Monday, June 16, 2014

Fictional Fathers

In honor of Father’s Day yesterday, I thought I’d write about fictional fathers today.

Do you have a favorite fictional father?

I don’t know if I have a favorite, but I must say I really liked Mr. Bennet in the book “Pride and Prejudice” when he didn’t side with his wife who wanted to force Elizabeth to marry Mr. Collins.

“And unhappy alternative is before you, Elizabeth. From this day you must be a stranger to one of your parents. Your mother will never see you again if you do not marry Mr. Collins, and I will never see you again if you do.”

It was a moment when one had to cheer or at least laugh as they read his words.

As for fathers in movies, I think the father in the movie “Life is Beautiful” was extraordinary. To keep his son happy and believing that everything was fine by playing a game while they were actually in peril during war was beyond commendable.

And finally, a father who stands out in a TV show would be Jonathan Kent in Smallville. His love for his family was unquestionable. Here’s an excerpt from one of the episodes:

Clark Kent: You died because of me. When Jor-El brought me back to life and restored my powers... he told me there'd be a price to - the life of someone I love. I'm sorry, Dad. I'm so sorry.

Jonathan Kent: Clark... believe me, you have nothing to be sorry about. I lived a full wonderful life. I had everything a husband or a father could ever possibly dream of. I am so very proud that I died protecting you.” 

So now it’s your turn to share some of your favorite fictional fathers, because there are plenty more out there.

And for all the real life fathers who put their children and family first, and love them with everything they have and all that they are, I hope you enjoyed the very best of Father’s Days yesterday!

Eva Maria Hamilton is the author of Highland Hearts, a Love Inspired Historical novel published by Harlequin. Her novel, Highland Hearts, won 2nd Place in the Historical Romance, as well as the Traditional/Inspirational Romance Categories in the Heart of Excellence Reader’s Choice Awards, and was an Inspirational Series Finalist in the 2013 Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence.

Highland Hearts

Scotland 1748
The Battle of Culloden is over, but one Highlander’s fight has just begun…
Logan McAllister survived years of indentured servitude in the Americas to reach this moment. Now he’s returned to Scotland, ready to redeem the secret promise from Sheena Montgomery’s father – that his years as an indentured servant would earn him Sheena’s hand in marriage. But when he arrives home, he learns that Sheena’s father has died, his contract has been lost… and Sheena is engaged to another man.

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  1. Hi Eva Maria,
    I think Atticus Finch from 'To Kill a Mockingbird' must be high on my list. He had so many great, classic lines, I'm sure they've never stopped being quoted.
    I loved Laura's father, Pa Ingalls, from the Little House series too. He always encouraged everyone to work hard and look on the bright side.
    I'm glad there are so many great dads in literature.
    And like you, I love that line of Mr Bennet's.

    1. Those are two more great dads to add to the list! Thanks for sharing those, Paula!

    2. Atticus Finch came first to my mind, too. I find in my own writing that my characters' relationship with their fathers is invariable significant. In my current WIP my character spits every time something reminds her of her father. People will probably figure out pretty quick he wasn't a favorite.

  2. Matthew Cuthbert in Anne of Greengables was an adopted Dad, but he loved his Anne enough to stand up to Marilla, then embarrass himself by going to the general store and buying a dress with puffed sleeves, just because Anne really wanted it.

  3. Oh yes, Alice! I love Matthew! Such a sweet soul! Thanks for sharing him!

  4. I happened to watch Daddy Daycare last night and that depicted a great dad. It's sad how rarely good fathers are depicted.

    1. We just watched that too :) And yes, by the end he really gets what's important in life