Literary Characters Who Would Be Best Friends in Real Life

Last month, we ran a post on TV characters who would likely befriend each other in real life. Today we thought we’d try out the literary version of this game with characters that span cities, and even eras. Who do you think, dear readers, would take the next step and form an alliance if time and place were not an issue? Take a look at our humble list of literary unions, and please suggest your own pairings in the comments section below.

Holden Caulfield from The Catcher in the Rye and Draco Malfoy from the Harry Potter series

At one point, Caulfield was the paradigmatic teenager, but now his star has fallen as kids munch on antidepressants and try to be absorbed by, rather than rebel against, the growing ranks of other-directed kids in the lonely crowd. Which is why he would probably get along with another unloved character, Draco Malfoy. If Holden and Draco were friends, however, Draco probably would have already failed out of Hogwarts and ended up somewhere in the bowels of London, smoking cigarette after cigarette and drinking out of of a pocket flask as they discussed their stupid classmates and even more ignorant parents. Phonies! The lot of ’em.