In honor of Father’s Day, I’ve been seeing posts all over the blogosphere with bloggers sharing their favorite Dads in Literature (LitDads). So, in honor of the three amazing Dads in my life (my dad, my step-dad, and my husband), here are a few of my favorite LitDads 🙂 Happy Father’s Day!
LitDad #1 – Atticus Finch | To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
You can’t have a list about literary fathers without at least mentioning Atticus Finch. He is a single parent, which by itself says strong. On top of that, however, he has to teach Scout and Jem right from wrong during a very turbulent time in American history.
LitDad #2 – Janey’s Dad | Captain Superlative by J.S. Puller
There were a few times in this book where I ended up liking Janey’s dad more than Janey. He lost his wife to cancer and, like Atticus, is in the role of single father. Whereas Janey has a more depressing and fade-into-the-walls outlook on life, her dad doesn’t. He is optimistic, supportive, and I absolutely loved the little word game that he and Janey play!
Lit Dad #3 – Angie’s Dad | Black Bird of the Gallows – Meg Kassel
Here we have another single dad – I promise that wasn’t a qualification for this list! What I like about this book is how Angie and her dad are newly reconnected. Her mom took her when she was little and she didn’t get back to her dad until her mom died (if I remember right – it’s been a long time since I read this one). But, as awkward as that could be, Angie’s dad still makes the best of it. And it seemed throughout the book that they had a pretty decent relationship. And, when the world goes down the toilet in their little town, he does everything he can to make sure she’s safe.
LitDad #4 – Poseidon | The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson #1) – Rick Riordan
Po-sei-don. Need I say more?
Oh, really? For starters, even though he isn’t present in Percy’s life before Camp Halfblood, he’s still watching out for him and goes up against Zeus for him! We’re talking King of the Gods! He’s an arrogant son-of-a-monkey’s-uncle but still . . . King of the Gods! Good move, Poseidon 🙂
LitDad #5 – Arthur Weasley | Harry Potter series – J.K. Rowling
Yes, he has probably been on every Top Ten list you’ve seen so far. And there’s a very good reason for that. Arthur Weasley is, what I would consider, an amazing father. Not only is he a top-notch dad to his own kids, but he takes Harry into the fold like it’s as natural as breathing! Combine that with his . . . almost innocent quality, as well as his fascination with all things Muggle-related, and he is one of my favorite characters in the entire wizarding world 🙂
Though it isn’t book related, I need to point out that this actor plays another incredible dad – Brian Williams (Rory’s dad) on Doctor Who.
Any man who can handle dinosaurs on a spaceship is okay by me!
LitDad #6 – Elle’s Dad | Geekerella – Ashley Poston
The entire premise of this book centers around ExcelsiCon (essentially a nerd/geek convention that centers around a show, very similar to the Star Trek franchise). And the creator of that convention? Elle’s dad. So, though he isn’t actively in this book . . . without him, the ExcelsiCon wouldn’t exist. No Con, no book. No love story. Though he’s departed, you can tell that he is still a very big part of Elle’s life.
LitDad #7 – Charlie Swan | Twilight Saga– Stephenie Meyer
I enjoyed the Twilight Saga books. Bella Swan . . . not so much. But, while I think the main character of the book was a confusing semi-airhead, I can appreciate Charlie Swan. The man handles a lot. Exhibit A – the GIF above. He takes so much of what happens in stride.
He is a classic dad, too. Hurt my little girl, I’ll hunt you to the ends of the earth. That kind of dad. Even though he hasn’t been a large part of Bella’s life, he does everything he can to make the best of it. He’s there to support her . . . no matter how weird everything gets.
These are just some of our favorite literary dads. Some are on just about everybody else’s list, some might be new to you. Let us know who some of your favorites are in the comments below and, to the amazing men in my life, Happy Father’s Day ❤