Have you ever wanted to hang out with your favorite fictional characters? I know I have! Here’s my top nine (I’m an iconoclast that way) fictional besties I wish I really had.
1. Katniss Everdeen, from The Hunger Games
She’s tough, she’s loyal, and she’d be willing to sacrifice her life if it means saving yours. Best friend and security detail. Plus, the odds are apparently always in her favor. Can anyone say Las Vegas?
2. Cameron, from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
This guy would (reluctantly) let you steal his dad’s precious sports car to go joy-riding around the city while you play an elaborate game of hooky. That’s true friendship.
3. Dr. Watson, from Sherlock Holmes
The best case scenario of random roommate assignments: John Watson. He doesn’t mind when you flash your erudition, dazzling everyone around you with your brilliant genius. He also doesn’t seem to care if you shoot up cocaine and play your violin all night long (I mean, if you’re into that kind of thing.)
4. Lorelei Gilmore, from The Gilmore Girls
She’s smart, she’s funny, she wants nothing more than to stay in and riff on bad movies while gorging on junk food. You may not be able to keep up with her incessant pop-culture references, but if you’re lucky you might get to pet Paul Anka.
5. Sam Gamgee, from The Lord of the Rings
Oh, Samwise. He’s a simple but loyal friend who’ll follow you on potentially life-threatening quests into the lair of your enemy. If you get tired, he’s probably willing to carry you. He’s a pretty good judge of character, too, so he’ll tell you if he thinks your boyfriends are creepy (yeah, Smeagol, I’m looking at you.)
6. Elizabeth Bennett, from Pride and Prejudice
Navigating Regency society could be tough, but not with clever Lizzy at your side. She’d politely insult your too-eager suitors and show you how to dazzle the 5,000 pounds a year guys with your wit. She’d let you crash in one of Pemberly’s many well-appointed suites. And I hear Darcy has cousins.
7. Hermione Granger, from Harry Potter
Everybody knows that when your best friend’s a know-it-all, you don’t actually have to read or learn anything yourself. Also, I suspect she still has that time-turner lying around somewhere.
8. The Doctor, from Doctor Who
Actually, scratch that. I don’t want a time-turner, I want the TARDIS! The perks of being besties with the last of the Time Lords: epic coats, time travel (obvi), and never, ever a dull Christmas. Allons-y!
9. Harpo Marx, from The Marx Brothers
I don’t even know. Hanging out with this guy might be bewildering, spontaneous, and potentially life-threatening, but it’d probably be a hoot. Honk honk!