Nathan Bransford, Author


Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Which Fictional Characters Would You Want As Parents?

Over in the Forums we've been talking about bad/absentee parents in young adult literature, and yet not all of the characters out there in literature would make terrible parents.

Right?

So. Who in literature would you choose to be your parents?






174 comments:

Locusts and Wild Honey said...

The Weasleys! I LOVE THE WEASLEYS!

Mrs. Weasley is an awesome chef and really kind. Mr. Weasley has all the best Muggle contraptions.

And Fred and George would make for hilarious big brothers.

Joseph L. Selby said...

Atticus Finch

Bohemienne said...

Sabriel and Touchstone from Garth Nix's ABHORSEN series. They have a great background, a gerat romance, and can protect their children fiercely!

Abra said...

Lord and Lady Blakeney! How badass would THAT family be?

Anonymous said...

Batman and Laura Croft. Oh, and Batman has to have the car or it's a deal breaker.

Hilary said...

I'll see your Atticus Finch and raise you Juniper from Wise Child by Monica Furlong

slytherclawchica said...

Hands down, Alanna and George Cooper, who are the parents of Alianne Cooper in Tamora Pierce's Trickster's Choice. Alanna was the kingdom's first female knight and George is a Master Thief (Both featured in the Song of the Lioness series).

So. Parents making history, letting me go undercover as a spy in the war, and living in a castle and decoding secret messages? Yep, sounds like good fun to me.

The Daring Novelist said...

Nick and Nora Charles, maybe? (Although I don't drink, so maybe that's not such a good idea.)

Caitie F said...

I also have to go with the Weasleys. They love their children so much and are such amazing parents!

Oobzie said...

Dr. McNinja and Captain Underpants.

A.C. Tidwell said...

Oh gosh, Joseph had it. Atticus Finch. Not a bad single parent. I might also consider Dr. Wilbur Larch from Cider House.

Joann Swanson said...

Anne and George Edwards in The Sparrow. The Weasleys are a super close second. Also, Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert from Anne of Green Gables. You're right - there are a lot of good parents in fiction!

Sara Samarasinghe said...

I was going to say the Weasleys. Or Atticus Finch. :(

Christina said...

Yep. Atticus Finch.

Dave @ A Writer's Look said...

Jack Torrance.

Yes, I'm aware that he might try to kill me and that he drinks a little bit more than a fish...

But he's a writer. He'll understand when I'm frustrated with something. He'll know that throwing a tennis ball against a wall counts as work.

And he sure as heck won't interrupt me when I'm trying to get something done.

Trisha Wooldridge said...

Mr. & Mrs. Murray from L'Engle's _Wrinkle in Time_, _Swiftly Tilting Planet_, _Wind in the Door_, & _Many Waters_. Geniuses who get calls from the President about war and discover 5th dimensional travel? Oooh yeah!

IsaiahC said...

The Beavers from The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe.

Steph said...

I'm going to have to jump on board with the Weasleys and Atticus Finch.

I might also put forward an argument for Bella's parents from Twilight. Yeah, their daughter sort of decided to become a vampire, but I don't think we can really blame them for that.

Patty Blount said...

The Man from "The Road"

What a father... hanging on by a breath for that boy.

The Weasleys would be awesome, too.

To Dave... whoa! I shudder at the thought of Jack Torrance as my parent.

heather said...

Arthur and Molly Weasley without a doubt. I want the highest room in the Buurow!

amyreed said...

the parents from Gayle Forman's "If I Stay". the ultimate cool parents.

Ishta Mercurio said...

Carlisle Cullen. Not just because I have a thing for creatures of the night, but because of his compassion. I love that he can listen to his kids' descriptions of all the mistakes they have made, and then gently guide them to making the right decisions about how to make it better. He really knows how to grow a person.

Also, Jamie and Claire Fraser. A time-travelling mother who is also a "healer" and a fierce Scottish warrior for a dad would be kind of awesome.

Linda Godfrey said...

Gandalf and Tess of the D'Urbervilles. I would be a wizard with such spirit!

Susan Kaye Quinn said...

I'm going to have to go with Mr. and Mrs. Weasley as well. Also: Top 10 Dads in Science Fiction

Sheila Cull said...

In Devil in the White City by Larson, there is one of the first real female architects that gains exhibit space at the World's Fair, in the late 1800's, yeah! I'd want her to be my mother and any male character can step in to be the father. The book is historical fiction of course, so I hope this counts.

Ishta Mercurio said...

Sorry; I forgot to reference.

Carlisle Cullen is from Twilight, and the Frasers are from Diana Gabaldon's OUTLANDER series.

I feel somewhat ashamed that I don't know who the Weasleys are... Time to do some research, methinks.

M.J.B. said...

Since the title of this post says "fictional" (not just literary) and since I'm almost finished watching Battlestar Galactica for the first time (on Blu Ray...incredible!), I'm going to say.....

Admiral William Adama!!!

Eric said...

Garp was a good pop.

Marta Wendy said...

I have to agree with everyone who says the'd want the Weasleys to be their parents. That would be awsom.
But if 'd have to choose people without magical powers, I'd pick Sophia Luciano & Constantino Luciano [Bella mafia] even though they are mafiano's and Constantino dies later in the book, they are loving parents. Oh, and people, they were rich xD

Marta Wendy said...

I have to agree with everyone who says the'd want the Weasleys to be their parents. That would be awsom.
But if 'd have to choose people without magical powers, I'd pick Sophia Luciano & Constantino Luciano [Bella mafia] even though they are mafiano's and Constantino dies later in the book, they are loving parents. Oh, and people, they were rich xD

A Paperback Writer said...

The mom in Mary Roger's classic, Freaky Friday. Other than her smoking habit, she is AWESOME and truly, truly knows how to teach Annabelle a lesson in a way that is effective and non-preachy.
(And it's the BOOK, people, not either one of the movies.)

Meredith said...

Matthew and Marcella Cuthbert.

A Paperback Writer said...

And I just thought of another pair: how about Beatrice and Benedick from Much Ado About Nothing? Those two would be such fun parents!

Delia said...

Yep, Weasleys, hands down.

Nicole L Rivera said...

I'm with Locusts and Wild Honey: The Weasleys rock! Not to mention the never ending laughter provided by Fred and George. Can we can Percy though? He annoys me. Replace him with Harry Potter and that would be perfection :)

Gia Alva said...

Lord Darcy and Elizabeth, it would be a dream to grow up in Pemberly!

Sarah B. said...

Lorelai Gilmore (Gilmore Girls) & Keith Mars (Veronica Mars)

Maya said...

Atticus Finch.

Nina Crittenden said...

The Mom and Dad from Calvin and Hobbes always cracked me up!

cheekychook said...

I would love to be adopted by the Weasley family (Harry Potter)---think they could fit all of us in their house? Of course they could. And they would. That's why I like them so much.

For single dads I'd have to say I'd take TS Garp (World According to Garp) or Ted Kramer (Kramer vs Kramer).

I can't think of too many literary moms I'm enamored with...don't know if I've not read the right books, am drawing a blank, or have too many issues.

Agree that Carlisle and Esme Cullen (Twilight) are very loving, accepting parents as well.

Scott said...

Race Bannon (from Jonny Quest).

Can't think of any great Mom figures in fiction, although Nick and Nora Charles are definitely the awesomest couple ever invented. Maybe one of those badgers or hedgehogs from Brian Jacques' books; they're so kind and warm-hearted. (Animals? Now this is getting weird...)

D.G. Hudson said...

Fictional parents? Lady Jessica and Duke Leto Atreides of the original Dune saga by Frank Herbert.

Perhaps the reason for all the absentee parents in the YA stories is that they complicate the issue of what YAs want to do, e.g.,date vampires, roam at all hours of the night, etc. Also there are a lot of kids out there raised by single parents who if they work, aren't always there. It's one of those signs of our times.

Very strange question, Nathan.

ryan field said...

Jenny Fields, the single parent from, The World According to Garp.

Jenny Keller Ford said...

Charles and Caroline Ingalls were awesome parents but I wouldn't want to live in the time period.

Benjamin McKinley in "The Alice" series of books is a great dad, especially in Achingly Alice.

also

Daniel and Wilona Watson in The Watsons go to Birmingham 1963 are very caring and supportive parents.

RosieC said...

My gut initially told me the Weasleys (What is it about them? Why is Molly so wonderful?), but looking through others' responses, I'm now torn between the Weasleys and the Cullins. Can they have joint custody of me?

Melissa Gill said...

I was going to say Atticus Finch, but then I remembered that I usually say that for my fictional husband, so that's a little weird, but... Yeah, one or the other for sure. But if I can't have Atticus, I'd go for Charles and Caroline Ingalls, although they aren't fictional characters. Hmmm I making a mess of this.

The Frisky Virgin said...

Oh, Mr. & Mrs. Weasley, no question. They love their children more than anything else in the world. Besides, who wouldn't want to live in a lopsided house with wand-wheeling parents, gnomes in the garden, a klutzy mail owl, and self-cleaning pots and pans. Heck, the self-cleaning pots and pans alone would be worth it. :)

Magdalena Munro said...

I'd like two dads since my one was such a jerk.

That said, I'd love nothing more than to have Narcissus AND Goldmund as my two Dads. (Hermann Hesse)

swampfox said...

Ah, that's what I get for taking my older son to his Math tutoring lesson and cooking for my little one. D.G. Hudson beat me to this, but she's right. It's a no-brainer to choose Duke Leto and Lady Jessica. Check out their two kids!! I mean talk about the cream of the gene pool!!

Dianne said...

Atticus Finch (To Kill a Mockingbird) and August Boatwright (The Secret Life of Bees)

lora96 said...

Aunt and Uncle Gardiner in Pride and Prejudice.

Jamie said...

I'm gonna have to go with Urgl and Engywook from The Neverending Story...they would make the coolest parents ever...and I'd get to ride Falcor everyday!

Aaron Morris said...

I would DEFINITELY have to say either Carlisle and Esme Cullen (Twilight) or the Beaumonts (Savvy). The Cullens are nice, sweet, and they're cool, always intelligent, oh and being turned into a vampire would be awesome. The Beaumonts are VERY sweet, they're such a Southern charm kind of family, always wanting to help and they're very creative. AND being one the Beaumonts kids would mean that I would have a savvy, since I'm thirteen! :D

Rowenna said...

Buttercup's parents in Goldman's Princess Bride. Ok, they weren't the best parents. And I'm guessing their constant spatting wasn't the best influence on their daughter. But they were compassionate(kind of), supportive (mostly), and hilarious! (Nine to two and pulling away...)

Shell said...

Apparently I can't be original on this one. The Weasleys and Atticus, hand down. (And I even thought of Atticus first, which is HUGE for me since I refused to even read the book at all until last year.)

However, this isn't the question (maybe next week's) but I'm listening to it on CD right now (the only way to do dishes) and I have to say the father I would NOT want is Mr Bagthorpe of the Bagthorpe Saga. He is an utterly dysfunctional train wreck that is a joy to watch from the outside, but I wouldn't want to be his kid. I'm fully aware there are countless truly evil parents out there in fiction, but they're not generally fun to read, so why bother ruining a fun post with them?

Stephen Prosapio said...

Umm. Devil in the White City wasn't Historical Fiction?

I gotta give props to Dave for his Jack Torrence and his explanation!!!

Atticus Finch was the first that came to my mind even before reading how often he was mentioned here. Interesting.

Mira said...

Ishta - the Weasleys are from Harry Potter.

That was a wonderful thread in the forums.

Can we mix and match?

I'd like the Fairy Godmother from Cinderella. Aside from being a rather comforable sort of person, she's got a wand. Maybe she'd let me borrow it.

For my father, Atticus Finch is tempting, but he doesn't have any magic. I'm thinking Dumbledore. He's loveable and wise at the same time.

Besides, Dumbledore and the Fairy Godmother - seems to me they'd make a good couple, and an awesome tag team as parents.

Dan said...

Obviously, Portnoy's mother and Darth Vader.

John said...

For a mom, the Oracle from The Matrix: Excellent provider of comfort and wisecracks.

For a dad, Liam Neeson from the movie Taken. If I ever get sold into the sex trade, I'd want him to have my back.

beth said...

Atticus Finch or The Cullens

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Suzie F. said...

What? No one picked the Dursleys?

Kidding :)

Without a doubt, Arthur and Molly Weasley.

Mo and Resa Folchart (Inkheart) would be a close second.

Anonymous said...

The first that come to mind immediately are the parents and grandparents that Madeline D'Engle wrote.

Alex Fayle said...

Thursday Next and Landen Parke-Laine. Hands down.

Davy DeGreeff said...

Midnighter and Apollo from the comic book series The Authority. Firm yet fair, and always caring.

Kelly Wittmann said...

Mr. and Mrs. Oliver Barrett III. No, I'm not kidding. Ollie IV was a whiny brat who didn't appreciate all the advantages he'd been given and never made the slightest attempt to reach out to his parents. I'd be happy to reach out-- and to take his trust fund, too.

Melody said...

Honestly, I always loved Mr. & Mrs. Springfield in Frank Peretti's Veritas series.

Anne Seebaldt said...

Susan Sowerby in the Secret Garden would make a great mom (either that, or Marmee in Little Women); in neither case, though, do you know much about dad. So for an actual couple, I'd pick the Weasleys or James and Lily Potter, who, after all died to try and save their son.

Jen P said...

Assuming they don't have to come as a set pair then:

1) Father: Danny's Dad in "Danny the Champion of the World" (Dahl).
2) Mother: Mrs. Walker in "Swallows & Amazons"(Ransome).

But if it should be a complete set of parents, then I first thought of Anne of Green Gables, except that Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert were brother and sister, not a married couple. The Von Trapps were a second (and real-life) marriage. Mr. & Mrs. Fox in "Fantastic Mr. Fox" (Dahl) weren't human, so finally I'm going for the parents in Stuart Little (E.B. White).

That was tough!

Chris K said...

I think the devotion that Mr. Peggotty shows in David Copperfield is impressive. He just won't give up looking for little Emily. He's not a smart man, but knows his limitations. He makes up for any shortcomings with heart. Throw in the rest of the Peggotty clan - the faithful nurse and Ham - and you can see why David Copperfield made it to the end.

The Red Angel said...

Haha, this is a great question!! Either Aunt Jo/Uncle Bhaer or Amy/Laurie from the Little Women/Little Men series. :)

~TRA

http://xtheredangelx.blogspot.com

The Red Angel said...

Haha, this is a great question!! Either Aunt Jo/Uncle Bhaer or Amy/Laurie from the Little Women/Little Men series. :)

~TRA

http://xtheredangelx.blogspot.com

Mary McDonald said...

Ma and Pa Ingalls--although technically, I guess they aren't fictional.

Brittany said...

Mr. and Mrs. Weasley, or Mo and Resa Folchart from the Ink Trilogy by Cornelia Funke. Or Professor Lupin and Tonks from Harry Potter, if they were still alive... :(

Colin said...

Hannibal Lecter.
He'd keep me well read and well fed.

gsfields said...

For a father, I think Death from Terry Pratchett's Disc World series epitomizes everything a father should be.

Terry Stonecrop said...

Fun post! James Bond. He wouldn't be home much, but he'd be fun! My own father was fun like that.

February Grace said...

One parent only: Yoda.

Come to think of it, my grandmother was an awful lot like Yoda...

Katherine Hyde said...

I want Ma and Pa Ingalls.

Jill said...

Mr. Wemmick from Great Expectations. Remember his crazy house? That's where I would want to live, hanging out with my nutty dad.

Anonymous said...

I always wanted to grow up in the Moffat family.

WonderGirl said...

I have to second the Murrays from Madeleine L'Engle.

David Malter from The Chosen. Okay, I wouldn't have a mom and I'd probably spend a lot of time worrying about him, but still.

Aravis and Shasta/Cor from The Horse and His Boy. Because not only would they be awesome, but I'd get to live next door to Narnia.

StaceyW said...

I'm going to give a shoutout to chick-lit and say the Bloomwoods from the Confessions of a Shopaholic series. They're doting, caring, affectionate and think Becky hung the moon.

Down the well said...

I'll take Baloo from The Jungle Book.

But who did you pick, Nathan?

Regan Leigh said...

Atticus Finch

Charles and Caroline Ingalls

Yep. :)

Harry Connolly said...

Superman and the Batman

Kathryn said...

The Hath parents from The Wind Singer by William Nicholson - which is an excellent, original fantasy novel, by the way!

abc said...

I always thought it would be fun to be a member of the Glass family (and have a name like Boo Boo), but I'm not sure it is/was (er?) a particularly healthy lot, so I'll reconsider.

I can't come up with anyone, but I've written a wanted ad:

Wanted: family that lives in the English Countryside in a beautiful stone cottage. Will consider stateside if close to the ocean and also lives in cottage. Must be financially secure enough to send me to awesome college and abroad at leisure. Must also enjoy cooking vegetarian meals and baked goods. Must also love animals and have dogs. Must not have any personality disorders, but some melancholy ok. Must own espresso machine. Must enjoy adventure, but not be so outdoorsy that you own a tent. Knowing another language would be nice, but not a requirement. Siblings considered as long as they are interesting and don't yell a lot or chew gum all day.

Anonymous said...

Penelope and Odysseus from Homer's Odyssey. Or Selene and Apollo.

nancy said...

Nancy Drew and Robert Langdon or Luke Skywalker.

kimysworld said...

Um....Shrek and Fiona! No votes for Shrek and Fiona? They are the coolest!

my lonely journal said...

Evan S. Connell's Mr. and Mrs. Bridge.

Actually ... I am kidding. That would be at turns hilarious and horrific.

I'd choose Dave Eggers (A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius). He could raise me solo. Like Toph.

shelley said...

Trixie's parent's. They went to great lengths to find Knuffle Bunny!

Carol Riggs said...

Hans Hubermann and his wife Rosa, from The Book Thief. These are the main character Liesel's adoptive German parents who take her in during the rough years of World War II.

Hans is SUCH a sweet father figure, very patient and self-sacrificing. For instance, after working long days, he stays up nights reading with Liesel when she has nightmares. To a slightly lesser extent, his wife Rosa as a mother, because under her blustery ways hides true affection and a heart of gold.

Carol Riggs said...

The Weasleys would drive me nuts--too disorganized! ;o)

Sanderling said...

I spent the last 24 hours reading to my niece--all of the Frances books by Lillian Hoban on a loop. Those parents are wise and hilarious!

Whirlochre said...

Matilda as an adult walking out on Hermes.

Or Dumbo.

Twice.

But not in any doubly hermaphrodite kind of a way.

Jil said...

What about Tiny Tim's parents? They seemed loving and able to enjoy life whatever their situation. Wouldn't want to be Tim though and the era was nasty.

I had a difficult time thinking of a good mum and dad in fiction. I guess a miserable or ignored kid makes for a better story.

Bekki said...

My first thought was Meg Murray and Calvin O'Keefe, from Madeline L'Engle's books. But the Austin parents are pretty amazing too.

mrsktj said...

I'll take Rob and Jules Ray from the Betsy-Tacy books. (They were based of Maud Hart Lovelace's real parents but still technically ficticous.) Betsy hardly did any chores and got to spend Saturday afternoons reading at the library. They also let her drop out of college her last year so they could send her to Europe.

If the Rays weren't available I'd take Marmee as my second choice.

minawitteman said...

I would choose Mathilda's parents. No surprises, no hidden agenda's, no misunderstandings, they are just what they are: bad and selfish. They compel you to find your inner strength, make you resourceful and prepare you for real life in the best possible way. Yes, I would love to have had them as my parents, so I could have grown up to be a Mathilda.

ntrwst said...

I'm impressed by how many chose the Weasleys! My choice, Father-Merlin--lots to learn and for Mother-Tilo or the Mistress of Spices--gentle, caring, and magically practical.

Marilyn Peake said...

I agree with everyone who said Mr. And Mrs. Weasley from the HARRY POTTER books – awesome parents! Also, for her never-ending love and fierce support of her children, the Mom in THE PARTICULAR SADNESS OF LEMON CAKE. And, as Patty Blount said, the man from THE ROAD – wow, such love and protectiveness for his little boy! And I’ve always thought that Gandalf was an absolutely awesome father figure in THE LORD OF THE RINGS.

Liam said...

Either the Weasleys or, call me crazy, Bellatrix and Rodolphus Lestrange. I mean, come on. Slytherins ftw.

Corra McFeydon said...

I'm thinking Charles and Caroline Ingalls from the Laura Ingalls Wilder books - or Margaret and Robin March (Marmee and Father) from Little Women.

Anonymous said...

Peter and Harriet Wimsey, from Sayers. Harriet writes, Peter has money, both of them believe in discipline but also in treating children as people. They had three sons--I'm not sure what they'd do with a daughter. Downside: growing up during WWII, in England. I'd take the risk, though, to have parents who were adults.

Backfence said...

Doggone! Both my answers have been taken, but they bear repeating: Laura Ingalls Wilder's parents - Charles and Caroline Wilders.

And, of course, how can we NOT say Atticus Finch.

Robert said...

Ma and Pa Joad

some chick said...

I might have to go with Ender, Peter and Valentine Wiggin's parents from Orson Scott Card's Ender's Game series and spin-offs.

Their kids thought they were clueless to the fact that they were taking over the world, but really, there were wise to them the whole time.

Like kids that brilliant had idiots for parents.

Jinxie said...

Who wouldn't want to live with the Weasleys? I mean, honestly.

I am Aloha Kugs said...

I like many of the above. The Weasley's would be fun, and I immediately thought of Atticus Finch as well.

As many of the interesting direct answers have been taken, I'm curious, if anyone's interested in tangenting slightly: what might the following have been like as parents:

a) Margaret and Francis Macomber from Hemmingway's "The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber.

b) Holden Caulfield.

c) Jay Gatsby

Just a thought for discussion if anyone's interested. Great question above and great answers!

missmystra said...

Off the top of my head, I thought of a grown up Meg Murray and Calvin O'Keefe from "Wrinkle in Time" would make great parents. Gilbert Blythe and Anne of Green Gables too.

Beethovenfan said...

OK. Here's a mother figure for you. Mrs. Frisby, from Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH. What a mom! She faced her worst fears to save her son, and had "courage of the heart" to save her entire family. OK. OK. So she's a mouse. But still, a great mother figure!

Albus Dumbledore's not a bad father figure.

Ishta Mercurio said...

Mira, thanks for the tip. Harry Potter is soon on my to-read list.

The Red Angel: I'm still mad that Jo wouldn't marry Laurie , and I'm mad at Laurie for marrying Amy instead.

abc, I think you should seriously consider the Cullens. They meet virtually all of your criteria. And even though they don't eat, they do seem to enjoy learning to cook, so you'd be in good shape as long as you didn't tag along on their hunting trips. ;-)

Anonymous said...

Defintely Vicki's parents from Madeline L'Engle's series about the Austin family.

Lana said...

Ma and Pa Ingalls,

although it would be cool to be protected by and learn the force from Yoda. :)

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Gehayi said...

The Murrys from Madeline L'Engle's Time--is it a Time Quartet or a Time Quintet by now? They're brilliant, they're loving toward their children, they accept all the considerable weirdness their kids get into, they value individuality, they have a great family life, and they're crazy about each other. Not to mention that they study time travel and travel to other planets. And that having them as parents would mean having the best big sister and baby brother in the history of ever.

Mike said...

Tough assignment. You know, all good parents are alike; each set of bad parents is bad in their own way.

Wait a minute ... I might have just broken my writer's block! ... gotta go ...

Shelli said...

Anyone but the mother from any of Jodi Picoult's books!

Kay said...

The Bennetts

BrownEyed said...

I liked Rosa's dad in "The Tarot Reader's Daughter". He is cool, and has a sense of homour. About the mom, I am not so sure.

-BrownEyed

Alison Pensy said...

Without doubt Mr. & Mrs. Weasley!!

Sleeping Beauty said...

Lily and James Potter, alive and totally radical.

Belle Whittington said...

Molly and Arthur Weasley, of course! Look at the color of my hair! :-)

Miss Tammy said...

The Weasleys. Without question.

Phyllis said...

Mr Wormold, Our Man in Havana, father of Milly. He hates to oppose his daughter, so it's easy to run rings around him. ;)

Chassily Wakefield said...

The Weasleys! I love love love the Weasleys. Absolutely no question. My kids know the surest way to my heart (or to get around me if they've got something up their collective sleeves) is to tell me how much I remind them of Molly. That's the greatest compliment I've ever had as a mom (even when I know it's just 'cuz they want something, LOL.)

Barring Arthur & Molly, I have to agree with Anne Seebaldt and Sleeping Beauty who added Lily & James Potter to the mix, alive and totally awesome. Yes, please!

Anonymous said...

I vote for Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert from _Anne of Green Gables_. Not only do you get really sweet people, you get a fabulous setting and a slower time.

Adrianne

kimberlymoore said...

Daddy Warbucks from Annie.

Icy Roses said...

Sally Jackson (Percy Jackson and the Olympians) and Gandalf.

Either one of them could be my single guardian too. If Gandalf is too old to be my father, he can be my magical pointy-hatted grandfather. I'd be okay with that too.

Ruth Donnelly said...

Some great suggestions here. I always kind of liked Anastasia's parents from Lois Lowry's Anastasia series.

Nicole said...

Oddly enough, I didn't think of any moms or dads right away.

I abruptly went to Gandalf as grandpa.

That right there suits me just fine.

Cacy said...

For dad: Professor Utonium from Powerpuff Girls or Uncle Iro from Avatar: The Last Airbender (We're talking the awesome animated series, not that horrible movie)

For mom: The grandma (i.e. Castle's mother) from Castle or grown-up Ella from Ella Enchanted (the rides down the palace banisters would be worth it alone) or Zuko's mom from Avatar: TLA

Matched Sets: Bigby Wolf and Snow White from Fables or Howl and Sophie from Howl's Moving Castle

Ganz-1 said...

Jack West Jr. (from the Seven Deadly Wonders).

He has bionic arm and was an ex-special force who thwarts evil. Plus he can get you anywhere in the world not to mention he holds the world's most powerful weapon in his backyard.

Ellie said...

Oh! Definitely Mr. and Mrs. Weasley hands down. I wish Molly could be my mom...she's just awesome!!

Nicole Marie Schreiber said...

I would love to have Marmee from LITTLE WOMEN as a mother. She was so loving and kind, strong and steadfast, and a woman ahead of her time.

Hillsy said...

God

oh dear - I originally thought of it so I could say I'd pull my finger out, get down here, and put an end to religious tension once and for all - then promptly realised how offensive that could be to some people....haha

So instead I'll choose Xenu

Megan said...

I have no idea!

So many great choices.

Off the top of my head... umm... The dad in 'Before I Die' was pretty loving and stuff.

But on the spot answers are always sucky. Gahhh

Rick Daley said...

Father: the man (Papa) from THE ROAD.

Mother: Rosa Saks from THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF CAVALIER AND CLAY.

Carol Newman Cronin said...

Mrs. Piggle Wiggle would be my first choice for a mom, or even better... an aunt.

And what a great question, because it assumes a level of reality for us readers that only the best fiction achieves.

Cynthia Watson said...

Charles & Sebastian from Brideshead Revisited.

wry wryter said...

Well..he is not fictional but he's got a book about him...how about Sam Halpern, Justin Halpern's father, from Sh*t My Dad Says.

I read the book in one sitting. Wish my father was alive, he would have called it a Bible.

His f'n language is precise and his wisdom legend.

Karen A. Chase said...

Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert from Anne of Green Gables. Tough when warranted, but soft and delightful most of the time, while encouraging spirit.

GhostFolk.com said...

Wow. That Wylie deal is something else. Is Curtis Brown going to do this too???

Anonymous said...

Lots of great ideas! I can't think of any mothers to add, but for fathers I'd put forth Irene's King Papa in The Princess and the Goblin or Mary Stewart's Merlin (as father figure to Arthur).

Derek Hans said...

Jubal Harshaw or Lazarus Long from Robert Heinlein's Future History.

Tony Stark or Reed Richards from the Marvel universe.

Caldé Silk or Autarch Severian from Gene Wolfe's Books of the Sun universe.

Sherlock Holmes.

Doc Brown from Back to the Future.

Faith E. Hough said...

Anne and Gilbert Blythe from the later Anne of Green Gables books. In fact, I want to BE a mother like Anne.

Dana said...

This might sound funny, but how about the mom from the children's book Love you forever. I can't get through that book without crying.

BW said...

Rhett Butler and Melanie Wilkes from "Gone with the Wind" would make interesting parents.

Dawn Pier said...

The Cat in the Hat - definitely could teach you not to take life so seriously and yet how to have fun every moment of every day. Arwen, the half-elven from The Lord of the Rings...at 2700 years of age she would teach you things the Cat couldn't and hopefully her genes would be stronger looks-wise. ;-)

Anonymous said...

Yeah, The Beavers from The Lion Witch and Wardrobe! And also, the Grandma from The Witches (Roald Dahl). She smokes cigars, has a missing finger and hunts down witches!

VG

Loree H said...

Mr. and Mrs. Robinson (not from The Graduate) from Swiss Family Robinson, novel by Johann Wyss

or Atticus

or Mama in Kathryn Forbes' collection of short stories entitled Mama's Bank Account (I Remember Mama)

Hart Johnson said...

Weasleys. Hands down. I see I'm not alone. Little overly protective mum, but only because she cares so much.

Sam Hranac said...

Glad to see someone else mentioned Ma and Pa Ingalls. (I'm betting they were fictional enough.)Thanks Mary McDonald! I would want them for the younger years.

As I got older, someone like the Vimes of Diskworld would be interesting.

Sam Hranac said...

"...the mom from the children's book Love you forever."

I have to say, I can't read that without worrying about major boundary issues.

Anonymous said...

Isabel and Jamie from Alexander McCall Smith's Isabel Dalhousie series...A rich, philosopher mom, musician dad...they're cool parents. Maybe I would've turned out to be both brilliant AND musical like I've always wanted.

Ink Spills said...

Hmmm.... I'd have to say Artemis Fowl and Hollie Short from Eoin Colfer's Artemis Fowl books. I mean, come on - between the two of them, they have money, magic, heart and smarts. Although that would probably make it tough to be a sneaky teenager, it'd be loads of fun on family vacations. Or even just living in the castle.

Kaitlyn (Kaitlyn in Bookland) said...

Hands down the Weasleys. I would love to be a part of that family.

Stephanie Reed said...

Penny Baxter from The Yearling for the dad and Mama from The Moffats.

Claudie said...

I'm with Team Atticus on this one, hands down.

John said...

mary and joseph

Terri Weeding said...

Mrs. and Mr. March from Little Women. They never went ballistic, never lectured; instead they allowed Meg,Jo,Beth,and Amy to learn life's "little" lessons on their own.

Rebecca said...

Definately Alanna and George Cooper from Tamora Pierce's Tortall books. Who wouldn't want a lady knight/King's Champion and an ex-King of Thieves/spymaster for parents?

terri weeding said...

Mrs. and Mr. March from Little Women. They never went ballistic, never lectured; rather they allowed Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy to learn life's "little" lessons on their own. Oh! They were masters of unconditional love too!

John said...

Jack Reacher or Harry Dresden, and Stephanie Plum.

artsymommachic said...

Like 90% of everyone that answered I pick the Weasley's too!

Second choice would me Lorelei Gilmore for Mom and Atticus Finch for Dad.

This is fun!

Jane Eisenhart said...

Swede Levov from American Pastoral. And the grandmother (Charlie Kate) from Charms for the Easy Life. As a pair. :)

MaryAnn said...

Julie Andrews as Maria (Sound of Music) as my mother and Mr. Cunningham from Happy Days as my father.

If not them, then of course the Weasleys. :)

Courtney said...

Ramona's parents from Beverly Cleary's books. Hands down.

Sarah said...

I'd have to say Faramir and Eowyn from The Lord of the Rings (they show up more in the appendices). They would be such cool parents (Eowyn would be an awesome mum!), and with Faramir for a father, what an education his kid would get!

Marjorie said...

The parents in the film "Since You Went Away."

April said...

Atticus Finch!

lodjohnson said...

Ma and Pa Ingalls from Little House on the Prairie. Brings back childhood memories of reading under the covers with a flashlight.

Kermit Rose said...

Who would make good parents?

Perhaps Clark Kent,
because he is so kind,

and Lois Lane,
because she is a most remarkably
competent human being.

Kermit Rose

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