Feature and Follow Friday 5.10.2013

Feature and Follow Friday BadgeWelcome to my post for Feature and Follow Friday. This meme is the brainchild of Alison at Alison Can Read and Rachel at Parajunkee’s View.

Each week, in addition to a question to answer, one of the previous week’s participants will be randomly selected by each host for an interview (hence the Feature portion of the meme). This week’s featured bloggers are Nerd Herd and Counting in Bookcases.

Here’s this week’s question:

Happy Mother’s Day! Who is your favorite mom from fiction?

That’s sort of the down side to Young Adult fiction, isn’t it? Many moms are either nonexistent or downright  lousy. Sure, they may have a compelling reason, but still? Maybe they are “there” but not featured, more in the background than anything. For sure, though, the most kick-ass of moms has to be Molly Weasley. Do you think Ginny giggled a little when Mrs. Weasley yelled “Not my daughter, you bitch!” to Bellatrix LeStrange during the battle to end all battles in the last Harry Potter? (Well, maybe not at the time, but certainly after the proper period of mourning.) You just know that’s when Ginny saw her as a real person instead of just “mom.” Molly keeps all her kids (and Arthur) in line and finds plenty of room to include Harry and Hermione (and even Fleur!) in her protective arms and heart.

One thing’s for sure: whether appealing or not, most book moms serve as a catalyst that pushes the hero/heroine to be discover his/her identity, be better, face fears, confront the past and/or move toward the future. Most stories wouldn’t be awesome without them. I’m looking at you, Mrs. Bennet, Janie’s mom in Wake (etc.), Grace Reed (My Life Next Door), Alison in Splintered, Mrs. Everdeen, Oliver Twist’s mum, Gallagher Girls series (spy mom!), The Mortal Instruments. I could go on…

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