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Literary Characters We Wish Were Our Best Friend

Readers forge an intimate and sometimes absurd relationship with literary characters. We feel what they feel, experience the world through their eyes and by the last page, it can feel like that character is your best friend. If these characters existed off the page, what kind of friend would they be? We've got the best for you:

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Hagrid - Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

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If we had to pick one character from the Harry Potter books to be our best friend, it has to be Hagrid. His loyalty to Harry, love for everything in the magical animal kingdom and his sweet cottage hideout make Hagrid the one character we'd feel safe around.

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We all need a friend with a great pad to escape the world when it gets a little scary. Hagrid's cottage has big cozy chairs, plenty of butterbeer to go around and a big jolly man to keep you company.

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She goes out to grab coffee and a croissant like she's attending the Oscars.

Truman Capote’s character is romantic, glamorous and just a little crazy, but we all need that in our lives. She may be a little delusional but she’s a lot of fun to be around. If you run into Holly GoLightly, you know that there is a party coming your way.

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He's a majestic lion ruling over a magical kingdom. We've all imagined what it would be like to snuggle up to this lion and tell him our troubles. And if we're talking to Aslan, that means we've found a way into Narnia, which wouldn't be half bad.

Robin Monarch - Rogue by Mark Sullivan

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He's been described as the Jason Bourne of the new millennium. He travels across the world at a moment’s notice to thwart international terrorist plots. Some people’s lives are just more interesting than yours. Why not be their friend to live vicariously through them?

The Mad Hatter - Alice In Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

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He hangs out with a hare and has an unexplained affinity for tea. Hey, you're a good friend and you'll bring the vodka to spice up this perpetual party.

Holden Caulfield - Cather in the Rye by JD Salinger

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He's a disillusioned adolescent with a bad attitude. We've all been there. If your pals with Holden, you're probably skipping school and getting drunk and best friends do everything together.

Sookie Stackhouse - The Sookie Stackhouse novels by Charlaine Harris

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Sookie is from a swampy Louisiana town overrun with vampires. She also has a sweet and innocent accent that seems to get her out of any pickle she gets herself into. If you're being chased by supernatural beings, give Sookie a ring and she'll conjure up some fairy magic.

Dean Moriarty - On The Road by Jack Kerouac

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A good friend can be reliable, but it’s more interesting to find a friend that is unpredictable, spontaneous. He might be sleeping on your couch one day and traveling to Mexico the next. ON THE ROAD is based on his real life friendship of Jack Kerouac with Neal Cassaday and it led to one of the greatest novels of that generation.

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Some friends can help start a revolution. Peeta is a swarthy baker's son who's in touch with his feelings. If it weren't for Peeta, Katniss may not have taken the steps she did to rebel against Capitol City.

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