A Month of Friendship // with Abigayle Claire

Monday, September 3, 2018

Today, I'm letting Abi come and crash my blog, and talk a little bit about friendship in some of the books she's read. You can check out her blog >> theleft-handedtypist.blogspot.com and she's also written several books of her own, all of which you can find here >> https://www.amazon.com/Abigayle-Claire/e/B01MZHEUJV 

Just a disclaimer, just because Abi mentions a book doesn't mean that I endorse or recommend it. 


Friends are friends are friends, right? Yes and no. The more I've given it thought, the more it's fairly evident that there are multiple kinds of friends we can have. I don't know about you, but I can't think of any better place to find such a variety of friendships than books.
That friend you share everything with, but especially the most important things. Typically this is just one or maybe two people--superfriends.

One of my favorite literary examples of this is Jane and Lizzie Bennett from Pride and Prejudice. I love how they share things with one another that they don't share with anyone else. Because they're also sisters, this often occurs late at night when they're lying next to each other in bed.

I mean, let's be honest. That's when most secret-sharing happens. ;)
Mentors are so great to have! This is a very different kind of friendship because often a mentor is someone a generation older than you who attaches themselves and shares worldly wisdom. Sometimes it's in a specific area (like writing), and sometimes it's just for life in general. Either way, they're invaluable and supportive.

I actually had a hard time coming up with an example for this one, but I think the Giver was a great mentor to Jonas in Lois Lowry's The Giver. Even the very nature of his name implies that he was bestowing something upon Jonas.
The word platonic implies that this is a friendship between a guy and a girl, since it's non-romantic by definition. These are honestly some of my favorites to read about. As cute as friends-turned-lovers is ... this is almost better. Unspoiled, pure friendship.

A book I just read that included a great example of this was Juliet Ashton and Sidney Stark from The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. They're lifelong friends and in a business agreement with one another. But their friendship is only ever that--friendship. As a result, they have great banter back and forth--a very easy relationship.
Of course every friend should be loyal, but I think some are more loyal than others. Just because a friend doesn't leave you over something doesn't mean they're that friend who volunteers to help you and sticks with you through thick and thin.

What literary example do you expect me to give here? Because I'm convinced no better example exists than Samwise and Frodo from The Lord of the Rings trilogy. The beautiful thing about their relationship is that Sam is loyal even when it's difficult, Frodo doesn't want him, or isn't deserving. I cry just about every time I watch the movies because Sam is so good.

"A friend loves at all times, And a brother is born for adversity" (Proverbs 17:17).
These relationships honestly aren't that fun to have in person in my opinion, but I do enjoy watching them from a distance. I'm sure we all have those people who are technically our "friends" (or who we can't avoid being around, like coworkers), but who still rub us wrong nevertheless.

One great example of this is Ron and Hermione from the Harry Potter series. They're part of the friendship trio with Harry and stick with each other throughout all their school years. However, both of them really get along better with Harry than with each other. It's great fun to watch their relationship morph (without ever really changing) as they grow up.
Let's be honest, sibling relationships are unavoidable. But sibling friendships? They're a choice. I didn't used to get along very well with my sister (still don't sometimes). But we're the only sisters close in age, so we chose to stick together as teens even though we're still very different.

A similar story is fleshed out in the lives of the March sisters from Little Women. The four sisters are so different from one another, and they definitely do not always get along. (At least Vivienne has never burned one of my manuscripts!) But they do stick together because life is even harder on their own. I will read and reread this book just for the amazing March family.

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This is by no means an exhaustive list! What kinds of friendships have you had? Which ones do you enjoy reading about in literature?


Abigayle has been a writer ever since her mother taught her how to hold a pencil. However, she devoted more time to reading words with her green eyes than penning them with her left hand. Inspired by a crazy dream at the age of sixteen, she set off on a journey to self-publish her first novel, Martin Hospitality. Since then, Abigayle has devoted herself to sharing what she has learned through the mediums of freelance editing and her blog theleft-handedytpist.blogspot.com ... when period drama films are not calling more loudly. None of her successes, including winning a 2017 Readers’ Favorite Award, would be possible without the support of her Savior, large family, and online community.

3 comments:

  1. i'm the person who is loyal , but you can only be a good friend if you are willing to. By this point I am used to being left in the dust, but if anyone wants to join my crazy journey an come run with me, they are more than welcome.

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    1. I totally know what you mean Evan. I'm also naturally very loyal :) thanks for reading!

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  2. Thank you so much for this post Abigayle!! I loved the uniqueness of it :)

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