My Favourite Fabulous Fictional Fathers

(now with 33% more alliteration)

Father’s Day is coming soon.  (I’m just putting that out there so anyone who needs to do any shopping can get on it.)  In celebration of that special day when my Mr. Right shall be served croissant and freshly ground coffee in bed while enjoying “alone time” cuddling with his favourite people, here are some of my favourite fictional fathers; people who know that it’s not just “mother” that is a verb meaning to treat a person with great kindness and love and to try  to protect them from anything dangerous or difficult,” it’s “father” too  (Thanks to http://dictionary.cambridge.org for the definition.)

pa ingallsCharles Ingalls in Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House on the Prairie series

Who didn’t love Pa when they were growing up? He was strong, understanding, and fair.  Plus he always knew how to make his little Half Pint feel loved.

mockingbirdAtticus Finch in Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird

It’s hard to imagine a list of awesome fathers without Atticus on it.  He’s a role model who teaches by example that his children should stand up for what they believe in.

garpT.S. Garp in John Irving’s The World According to Garp

One of the most beautiful thing about this memorable novel is Garp’s protective love for his children and his desire to keep them safe from all the dangers of the world.

about a boyWill in Nick Hornby’s About a Boy

A 36-year old boy becomes a man when he befriends Marcus, a bullied child.

heartbreakingDave in David Eggers’  A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius

The title says it all really.  Dave becomes the parent of his little brother Toph after they lose both parents to cancer.

Have a favourite fictional father of your own?  Add it in the comments below.

–Patricia

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