Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey at gingerreadslainey and is hosted by Sam at thoughtsontombs. Sam is actually the one that first got me thinking about the topic of female friendships several months ago and thus spawned two different blog posts of mine which were fairly popular. If you want to know more about Top 5 Wednesday, you can check out the Goodreads page.
This topic is important to me as I feel there is an under-representation of good parental figures in YA literature in general, as I have also discussed in past blog posts.
In on real order (aka the order I thought of them), here are my top five fictional fathers:
1. George Cooper from the Trickster series by Tamora Pierce – Oh George. My first fictional crush. He’s first introduced to avid readers of Tamora Pierce in the Song of the Lioness quartet as a thief and a spy. While he is not a main character in Aly’s story (his daughter), he is described as a great father and husband just as I always expected he would be.
2. Keladry of Mindelan’s dad, Piers of Mindelan in the Protector of the Small series by Tamora Pierce – Another side character, but one that is so supportive of Kel’s choices. In the opening scene of the first book in her quartet, Kel’s mother and father are there telling her to take all the time they need to make the tough choice that she has to make at 10 years old. They give her the advice and space she needs to make this choice and you know that either way Kel will have loving and supporting parents to fight for her.
3. Mr. Weasley in the Harry Potter series by JK Rowling – I think this one will be on a lot of peoples’ lists. He many not be the best or most attentive of fathers with the number of kids he has and his work and side interests, but you can’t argue that he doesn’t love and do anything he can to keep his children happy, safe and healthy.
4. Indevan “Inda” Algara-Vayir’s father, Jarend Algara-Vayir in the Inda series by Sherwood Smith – Again, not a major player yet when his son is in very serious danger he risks much to save his life. Then again when his daughter (and the kingdom) are in danger.
5. Harry Callahan in the Young Wizards series by Diane Duane – This is the man that basically shrugged hosting several alien wizards on a foreign exchange program. I love his growth during this series as we see him come to terms with having a wizard for a daughter. Bonus dad in this series: Kit’s father. Mr. Rodriguez.
5. Stevic G’ladheon in the Green Rider series by Kristen Britian – shhhh, this list is totally 5 people long. Stevic is a single father, the first on this list, and one the loves, absolutely, his daughter, Karigan, and wants to do everything right by her. However, he does not understand why her ‘choice’ to be a Green Rider (messengers of great importance who have a dangerous job. And magic) and why she leaves him and the business that he built with his own hands, sweat and blood to go do such a dangerous job. Despite this, there is little animosity between him and his daughter and he does come around eventually.
5. For step-fatherly love: Suzannah Simon’s new step dad in the Mediator series by Meg Cabot – He has three children of his own but take on a step-daughter with love and pride. Even when that step-daughter is not all that grateful and has a habit of getting into trouble (because she sees ghosts and often times they are angry and fight back). I also want to note that while Suzannah’s biological father is dead, he still appears in the books and is super supportive.
5. For a father-figure: Gershom of Haryse in the Beka Cooper series by Tamora Pierce – Gershom is an important a mentor and patron of Beka’s who encourages her to become a Provost Guard, a sort-of police officer in a medievalish city. None of his own children had the same enthusiasm about the job s Beka did and so when, at 8 years old, she solves a case that he could not and almost cost him his job, he took in her family and taught Beka more. There is a level of respect and kindness about their relationship even with the constraints of class that are between them.
Yup, totally only 5 people here. *Whistles*