Today’s Mother’s Day here in the United States, so it’s only fitting that we talk about great moms in books. I’ve come up with just a couple and y’all can fill me on some others.
She really needs no description. We all know what she did and who she is. If you don’t, well you’re out of the loop and I’m not helping you out. She’s an obvious choice for this list.
She’s Alex Cross’s grandmother. She’s a walking ball of wisdom. She gives it to him straight all the time. And she takes care of his kids when he’s frantically working cases. And she cooks really well. Hehe.
I think those are the only two I want to mention because the other moms I’m thinking of haven’t had prominent roles in their respective books. But I’m sure y’all know many more than I do. So tell me about some great moms in books you’ve read.
13 thoughts on “Some Great Moms in Literature for Mother’s Day”
Wow… I’m completely blanking on mothers in books. I’m just realizing how infrequently mothers are mentioned or even alive in most of the books I’ve read. I think your choice of Lily Potter is excellent, of course. I’d add Anne Blythe, formerly Anne Shirley, the main character in the Anne of Green Gables books. She becomes a mother in the 5th book, I think. Or maybe the 6th. There are 8 books in all. She’s the best kind of mom. Fun, silly, sacrificing, loving, etc.
Hmm… why can’t I think of any others? In all my favorite books, mothers just aren’t prominent. And what a shame. The mother is mentioned in the Chronicles of Narnia, but we never meet her. No mothers prominent in Lord of the Rings, either. Gah!
I know. I kind of wrote this in a rush, but I was sitting there staring blankly into my books and space and came up with nothing. Where are all the mommas?
Right? Even in my books, the main charter’s mother is dead. Though other mothers do come in and out of the story. Now that I’m thinking about it, most of the stories I’m working on have very little maternal influence. Hmm… I’ll have to work on that.
I’ve never even thought of Andrew’s mom. 😳
I know, isn’t it crazy! Of all the things we writers forget, moms shouldn’t be one of them. I’m just as guilty as you are.
Well at least we aren’t the only ones.
True. I feel much better now.
Nana Mama is great! I like Molly Weasley from Harry Potter and Mrs. Plum from the Stephanie Plum series. I wrote a post about moms too and could only come up with five. It was a lot harder than it should have been!
I was thinking of Mrs. Weasley too! But I didn’t want to have momma Potter and momma Weasley. Haha. I put some thought into this and there were no literary moms coming to mind. None. It’s weird.
I don’t think writers have anything about mothers per se – but parents in general.
Roald Dahl always made a point of writing about orphans or children with terrible parents, because if you have a child with loving, attentive parents, always telling their kids to wrap up warm and not to walk on railway lines and look twice before crossing the road, the kids can’t caste magic spells or escape bondage in a giant peach or disappear into a wardrobe to a snowy land…
Caring parents just aren’t fun. 🙂
What about Charlie and the Chocolate Factory? I hated the book, but his family was great if I remember correctly. Unfortunately, I’ll never read another of Roald Dahl’s books. It just was not very good at all.
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I think I know what you mean. Much as I love his ideas (always giving children the strength to overcome adversity etc) when I read his books with my son I found them a bit of a strain. The Twits, however, is short and a riot from beginning to end.
I know what you mean about the parents in ‘Charlie’ but they are absent for most of the action. He’s mainly accompanied by his Grandad who’s pretty much as mischievious as a small boy.
Hm. You’re right. His grandpa was an interesting character.
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