I must confess…my fictional bestie

I must confess, when I was younger I didn’t have too many friends.

Actually, there was a time where I had none at all in primary school. I remember one year, in particular, where I spent every lunch time by myself in the playground, playing with a stick I called Sid.

Yes, my creativity knew no bounds, even back then…

To compensate for my lack of real life friendships, I threw myself into reading and creating stories of my own. And even when I did eventually find connections with my classmates again, I still relied on my books to keep me company and act as my confidantes.

I loved escaping into another world, where I didn’t have to be ‘me’ for a while. And I often pretended to talk to my fictional besties, even going as far as roleplaying how we would interact beyond the bounds of the book.

I had many besties in that period, but the one that I felt closest too was Elizabeth Bennet from Pride & Prejudice. She was smart, funny, opinionated, passionate, curious, discerning and honest. She was also flawed and felt completely real and human in a totally fictional way.

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I have always loved the character of Elizabeth Bennet and I know she would be the person I would most love to meet in real life. She would be my first choice as fictional bestie.

Except….

…I don’t think we really could be friends.

Personality-wise, I think we’d get on like a house on fire. No problems with that.

However, there are a few impediments to our friendship that could complicate matters and threaten our BFF status even before it begins.

  1. I could not emulate Charlotte Lucas and marry Mr Collins – that would NEVER EVER happen. In the novel, Charlotte, Elizabeth’s best friend, marries Mr Collins after he offers to Lizzie and is ruthlessly rejected. Charlotte, feeling as if she will never receive another offer of her own, accepts his proposal. Which becomes a pivotal narrative tool and plot device as the book continues. But I could never have done that – not even for my fictional bestie Elizabeth Bennet.
  2. Lizzie’s mother and sisters would drive me batty – I don’t think I could spend much time with her family without going nuts. Her Dad rocks (he always reminded me of my own) and I would happily spend time with him and Lizzie’s elder and dearest sister, Jane. But there are so many times in the novel that I just want to reach through the pages and physically shake some sense into Mrs Bennet, Mary, Kitty & Lydia. I have a feeling that I would not be able to hide my feelings of thorough contempt for them, which could complicate any potential friendship with Lizzie.
  3. I would have to fight Lizzie for Mr Darcy – this is the big sticking point. I would not have been able to sit back and watch her rebuff him and then welcome his advances again. I would have had to have a go myself. He’s handsome, rich, proud, shy and a good man. I would like to think that I would have been able to see all this from the start. I would also like to think that I could have attracted him as Lizzie did (wishful thinking!). Nevertheless, I would have had to have a try, which would have meant the immediate end of my potential friendship with Elizabeth Bennet.

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But all is not lost. There are other fictional characters that I could definitely be besties with, without the same complications. And I also have to mention some characters that I know I could NEVER be friends with too. Check out my video below for the low down on those fictional relationships…

What fictional character would you like to have as a friend? And more importantly, why?

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29 Responses

  1. Tegan says:

    That’s so sad that you didn’t have friends for a time when you were little. That must have been a lonely time for you.

    I’d love to be friends with Hermione from Harry Potter too. Also on my list would be Cinder from a recent book I read. She has the weight of the world on her shoulders and yet still manages to take care of the people she loves.
    Tegan recently posted..Cinder: Sci Fi Fairy Tales

  2. Vanessa says:

    I have a feeling in grade 1 I didn’t have friends for a while. I don’t remember much apart from being told what did I expect if all I did was cry about it.
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  3. Julie says:

    When I was in year one I didn’t have friends at a school I went to for most of that year. Then we moved and I got friends in my new school. Very lonely I was lucky as my sister and I played together, she had no friends either. Really weird. Growing up I loved Katie from The naughtiest girl is a monitor. She was cool, did heaps of fun stuff and got into trouble but it always worked out fine. I loved those books.

    • Kirsty says:

      I think I remember the Katie books too – very vaguely! I’m glad I wasn’t the only one who struggled with friendships when I was younger – it seems to be something that many people have memories of but don;t often talk about. I may have to work that into a future confession…

  4. How sad having no friends, well apart from the stick. I didn’t really have many friends when I was little. We moved far too often and I was always the new rather awkward kid on the block. Actually not much has changed. LOL
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    • Kirsty says:

      You’ll have to tell me how many times you’ve moved in total – something we can talk about when we meet up next month!

  5. Trish says:

    Oh you took my Bestie – Anne of Green Gables.

  6. What a confession about having no friends at primary school. I know this isn’t the topic but you threw me for a sixer. I just love Mr Darcy

    • Kirsty says:

      I guess that could have probably been a confession in itself. It did have a big influence on my life, particularly in my teen years as I really didn’t have a lot of confidence after spending time alone. But I also would not be the person I am today without that experience. And I definitely would not be quite so well read!

  7. Ness says:

    I would definitely pick Anne Shirley, too. I’d like to think we could be ‘kindred spirits’ as she used to say! And since I’m totally addicted to Downton Abbey atm (when it’s conveniently over), I’ll also say Anna Bates, the head housemaid (not out of a book, but still fictional) and Mrs Patmore, the cook because she makes me laugh. I couldn’t be bothered with the posh people. Says a lot about me! Ahem.
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  8. This is a great post! I love this because my favourite people were fictional characters when I was a kid. My fictional best friend was Trixie Beldon for sure! She was so adventurous and nice and easy going but with an element of “drama” and wonder.
    Because I had such a huge “friendship” with her I made sure I wrote my Charlie books in a similar way so that kids who didn’t have a best friend could feel like they had a best friend in Cheer Chick Charlie. I’m so pleased to see that I’m not the only bookworm who went to the bookshelf for friendship.

    • Kirsty says:

      I love finding out more about the drive behind your books Leanne – what a beautiful reason to share your stories!

  9. I would love Anne of green gables I think I would’ve been similar to what I would’ve been like if I lived back then. Is it wrong to admit I’ve never read Pride & Prejudice? I probably should though because I’m a bit obsessed with everything historical and how people lived back then.
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  10. We grew up watching Pride and Prejudice, repeatedly over the years. The Colin Firth, Jennifer Ehle version of cause. Still the best version in my eyes. Who didn’t want Mr Darcy for their own. When my sister and I played barbies mine was always Elizabeth (I just loved her character, strong, smart and feminine) and my sister’s was Jane. We were obsessed from a young age, an obsession with period drama/ books that has stayed with us. We also loved Sense and Sensability, I liked Elinor (Emma Thompson) the best, and Emma (Gwyneth Paltrow) was another we were a fan of, I thought she was a ditsy one though. I’ve always liked the more sensible characters, maybe it is because they are more my personality.
    I also used to spend a lot of time with my head in a book, I loved escaping into them and living the story.
    Anne@GritandGiggles recently posted..The Queen on a rainy day

    • Kirsty says:

      Elinor and Emma are my favourites in Jane Austen’s other novels too. I didn’t mind Gwyneth’s Emma – she was better than Toni Collette’s Harriet!

  11. Tory says:

    I loved Lizzie growing up. Particularly in the Colin Firth version.

    Or maybe I just like Colin Firth…

  12. Trish says:

    I identify with your having few or no friends.It is lonely and emotionally exhausting when there is no-one to share your thoughts and adventures with. I was very similar taking refuge in books and reading.
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  13. My mum used to tell a story of when I was in Grade 1, she would ask me who I played with at lunch time (I was a nigel no friends). “I talked to the trees” I used to tell her. Nearly as good as you with your stick! I used to love the characters in Enid Blyton and wanted them as friends, and then Trixie Belden. After that I kinda grew out of even thinking about it …

  14. P&P is my absolute favourite Jane Austen novel and I did my disseration on its adaptation so, frankly, what I don’t know about the story and its author is not worth knowing. In my book anyway (unintentional pun!). However, I also find Lizzie infuriating at times. But then, perhaps that’s because I would have dragged Mr Darcy behind the nearest tree at Pemberley for some tonsil hock, brushing etiquette firmly to one side!!

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