This week’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt is Platonic Relationships In Books (friendships, parent/child, siblings, family, etc.). By now, you probably know how much I adore books with sibling relationships. Brothers and brothers, sisters and sisters, brothers and sisters—give me all of them! Here are ten sibling relationships from books that I love.
The Bennets from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen: This one is a given. I adore the sibling relationships in all of Austen’s books (and I even wrote a paper once arguing her books are actually about family ties and not romance), but the Bennet sisters take the cake. They aren’t perfect, but they love each other. I love how they are portrayed in Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.
The Connollys from The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater: Maybe it’s because I just reread this book, but I freaking love Puck’s relationships with her brothers. I love how each one is different and how realistic they felt. Plus, Finn is a great brother and Gabe, despite how crappy he acts, tries to hard for his family. They all just make me want to cry.
The Weasleys from the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling: Of course, a list of siblings from books wouldn’t be complete without the extensive Weasley family. I think just the idea of their family makes me warm and happy. They definitely fight and tease one another, but you can tell they love each other a lot.
Percy and Tyson from the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan: This sibling pair is probably the most surprising of them all, but I still love how gentle and kind Percy is toward Tyson, even when Tyson annoys him by being, well, Tyson. Plus, Tyson’s unwavering loyalty to Percy is something to be admired.
Meg and Charles Wallace from A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle: Meg and Charles Wallace’s relationship is definitely unique. They understand each other in a way their other brothers, Sandy and Dennys, do not. Plus, Meg will literally do whatever it takes to save her brother, which is incredible.
Katniss and Prim from The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins: I will 100% stick by the fact that The Hunger Games is not a romance but a story about two sisters. Everything Katniss does is for her sister from volunteering as tribute to pretending for the Capitol. It’s not about her protecting Peeta or Gale or choosing between them. It’s about Katnis choosing her sister over and over. And it still breaks my heart after all these years.
Aila and Miles from The Disappearances by Emily Bain Murphy: One of my favorite aspects of this book was the sibling relationship between Aila and Miles. While I don’t have a younger brother, I could see how realistic their relationship was. They fight, they play word games with each other, they stick up for each other, they reprimand each other, and they understand each other.
Gabi and Lia from the River of Time series by Lisa T. Bergren: When I first read the River of Time books, I noticed how similar Gabi and Lia were to my own older sister and me. It was almost uncanny. (Which is crazy because one of Lisa’s other series is about three siblings that also match myself and my two siblings.) Like with many of the books on this list, these sisters fight for one another and have a close bond that reflects my own sister relationship.
Boromir and Faramir from Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien: Say what you will about Boromir, but he is a wonderful older brother. I love how much Boromir and Faramir care for one another, even if their father plays favorites.
The Pevensies from The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis: Of course, my favorite sibling relationships from books are the Pevensies from the Narnia books. I love how all four exhibit different traits that help them lead Narnia and that while they aren’t perfect, they do care for one another. (Yes, even Edmund after he is forgiven.) Plus, their banter is perfect.