We have always cherished the people around us more than any other priced possession. Amongst the diverse associations that seam a man into the fabric of society, friendship obliges itself as the sturdiest link. The largest amount of time that a person spends in his lifetime is with his friends which create one of the deepest bonds that a man ever experiences with an individual. More significantly, the experiences that we gain in our life are generally pooled with our friends, so the existence of friends serves by moulding our character into what we grow into as an adult. Many authors have written about this dear association in various works of fiction and non-fiction. The top 10 books with friendship as the central idea are as follows.
10. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants:
An adult novel by Ann Brashares published in 2001, the book is a bestseller by the author. It follows the adventure of four friends who find a magical pair of jeans which fitted all of them. They spend the summer apart. The novel got good reception and was adapted into a film in 2005. The book has two sequels which were not received well.
9. Catching Fire:
A science fiction novel by American novelist Suzanne Collins, the second book in the The Hunger Games trilogy is based on the rebellion against the oppressive capitol in the post-apocalyptic nation of Panem. The book is set to be adapted into a film to be released in November 2013. It is essentially the story of Katniss Everdeen whose character is slowly developed in the book. The side themes of the book are survival, government control, rebellion and interdependence vs. independence.
8. Charlotte’s Web:
A children’s novel by American novelist E.B. White, the book was published in 1952. ‘Charlotte’s Web’ depicts the friendship between a pig named Wilbur and a barn spider named Charlotte. The book was listed as the best-selling children’s book of all times by Publisher Weekly. The book was adapted into an animated film in 1973 by Hanna-Barbera Productions and Sagittarius Productions. White’s book won a number of awards including The Massachusetts Children’s Book Award, Newbery Honor Book, Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal and Horn Book Fanfare.
7. The Help:
The story of African-American maids working a white household in Jackson, Mississippi, ‘The Help’ is a masterpiece by the American author Kathryn Stockett. The book sold more than 5 million copies in 35 countries and spent more than 100 weeks on The New York Times best seller list. Abilene Cooper, a maid who used to work for Stockett’s brother criticized her and sued her for $75,000. Nevertheless, the book is a great work of fiction which won Kathryn several awards. The film adaptation of the book was equally well recived.
Written by Louis Sachar in 1998, the book won the 1999 Newbery Medal for the Year’s most distinguished contribution to American literature for children”. It was adapted into a film by Walt Disney in 2003. The book depicts the history a camp site called Camp Green in Texas which used to be the largest lake in Texas 110 years ago before a boy named Sam was killed in it.
5. Of Mice and Men:
Written by a noble prize winning author John Steinbeck, ‘Of Mice and Men’ was published in 1937. The book is about the tragic story of George Milton and Lennie Small, two displaced migrant ranch workers who move from place to place in search of new job opportunities during the Great Depression in California, USA. Motivated by his own experiences as a bindlestiff in the 1920’s, the book appears on the American Library Association’s list of the Most Challenged Books of the 21st Century.
4. The Secret Garden:
Published in 1911 and written by Frances Hodgson Burnett, ‘Secret Garden’ is the finest novel by the author which has been adapted as various stage shows and films. The book is about a sour-faced, sassy, 10-year-old girl, born in India to selfish wealthy British parents who never wanted her. In 2003 the novel was listed at number 51 on the BBC’s survey The Big Read, and also was one of the Top 100 Chapter Books of all time in a 2012 poll by School Library Journal.
3. The Outsiders:
A coming-of-age novel by S.E. Hinton, the book was published in 1967 by Viking Press. The book takes place in Tulsa, Oklahoma based on the rivalry of two rival groups, the Greasers and the Socs. The book has been banned in some schools and libraries in the USA because of the portrayal of gang violence, underage smoking and drinking, as well as strong language and family dysfunction. It was ranked #38 among ‘The most challenged books of all times’ on the American Library Association.
2. Bridge to Terabithia:
It is a work of children’s literature about two children who create a magical forest kingdom. The book was written by Katherine Paterson and was published in 1977. Paterson drew inspiration for the novel from a real event that occurred in August 1974 when a friend of her son was struck by lightning and killed. The novel has been adapted into a movie twice: a 1985 PBS TV movie and a 2007 Disney Media feature Film.
It is the first book in the spin-off series of the Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead. Critical reception for ‘Bloodlines’ was very positive, with UT San Diego writing that it “stands out of the crowded vampire genre because it’s not based on human-vampire romance”. Released on August 23, 2011, the book follows the story of the narrator Sydney Sage, who is an alchemist, and her friend Rose. The book got immediate success after its release and the same happened to its sequels.