‘No, I am your father..’


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:


Dads in literature

  1. Long Suffering: Mr Bennett, Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.
  2. Strangest super power: Paul Tsabo from Ferrett Steinmetz’s Mancer series
  3. Unlikely hero: Roen Tan from Wesley Chu’s Tao series
  4. Raging Softie: Arthur Weasley from JK Rowlings Harry Potter series
  5. Most surprising story arc ever: Eddard Stark of GRRMartin’s Game of Thrones
  6. Vengeful: Prospero from Jacqueline Carey’s Miranda and Caliban
  7. Monstrous: Michael – Andrew Pyper’s The Only Child
  8. Worst Dad Ever: Olidan Ancrath, father of Jorg Ancrath, Prince of Thorns by Mark Lawrence
  9. Crazy: Jack Torrance – Stephen King’s The Shining
  10. Your choice??



19 Responses to “‘No, I am your father..’”

  1. Carmen

    I agree with your choices of Mr Bennett, Arthur Weasley, and Eddard Stark. I trust you chose the others well because I don’t know them.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Thanks – it was harder to come up with father figures than I imagined – probably not too many dads running around in grimdark and epic fantasy – they’re all too busy fighting battles!
      Lynn 😀

  2. Barb (boxermommyreads)

    Yep, Jack Torrence is definitely crazy. I can’t imagine him even today without thinking of Jack Nicholson.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Jack Nicholson did rather own that role didn’t he!
      Lynn 😀

  3. Nathan

    mmmmm, doughnuts.

  4. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    Poor Ned…. ((sniffle))

  5. Pamelibrarian

    What a clever list! Prince of Thorns is on my to-read list, and now I’m extra excited!

  6. Greg

    I’m surprised I haven’t seen MORE Darth Vader this time around. Awesome! Love the Mr. Bennet and Eddard Stark picks… 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      I did see one other post with Darth – he was my first thought tbh.
      Lynn 😀

  7. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    Oh yes Michael from The Only Child…I just finished that one! What a monstrous dad…and that whole Electra complex thing Lily had going was even creepier!

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yeah, I actually liked that book more after reflection than I did immediately on reading. Think maybe Pyper should have used a slightly different tack, a more linear story from Michael’s POV – but I suppose it’s easy for me to say that in hindsight.
      Lynn 😀

  8. sjhigbee

    Awesome list, Lynn – particularly agree with your pick of Prospero – nasty piece of work! I don’t know about The Prince of Thorns as I couldn’t get through it. The other one… Silas Marner. I always thought he was lovely…

  9. jessicabookworm

    I have Arthur Weasley and Ned Stark on my list too 😀

    • @lynnsbooks

      I was wracking my brains for some Tolkien dads but couldn’t think of any!
      Lynn 😀

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