Happy Tuesday, Savvy Readers!
There’s nothing I love more than a story about family and family dynamics. It’s easy to relate to the problems these characters face, and it’s hard not to compare fictional characters to our own family members. While each family has their fill of ups and downs—laughs and cries—at the end of the day, there is love all around. We can’t help but get a bit sentimental for our own loved ones as we read these books that feature some pretty amazing families. So here are our top ten favourite fictional families. Take a look!
Ma & Jack (Room by Emma Donoghue)
The bond between a mother and child is very special, and we particularly love the relationship between Ma and Jack in Emma Donoghue’s Room. Imprisoned in a tiny room, Ma and Jack need only each other, and this beautiful story of strength and resilience makes our hearts happy.
The Wangs (The Wangs vs. the World by Jade Chang)
Charles Wang is a Chinese-American businessman that built up an empire only to lose it all. But he’s going to get it all back, and it all starts with a cross-country trip with Andrew, his aspiring comedian son, Grace, his style-obsessed daughter, and their stepmother, Barbra. Although the Wangs are dramatic and self-absorbed, each character is approachable and you can’t help but like them and root for them.
The Pevensies (The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis)
Who doesn’t love The Chronicles of Narnia? And who doesn’t love the Pevensies, the four adventurous siblings who travel to Narnia in The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe? Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy Pevensie are bold and brave, and I’m a little bit jealous that they get to explore Narnia.
The Finches (To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee)
The Finches are one of the most famous families in literature, and it’s no wonder why. This beloved story gives us the always-curious Scout, her older brother Jem and their heroic father Atticus. These characters show us the importance of compassion and justice, and To Kill a Mockingbird continues to be a timeless story.
The Plumbs (The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney)
The Plumbs are my favourite dysfunctional family of all time. Melody, Beatrice, Jack and Leo Plumb gather to deal with their joint inheritance fund, which is now in danger thanks to Leo. This little joint “nest” will change everything for the four Plumb siblings, and they’ve been waiting to cash in. So much squabbling, so much drama, SO much fun to read!
The Marches (Little Women by Louisa May Alcott)
This classic tale follows the March sisters as they struggle to support themselves and their mother while their father is away serving in the American Civil War. Jo, Meg, Beth, and Amy March have distinctive personalities, and everybody reading Little Women can’t help but identify with one of them.
The Baudelaires (A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snickett)
The Baudelaires have been dealt quite a miserable hand in life, and yet Violet, Klaus, and Sunny are the most resilient group of siblings we’ve seen! They’re smart, resourceful, and stick together through the most unfortunate encounters. Never before has a tale of three likeable and unfortunate children been quite so enchanting, or quite so uproariously unhappy.
The Lotterys (The Lotterys Plus One by Emma Donoghue)
You probably haven’t read a book before with a family quite like this. The Lotterys are made up of four parents, seven children and a handful of pets. After winning the lottery, two same-sex couples join together in a Toronto mansion to raise seven children. Although they have an unusual setup, The Lotterys have made a peaceful domestic life. Each member of the family has their own backgrounds and traits, which makes for a beautifully diverse community.
The Fangs (The Family Fang by Kevin Wilson)
Caleb and Camille Fang are performance artists, and always aim to cause a scene. Their two children, Buster and Camille, have unwillingly been involved in their parents’ performance pieces since they were young. Now adults, they still can’t quite escape. The characters in The Family Fang are quirky and downright absurd. We can all relate to the way Buster and Camille struggle to find their own identities. This colourful family will have you laughing out loud with their antics!
The Hempstocks (The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman)
Lettie Hempstock, Ginnie Hempstock, and Old Mrs. Hempstock are a family of very powerful females in Neil Gaiman’s story. While we’re not quite sure what these ladies are, they certainly are magical. The Hempstocks are supernatural that ward off creatures from other worlds. They are strong, self-sufficient, and pack quite a punch. We love the Hempstocks’ endearing presence in the story and volunteer to join ranks with them at any time!
So there you have it — the best (and worst) of families in fiction. Who are your favourite fictional families? Did we miss any? Share your thoughts in the comments or on Twitter @SavvyReader.
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