Fabulous Foursomes

In the new novel From What I Remember, by Valerie Thomas and Stacy Kramer, four high school seniors, days away from graduation, end up in Mexico on the adventure of a lifetime. Kylie, Max, Lily, and Will are an unexpected quartet: the loner, the popular guy, his girlfriend (or is that ex-girlfriend?), and the gay BFF. But like the best gangs, it’s their differences that unite them and make them an interesting team.

Inspired by the FWIR gang, we’ve collected a few of our all-time favorite foursomes—a good reminder that while two’s company and three’s a crowd, the best things in life come in fours.

The Beatles: John. Paul. George. Ringo. These guys weren’t called the Fab Four for nothing. From the their early days wearing motorcycle jackets and singing cover songs in Hamburg to their turn as the biggest band in the world, the Beatles wouldn’t have been the anything without the sum of their individual talents. See also: the Clash, the Ramones, and the Wonders.

Little Women: Who doesn’t want to be a member of the March family? Imagine cozy Saturday evenings spent in the garret, hosting meetings of the Pickwick Club. Heaven! (We understand why Laurie longed to be a part of it.) Jo, Meg, Beth, and Amy make up one of our all-time favorite foursomes, and whenever we feel a little sad, there’s nothing like tucking into Little Women and spending some quality time with Alcott’s sweet and spunky sisters.

Pretty Little Liars: It’s the secrets (and the text messages from beyond the grave) that unite these four girls from Rosewood, PA. And we just love all that intrigue. And the Twin Peaks references. And ZOMG the clothes! Aria, Emily, Spencer, and Hanna might have a lot on their plates, between trying to solve a murder and go to high school, but they sure look good doing it. There hasn’t been a more fashionable foursome on television since Carrie, Miranda, Charlotte, and Samantha ruled the streets of NYC.

The Wizard of Oz: The Lion, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, and Dorothy: The Courage, the Brains, the Heart, and the . . . Home? Human. She’s the only human, right? The other three are dreams. Or metaphors? Dreamaphors.

The Founders of Hogwarts: They go together like snakes and badgers and birds and griffins! The four founders of Hogwarts—Rowena Ravenclaw, Helga Hufflepuff, Salazar Slytherin, and Godric Gryffindor—created the school that housed all of Harry’s adventures. And as much as we’d like to give some of the founders a stern you-need-to-get-less-maniacal talking-to, Slytherin, we know that it takes all sorts to fill a Sorting Hat.

Who’s your favorite—and who’d we forget? Vote in our poll below!

14 thoughts on “Fabulous Foursomes

  1. I don’t really agree with the PLL one. They aren’t friends for most of the book…or are you talking about the TV show? I haven’t watched the TV show.

  2. I vote for “Other: The Careers”. Come on, who didn’t love that group of obnoxious populars in the Arena? Cato, Glimmer, Clove and Marvel all he way!!!

  3. they forgot the scooby gang…:( but while buffy, xander and willow are constant, the 4th member is a bit up for grabs. Cordy? Angel? Giles? Oz? Faith(well, maybe not her..)? there are more…

    • Yeah, the Scoobies was my first thought too, as Buffy, Xander, Willow, and Giles, but then by the end of the series there’s a good dozen candidate members, so I gave up.

  4. Um, The Beatles.
    Hard question though. I love Harry Potter and The Wizard of Oz so much…but come on, they’re the Beatles 😀

  5. Ther are so many other good ones out there. The Pevency (sp?) siblings from The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis (and other Narnia foursomes), the Virals in Kathy Reich’s Virals, Soren, Gylfie, Digger, and Twilight in Kathryn Lasky’s Guardians of Ga’Hoole series, the Doctor, Rory, Amy, and River from the 11th incarnation of Doctor Who…

    I’d have to say he DW foursome is my favorite.

  6. Technically, the Wizard of Oz characters weren’t dreams. In the book, they’re real, and show up in later books. (Bet you didn’t know there’s more than one Oz book! There are 40, actually.) The movie got so much wrong. Movies tend to do that.

    • well, that’s true (I do know about the other books), but in a way the movie wasn’t wrong, it just kind of enhanced the metaphor that was less visible in the books.

  7. Wow, now that I think of it, there are so many others!
    Howl <3, Sophie, Calcifer, and Markel(sp?) from "Howl's Moving Castle" by Diana Wynne Jones
    and "The fearsome foursome" or "the boomerang squad" or "the Aang gang" (or whatever you want to call it), Aang, Katara, Soka, and Toph from "Avatar the Last Airbender." (of course, Zuko joins in the end).
    More classically, John, Wendy, Micheal and Peter, I can't believe know ones thought of that yet. Well, I guess there is Tink, but she's kinda different.

  8. isn’t there five people in the scooby gang? I mean there is if you include the dog, which you should.

    The Aang gang roccks, but is questionable since you also have Zuko, Suki, who are officially in the gang also, and the three pets (momo, appa, hawky) to consider and also the fact that Toph isn’t there the entire time. It’s hard to officialize anything.

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