Top Ten Tuesdays: Dynamic Duos

This is a weekly meme hosted by the lovely folks over at The Broke and the Bookish. This week was books we would recommend if you’d like X book. We had some ideas, but it was very similar to Books We’d Recommend if You Like X Author, which we did a couple weeks ago, for L.M. Montgomery and Meg Cabot. Since we haven’t been blogging for very long, we thought it would be more fun to go rogue… so we’ve done Our Top Ten Dynamic Duos!

Elizabeth’s Picks:

1. Katniss and Rue from The Hunger Games.  Katniss makes a really good half of a dynamic duo I think, because she also makes dynamic duos with both Peeta and Gale. However, my favorite is Katniss and Rue. Rue really has no reason to trust Katniss but she saves her anyway, thus beginning a beautiful, if shortlived, friendship. Without Rue, could Katniss really have taken down out  the supplies at the cornicopia? Katniss and Peeta only became a duo after the possibility of both of them surviving existed. Katniss and Rue knew they both couldn’t survive but still joined together.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Marco and Rat from The Lost Prince by Frances Hodgson Burnett. Marco and Rat are both children but similar to my last dynamic duo, they are mature beyond their years. I’m hesitant to tell you exactly what they do since I don’t want to give away any of the story, but they are great friends who accomplish a great task. It’s free so just go read it to find out more ;-) .

 

 

 

 

 

3. Legolas and Gimli the Dwarf from The Lord of the Rings. Ok, so the more obvious dynamic duo from LOTR is Frodo and Sam, but they kind of annoy me. Probably because of all that angst. Yes, I know the angst is from carrying the ring and whatever, but it’s still annoying. I also really like Pippin and Merry and almost chose them. I should confess something here. I remember Legolas and Gimli’s relationship much better from the movie than the book, so I’m hoping it’s just as good in the book. I love them in the movie especially when Gimli is reporting his kill number so proudly during the battle and Legolas has like triple the number. They don’t get along at first, but boy do they crack me up later.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. Elizabeth and Jane from Pride and Prejudice. They are sisters (and we like sisters here) but more than that, they are best friends. They take offense at slights to the others and they are endlessly concerned with each other’s happiness. Plus, they each get the guy and live happily ever after. Well done!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. Lou and Jack from She Went All the Way by Meg Cabot. Okay, so this dynamic duo is a little (or a lot) less epic and/or classic than my other choices, but I like them, and we can’t have a Top Ten Tuesday without including Meg Cabot somehow ;-) . That started off as a joke, but I’m beginning to think it’s true. Anyway, Lou and Jack are stranded in rural Alaska (was that redundant?) after the helicoptor pilot taking them to the set of the movie that Lou wrote and Jack is starring in tries to shoot them. They now have to battle the group of bad guys chasing them and Mother Nature (did I mention it’s winter?) to try to get to safety.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mary’s Picks:

1. Bess Marvin and George Fayne from the Nancy Drew series by Carolyn Keene. The CLASSIC dynamic duo I think. Both perfectly stereotyped to complement the other. Cousins! You rarely see one without the other. My grandmother always thought George was an early lesbian figure. (In a supportive way!) Anywho…


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bess is the “plump” one. Oh wait, that doesn’t help?! There’s George on the left and Bess on the right.

2. Ron and Harry from the Harry Potter series. Yay, I win. I called this one.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plus, this picture cracks me up.

3. Eugenides and the Magu from The Thief of Eddis by Megan Whalen Turner. While these two are not exactly a duo, at least in this book, I love their dynamic. And I really felt like it was time The Queen’s Thief made these lists! I’ve only reviewed the first so far, but I have a wrap up of the series (which I am kind of obsessed with…) coming up shortly!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. Sean Kendrick and Kate Connolly from The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater. I reviewed this book earlier here and thought it was great – and I liked that these two operated independently but sort of as a duo. And I didn’t see their romance as the driving force. So I decided they qualified.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. Cecilia and Kate from Sorcery and Cecilia or the Enchanted Chocolate Pot by Patricia Wrede and Caroline Stevermeyer. Elizabeth is going to be sooo jealous that I thought of this one! Love this pair of cousins (unexpected theme? future list?!) and love their magical mystery solving. But mostly love their hilarious back and forths. This was one of the first two books we reviewed for this site, and it remains a favorite!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Although I don’t know about that cover art! Why had I not noticed what sourpusses they appear to be! They really are way more fun.

What about y’all? Any fun dynamic duos we missed?