Thursday, 1 July 2010

Is fiction better with no dads?

An interesting article I read today says that fiction is often better when there are no dads in the picture. It's an interesting idea and certainly one that holds true - Harry Potter, Maximum Ride, Oliver Twist, Treasure Island, Jane Eyre, The Secret Garden, A Little Princess, Anne of Green Gables, and dozens of folklore and fairy tales (Aladdin, Dick Whittington, etc) prove the theory.

Of course there are other stories where the father figure is prominent - Twilight being a good example. It has three good father figures in Charlie, Carlisle and Billy Black, and these all add to the story and make it no less intriguing for their presence. (The story wouldn't work without Carlisle, and why would Bella be in Forks if there was no Charlie?) But this does seem to be the exception rather than the rule.


  1. In my line of work, "dead mother" is the mainstay. Which has always bothered me. But, here I am propagating it with my latest script. At least I'm making it an integral part of the main character's motivation. Just curious how the 135 page script turned out - have you edited it down since April?

  2. No, I haven't got round to editing my script yet, thanks for the kick up the backside! ;)
    Why do you think you get so many dead mothers?