It’s Fave Five Friday! This is a new series, done in association with Buzz Magazine, for which every Friday we’ll have a new post on a new topic, all about five of my favourite things. Don’t forget to share your own in the comments, and we’ll get a discussion going!
This week, as you can tell from the title, I’ll be listing my 5 favourite Sibling Relationships in books. Before we begin, let me just point out that I wish I could include absolutely every single Enid Blyton sibling-pair ever in this list, but there are simply too many and I can’t choose! Thank goodness siblings aren’t as rare in literature as they are in my life (I don’t have any). Without further ado, in no particular order, here they are:
Rahel and Estha from The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
See any Bar Nowls recently, anyone? This pair of twins broke my heart in my adolescence. Their story is so tragic that I can’t even focus on any one incident; it’s the overall arc of their lives, so brutally torn apart, that makes me weep every time I think about them.
I’m not going to give any spoilers- everyone deserves to read this book with no spoilers- but let’s just say that Rahel and Estha were so real to me, as little children trapped in the middle of a cruel, cruel world, that I often saw myself in them. Their ghosts stayed with me long after the story ended.
(I feel like I should include Jaime and Cersei here- you’ll know why if you’ve read the book- but I haven’t actually read the GoT series, so.)
The Weasleys from the Harry Potter Series by J K Rowling
This one was a no-brainer. I’ve recently been re-reading all of the Harry Potter books and it struck me how close the Weasley siblings were, even when they were fighting or teasing each other, and how they had each other’s backs throughout the stories.
Remember when Fred and George convinced Ron that ‘Sunshine, daisies, butter mellow/ Turn this stupid, fat rat yellow’ was an actual spell? Or when Ginny and Percy looked after each other in Chamber of Secrets, him protecting her the best (rather bossy) way he knew, and her protecting his secret? It’s like the Weasleys lost a son in the seventh book, but gained one back, when Percy finally returned to them- the last time we see all of them together (*cue ugly tears*).
It’s such a pity that we don’t get to see much of Bill and Charlie in the movies, because the scenes in Goblet of Fire, when we get to see all of them together just bantering and messing around, are some of my favourites from the entire series.
Scout and Jem from To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Did anyone really expect these two to not turn up in a list of favourite siblings? Scout protected Jem from haints, Jem protected her from Bob Ewell, and they protected each other from the adults who sought to destroy their happy children’s world. The darkness of To Kill a Mockingbird looms all the more sharply when contrasted with their innocence, and I think this is what leads to the power of the book.
Katniss and Prim from the Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins
The Hunger Games began and ended with Katniss and Prim’s relationship. Katniss’s love for her little sister compelled her to volunteer in her place, setting off the events that destroyed the dictatorship in Panem- and nearly destroyed her, too. The strength and resilience of this pair of siblings makes them one of my top picks. Just ignore me bawling my eyes out in the corner about how their story ended.
Francie and Neeley from A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
Francie is one of my childhood literary heroes. She’s timid and shy, like me; she loves books, like me; she had a bit of a love-hate relationship with her mother, like me. And yet the one thing that I couldn’t relate with her about was the thing I loved her the most for- her fierce protectiveness for Neeley, her little brother.
Despite knowing her mother favoured Neeley over her, Francie loved her brother with all her heart, and he returned that love just as devoutly. They helped each other find strength and support in environments that could easily have destroyed either of them, especially Neeley, who reminded Francie of her beloved but broken father. They brought out the best in each other, and stopped themselves from becoming the worst versions of themselves. If that isn’t true love, I don’t know what is.
Honorary Nomination: Feluda and Topshe from the Feluda series by Satyajit Ray
Look, I know they’re not siblings and so can’t really be on the list, but screw that. May I find a mentor as informative and chilled one day as Topshey found in Felu, and may we all find as faithful a friend as Felu did in Topshey. *sniffs*
Who are your favourite book siblings?
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