May 16: Top Ten Best and Worst Mothers In Literature
When I was thinking about this topic, the number of appalling mothers (or parental figures in general) that ran through my mind was strangely unsettling, but I thought I should even it up, given that this week’s topic is specifically for mother’s day (in the USA).
1. Flora’s mother (The One Memory Of Flora Banks by Emily Barr)
Whilst I’m unable to discuss why she’s such a horrific mother, just take my word for it.
2. Astrid’s mother (Ask The Passengers by A.S. King)
She couldn’t be less understanding of her daughter’s sexual identity crisis, and is just a thoroughly self-involved individual.
3. Matilda’s mother (Matilda by Roald Dahl)
Who leaves their young child home alone all day, every day? What a terrible woman.
4. Maddie’s mother (Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon)
Another instance I am unable to discuss, but this was such a plot twist.
5. Bridget’s mother (Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding)
Although she’s not inherently bad, she does annoy me profusely. If she were my mother I think I’d react much worse than Bridget.
6. Ron’s mother (Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling)
Molly is one of my favourite characters from the entire Potter series; she is the mother Harry never had, and loves him as one of her own.
7. Mia’s mother (The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot)
Despite hiding the fact she was a princess from her since birth, Mia’s mum did it for the right reasons: to let her daughter grow up away from the trials and tribulations her royal blood would have placed upon her young shoulders. She’s also super funny and sassy.
8. Rosie’s mother (Where Rainbow’s End by Cecelia Ahern)
Incredibly supportive, loving and helpful, Rosie’s mum is the embodiment of everything a mother should be.
9. Bella’s mother (Twilight by Stephenie Meyer)
I love how quirky Bella’s mum is, and how she isn’t afraid to be herself. Technically she might not have been the best “mother”, but no one can deny her love for her daughter.
10. Charlie’s mother (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl)
You can’t get much more loving than starving yourself to feed your child.
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