10 Book characters you wish were your Best Friend

If you could be best friends with any book character, who would it be?

Tyrion Lannister

Some book characters create such a lasting, life-changing impression you wish they could step off the page and into your life. Imagine hanging out with Ifemelu in an hairdressing salon and she goes "My Kinky Hair is better than your Relaxed hair, or imagine hiking through the wilderness with Gandalf as your guide.

These special characters show you pieces of yourself, and in return, you carry them around in your heart and in your head. While they may not actually exist, they’re your book best friends and just like real-life best friends, they’re forever.

However, If you could be best friends with any book character, who would it be? These are mine, did your favorite make the list? If not, tell me who your book best friend is in the comments!


A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin

He may be largely reviled in Westeros, but Tyrion is the man or Halfman you’d want to hang out with in the real world. Devilishly clever, he’s also one of the only bibliophiles in the Seven Kingdoms. (I love Arya Stark too)


Americanah by Chimamanda Adichie

You have issues of racism, displacement, migration, border-crossing and borderlessness, liberalism, Nigerian middle class apathy, Nigerian ruling class exploitation, colourism and its cousin, hairism, and white American do-gooders. Ifemelu understands and she would definitely teach you not to deny yourself any of life’s experiences. Ifemelu is not one to be trifled with and not one to trifle with us.


Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling

A know-it-all with a big heart, this Gryffindor is the one you want on your side when facing bad days and/or You-Know-Who.


The Icarus Girl by Helen Oyeyemi

Sensitive, whimsical, possessed of an extraordinary and powerful imagination, she spends hours writing haiku verses, reading Shakespeare, or simply hiding in the dark warmth of the airing cupboard. Who deosnt want a best friend with all this pefect nerdiness and geekyness. She would be a perfect best friend as she has a beautiful way of coping with isolation.


The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Feeling misunderstood? Charlie understands. The quiet and creative teen would take time to get to know the real you. He’d also give you some pretty spot-on presents.


The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Having trouble with a totalitarian government, poverty, or getting your side braids plaited just right? As your book best friend, Katniss would ensure the odds are ever in your favor. (And if they're not, she'll "adjust" the odds with her trusty bow and arrow.)


So Long a Letter by Mariam Ba

Facing feminism struggles in a patriachal society? Ramatoulaye understands and she is ready to champion your gender struggles.


Daughters Who Walk This Path by Yejide Kilanko

Spirited and intelligent, Morayo is very brave, despite being sexually assaulted at a very young age, she overcomes the feelings of despair, guilt and lack of self-respect and discovers that she can find happiness.


The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

Everyone could use a pipe-smoking wizard pal who shows up unannounced with promises of adventure and burglary (but only from dragons who deserve it).


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