Bromance - A non-sexual relationship between two men that are 'unusually' close.
I admit it...I love bromances. There have always been great male/male pairings in movies, TV & books (think Butch & Sundance, Spock & Kirk, Maverick & Goose) but over the last few years, bromances seemed to be one of the trends that television shows and movies (thanks in large part to Judd Apatow) have really embraced. I've heard the complaints that bromances are too trendy and/or too formulaic, but good bromances are unique in their own way and can stand the test of time.
My latest favourite bromance plays out on the show Terriers, which is probably one of the best shows you're not watching. Hank, an ex-cop (played by the amazing Donal Logue) and Britt, an ex criminal who just happens to be good friends with Hank, partner up in an unlicensed private investigation business. The show itself is smart and funny, but the highlight for me is definitely the interaction between the two main characters. Like with romances, a good bromance requires chemistry, and these two guys have it. Check out Spinetingler Magazine's fantastic coverage of the show for more details about the show and why you should be watching it.
In movies, there have been some great bromance pairings, but my most recent favourite has got to be Jason Segel and Paul Rudd in I Love You, Man. No shortage of chemistry or laughs with those two.
When it comes to books, one of my favourite bromances has got to be Robert Crais' Elvis Cole & Joe Pike. Much of their friendship is unspoken, but it's solid and they (and anyone around them) know that it's not going anywhere. The most unlikely bromance in a series has got to be Joe Lansdale's Hap Collins & Leonard Pine. Two very different men who have an unmistakable connection. Like with Terriers, the dialogue and interactions between the two characters is brilliant.