun to read. What I love more than their sexual tension is their friendship. They’re just good together in every way.

Henry and Kate: A couple of weeks ago, I mentioned that EDENBROOKE by Julianne Donaldson has my favorite kiss in all of bookdom. Her other book, BLACKMOORE has my favorite friends-to-lovers story (if you don’t count ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS, which I don’t since they weren’t friends as kids like Henry and Kate were). I love Henry and Kate. Their friendship is awesome and watching them fall in love, or realizing that they love each other, is a lot of fun to read.

Vasya and Morozko: If you’ve read The Winternight Trilogy by Katherine Arden, then you know why Vasya and Morozko are on my list. The books are a wonderful mingling of fiction with 14th-century Russian history. I adored the medieval Russian setting at the time when pagan beliefs and Christianity clashed, not knowing which would overtake the other, rather than both trying to coexist together peaceably.

Charlotte and Wilbur: If you know me IRL, then you know I hate spiders. HATE them. I have severe arachnophobia. I had to read CHARLOTTE’S WEB by covering all the pictures of Charlotte, and the ending with all her babies flying through the air was enough to give me nightmares. Still is. But, I love her friendship with Wilbur. I love what she did for him. And, yes, the ending (other than the flying baby spiders ) made me cry.

What about you? Who are your favorite couples and/or friends? Did you do dynamic duos or did you change the prompt like I did?

I’ve been learning in DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) that life is full of dialectics, or two opposing truths. In this case, the two opposing truths are: 1) I don’t agree with JKR’s stance regarding trans people, and 2) I still love Harry Potter.

About Jenni Elyse

Hi, I'm Jenni. I’m an eclectic reader. I mostly read fiction and I favor fantasy, science fiction, historical fiction, mystery, thrillers, and romance. The more kissing in a book the better!
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  1. Michael @ The Book Lover's Sanctuary
    Michael @ The Book Lover's Sanctuary says:

    Yay! Another Vasya and Morozkvo fan! I ADORED The Winternight Series and Vasya’s growth from outcast village girl to full grown witch, holding her own with Morozkvo and Medved as equals was fabulous! The whole series were great!
    These are the character duos that I loved and found dynamic!

  2. Greg
    Greg says:

    Frodo and Sam is such a great pick. And same with Charlotte and Wilbur. HATE spiders, but that book affected me as a youngling.

  3. Mia @ Genre Books and Me
    Mia @ Genre Books and Me says:

    I understand being able to separate 2 opposing thoughts, such as Rowling and her works. There are other authors out there that have said or engaged in objectionable behavior but still turn out good stories…
    I <3 Frodo and Samwise and all the other ways characters can be paired up in LOTR books/movies.
    And since you mentioned Edenbrooke last week and again today, I'm interested in picking the first one up.

  4. Kami
    Kami says:

    I read comic books, and I couldn’t really come up with a duo that were my favorite from comics. My favorites all work solo or in teams. Nice list.

    • Jenni Elyse
      Jenni Elyse says:

      Thanks! 🙂 That’s interesting. I didn’t realize that your favorites work solo or in teams. Do you not like Robin? I know you like Batman. Have you actually read any Batman comics or is more the cartoon that you’re a fan of?

  5. Louise Hallett
    Louise Hallett says:

    Great choices! I’ve not read all of these books but based on your choices from the ones I HAVE read then I need to add those unreads to my TBR as soon as possible.

    • Jenni Elyse
      Jenni Elyse says:

      I don’t think they fought very often, at least all three of them. Sure, Hermione and Ron fought in Prisoner of Azkaban because of Scabbers and Crookshsanks, and Ron and Harry were mad at Hermione in Azkaban because of the Firebolt. And, Hermione and Ron fought in Half-Blood Prince because Ron was dating Lavender. Then, Ron and Harry fought in Goblet of Fire because Ron was jealous of Harry. Lastly, in Deathly Hallows, under the influence of the horcrux and Ron being splinched, he let his insecurities get the better on him and got angry and he left the other two.

      I know it seems like a lot, but it’s only five major fights in the whole series. Yes, Harry says that Hermione and Ron bicker a lot throughout the series. It doesn’t mean they don’t have each others’ backs. Look at all of the positive things they do for each other in the series. I guess I chose to focus on the whole of their relationship and not just their arguments.

  6. Anne@HeadFullofBooks
    Anne@HeadFullofBooks says:

    Have you read The Book of Dust, the sequel to His Dark Materials series? I love Lyra and Pan also, that series has some shocking aspects to their relationship. Start with La Belle Savage.

    • Jenni Elyse
      Jenni Elyse says:

      I haven’t read The Book of Dust. I’d love to, though. I’d love to return to that world and learn more about what Pullman has to say. Thanks for reminding me about it. 🙂

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