Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme created by GingerReadsLainey and managed by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes on Goodreads. Each week features a new prompt in which you are suppose to talk about the top 5 books that you relate to the prompt. This week the topic is: Favourite Fathers/Father Figures — In honor of Father’s Day discuss some of your favorite fictional dads.
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Arthur Weasley from the ‘Harry Potter’ series by J.K. Rowling
How could I make a top five list of favourite fathers/father figures without including everyone’s favourite Head of the Misuse of Muggle Artifacts Office.A man who always tried to do the right thing, Arthur represented the every-man, trying to do best for his family and also playing the father like role for Harry as best he could, big shoes to fill as Sirius Black and Albus Dumbledore previous held the role.
Atticus Finch from To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
My favourite literary character of all time, Atticus Finch is probably my favourite of the five literary fathers I’m listing today. For those not aware, Atticus Finch is the much beloved lawyer who willingly defended an African American man in the fictional town of Maycomb, Alabama, during the Great Depression. But besides teaching readers courage, trust, and the value of the law, he really was a great father to his two children: Jean Louise Finch (Scout) and Jeremy (Jem). He was patient and kind but also realized the value of not sheltering his children to the horrors of the world.
Mr. Bennett from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
A father well ahead of his time, Mr. Bennett values his five daughters independence, intelligence, and willingness to stay at home. He wants his children to make their own decisions, whether it is to go into a marriage head first or wait until the right suitor comes around, and if I lived during this time period, he would be my first choice for a father.
Daniel Covey from the ‘To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before’ series by Jenny Han
Jenny Han has a way of writing parental figures, in that she sees the value of having strong role models for the younger characters of her novels. While he is far from perfect, he does the best he can for his three daughters, following the death of his first wife, Eve, and I mean, who wouldn’t want to watch a documentary, or avoid the cooking of his movie counterpart, John Corbett.
Maverick from The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
As with all the other literary dads on this top five fathers/father figures list, Maverick’s motivation stems from one universal theme, to do what is best for his family. A former gang member, Maverick’s stay in prison inspired him to be a better father to his children. While he, like all the fathers on the list, isn’t perfect, given that it takes him to the end of the novel to accept who his daughter, Starr loves, when she can’t stay silent in the face of injustice, he wholeheartedly supports his daughter, showing just how far he has come.
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And those are my top 5 favourite fictional dads. Do you have any characters that could fill this T5W? Leave it as a comment below and let’s chat about it.