Top 5 Wednesdays: Trios

I thought this prompt would be relatively easy at first, but quickly realized that most of the books I read involve either pairs of characters or larger groups. The two trios that of course immediately came to mind were Harry, Ron and Hermione from the Harry Potter series, and the Baudelaire siblings from A Series of Unfortunate Events. I read quite a few fantasy series that have ensemble casts, but when I try to think of the characters, the ones that usually come to mind are the main couple. Even if there is an additional character working alongside them, it often seems that character takes a bit more of a backseat to the romance in a lot of books. Even in the examples that I did find, many of them included two characters who ended up together at some point. It took quite a bit of digging back through some of the books that I’ve read to remember some of the trios that really stood out to me the most. I think in a lot of books, it can be tricky for the author to give equal (or almost equal) attention to all of the characters unless they are really intentional about alternating perspectives, so some naturally end up taking more prominence than others. Aside from fantasy, I also tend to read a lot of thrillers but most of those focus on only one character at a time, or alternate between perspectives of multiple who are not necessarily a “trio” since they don’t really work together and sometimes don’t even interact with each other. This ended up being a much more challenging prompt than I first expected! Given that many of these are books or series that I read quite a while ago, I don’t necessarily remember enough about them specifically to go into much detail about each group.

Top 5 Wednesday is a meme created by Gingerreadslainey on Youtube, and is now hosted by Sam at ThoughtsOnTomes. The official GoodReads group with the weekly topics can be found here.

1) Will, Jem and Tessa from The Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare

2) Simon, Penny and Baz from the Carry On series by Rainbow Rowell

3) Nesta, Gwyn and Emerie from A Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J. Maas

4) Victor Vale, Mitch and Sydney from Vicious by V.E. Schwab

5) Katniss, Johanna and Finnick from The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins (techncially Peeta is part of this group too, but since he’s physically separated from them for a good chunk of the series, I’m counting them as a trio)


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