Lists of Three

The number three is found pervasively in writing. Some of our greatest stories, fairy tales, and myths include threes.

  • The Three Musketeers
  • The Secret, Book, and Scone Society
  • Lord of the Rings Trilogy

The Rule of Three in writing suggests that three events or characters are more humorous, satisfying, or effective than other numbers.

  • Three Stooges
  • Three witches in Macbeth
  • Three ghosts visit Scrooge in A Christmas Carol

Some of the most famous quotes throughout history are structured in threes.

  • Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness
  • Friends, Romans, Countrymen
  • Duty. Honor. Country.

Apparently info sticks better in our heads when in threes. (Although seven likes to give three a run: seven wonders of the world, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, seven digits in a phone number.) But I digress.

So I got to thinking about threes and decided to share my three of my favorites (in no particular order) in some random categories.

3 Genres

  1. Fantasy
  2. Science Fiction
  3. Urban fantasy

3 Current Hobbies

  1. Jigsaw puzzles
  2. Writing
  3. Hand lettering
Vintage Library, a 1000-piece foil puzzle by Galison Puzzles

3 Fictional Animals

  1. Phoenix
  2. Griffin
  3. Dragon

3 Current Authors

  1. Neil Gaiman
  2. Darynda Jones
  3. Patricia Briggs

3 Rom-Coms

  1. 10 Things I Hate About You
  2. The Holiday
  3. Sweet Home Alabama

You have a baby . . . in a bar.

Melanie, Sweet Home Alabama

3 Ice Cream Flavors

  1. Coconut
  2. Dark chocolate
  3. Lemon (although technically this is a sorbet)

3 Places to Visit

  1. Thailand
  2. Australia
  3. Ecuador

3 Video Games

  1. Final Fantasy VII
  2. Fallout 3
  3. Saints Row: The Third

3 Classic Movie

  1. Breakfast at Tiffany’s
  2. The Thin Man
  3. Bringing Up Baby

There is a leopard on your roof and it’s my leopard and I have to get it and to get it I have to sing.

Susan Vance, Bringing Up Baby

3 Poets

  1. Christina Rossetti
  2. Jack Kerouac
  3. Robert Frost


  • I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be. ~ Douglas Adams
  • I am still learning. ~ Michelangelo, at age 87
  • It is never too late to be what you might have been. ~ George Eliot

3 Random Favorites

  • my pets (who doesn’t think their pets are the bestest?!)
  • the ocean
  • books

Share your three faves in a random category in the comments below.

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