“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?