Hi everyone! I hope you’ve had a good week since I last did one of these, mine has been fairly quiet, aside from dealing with trying to get to home from work during Storm Eunice on Friday, one of the downsides about working in a vaccination centre and not being able to do your job from home!
Anyway, it’s Tuesday, and that means another Top Ten Tuesday courtesy of Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl (and may I just compliment her on her gorgeous new blog design!). This week’s topic is Top Ten Dynamic Duos, and since we so often focus on romantic relationships, I thought I’d go with platonic duos for my list this week, so I’ve got a mixture of friends, rivals and sibling relationships in the following list (and okay, one friend relationship that ends up being a romance):
- Skulduggery Pleasant and Valkyrie Cain-Skulduggery Pleasant series-Derek Landy
Probably the most unusual of my sets of duos, given that one of them is a magical skeleton! I know there are some in the fandom that ship Valduggery but to be honest, I’ve never got that vibe from them (especially given that one of them is alive, and one of them is….well dead). I love the dynamic of their friendship, the back and forth banter is the kind that makes me heart sing!
2. Maddie and Queenie-Code Name Verity-Elizabeth Wein
How could I do a list of dynamic duos without Maddie and Queenie? They are one of my favourite fictional friendships of all time, the kind of friends who would do literally anything for each other and are so completely opposite but yet fit together so well? This is my kind of friendship. And before you ask, no I am not over what happened in this book. I never will be.
3. Victor and Eli-Villains duology-VE Schwab
Victor and Eli have such a complicated, interesting relationship that I couldn’t not include them here. The way their friendship turns into rivalry is so brilliantly executed and they probably have the most interesting dynamic of all the pairs on here as the two are so similar and yet so different in their approaches, that they are a fascinating pair to read about.
4. Eve and Charlie-The Alice Network-Kate Quinn
I wanted to include Eve and Charlie on here because it’s one of very few friendships between an older woman (Eve is in her fifties in the present timeline of the book) and younger woman (Charlie is 19, turns 20 during the story) that I’ve read about, and it’s a very different kind of friendship than one where both characters are the same age, as Eve acts as mentor to Charlie, but Charlie also helps Eve on her journey to overcoming her trauma, and they become basically family by the end of the book.
5. Cassidy and Jacob-Cassidy Blake series-VE Schwab
Another slightly unusual friendship where one part of the pairing is alive and one is dead (Jacob is a ghost). I love seeing platonic male/female friendships in books, and though granted the Cassidy Blake series is middle grade and those books tend to have less romances anyway (plus Jacob is dead), it’s still nice to see that kind of friendship being portrayed positively. I also just really love Cassidy and Jacob’s dynamic, there’s a great push and pull between them, with Cass being more eager to dive into adventures and Jacob acting as the voice of reason.
6. Jaxon and Paige-The Bone Season series-Samantha Shannon
Another relationship that’s kind of hard to define, but that’s what makes them so interesting! When we first meet Paige, her relationship to Jaxon seems like that of a mentor and his protégée, but as the series has gone on, it has become a more complicated rivalry. They seem to have a kind of cat and mouse sort of thing going on at the moment, so I’m interested to see how that continue as we head towards the climax of the series.
7. Charlotte and Wilbur-Charlotte’s Web-EB White
No one said our duos had to be human! The best part of Charlotte’s Web is naturally the unlikely friendship between a spider and a pig, and who knew that a friendship between two animals could be so touching (and heartbreaking!).
8. Kell and Rhy-Shades of Magic Trilogy-VE Schwab
I’m usually shouting out sister relationships on here, but today I have a couple of brother ones for you! I love Kell and Rhy’s relationship, their love for each other and willingness to do whatever it takes to protect the other warms my heart, and of course, I do love the good natured sibling ribbing as are you really a sibling if you don’t take the mick of your older/younger sibling at least a little? I don’t think so!
9. Fred and George-Harry Potter series-JK Rowling
I do try to keep my mentions of JKR at an absolute minimum, but Fred and George were just so perfect for this topic that I couldn’t not include them. If any siblings come under the category of dynamic duo, it’s these two!
10. Pip and Ravi-A Good Girl’s Guide To Murder-Holly Jackson
I still wish that this pair’s friendship hadn’t turned romantic, but aside from that, they still come under dynamic duo for me. Characters in murder mysteries do kind of have to be, since the relationship between the detective and their partner in crime is so central and Jackson definitely pulled that off well, Ravi and Pip compliment each other quite well as she is the more tightly strung, determined to get things done type of person, and he’s more relaxed and funny, so they balance each other out quite well. STILL WHY CAN WE NOT HAVE PLATONIC PARTNERS IN MURDER SOLVING? WHY?
So there we go, those are some of my favourite dynamic duos from books. Have you read any of these books? Did you like them? Who are some of your favourite duos from fiction? Let me know in the comments!
Next week’s topic is meant to be Books I Enjoyed But Have Never Mentioned On The Blog, but I feel like that’s fairly similar to the topic I did last week of Books I Never Reviewed On The Blog, so I’m going to twist it slightly and talk about my First Ten 5 Star Reads On The Blog, since I first started blogging eight years ago, so it would be interesting to look back and see what I was enjoying back in 2014/2015!