Over the next week we'll be featuring some blog posts with our authors' thoughts on fathers, both real and fictional, in honor of Father's Day.
For our first feature, we're discussing our favorite fictional fathers.
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Aral Vorkosigan from Lois McMaster Bujold's Vorkosigan Saga (science fiction). Despite being the regent of a three-planet empire, he always took time out of his day to get down on the floor and play with his crippled son, Miles. As Miles said later, "My Da always did, you see--take time for me. Later, when I learned not everyone's Da did the same, I just assumed it was only a trait of the most busy and most important men." Later in the series, following his father's example, Miles becomes a pretty outstanding father himself.
At the top of my head...
Clark, from Love Comes Softly. Through those books, he was very kind and Godly. He didn't let anything stop him from helping others and loving his family.
Dr. Jake Cooper, from the Cooper Kid Adventure series. He is EPIC. He is faithful, smart, and did whatever it took to be a father to his two kids.
Atticus Finch (TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD)
Atticus Finch in To Kill A Mockingbird immediately comes to mind, though I feel like he's almost a transcendent embodiment of ideals and virtues. Calm, reasoned, with strong ethics and deep morality. His character reminds me of the wife in Proverbs 31, who embodies all that is virtuous. Part of that might may be because the narrator is his daughter, and is therefore a somewhat unreliable narrator, remembering with warmth the good and not highlighting the bad. Either way, I love Atticus the father.
J. Philip Horne
Brig, from C. Greenwood's Legends of Dimmingwood series. Although Brig isn't Ilan's (the MC) birth father, and he is an outlaw, he rescues her when she's an orphan and takes her into his life, protecting, guarding, and teaching her. He stands up against the leader of the outlaw band to spare her life and becomes the father figure in Ilan's life. The saddest part of the entire series to me was when he died! :(
Fenton Hardy. Poor guy has his hands full with those boys. Yay, didn't know I could pick two. Guess I'd have to go with Carson Drew too. Would be a heck of a lot of stress to have Nancy as a kid. ;-)
Julie C. Gilbert
My favorite fictional dads in fantasy books are Mortimer Folchart from Inkheart by Cornelia Funke and Arthur Weasley from the Harry Potter books by J. K. Rowling. I'm actually having a hard time thinking of other father characters that are nice people or present.
D. G. Driver
Nancy Drew's dad always was a favorite. He encouraged her and backed her up in her sleuthing.
Kandi J Wyatt
One of my favorite fictional fathers is Lord Akeldama, a very gay, very ancient vampire in TIMELESS, Gail Carriger's fifth book in her Alexia Tarabotti novels. I don't wish to spoil the fun, so will merely say Lord Akeldama adopts quite possibly the most challenging supernatural daughter ever to grace the printed page.
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