Less Romance, More Bromance



So a couple of days ago I was tweeting  ranting on twitter about how there never seems to be enough bromances in YA. That's when Nafiza from Bibliophilic Monologues pointed out that there isn't enough sisterhood or sistermance or girl power in YA books. After a little mind research turns out that from all of my 2012/2013 reads, only one book had some sort of girl power, or better yet, lack of cat fights between girls. Just one book! Most of the others are either normal friendships which border on boring, or girls which start out as friends and end up as enemies. Or even worse, frenemies. I would've loved to talk about sisterhood, but I just don't have enough examples on my hands to refer to. It's sad really. So instead, I'll take the easy road and talk about bromances.

Why do I like bromances so much.. 

If you're like me and tired of all the cat fights, or even worse, the dude fights, you know, the ones where to guys fight over a girl, or the same old love triangle, then a bromance is a breath of fresh air.The thing is, I grew up with two brothers. All throughout my childhood, I hanged out with their friends, and this caused me to like the dynamics of their friendship. Personally, I think a friendship between two guys is much, much less complicated that it is with us girls. I mean sure, their fights are much worse, with injuries involved, but I think that's just a phase that they grow out of. So reading about bromances, especially the funny ones, is an utter joy for me.

Some examples of my favorite bromances: 

Joey and Chandler  from F.r.i.e.n.d.s


Say what you like, but they're my ultimate favorite bromance of all time. I hate to leave out Ross, but these two were perfect together. Chandler has been supporting Joey for so long, and Joey has been endlessly trying to help Chandler with his love life. Talk about awesomeness. Granted, it is sometime hard to keep up with Joey, but Chandler does that perfectly. They both bring out the child in the other.

"Joey: Can I see the comics?
Chandler: This is the New York Times.
Joey: Sorry! May I have the comics."


House and Wilson from Dr. House

This one was particularly fun to watch because House is such a miserable ass.  It's one of the hardest things to gain his respect, let alone his friendship. Poor Wilson had to suffer. A lot. But for us, it was so much fun. There was this one episode I can't remember where they both keep pranking each other endlessly. Wilson even breaks House's walking stick. Priceless.

"House: She's a needy version of me.
Wilson: Hard to imagine such a mythical creature. " 

Ron and Harry  from Harry Potter

You don't make a list of your favorite bromances without including Ron and Harry. You just don't. Unless you want to universe to conspire against you a put a fly in your coffee. You grew up watching those guys stick together and literally risk their lives for each other. They were meant to be friends ever since they met each other on that train. Ron's the sidekick to Harry, and Harry is kind of like brother Ron should've had. Don't get me wrong, I love Ron's brothers, especially the twins, but I kind of feel like he was always left out because he was the youngest out of his brothers. Harry filled that gap for him.

"Speaking quietly so that no one else would hear, Harry told the other two about Snape's sudden, sinister desire to be a Quidditch referee.

"Don't play," said Hermione at once.
"Say you're ill," said Ron.
"Pretend to break your leg," Hermione suggested.
"Really break your leg," said Ron. " 


Tyrion and Bronn from Game of Thrones

Aren't you tired of all the Game of Thrones refrences I've been making lately? I'm sure you are. But oh, well, this is one of the betteer bromances out there. Granted, I have not read GoT books, and I don't know what in store for those two guys, for all I know, George R R Martin might turn Bronn into a belly dancer, but I still like them. Bronn is such a funny character, and he speaks his mind. Truly. Plus, the man offered to champion for  Tyrion without even knowing him. He's effortlessly cool.

"Bronn: Don't get killed.
Tyrion Lannister: Nor you, my friend.
Bronn: Oh... are we friends now?
Tyrion Lannister: Of course we are. Just because I pay you for your services doesn't diminish our friendship.
Bronn: Enhances it, really." 

What are your favorite bromances? Let me know! 


  1. Nicole Katrine Orr

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