Book Friends

Book Friends Who are your best book friends? When I was growing up, I loved hanging out with Jim Hawkins and Long John Silver from Treasure Island. Of course, I loved visiting Heidi in the Swiss Alps, too, and more than once I imagined myself fleeing from Baba Yaga and other fairy-tale monsters.

Even though I’m all grown up now, I still count many fictional characters among my dearest friends. Of course, I’m close to a lot of the characters I’ve written, and I find new friends in romance books by other authors. 

When I saw this picture and quote recently, it made me stop to think about my special friendships with fictional characters. Books truly are friends. We learn from them — not only from text books and non-fiction titles — but from stories of life and love. 

Conflict is at the heart of all good fiction, and this is what draws us in. By seeing how others face up to challenges in their lives, learning how they rise to the occasion — or perhaps, how they fail — gives us insight into our own lives. Books gives us new ideas, new inspirations, and new ways to creatively solve problems.

At least, that’s what I think. What do you think? 



6 thoughts on “Book Friends

  1. Oh, Heidi! She was one of my best friends, too! 🙂 I admit I connected more to the animals than to the people though. Simba from Lion King, Bambi, Dumbo… you name it.
    As for now, I think I’d like to be friends with the characters from Anne Rice’s vampire books. There are soooo many more that I can’t begin to name them here.

    • Did you ever read Lad, A Dog? I read that when I was very young…would love to read it again now. I read a lot of “animal” books, too. You’re right. Animals can certainly be counted as friends. 🙂

      • Hm, no, that doesn’t sound familiar. All my children’s books were in German though, so I can’t be sure. I still love it when animals / pets feature in the books I read.

  2. I believed I was Thumbelina, wanted to be Alice [ in wonderland] but related more with the Hatter. That should have told me something, something about myself. As I grew I was Jo from little Women, then Mary from the Poppins books and for the longest time Florence Nightingale. So it goes on, what I really am saying is I can become who ever, once reading a book. Music, I can fall into the stories of country and blues, I walked that line and ate that spoonful of sugar , I also became Crazy with Patsy. I think for some people words are more stable, constant and safe. I talk too much, imagine and dream. Often I can disappear inside the pages and be transported to lands of love and wisdom. Chasing a dream mending a soul. There is no end. Or at least I hope.

    • Wonderful post! Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts. Yes, Thumbelina. And weren’t we all Jo when we were younger? She was such a strong young woman, and she’s inspired generations of girls now. So many great characters! One of the joys of reading is that we can re-visit our friends in literature whenever we want. Yeah, it’s about time for my annual re-reading of Treasure Island. 🙂

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