Top Ten Tuesday: Platonic Love

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt is a Valentine’s Day/Love Freebie. I’ve covered lots of love topics in previous Top Ten Tuesday prompts so this time I thought I’d highlight my favorite platonic relationships. There just aren’t enough books where a guy and a girl can be friends without things turning into a romance. I need more!

*There might be slight spoilers for some of the books/series I’ve included, so be warned.*

Darien and Jessica from Once Upon a Con series by Ashley Poston: I don’t think there was ever a moment where these two were ever “in love” even though they dated for press reasons. But I like there fun banter and their support of one another in their chosen careers.

Nikolai and Alina from Shadow and Bone trilogy by Leigh Bardugo: Part of me wishes Alina had said yes to Nikolai and become his queen, but I’m totally okay that she didn’t as well. I think Nikolai was meant for someone else… and Alina and Mal make sense.

Helene and Elias from An Ember in the Ashes series by Sabaa Tahir: Even though their relationship had a bit of romantic love twisted among the layers, I’m glad they found their place as best friends instead of lovers. Helene always deserves better and Elias is way too wrapped up in Laia to be what Helene needs (or wants).

Nina and Kaz from Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo: I could say this about multiple dynamics in the Crows, but I love the banter between Nina and Kaz. Nina just doesn’t put up with his garbage and he believes in her so much. It’s refreshing.

Aila and George from The Disappearances by Emily Bain Murphy: At the beginning George might have been infatuated with Aila because she’s new and different, but I like that they settle into a strong friendship. It was such a nice relief from books that throw in unnecessary love triangles.

Eren and Mikasa from Attack on Titan by Hajime Isayama: These two have such a strong bond, but I’m convinced it’s not romantic at all. It’s just… different and I love how it strengthens and changes over the course of the manga.

Gen and Eddis from The Queen’s Thief series by Megan Whalen Turner: I’m not sure if these two were ever supposed to be paired romantically. I swear I remember reading in one of the books talk of them marrying because of being cousins and political reasons and whatever, but I’m so glad they aren’t romantic in the slightest and they each found their own person to love.

Katniss and Finnick from The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins: I know people who ship these two, and while I understand it, I love that they can be friends without any romantic tension. Plus, Finnick and Annie are my OTP for the series.

Jackaby and Abigail from Jackaby series by William Ritter: I love these two and their dynamics. There isn’t a whisper of romance between them. In fact, it would probably kill each of them outright if there was. It’s perfect.

Sophie and Dex from Keeper of the Lost Cities series by Shannon Messenger: I never though Sophie would make a choice about all the boys who seem to love her in these books. But after reading Nightfall recently, she did! And I’m glad she and Dex can just be friends. It makes so much more sense, even if I understand why Dex had a crush on her.

What platonic relationships do you love from literature? Don’t forget to join the link-up!

13 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Platonic Love

  1. People ship Katniss and Finnick? I had no idea. And I don’t like that ship, personally, because that writes out Annie. Plus, I love that Finnick + Annie shows that not everything is about Katniss. I think that part was really well done in the book.

    Also, yay Darien and Jessica! I had forgotten that they dated, actually, since they work so much better as friends.

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    • I’ve seen some fanart and other things about Katniss and Finnick. But I’m not surprised since you probably can find someone shipping just about any characters in a book or movie these days. XD But I agree, I love Finnick and Annie so much.

      And yes! Darien and Jessica are so great as friends, especially since they only date for publicity reasons.


  2. Katniss and Finnick are SO underrated as friends – a huge part of why Mockingjay is so devastating! I love Kaz and Nina, too – much as I love him, Kaz needs to be around such a solid ‘no’ person, haha! Great list 🙂

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    • Oh my gosh, that part about Kaz cracks me up! You are so right.

      And I totally agree about Katniss and Finnick. Love that they can be friends with nothing else. Not enough books include that when the guy is super attractive. XD

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      • I’m so hoping for a Kaz cameo in Rule of Wolves – especially between Kaz and Nina!

        Yes! Agree on every level haha. In fact it makes it even more fun that he tries to flirt with Katniss in Mockingjay, just to make them both laugh! And then Gale spoils it. 😂

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      • Oooh, a Kaz cameo would be amazing. I’ve been crossing my fingers for Alina to return. She’s going to be so mad, though. XD

        Yessss, one of the many, many reasons Finnick is my favorite. 🙂

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      • That’d be interesting! I’m currently rereading Shadow and Bone and discovering I like Alina more than I’d remembered. 😅

        Finnick’s one of my favourites too! But The Hunger Games is one of those rare series for me where the main character is actually my favourite.

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    • I suppose it depends on what you’re in the mood to read. If you want a contemporary, Once Upon a Con books are fun. If you want a YA fantasy, both Shadow and Bone and An Ember in the Ashes are fantastic. Keeper of the Lost Cities is good if you want a fun middle grade fantasy that is really, really long XD

      I mean, I’d recommend you read them all. XD


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