Monday, May 14, 2012

Best Moms in Fiction

Coming out of the Mother’s Day weekend, I thought it would be nice to make note of some of the most awesome of fictional moms out there.   Let me know who you would put on your list of the best fictitious moms! 
But first, just so we’re on the same page, I’d like to turn your attention to a section of the first sentence in today's post: “...Mother’s Day weekend...”  For those who were not certain, the official name for the “holiday” is singular.  Over the weekend I saw “Happy Mothers Day” and “Happy Mothers’ Day” ... sometimes capitalized, other times not.  So there you have it: Mother’s Day. 
As promised, my list of the best moms in fiction, don’t forget to leave your choices in the comments! 
1.       Mrs. Weasley (Harry Potter) – Mrs. Weasley not only demonstrated the utmost devotion and love for her sons and daughter, but she took Harry in and treated him no different.  She was a stay at home mum who used her magic to cook and clean; and when it came to it, she used that same magic to protect and avenge.  There is no doubt she is one tough cookie and one of the best mums in fiction!
2.       Mrs. March (Little Women) – Marmee, as she was lovingly referred to by her four daughters, was a strong woman.  She wanted her girls to live outside of the boundaries that society placed on them as women; all while retaining their lady-like manner (of course). 
3.       Martha Kent (Superman) – If you were driving down a dirt road at night, saw a meteor smash into the earth cradling a baby alien within its rocky embrace, would you have dusted off said baby and raised him as your own? 
4.       Mrs. Bennet (Pride and Prejudice) – Though not all of her daughters appreciated her efforts, Mrs. Bennet was a mother who only wanted the best for her girls.  She was intent on finding them the best of suitors.  Unfortunately, she was of the school of thought that without a proper suitor, her daughters wouldn’t amount to much, thus effectively scaring away both suitors and her daughters.  But she had good intentions!
5.       Lily Potter (Harry Potter) Quite possibly the best fictional mom of all time, Lily Potter gave her life and used her unconditional love to protect her son.  What more can be said?
I was surprised to find how hard it was to actually come up with good moms in fiction!  I’d love to hear your input!  As always, happy reading and happy writing! 

4 comments:

  1. OK...first, perhaps they're changing the "Mother's Day" to "Mothers' Day" because it is more common to have more than one "mom" these days. Just a though. As for best fictional moms, I love this list and am afraid I cannot add to it. However, an equally fun list would be "Worst Moms" in fiction. It seems there's more to choose from. You have every step mother in every fairy tale told since the beginning of time or the one that stuck with me the most, Corrine from Flowers in the Attic by V.C. Andrews. Corrine was terribly selfish to hide her children away merely for the money but the grandmother, Olivia, is pure evil with the arsenic laden donuts. Good stuff!

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  2. Okay, here goes. I was never a great reader over my years, but my sister gave me a book for Christmas last year by Jodi Picoult and I haven't stopped reading. I bought several books over the years whenever they had book sales outside at Borders (I sure do miss this bookstore) and, consequently, I have a stack in my 2nd bedroom cabinets waiting to be read. Just finished "The Divide" by Nicholas Evans, and have now started to read "Somebody Else's Daughter" by Elizabeth Brundage. I'm proud of myself for getting back into reading and to see how much I've been missing.

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  3. A list of the worst moms in fiction would be interesting and probably much easier! MandaPanda, Corrine would definitely top that list! Ah, but there are so many evil moms in fiction to choose from!

    Jodi Picoult has some excellent novels and I have to confess, My Sister's Keeper was one of the only books to which I've shed a tear (or two) while reading.

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