Hello hello to all of you and welcome back to another fabulous edition of Top Ten Tuesday!
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the beyond amazing The Broke and Bookish. If you don’t already you should head over there and check out the list of all the amazing book bloggers who take part, it’s a great way to find other bloggers who might read the same books as you!
This week, in celebration of Father’s day I decided to look at my top ten favourite fathers (or father figures) in some of my favourite books. Here they are in no particular order…
1) Brimstone, Daughter of Smoke and Bone
While he is not Karou’s biological father Brimstone is an amazing Father figure in this series. He is firm but fair, with a difficult past that we only get glimpses of but that just make me love him even more.
2) Claude Dombegh, Seraphina
I think Claude Dombegh is a great father in these books because of the emotional journey he undertakes in the duology. The father we encounter at the start of Seraphina is entirely different to that which we meet at the end of Shadow Scale. This transformation is beautiful to behold and earns him his place on this list.
3) Rubeus Hagrid, Harry Potter
Hagrid is the most constant father figure in Harry’s life throughout the books (I think Mr Weasley could also make this list but I didn’t want to get too HP heavy!) Hagrid’s love for Harry is part of what makes him such a phenomenal character, possibly even my favourite character in the whole series?
4) Mr Bennet, Pride and Prejudice
The long-suffering Mr Bennet is a classic father in many senses of the word. His exasperation and ability to see the humour in his wife’s drama is what makes him so endearing.
5) Poseidon, Percy Jackson
I know some might argue that Poseidon, by not being there most of the time, is not a great Dad to Percy. I can see that. But whenever these books end with fun moments between this somewhat unconventional deity it always makes me smile.
6) Hans Hubermann, The Book Thief
From laughing to crying. Hans Hubermann is one of the best written fathers I have ever encountered. His love for a child that isn’t his and his care for almost everyone in this book warms my heart and breaks it all at the same time.
7) Brom, The Inheritance Cycle ( Spoiler)
(Spoiler alert to those who haven’t finished this series yet!!) Brom starts this series as a wonderful father figure to Eragon and then by the end of the series we realise the happy news that he was in fact his biological father as well. This is another heartbreaking but lovely moment which cemented his place on my Top Ten.
8) Mr Darling, Peter Pan
Mr Darling was a character I always really disliked as a child, he wanted Wendy to get married and stop telling stories, of course I did. But reading this as an adult I realised that, like Claude Dombegh, he actually has quite the change of heart in this book, even taking to sleeping in the doghouse to make up for his mistakes. He is a good man he just gets caught in societal expectations. Who said Fathers have to be perfect?
9) Sam Vimes, Discworld
If you haven’t delved into the Discworld yet then my first recommendation is always Going Postal but my second recommendation are the City Watch novels because Sam Vimes is an exceptional character. In Thud you really get to see him as a father which is why this is the particular book I’ve chosen. If you are in the mood for a humorous fantasy mystery then Thud is the book for you.
10) Pongo, One Hundred and One Dalmatians
Dogs can be dads too! Pongo and Missis may be my favourite parenting duo in literature. I mean they travel the entire country to rescue their puppies from certain death! Pongo is a caring, intelligent and compelling character (and he is also a dog) what more could one ever want? If you’ve not read the original novel (or the very strange sequel The Starlight Barking) I highly recommend it!
Phew! That was harder than I anticipated. So many of my favourite books have dead or quite bad fathers. Maybe that says something about clichés in literature?
What do you think? Have I missed any obvious fathers? Link me to your TTT post so I can see what you’ve done with this weeks theme!
Can’t wait to hear from you!