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. 😀
- Obi-wan Kenobi from Star Wars
- Belgarath from The Belgariad
- Dumbledore from Harry Potter
- Professor Charles Xavier from The X-men
- 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.)