April 27th topic is Favorite Mothers/Maternal Figures!
The thing about mothers is that authors really, really, really love to kill them off. I’m being absolutely serious here. I went through my entire list of read books on Goodreads, and most of the time mothers were either dead or really messed up. So here’s a teeny-tiny list I came up with and at first the fifth place was totally a joke until I realized that he is actually a better mother than, like, 99% of book mothers. There must be a metaphor somewhere in there. (P.S. This is not proofread whatsoever, because ain’t nobody got time for that, sorry).
- Molly Weasley – Harry Potter. No comment. Really. I mean, really. Come on.
- Miss Peregrine – Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. Miss Peregrine basically created a whole new world to keep the children safe, and if that doesn’t define a great mother, then I don’t know what does.
- Granny Weatherwax – Discworld. Granny Weatherwax is an independent woman who don’t need no man. She’s smart, she’s sharp, she’s strict – she’s also very, very caring. In my mind she’s Discworld’s ultimate mother. While Miss Peregrine creates a world to protect her children, the child that Granny protects is the world. It made more sense in my head. Oops.
- Miss Honey – Matilda. Miss Honey is extremely nice and sweet and she cares for Matilda more than Matilda’s own parent ever did. She basically saves Matilda’s life, and isn’t that what real mothers do?
- Benjamin Malaussène – Au bonheur des ogres. He takes care of his five younger siblings, and he does a great job of it, considering everything he goes through in the book (and in the series, but I’ve only read the first book because the series is so good I don’t want it to end so I don’t read it– yeah). The book is brilliant, by the way, have I mentioned that? Because it is. Also: watch the movie. It’s not even half as good as the book, but. Two words: Raphaël Personnaz.