It’s nearly Mother’s Day here in Australia and this month we’re thinking Mums on the blog.
It’s a fairly common theme in YA/NA/Children’s literature to have the awful/absent mum. After all it gives the protagonist licence to roam and often a fair bit of motivation. BUT there are some good’uns out there. I’ve done both, FAKE had a great mum, WHAT I SAW she was… less great. And in my sci-fi she’s largely absent.
Today, I want to give kudos to some of those wonderful mums out there in story land.
- MOLLY WEASLEY – Harry Potter series, JK Rowling – this woman, she makes my heart hurt with her awesomeness. She gives Harry his first warmth and her no-nonsence loving style totally works for me. She’s so real. And then when her family is messed with… SHE KICKS SOME BUTT!! And I love her even more.
- FRANNIE LANCASTER – The Fault in Our Stars, John Green – she doesn’t fight for centre stage in the book but she’s so wonderful and supportive in a really believeable mix. She worries but still backs off when she needs to.
- MARMEE MARCH – Little Women, LM Alcott – I remember reading this story and thinking she always had the right advice.
- NATALIE PRIOR –Divergent Series, Veronica Roth – It took me some time to warm up to her as a mother star but (no spoilers) she shows later through the books her strength and love.
- MAURA – The Raven Cycle Series, Maggie Stiefvater – I am about the read The Raven King and can’t wait. All the relationships in this series are well done and the mother-daughter bond is one of the best. I adore their closeness and complication.
Who’s your fave mum in YA/NA/Children’s literature? Tell me who I’ve forgotten!