Fathers in Fiction

(note: I’m cross-posting today on Indie Writers Monthly)

With Father’s Day being today, and with my son’s recent obsession with Star Wars, the power of the Force compels me to post this scene:

Though this is a good one too:

It seems that there are a lot of father-son relationships in fiction that are problematic. A missing or dead father (Harry Potter, How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe), an abusive father, a crazy father (Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance) father as the enemy…well, there wouldn’t be anything interesting in a normal relationship, right? Fathers can serve as both positive and negative role models. They can be motivations for accomplishing a quest. Yet, often, they have to get out of their offsprings’ way so their kids can grow up.

What are your favorite father-child relationships in fiction?


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