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The Best Female Friendships in Literature for Galentine's Day

The Best Female Friendships in Literature for Galentine's Day

14th February might well be the day of love, but 13th February - more affectionately known as Galentine’s Day - is just as important! A day dedicated to celebrating the wonderful female friendships in our lives. 

Galentine’s is a new celebration but one that we’re completely on board with, first appearing in the second season of the comedy cult classic Parks and Recreation with protagonist Leslie Knope declaring: 

“February 14th Valentine’s Day is about romance but February 13th, Galentine’s Day, is about celebrating lady friends. It’s wonderful and it should be a national holiday.”

We wanted to celebrate Galentine’s in the only way we know how: with a fun bookish twist (obvs). And so, here are five of our favourite female friendships from literature.

Beth Fremont and Jennifer Scribner - Snyder | Attachments - Rainbow Rowell

These two have the best kind of friendship because it’s so relatable. A friendship based on encouragement being each other's cheerleaders, although they're not afraid to call each other out if needed. These two are always there for one another - the good, bad and the ugly. 

"Love. Purpose. Those are the things that you can’t plan for. Those are the things that just happen."

Anne Shirley and Diana Barry | Anne of Green Gables - L.M Montgomery

The kind of friendship where you’re soulmates above all else. These two were so in sync with one another’s thoughts, humour, interests and feelings.

“Kindred spirits are not so scarce as I used to think.”

Aibilieen Clark and Minny Jackson | The Help  - Kathryn Stockett

These two were the ultimate confidantes, a wonderful mix of vulnerability and unbreakable strength. A friendship that puts one another's best interests at the forefront of everything they do. 

“The more I look, the more I start to understand what’s going on here. I don’t know why I’m just now getting this. Minny made us put that pie story in to protect us. Not to protect herself, but to protect me and the other maids.”

Jane and Elizabeth Bennet | Pride & Prejudice - Jane Austen

Sisters first, friends second. A friendship based on honesty, integrity and always showing up for one another.

“To take the good of everybody’s character and make it still better, and say nothing of the bad - belongs to you alone.” 

The March Sisters | Little Women - Louisa May Alcott

These four sisters represent the rare kind of friendship where you’re not only able to balance out each other’s flaws but complement one another’s best bits too.

“I could never love anyone as I love my sisters.” 

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