“The hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the world.”


Every Tuesday over at  The Broke and Bookish we all get to look at a particular topic for discussion and use various (or more to the point ten) examples to demonstrate that particular topic.  This week’s topic is:

Moms in literature

I’ve gone for a range of different mums starting with creepy (is this an odd place to start or what?):

  1. Creepy: The Other Mother from Neil Gaiman’s Coraline.  Yes, the Other Mother may make a perfect breakfast and delicious roast chicken, the house may be lovely, she may spend time with you – but, no, really – I’ll pass thanks.  All I’m going to say to try and avoid spoilers is buttons – and eyes.
  2. Scheming: Cersei Lannister.  OMG this woman!  I don’t know whether to love her or hate her as a character, you certainly can’t ignore her.  Scheming is probably a nice way of describing her.  Ambitious and without any qualms about what she needs to do to achieve power – no spoilers but I must just chuck in here – incest.
  3. Protective: Molly Weasley – do I even need to say more.  Harry Potter by J K Rowling.  Molly is just great, protective – remember that final showdown with Bellatrix Lestrange – ‘Not my daughter, you bitch’.
  4. Royal: The Queen from Sarah Pinborough’s Poison.  The evil step mom herself – jealous and twisted with dark powers.  A retelling that will surprise.
  5. Changer: Ayla Nightshade from AFE Smith’s Nightshade series.  A great series combining fantasy and mystery.  I won’t tell you more about Ayla as it will spoil the surprise.
  6. Adventurer: Lady Trent from Marie Brennan’s a Natural History of Dragons.  A woman not afraid to break with convention even though it brings with it malicious gossip.  An excellent and entertaining series of adventures and polite manners.
  7. Fae: Luna Torquill from the October Daye series by Seanan McGuire.  Key words: foxes, roses, Sylvester, Raysel, aloof.
  8. Interfering: Mrs Bennet from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.  The kind of mum who means well and doesn’t mind who knows!  After all, everyone knows that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.  Surely, everyone knows this?
  9. Vampire: Madeline from Interview with a Vampire by Anne Rice.  Created by Louis to become a companion/mother figure to Claudia – unfortunately her immortality is short lived.
  10. Who did I miss – who is your favourite fictional mum?


19 Responses to ““The hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the world.””

  1. Nathan

    I couldn’t even think of that many mothers in litureature and just skipped the list. You on the other hand rocked it. Molly Weasly’s line in book 7 is just about everyone I knows favorite.

    • @lynnsbooks

      I know – that line 😀 I wanted to do a film/tv list instead – I could have had the dragon from shrek, ‘mother’ from alien – not to mention the actual alien mother!
      Lynn 😀

  2. Carmen

    I love the choices for creepy, scheming and interfering. You cannot mess with those three moms. 😀

  3. mervih

    I have lots of favorite mothers, most of them are the protective variety: Briar Wilks from Cherie Priest’s “Boneshaker”, Cordelia Vorkosigan from Lois McMaster Bujold’s “Warrior’s Apprentice” and the rest of the series, and Amelia Peabody by Elizabeth Peters’ “Crocodile on the Sandback” and the rest of the series.
    And let’s not forget Susan Richards, aka the Invisible Woman who works really hard to be a good mom.

    • @lynnsbooks

      I haven’t read Bujold yet – I did buy a couple of her books but haven’t managed to get to them yet. Too many books, blah blah! I will get there eventually though.
      Lynn 😀

  4. Danya @ Fine Print

    Molly Weasley fan club members, unite! She is such a badass mom. Mrs Bennet is another great choice – a classic example of a well-meaning but incredibly overbearing momma. 😀

    • @lynnsbooks

      Haha – I had to have Mrs Bennet – overbearing much. And Mrs Weasley – doesn’t everyone love her?
      Lynn 😀

  5. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    Cersei! She’s a mother all right, true, but I always felt she filled the role of Evil Stepmother much better…. 😀

  6. proxyfish

    I absolutely LOVE this list! What a fabulous range of mothers! My favourite might actually be Mrs Bennett for her utter ridiculousness 😀

    Here’s my Top Ten Tuesday post

  7. jessicabookworm

    Great list 😀 I also have Molly Weasley, Cersei Lannister and Mrs Bennet on my list. I think you missed the wonderful Marmee from Little Women 🙂

  8. imyril

    Ah, Madeline. That broke my heart, back in the day.

    I considered Cersei – I love her as a character for all the wrong reasons (it’s so much FUN watching a car crash)

  9. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    LOL, when I saw Madeline under Vampire, I totally thought the rest of the sentence was going to be about Generation V by M.L. Brennan (who’s a great mom vampire too, as it happens!) And every time I see Cersei on a mother-related list, I always think of that quote from Tyrion on the show: “You love your children. It’s your one redeeming quality; that and your cheekbones.” 😀

    • @lynnsbooks

      I was wracking my brains for the vampire moms – why oh why didn’t I think of Generation V.
      Lynn 😀

  10. Greg

    Cersei is definitely bad news if you get on her bad side! 🙂 And I do want to read the Brennan series- those look so fun.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Haha – I though Cersei only had a bad side! No, seriously, she’s a brilliant character really because she has moments of vulnerability but then, yes, her bad side – which is very, very, bad.
      Lynn 😀

  11. sjhigbee

    What a fabulous TTT:). There are some truly amazing fictional mothers – and you have given us a nice selection here:). Thank you for sharing, Lyn.

  12. Amanda @Cover2CoverMom

    I’m so with you on the other mother from Coraline! I read it last year as an adult and was thoroughly freaked out by her lol

    My favorite mother in literature is Mrs. March from Little Women. The most perfect mother figure in my opinion 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      Mrs March is a great character – I should have remembered her for my list!
      Lynn 😀

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