Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Top 5 fictional dads

List by the Digital Services team
"Just for once, let me look on you with my own eyes." ~ Darth Vader, Return of the Jedi
(Darth Vader's dying words to Luke.)

Happy Father's Day from the Digital Services team! Not that we'd swap our own dads ever, but we want to give props to the following fictional dads, who may not always be the easiest to get along with, but will always have your back (right after they chop off your hand)...

Aral Vorkosigan, from Lois McMaster Bujold's Miles Vorkosigan adventures.
The first two books in Bujold's wonderfully witty and wise space opera detail the courtship and early marriage of mercenary Miles' parents; Cordelia, a humane, rational and liberal Betan captain, and Aral, the Barrayaran Lord known to all as 'The Butcher of Komarr'. Awesome stuff ensues. Aral casts a weighty shadow over the rest of Miles' adventures, too, as the kind of father you love - but maybe from a distance, so that your own fabulousness has a chance to shine. (Danielle)

Bryan Mills as played by Liam Neeson in the movie 'Taken'
It's about an ex-spy whose estranged teenaged daughter goes overseas on a holiday and gets taken and forced into the slave trade and daddy has to use his 'skills' to get her back. I remember seeing this at the movies and turning to my sibling at the end and saying, 'I want a dad like that!' Liam Neeson is absolutely fierce in his determination to track his daughter down and stops at nothing to get the job done. (Tosca)

Carlisle Cullen/Charlie Swan from Stephenie Meyer's Twilight saga

Charlie Swan: I'm not a fan of Twilight. I've said it before and I'll say it again, I'd rather poke my eyeballs out with a teaspoon than read that novel ever again, but as fathers go *sigh* Charlie is awkward, concerned, very much wants to get to know the young woman Bella is today, funny and kinda hot for an old guy heh (Tosca)

Carlisle Cullen: One of the best book Dads I've read in recent times is Doctor Carlisle Cullen in the Twilight novels. His unconditional love and selfless support of his vampire children makes him an ideal Dad. We learn in the first novel that his 'first-born' son defied his father's dedication to preserving human life by indulging in a traditional vampire diet for a time. When he returns in remorse, Edward likens Carlisle's welcoming forgiveness to the prodigal's father in the Bible. (Natalie)

Burt Hummel as played by Mike O'Malley the the TV series 'Glee'
The father of Kurt Hummel, one of the show's stars; when Kurt gets caught out in episode 4 ('Preggers') lip-synching in glorious fashion to Beyonce's 'All the single ladies', he manages to convince his conservative-looking, flannel-wearing, man's man dad that it's all part of his practice strategy for his new role on the football team. When he finally comes out to his dad later in the same episode, Burt's reaction makes the scene such a sweet anti-climax (in the best possible way) that ya just want to give him a real big hug. Adorable. (Danielle)

Darth Vader from the Star Wars saga
I'm going to pick Darth Vader for my favourite movie Dad. In Star Wars lore, so strong is the influence of the Dark Side that there is no way back once you start down that path. But Vader found a way back through his love for his son, ultimately sacrificing his life for him. (Natalie)


mo-mo said...

I think that Atticus Finch from "To Kill a Mockingbird" should get special mention as an awesome fictional dad.
A strongly principled lawyer (who knew there were any?) who also looks like Gregory Peck (in the movie) and doles out sage advice to his rambunctious offspring. What's not to love?

Manukau Libraries said...

You know, I totally forgot about Atticus and yet I love love love the character. Thank you for the reminder!!

Emily said...

Totally agree about Burt Hummel. The example you gave is just one of many scenes on the show that portray him as a really awesome single father.