There’s a whole load of really bad parenting in fiction (and in real life too, of course) but novels featuring really good examples of fathers and father-figures can be hard to find. In honor of Father’s Day on Sunday, here’s a few wonderful dads you should read.
Harry Potter series – J.K. Rowling.
Arthur Weasley, Sirius Black.
Great examples of both biological and non-biological father-figures. The character’s have completely different personalities, Arthur is laid-back while Sirius is impulsive, but both try to protect and support their kids in any way they can.
Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen.
Mr Bennett always tops these lists, and its obvious why. Against conventions of the time, Mr Bennett supports his headstrong daughter Elizabeth when she chooses not to marry for any reason but true love.
Thud! – Terry Pratchett.
Young Sam is clearly the light of cynical Commander Vimes’ life. Every night at 6pm sharp, he makes sure he’s home to read Where’s My Cow?, with the voices. No. Matter. What.
Les Misérables – Victor Hugo.
Another non-biological dad, but from the moment Valjean rescues Cosette, he dedicates himself to caring for her and making her happy. He’s even willing to sacrifice himself so that she and Marius can be together.
The Dresden Files series – Jim Butcher.
Not only does Micheal dote upon his own litter of children, he’s a massive role model to our hero, Harry. The consummate family-man, he somehow balances his wife and kids with a normal day job and with fighting evil as a Knight of the Cross.