In celebration of Father’s Day, I want to write about dads, or at least the best literary father figures I can think of…
This week’s topic: 5 books with amazing dads (or father figures)
- Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen – Mr Bennet is an awesome dad. He’s not hung up on the rules of society, encourages his daughters to learn and grow, and manages to put up with all the craziness that comes with living with the Bennet women. He only wants what is best for his daughters and refuses to force them into marriage just because his wife is pestering him to do so.
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling – Arthur Weasley has to be on this list because he (along with the rest of the family) basically take Harry in and show him how a real family acts. He cares about all his kids (even when they are being twats *cough* Percy *cough*) and is endlessly enthusiastic about sharing his hobbies.
- The Book Thief by Markus Zusak – Hans Hubermann and his wife adopt Liesel, but Hans is the one that makes her feel at home. He teaches her to read the books that she steals, is a genuinely good person, and tries very hard to make her childhood as good as he can. He is well-liked, and sets a wonderful example for Liesel and the other children in the neighbourhood when he stands up for his beliefs.
- Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery – Matthew Cuthbert is a wonderful surrogate father to Anne. He is the strong silent type, but he and Anne get along very well from the very beginning. He is the reason that she gets to stay at Green Gables, and he is always willing to try to help her. His care and support are what get her through the initial disappointments she faces in Avonlea, and he was often the voice of reason when Anne and his sister disagree.
- A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman – Ove is such a perfect father figure without ever having been a father himself. He models his own life after the father that he lost at an early age, and is brought out of his shell by being the unofficial adoptive father to just about everyone in the neighbourhood.
Who are your favourite literary dads? Are they biological fathers, adoptive, or just awesome guys who look after those around them?