3.08.2011

Top Ten Tuesday: Dynamic Duos

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Right, so I couldn't stick to duos. I had to include a trio and a quartet.

1. Frodo and Sam [The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien]. The friendship between these two is, in my opinion, one of the most beautiful things in literature. Sam's wholehearted faithfulness and Frodo's humility and gentleness make for a near-perfect depiction of love.

2. Harry Potter, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger [Harry Potter, J.K. Rowling]. Their Platonic spirit/body/mind resonances support a powerful chemistry and commitment, from their bonding over the memorable mountain troll battle through their obvious affection "Nineteen years later."

3. Sofya Semyonovna and Rodion Romanovitch Raskolnikov [Crime and Punishment, Fyodor Dostoyevsky]. One is a prostitute, the other a murderer. But there is honest-to-goodness redemptive love between those two.

4. Fred and George Weasley [Harry Potter, J.K. Rowling]. Weasley's Wizard Wheezes? The famed exit from Hogwarts? The way they talk, alternating phrases? The determined loyalty to their family? I don't know what to say about them—every thought makes me want to laugh or cry.

5. Legolas and Gimli [The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien]. Fast friends whose character and love bond them despite opposite natural tastes and beliefs. How can anyone not admire that?

6. Eustace Scrubb and Jill Pole [The Chronicles of Narnia, C.S. Lewis]. "Gosh, what a little tick I was." "Well, honestly, you were." They're stubborn, they're honest, and they get through a lot together.

7. The March sisters [Little Women, Louisa May Alcott]. I grew up with sisters, and the Meg-Jo-Beth-Amy quartet rang true and tender.

8. Tom and Huck [The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain]. They're desperately annoying, even if they are hilarious, but how can they not be included?

9. Mo and Meggie Folchart [The Inkworld trilogy, Cornelia Funke]. A father-daughter pair well worth the inclusion on this list.

10. Jane and Lizzy Bennet / Elinor and Marianne Dashwood [Pride and Prejudice / Sense and Sensibility, Jane Austen]. Tie. Austen sisters for the win.

Honorable mentions: Peter Pan and Wendy (whom Kelly listed, but I forgot about), Heidi and Peter the Goatherd, Enna and Isi and Razo... and I feel like I'm forgetting some important people. Also, a lot of these lists will probably want modification after I've finished the Wheel of Time books, but as yet I don't dare include anyone since Robert Jordan doesn't always take relationships where I expect them to go. :P

Who would you include?

8 comments:

  1. ...and after reading a few other lists, obviously I should have at least made note of Katniss and Peeta from The Hunger Games, Charlotte and Wilbur from Charlotte's Web, Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, Jem and Scout and Dill from To Kill a Mockingbird, Ramona and Beezus...

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  2. I love that you picked Fred and George Weasley! They are a definitely the comic duo!!

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  3. So many good ones - I love that you included Harry/Ron/Hermione and Fred & George!

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  4. Tom and Huck...probably the most popular dynamic duo. Would've been on my list, if I'd read the book, not just seen the movie! lol

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  5. The March sisters are a great choice. I grew up with them too!

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  6. Mossy and Tangle from 'The Golden Key.'

    San and Ashitaka from Princess Mononoke.

    Ged and Tenar from the Earthsea quartet (quintent? whatever).

    Meg, Charles Wallace, and Calvin.

    Verne and RJ from Over the Hedge.

    Snoopy and Woodstock.

    Calvin and Hobbes.

    Punch and Judy.

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  7. Thanks, everybody, for the comments! Kathy and Katie, I'm totally surprised more people didn't pick Fred and George--those guys are wonderful. But then, the trio is the more obvious choice.

    Ms. Dawn, Tom and Huck really did make a lot of lists. I've never seen the movie, though!

    Amanda, welcome. it's fun to find another friend of the March girls. :)

    Mr. Pond, I haven't met a lot of those, but wow--I'm kind of shocked that Meg/Calvin/Charles Wallace didn't cross my mind. And though I wasn't thinking comic books, you're totally right--there's not a more memorable duo anywhere than Calvin and Hobbes.

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  8. Love, love, love the Harry Potter duo/trio! I picked Ron/Harry but should have cheated too and added Hermione.

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