5 Things :: of fave father figures

father's day 2014

So I am slowly succumbing to Selah’s call to arms of making me divide my blogging focus between books and fashion. So much so that I’m stealing the next few 5 Things topics from a fellow book blogger, Amanda @ Book Badger. She’s got a plethora of snazzy ideas just begging to be copied borrowed and I am only too happy to oblige.

This week, she’s got us thinking about Favorite Fictional Parents and she’s brought up a rather good point: why are parents in absentia more often than not in YA fiction?

As a parent myself now, I’ve begun to take particular offense at this. Now I know YA fiction isn’t targeted at me, and I know most teens feel that the parental units are just peripheral backdrop characters to their starring roles and have no place in their lives, fiction or otherwise.

But unless you make a kid an orphan off the bat, it’s a pretty egregious breach of reality to expect these kids/preteens/teens to do the things they do without any supervision or at least something more than the perfunctory text or note on a Post-it taped to the fridge. Shouldn’t someone be calling CPS on these people?!

Anyhow, mini-rant over.

Sadly, though, I’m truly hard-pressed to think of any books I’ve read – recently or otherwise – with parents who break the unfortunate YA mold, so I’m gonna reinterpret this prompt and go with my 5 Fave Father Figures (in both books and film) instead.

After all, it is Father’s Day. ๐Ÿ˜€

  1. Obi-wan Kenobi from Star Wars
  2. Belgarath from The Belgariad
  3. Dumbledore from Harry Potter
  4. Professor Charles Xavier from The X-men
  5. Professor Friedrich Bhaer from Little Women/Little Men (You’re gonna have to trust me on this one because even my boyfriend, Google, let me down and I don’t feel like mad scrambling through my hard copy of Little Men to find perfect quotes.)

 

Week in review - These outfits are wicked boss!

Week in review – These 60s outfits are wicked boss!

 

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12 thoughts on “5 Things :: of fave father figures

  1. I haven’t read The Belgariad yet, but I agree with your other choices, and Atticus Finch, of course. Some of my favorites are Matthew Cuthbert from Anne of Green Gables, Robert Quimby from the Ramona series, and Mo Folchart from Inkheart.

  2. Oooh! I like the book/fashion thing. The comic is hysterical! Of course, parents in absentia can’t keep the children safe which provides conflict and, thus, a more interesting plot line. Notice how many times, though, in Disney it’s the mothers who are MIA!

    • Because everyone knows it’s the mothers who keep ish together! Without mothers, there’d be no conflict because we’d do our damndest to keep our kids safe. No lurking, sparkly creepers need apply. ;p

  3. Was Prof. Bhaer the one that Jo married? Other than him and Dumbledore, I don’t know any of the others on your list. For me, Atticus Finch would be at the top.

    • Yes, that would be him, Val. And oooh! How could I forget Atticus Finch?! I guess I was thinking pop culture over classics, although Prof. Bhaer would be considered classic in his own right. Hrm…I think I spy another 5 Things topic! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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