I love reading. It’s so wonderful to slip into the world that a book creates, and just get lost there. The topic today at FaveFiveFriday, an initiative of Buzz Magazine, was my favorite five Book Siblings. So here goes my list.
My Favorite Book Siblings
1. The Kirrin siblings, from The Famous Five by Enid Blyton
Enid Blyton was, and still is, one of my favorite authors of all time. She has brought to the literary world some wonderful characters, and yes, some wonderful book siblings as well. I remember reading the Famous Five series when I was in school. I would take two books from the neighborhood library, and read them over the week. The siblings in this book are the Kirrin siblings – Julian, Anne and Dick – and their cousin George (Georgina). The adventures they have are really wonderful to read, and they continue to be one of my comfort reads even today. My favorite of the siblings is Anne.
2. The Daykin siblings and the Hilton Siblings, from The Five Find-Outers, by Enid Blyton
If a series from Enid Blyton trumps the Famous Five series, it has to be The Five Find-Outers. It has two brother-sister pairs and the adventures feel more enjoyable for some reason. It also had more memorable secondary characters like Goon, Ern and the Inspector. The first of the sibling pairs is the Hiltons – Pip and Bets. I love little Bets. She is underestimated by the others, but she contributes at important points in the mystery. The second of the sibling pairs is the Daykins – Larry and Daisy. The two of them do feature a lot, but I feel Bets and Fatty (the fifth of the five) are the more known characters!
3. Jon Snow and Arya Stark, from A Song of Ice and Fire by George R R Martin
Half-siblings, you could say, but I think the chemistry between the two of them is one of the best I’ve seen in literary siblings. Jon is not a Stark. So while the other Starks (except for Sansa) do bond well with him, he’s cast aside in general Stark business, especially by Catelyn. Arya Stark is the tomboy, understood well mostly by Jon, while the others try to push her toward more “ladylike” ventures. The scene where Jon gives Arya her sword is really wonderful. It’s one of the scenes that is better in the book than in the TV series too. Just amazing!
4. The Weasleys, from the Harry Potter series by JK Rowling
I’ve done a whole month worth of Harry Potter posts once. The Weasleys make a lot of difference to the life of Harry Potter. They become the family he has missed in his childhood. Bill, Charlie, Percy, Fred, George, Ron and Ginny each add to the series well. Bill offers refuge at Shell Cottage when they flee there from Malfoy Manor, Fred and George are fun throughout, Ron is the third of the main trio, and Ginny of course, marries Harry at the end of the series. Fred and George are my favorite of the Weasley siblings. They are my favorite, not just because they are fun characters, but also because of how they support Harry during school with the DA. The fireworks in the fifth book are memorable too!
5. Anjana and Akhil, from The Color of Healing
I have been in two short story anthologies. My first published story is The Color of Healing. It is the story of two siblings Anjana and Akhil. I have a fondness for stories portraying the brother sister relationship. So it was an easy choice to make when I was writing for the contest. It remains the favorite of my short stories because it won, because of the siblings, and because it came in a flow without much thought. Even some of my friends and family have appreciated that story a lot.
(© Vinay Leo R. @ I Rhyme Without Reason,
25th August, 2017)