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Hey everyone! So the other day was father's day in pretty much the whole world, and I wanted to celebrate this special day with a recollection of the Best and Worst father's in literature.
As we know, through literature we can experience a bit of everything good and bad in the world, and as a part of every child's experience, we find that the influence dad's can exercise is fundamental, even if said parent is the worst. They shape our lives in a way or another.
Therefore, in order to attest to the aforementioned here are the Top 3 Best & Worst Father's in books I've read this year.
1) Baba from The Almond Tree by Michelle Cohen Corasanti.
Baba is a great example of a what an excellent dad should be. He is filled with wise advice and always puts his family first. I'm talking about a man who is willing to go to jail for a crime he didn't commit, willing to bear torture in order to keep his family safe; and the best of all? Even during the worst of times he puts a cheerful face and never ever complains.
2) Nick Cooper from Brilliance by Marcus Sakey.
Nick is an amazing character, he is smart, loyal and has impeccable morals, but he is an even better father. His kids are his life and he is willing to take the extra mile to keep them safe. He took a job in a government agency who hunted his own kind because he believed he could help build a better world for his kids, but when things got tricky, he even risked his life in a suicidal mission so he could make sure his daughter wouldn't be taken away.
3) Miles "Pudge" Halter's Dad from Looking For Alaska by John Green.
Miles' dad doesn't make much of an appearance in this book, but he proves to be very cool. He was always encouraging Miles, and both his parents were very supportive in every choice he made. But when Miles asks him to help him and his friends pull off the greatest prank ever made in Culver Creek Boarding School, his dad doesn't even ask questions. Hence, he is cool!
1) M.T's Dad from The Secret Side of Empty by Maria E. Andreu.
M.T.'s dad is a man who decided to vent all his frustration on his family, especially his wife and daughter. He didn't get the respect he wanted in life, so he forced it out of her daughter. Basically, he abused her physically and psychologically, until she couldn't stand it anymore. The worst thing is, up until the end he justified himself for his actions. He never really got that what he was doing was wrong.
2) Zeus from The Blooming Godess Trilogy by Tellulah Darling.
Zeus is a mythological character we are all familiar with I presume, and he is famous for neglecting his multiple children. But in this case, he sort of went overboard with his daughter Persephone/Sophie. How you ask? Because he even joined forces with his not so beloved brother Hades, to destroy her and prevent her from saving the world. That's right, this horrible dad wants his daughter dead, and has all his minion from Olympus on a mission to get her.
3) The General from the Switch Series by Janelle Stalder.
This is another dad who seriously doesn't know what love is. He puts his mission before his family and even risks the well being of his daughters so he could achieve it. This is the kind of dad who will rather torture one daughter to manipulate the other, and use them as weapons so he could gain the power he seeks. He did much worse, but I don't want to spoil anything else.
There are more great examples I can think of at the top of my head, but now I want to know about the great and awful dads you've read about. Care to share?