Here’s a fun question, circle which applies! Fictional siblings are better than real ones: yes / yes?
JUST KIDDING! I have several sisters and some of them are okay. I say “several” because I couldn’t be bothered counting and I just kind of blink over the existence of a brother too. Look I’m second-to-youngest and find tumultuous amounts of people * overwhelming so I really was born for a hermit hut in the alps with walls of books and an enchanted goat or whatever. But. I do love the thought of siblings and I absolutely love reading about them.
Because siblings in books always just seem way more awesome. **
Or murdery??? Like get you a fictional-world and fictional-family and they probably want to kill you for the throne! Exciting!
* That all saying, I am an adult now and all my siblings have left home so I mostly just argue with my dog and my 7 fish who have just given birth so it’s still crowded here.
** Um a blanket apology to any siblings of mine that might accidentally read this.
1. THEY CAN MAKE A SENSATIONAL POWER TEAM.
Nothing cures the apocalypse better than a bunch of siblings smacking it back with a hammer. Honestly books about power-sibling-duos are just LIFE.
The most power-sibling-duo thing I’ve done with my sister is tag-team asking our mum for ice cream until she gave in. So less demons and apocalypses and frighteningly awesome swords. But still important!!
2. THE CAN GIVE YOU THE SIBLINGS YOU NEVER HAD.
Obviously I had a lot of siblings…wait HAVE. I didn’t eat them haha, whoops, typo there. Nothing suspicious to see here. Anyway. Often we don’t get the exact sibling we always had in mind, you know? Like many of us live under the elusions that if “we only had a twin!” we would’ve had the perfect supportive sibling. I’m 99% sure all real-life-twins would laugh at that, BUT BOOKS MAKE IT SEEM THIS WAY.
Or if you wanted a brother –> only had sisters. Or wanted sisters –> stuck with a brother. Books can help you think of what life could’ve been like.
3. SIBLING RIVALRY IS GREAT TO READ ABOUT.
Because it’s also realistic. So it creates a ton of fun plot for books to explore. Especially when there’s a crown or immortal blade involved that only one person gets. It’s also so much more TRAGIC when a sibling betrays you. I have first hand experience of this from back when I was 12 and gifted a bar of Willy Wonka Chocolate and…well 1 of 3 sisters was undoubtedly guilty. There is no forgiveness. Not even now, 12 years later.
4. IT GIVES US A BREAK FROM ROMANTIC PLOT LINES.
The complex emotions of families is so fascinating to read about. Be it a healthy family or a seriously scarily warped family (HI EVERYONE IN GAME OF THRONES!). But the best part is?! Reading about really intense but platonic love. We need moooore of it! I’m not opposed to romance and I have my ships that I will defend violently unless you bribe me away with some chocolate covered ginger and then — haha. Sure I’ll do anything you say. But it’s just nice to have a break of angsty romances?! And have angsty-platonic-love problems instead!
Such a fan.
5. SO MUCH POTENTIAL FOR TRAGEDY.
Now if a YA book is about a sibling, there is a 402% chance THEY’VE TRAGICALLY DIED BEFORE THE BOOK BEGINS. Apparently this is a great motivator but mostly we all just get to sit around crying. ME INCLUDED. Omg. Looking for missing siblings or healing from grief is something that does hit me in the feels which is so rare so I appreciate the effort.
Ugh my mask of being an emotionless piece of bread is slipping. Who am I.
6. THE SNARK IS ALIVE AND WELL AND SO SO SALTY.
I LIVE FOR BOOKS WITH SNARK. And generally where there are siblings —> you better believe there is a powerful level of salt. It’s basically like a bag of salt and vinegar chips at all time. If a sibling appears someone it’s automatically engrained in our souls to insult them. Fun types of insults amongst siblings include:
- Complimenting them but seeming too nice, so follow it up with an insult. “Hey I liked your art, even though your face is a broken toaster.”
- All the nicknames which range from “you inverted egg” to “dough ball” to “cakesniffer.” Probably.
- How if you do one embarrassing thing your siblings will never never let you forget it.
- All the lowkey lies to cover that you actually like your sibling. Like “your face is annoying move over” but you still want to watch a movie with them, etc. etc.
- When they achieve literally ANYTHING good and you tease them about it, always lovingly but in a mean way. #Blessed
7. THE “I WILL KILL YOU AND KILL FOR YOU” VIBE.
Families that slay together, stay together! Unless they slay each other first but shhh small details. Gotta love the siblings who refuse to mesh uNTIL SOMETHING DIRE HAPPENS and then they are the salt team and you’d better pack sandwiches for the road because you’ll be running for your life forever.
8. BIG FAMILY FEELS.
Most books about siblings have about 2 to 3…which is still great, but BIG FAMILIES ARE MY FAVOURITE TO READ ABOUT. Mostly because ones in books seem more fun than mine ever was buuuuut also because it’s like a culture all of its own?! The constant noise and comings-and-goings and banter and sandwiches and kids tumbling up. I swear it isn’t that exciting IRL but I’m all for it in books. Like the Weasleys or the Garretts!
9. CRIME FAMILIES…JUST EXISTING, YOU KNOW?!
This is like a WILD difference from the messy big-family tumbling through freckles and picnics and mismatched socks, but HEY! We love all types! But can we take a moment for bookish mafia families?! (ESPECIALLY MAGICAL ONES.) Because they are so fantastic. Or huge magician families where everyone is wicked deadly?! Mess with one and you have his 13 cousins, three times removed, come here to toss you into a death black hole in space. EXCITING.
10. JUST ALL THE SIBLING CULTURE THAT BOOKS CAPTURE.
You can always tell when an author actually KNOWS what it’s like to have a sibling! You get all those bits and scraps of sibling culture that just make you go “UM YES THAT’S HOW IT IS” while reading. And I love it. Things like:
- when you hide food so your family doesn’t get it first
- when your parents go through 4 names (including the dog’s) before they reach yours
- being the same size as your sisters so you can steal their clothes/shoes
- buying your siblings a present that you want so you can borrow it
- the loving insults
- the complexities of sharing friends if you + sibling are close in age
- always blaming them for literally anything, even if you’re standing in the middle of your own crime zone
- sibling rivalry which ranges from trying to bake the best cupcake to wHO CAN TAKE THE UNDERWORLD BY STORM
- offering to sell them at least twice a day
- often having a homegrown friend to
- the amount of nicknames that go around
- cracking a hardboiled egg on their head when they think it’s raw just for the reaction (okay…possibly this is just something I’ve done and isn’t usual but eh)
And because i can’t resist giving book recs to go along with this…here are some of my favourite sibling books!
The covers flip over if you over on them and click to go to Goodreads!