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Favourite Fictional Father

That’s a nicely alliterative title.  I do like a bit of alliteration every now and then when I’m writing.  But being that this is a Book a Day prompt I can’t take the credit.

These prompts were written to be used in June but as we all know I didn’t realise they were meant to be June ones am a rebel so I’m doing one a day in July.   And the 15th of June was Father’s Day hence where this prompt came from.

I don’t have an absolute favourite fictional father something I’m sure will come as no surprise to anyone reading this as I don’t think I’ve been particularly definite about my favourites for any of these prompts.  And when I’ve come close to doing so I’ve mentioned more than one book.  But that said (and this breaks my not mentioning the same book more than once idea I had for these prompts).

The Chalet School books by Elinor M. Brent Dyer have several fathers in them and they for the most part seem very nice if a little clueless in places.  Of course their involvement  and characterisation is very different to what it would be now because expectations for fathers and males in general very were different in the days they were written and set to what they are now.  But Dr Jem was a particular father I liked.  Fanfic has ruined that for me a little now though because it’s opened my eyes to things I didn’t see when I first read the books as a child.  I still like them though.

The dad in the Geek Girl books by Holly Smale was one of my favourite characters in the books.  He was crazy and a lot of fun but not the sort of person that could be steady and good in a crisis.  I think to start with you were meant to think that Harriet’s stepmother was boring and needed to losen up but then as the book progressed I realised that both characters were exactly what she needed when they were together.

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett was one of my favourite books as a child.  I took it (and Treasure Island) on holiday with me to Majorca when I was 11.  I never finished Treasure Island (and in fact never really read it properly until about four years ago) but I read The Secret Garden time and time again whilst on holiday dipping in and out of favourite bits.  And ok the father in that book is basically an arse but the whole plot resolves (in a simplified manner) around the idea of making him happy and in the end he comes good.  He definitely should not be one of my favourite fictional fathers and it’s definitely got a bad portrayal of disability (in that it promotes pity of disabled people) but it was still a book that I really loved as a child and one that came to mind when I was thinking about this prompt.

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