What my favorite fictional friends taught me (TV show edition)

Updated: Mar 2, 2019

I moved a lot growing up so I don't have a lot of childhood friends. Except, the fictional ones: I grew up on books,movies and TV shows.



The characters in a lot of the shows that I watched helped shape me! I allowed myself to get lost in their worlds, become friends with these characters and I learnt a lot from them.


So this is me, sharing the wisdom and maybe giving you a new show to binge watch.


1. Gossip Girl's Blair Waldorf


Leighton Meester as Blair Waldorf in Gossip Girl

Despite being cunning and sometimes painfully insecure, Queen B is still one of the most beloved characters of Gossip Girl and she is my absolute favorite. No matter what life threw at her- from complicated friendships to absent parents and social exile- she faced it all with strength, determination and unwavering faith in herself.


Leighton Meester as Blair Waldorf in Gossip Girl

Blair knew exactly what she was worth and she did not let anyone or anything - Even an all consuming love like that of Chair- stop her from getting what she deserved. She was never afraid to tell or show anyone that she is a powerful woman. Best part: She did all of this without losing her larger-than-life attitude or her impeccable taste in clothing. She is definitely one of my best fictional friends.

“I am not a stop along the way. I am a destination” - Blair Waldorf.

She taught me to know my worth and to never settle for anything less than what I deserve.


2. Fresh Prince of Bel Air's Hilary Banks


Karyn Parsons as Hilary Banks in Fresh Prince of Bel Air

Hilary is the oldest kid in the banks household. A lot of people hated her character because she was often portrayed as dim-witted and shallow ( This was fair, she could be both of those of things) but there was a lot more to her character that a lot of people missed. Myself included at first.



Karyn Parsons as Hilary Banks in Fresh Prince of Bel Air ( Shot at the playboy mansion during the arc in which she wanted to feature in the magazine)

Fresh prince is one of those shows that I have watched more than once, or twice. Every time that I watch it, I discover something new and among those things, is the fact that Hilary is so bad and Boogie that it is beautiful. She never changed her personality or attitude to appease anyone, despite all the insults that she got for being herself.


Karyn Parsons as Hilary Banks in Fresh Prince of Bel Air

She was a black woman who knew she was beautiful. She owned her body and chose to do with it as she pleases rather than what her father commanded. Also, she was never afraid to ask for exactly what she wanted and to be selfish about it. Rarely do women- especially women of color- get to do that.


She taught me to be confident and unapologetic about being me! & how to roast. She and Geoffrey had a talent for insulting people.



3. One Tree Hill's Brooke Davis



I made the mistake of trying to re watch One Tree Hill again recently- It was not as great as I remembered it. There were a few holes in the story and a lot of very predictable things but one thing remained true: Brooke Davis is one of the best characters to ever grace your TV screen. Her character was so easy to relate to and easy to fall in love with. She was a talented, beautiful, smart and LOVING young woman.

"If you had a friend you knew you'd never see again, what would you say? If you could do one last thing for someone you love, what would it be? Say it. Do it. Don't wait. Nothing lasts forever." - Brooke Davis

When she loved, she loved fiercely. Both in her romantic relationships and platonic ones but especially in her platonic ones. Brooke did not let herself get walked over but when she decided to stand by you, she did so through thick and thin. She went above and beyond for her friends...sometimes at her own expense... and she always ripped the benefits of it too.



Sophia Bush as Brooke Davis in One Tree Hill - CW

She taught me the importance of true and honest friendships.


4. Gilmore girls' Lorelai Gilmore ( The mom)


Lauren Graham as Lorelai Gilmore

First, you should know that I have watched this TV show more times than I can count. It brings me comfort, it makes me laugh and it makes me cry. One of the main reasons it does is Lorelai. First because she named her daughter after herself which is pretty freaking bad-ass ( Because we live in the patriarchy... duh) and that's not even the coolest thing she has done.

“She named me after herself. She was lying in the hospital thinking about how men name boys after themselves all the time, you know, so why couldn’t women? - Rory Gilmore

I will admit, there are a few times where she pissed me off. I mean, she was stubborn, she let her pride get in the way of a lot of things and sometimes, she made very stupid decisions when it came to men. But... who hasn't made some stupid choices? Lorelai deserved a mom of the year award for many reasons including her off the chain parties, her sense of humor, fast wit and great taste in music but mostly, because she showed us that mothers are human!



Lauren Graham as Lorelai Gilmore


I first watched this show when I was still fairly young and I still believed that parents had all the answers. Mothers especially ( Once again, the patriarchy portraying them as superwoman). Lorelai Gilmore taught me that parents can not only be your best friends, but that just like your best friends- they can f*ck up too.


5. Gilmore Girls' Lorelai Gilmore ( The daughter)


Alexis Bledel as Rory Gilmore.

AKA Rory Gilmore, she is the other main character in the show. This part about her will be fairly short. That's not because she is any less awesome than the other characters mentioned above - I could talk about her all day- but because reason she is on this list is very simple: She taught me to love reading.


“I live in two worlds; one is a world of books” - Rory Gilmore

Rory was amazing in so many ways. Her hair was effortlessly gorgeous, her relationship with her mom was insanely beautiful, she had great taste in music, she knew how to pick 'em ( Have you seen Dean? Or met Jess? Or partied with Logan?), she was incredibly smart and my favorite part: the girl was in love with words and she contaminated me.


So that's it- now you have met my favorite TV characters/fictional friends. There are many more of them including Gabrielle Solis, Paris Geller and Will Smith... but I narrowed this down to my top five.


Do you have a top five? or top one?


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