Who is your favorite literary mother?

Mother’s can come in all shapes and sizes. And all levels of competencies! But some of the best mothers to contemplate can be found between the pages of our favorite books. I have a love/hate relationship with Mrs. Bennett from PRIDE AND PREJUDICE. She’s horrible, but delightfully ridiculous and I’ve had endless hours of enjoyment watching her make a fool of herself, and annoy her daughters. Katniss Everdeen’s mother, while reproachable for her mental breakdown after the death of her husband, genuinely tries to resume her role as mother for both her girls once she is well, but the damage is done with Katniss. Molly Weasley is probably as close as they come to my literary counterpart, minus the red hair! I adore her over protectiveness, the way she accepts Harry into the fold and her famous line, “Not my daughter, you bitch!” And I applaud John Green and the competent mother he gave Hazel Grace in THE FAULT IN OUR STARS, letting YA readers get a rare glimpse at loving, supportive parents.

So, on this Mother’s Day, who are some of your favorite, and not so favorite, mothers in literature?


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