4 Fictional Families We Wish We Were Born Into

4 Fictional Families We Wish We Were Born Into
Updated on 4 May 2015

Our favorite authors create worlds, characters, and relationships that feel real to us. Here are four groups of siblings from literature we wish we were related to:

The March sisters in Little Women by Louisa May Alcott Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy March show us what true sisterhood is all about. They make up each other’s worlds, acting as playmates, enemies, counselors, and friends. Like many sisters, they could be arguing over a pair of shoes one minute and bonding over a family tragedy the next. I’d act out a play in the attic with the March sisters any day.

The Weasley siblings in the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling Ginny, Ron, Fred, George, Percy, Charlie, and Bill weren’t always on the best terms (ahem, Percy’s stint in the Ministry of Magic), but in the end, they have each other’s backs. Rowling paints a noisy, cozy picture of the Weasley household in the Harry Potter series, with Fred and George teasing their siblings constantly and Mrs. Weasley riding the line between total exasperation and complete control. The Weasleys are wild, but in a fight against Voldemort, you couldn’t ask for anyone better on your team.

Marianne and Elinor Dashwood in Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen In matters of the heart, Marianne and Elinor don’t always see eye to eye. In a way, their very different perspectives end up bringing them closer together. Marianne and Elinor’s relationship mirrors what many siblings go through as they grow up together: establishing an understanding of who your siblings are and respecting them, even if they’re very different from the way you want them to be. If I had to move to a cozy cottage in the country, I’d want the Dashwood sisters with me to add both sense and sensibility.

The Alden siblings in the Boxcar Children series by Gertrude Chandler Warner Henry, Jessie, Violet, and Benny Alden know how to sniff out a mystery…and how to solve it, too. Adopted by their kind, wealthy grandfather, the Alden siblings are free to solve mysteries, have adventures, and generally explore the world to their hearts’ content. If you slid open the door of an abandoned boxcar and found these kids, it would be a pleasant surprise.

Who are your favorite siblings from literature? Let us know in the comments!

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