Fatherhood in Fantasy Fiction


Here’s a great post from Legends of Windemere blog on the role of fatherhood in fantasy fiction.

Legends of Windemere

Fictional Fathers

Fatherhood is a slight theme in The Life & Times of Ichabod Brooks.  He is proud of being a father and there is one story that involves a father/son.  Another involves orphans being escorted to their new homes.  Originally, I was going to do the 7 Humorous Tips type of post for this, but then I realized something.  I couldn’t really think of many fantasy fathers.  Most of them fall into these categories:

  • Deranged father who the child has to overthrow.
  • Deranged father who the child works for.
  • Dead/missing father who the child either looks for or wishes to live up to.
  • Missing father that doesn’t come up in conversation.
  • Killed at the beginning.

Parents in general seem to be fairly expendable in fiction because authors love to take away that layer of protection for the protagonists.  If there’s anybody who is going to stop a character from…

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