Tuesday Top Ten-Belated Father’s Day Edition

Okay, visit so I logged into WordPress today to start writing the Tuesday Top Ten, sildenafil and whoa, its all different. Not hugely different, just vamped up a little bit. So I am momentarily distracted by the new prettiness that is my dashboard…its just so shiny and new…

Okay, sorry. 

Moving on, today’s Tuesday Top Ten is a little special. Last month, when it was Mother’s Day, my dear friend Gabby from iFandoms Collide went to an author event where Alyson Noel, Tahereh Mafi, Marie Lu, Kami Garcia, Ransom Riggs, and Margaret Stohl were and asked them who their favorite fictional mothers are. Of course, myself, Tatiana, Gabby, Megan and Sylvia had to jump in and say who our own fave fictional mothers were. 

This month was a little different, and we weren’t able to do that again, so I decided that we do a special Father’s Day edition of The Tuesday Top Ten, and I would tell you all my own favorite fictional fathers. 

So here we go :)

Oh, can I just say? Its actually really hard to pick fictional dads. Why is it most fictional dads are super evil, or dead? I don’t understand it…

Anyway.

MY FAVORITE FICTIONAL DADS!

10. Darth Vader from Star Wars

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I know, I know, this is kind of a weird father to pick because he wasn’t really a good father. He totally tortures Princess Leia in the first movie, and repeatedly tries to kill Luke, his son. I mean, he is NOT fatherly material in the slightest. But he’s kind of a badass, and in the end, he did what was right. Granted it was too late for him, and he wasn’t able to have an actual bonding relationship with either of his children but hey, he killed Emperor Palpatine and saved Luke’s life. So that, in itself, is enough for me. I just wouldn’t be buying him “Dad of the Year” mugs any time soon. 

9. Mufasa from The Lion King

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Mufasa! James Earl Jones, man. He plays some badass dads. Mufasa is an AWESOME dad. He’s the KING of Pride Rock. Mufasa runs around, saving Simba when he does stupid things and he’s brave and wise and he’s just freaking awesome. Its like, when the hyenas say “Mufasa” and shudder in excitement haha. That’s exactly what it is. Mufasa is the kind of dad, had he lived (and don’t lie, you cry every single time that he dies in the movie) would have been that awesome dad that made sure Simba grew up strong and proud and wise. He would have taught all the lessons that were necessary for Simba to be a great king. Which I believe he would have been anyway but Mufasa, man, Mufasa is awesome. 

8. Mr. Bennett from Pride and Prejudice

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Seriously, the reason Mr. Bennett is here is because anyone that can have FIVE daughters in that time period is a brave, brave, special man. Add in the fact that he is married to the kind of cuckoo (but lovable!) Mrs. Bennett and he’s just an amazing man. He’s a man of very modest means and has not much to offer a man in pursuit of his daughters. However, if he doesn’t marry them off, he faces their future, when he dies, because they cannot inherit his house. He takes everything in stride and does what he can to do well by his daughters and he supports them with every fiber of his being. And he’s so funny. He cracks me up, as he deals with his crazy wife and his five, very different daughters and their every day dramatics. What a brave, brave man. 

7. Luke Garroway from The Mortal Instruments 

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Okay, technically Luke isn’t a real dad, but he might as well be. He has been Clary’s stand-in dad her entire life, raising her while she thought her dad was dead (though all us TMI fans know the truth), and he loves her as if she were his own. Everything he does, in the entire series, is to protect her and he treats her as an adult, values her opinions and recognizes her abilities and does what he can to help her and to support her. He’s an amazing dad, and is the most honest he can possibly be with her. Once he saves her from Hodge and she demands answers from him, he sits her down and tells her everything, everything that is true as he knows it. He is one of those dads that steps up to be a dad, even though he doesn’t have to. Clary isn’t his daughter but he wants Clary to be and he does all the work that any dad would do. I LOVE Luke. He’s one of my favorite characters in that series. 

6. Philippe Renaldo from The Princess Diaries 

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Yeah, so in the book? Mia’s dad? He’s not dead haha. He’s not dead like he is in the movies. And in the books, he is absolutely, positively hilarious. He’s stricken with cancer, testicular cancer, and this leaves him unable to have anymore children, which is when Mia finds out she’s a princess, because she is now the heir to Genovia, albeit an illegitimate heir haha. This leaves Prince Philippe a little down in the dumps and he’s isn’t the most attractive man in the world haha. But he’s a prince and he loves finding beautiful weather reports or news reporters or Victoria’s Secret models to be his “friend” for a week or two. And he’s just one of those dads that is so good to their daughter, so support, and loving, but so absolutely clueless. Some of the conversations between Mia and her dad have literally made me laugh until I cry because they’re just so CLASSIC. But at the end of the day, Prince Philippe is a great dad and does a great job, co-raising Mia with her mother and turning her into a perfect princess. 

5. Marlin from Finding Nemo 

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I LOVE THIS MOVIE and I don’t get to watch it enough because my boyfriend isn’t the biggest fan in the world. But anyway, Marlin is a badass dad. He literally crosses oceans, battles sharks and deals with jellyfish and crazy deep water fish and turtles and all of that just to find his son, Nemo. He does EVERYTHING he possibly can to get his son back. And sure, in the beginning he’s a little too protective but he just loves his son and wants him to be as safe and happy as possible. And his journey across the oceans of Australia taught both him and Nemo lessons and they have even stronger bonds as father and son, and its a wonderful father/son story. This is a kid’s movie but you really see the development of Marlin’s character as he loosens his grip on his son and becomes a better dad because of it; able to protect his son and make him happy but able to let him go off on his own as well. 

4. George Cooper from The Tricksters Series 

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George Cooper is an awesome dad as well. We don’t get to see George Cooper as much as a dad in the series. We see him a ton as a companion of Alanna’s in The Song of the Lioness but we do get to see him somewhat in the Tricksters series. And what we do get to see, we see a very awesome and loving and caring dad. George doesn’t leave Aly to the simple life of a wife, though he does not excuse the skills necessary to run a household, because he does find that legit. But he teaches her amazing skills; the ability to wield a dagger, the abilities of hand to hand combat, the skills of a spy, and so much more. He gives Aly the chance to take her of herself, no matter the situation and she is definitely able to do that. He also trusts her decisions. He comes to retrieve her from the Copper Isles and she insists on staying, saying that she has more work to go, and he trusts her enough to make her way, on her own, even if it is in a foreign country. I think that’s admirable when a father teaches their child and then allows them use to that knowledge to carve their own path. 

3. Goofy from Disney

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I love this picture above and I freakin love this movie. Its possibly one of the BEST movies that Disney has put out. I have seen it multiple times and know majority of the songs by heart (thanks dad!). I constantly have to try and forget that someone totally had to have sex with Goofy in order for him to have Max…and then apparently she took off. Think about it! Goofy is a single dad, trying to raise a teenage boy who finds him incredibly embarrassing! And so he takes him on a road trip to bond with his son, and his son LIES to him and completely doesn’t enjoy most of the trip. But of course, its Disney and it works out in the end, and Goofy ends up getting Max to the concert that he promised all the kids back home that he was going to be at and they end up having a SERIOUS blast. Goofy is a pretty awesome dad…and he has the best dance moves ever!

2. Carl Frederickson from Up

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Carl isn’t a dad, but damn, he’s a good father figure to Russell in Up. Russell has an absent father, who seems to be a little busy with his new girlfriend/wife and he could really use a fatherly figure in his life. Carl still hasn’t quite recovered from his wife’s death and is pretty lonely. Put those two together, on a flying house with a talking dog and a brightly colored bird named Kevin and you get epic adventure. And along the way, you get a serious father/son type of relationship. I really love at the end when Carl is so determined to protect Russell and that he stands in for his father at his Wilderness Explorer ceremony. I also really like the end credits where they have the scrapbook/Adventure Book thing going on and it shows Carl and Russell doing all kinds of cool stuff together, the way a father and son would do together. Its SO BEAUTIFUL!!! Okay, I’m done…

1. Mr. Weasley from Harry Potter series 

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Mr. Weasley is the BEST dad in all of literature and fictional worlds. I don’t know, maybe its because he reminds me of my dad. Any dad that raises as many kids as Arthur Weasley does, is good in my book. I mean, the Weasleys only have one more kid than my family does so I totally know what their life is like. I wish we would have had a house like the Burrow. I think that Mr. Weasley is the epitome of what a dad can be (besides my own dad, of course, duh). He works his ass, and provides the best that he can, but he provides all the love and the right lessons and morals and values and he raises wonderful kids, even Percy. He’s brave and wonderful and silly and always there for his kids no matter what, even for those kids that aren’t his like Harry and Hermione. I can imagine that he’d be a great father-in-law and an even more awesome grandfather. 

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So there you go guys, this week’s Tuesday Top Ten!

Come back next week for a new one

And don’t forget to check out previous Tuesday Top Top lists!

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Who are some of YOUR favorite fictional dads? As always, share in the comments below! I LOVE hearing from you guys!

Fandom Friday-Tamora Pierce and Tortall

The Fandom Friday is a weekly feature, try with each blog post written by a new contributor.

This is the weekly post where either myself, information pills or a guest blogger, talks about a new fandom. See, I’ve had the experience in my life where I’ve been made fun or put down about my particular fandoms. And that has made me feel pretty crappy. But I’ve also put down other fandoms as well.

So I’ve decided to change that. I’m opening my world up to new fandoms, and the best way to do that is to bring people in to write about various fandoms. I’m very excited about this segment.

If you guys are interested in becoming a guest blogger for the Fandom Friday, feel free to email me at whatanerdgirlsays at gmail.com or contact me HERE

Today’s blogger is…me!

Yeah, no one has volunteered to write a Fandom Friday :( So I’m writing another one.

So if you want to write one, definitely let me know, it’ll be GREAT.

But today I’m going to focus on a fandom that I am insanely passionate about and that has been around for decades and yet, people just don’t seem to know about it.

The Tortall Books by Tamora Pierce

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The Tortall books are all fantasy, young adult novels told in the same realm, the country of Tortall. They are written by an amazing woman by the name of Tamora Pierce, who has been writing books set in this realm since 1983. They are pure fantasy, set in a realm full of magic, knights in shining armor, magical creatures like centaurs and griffins and dragons, and are exciting, addicting and hilarious all at the same time.

There are fives series in the Tortall realm. They are: The Song of the Lioness, The Immortals, The Protector of the Small, The Tricksters and The Legend of Beka Cooper series. 

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The first series is The Song of the Lioness, the first book published in 1983: Alanna: The First Adventure, In the Hand of the Goddess, The Woman Who Rides Like a Man and Lioness RampantThis follows the story of Alanna of Trebond who is about to go to the convent to learn how to be a proper lady, while her twin brother Alan goes to the palace to learn how to be a knight. However, neither one of them wants this: Alanna is the warrior, and Alan wishes to be a great sorcerer. So they switch places, and Alanna disguises her gender in order to become a knight. The four books follow her adventures as she struggles to hide her identity and to pass all the tasks required to become a knight, and to protect her kingdom.

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The Immortals, first published in 1992, are as followed: Wild Magic, Wolf Speaker, Emperor Mage, and The Realms of the Gods. This series follows Veralidaine Sarrasri, also just known as Daine. Daine comes to a fair in Galla, to escape her home and the devastation that was left behind: her mother, her grandmother and all her animal friends were killed by bandits. But Daine has a secret, and she thinks that it makes her mad: she has a knack when it comes to animals. She takes good care of them, they seek her out, and sometimes, she even feels like she is one. It scares her and she keeps this a secret until she meets Numair, a powerful mage, who tells her that she has Wild Magic, and she has the abilities to heal, to shape-shift and to become one of the most powerful Wildmages ever. As she’s learning this, the country of Tortall is suddenly purged with immortal beings like centaurs, griffins, spidrens and more, and not all of them are friendly. Daine is determined to use her powers to help save the country that has taken her in.

Protector of the Small

The third series in the Tortall realm is The Protector of the Small, the first book published in 1999, and are as followed: First Test, Page, Squire and Lady Knight. This follows the story of Keladry of Mindelan, or just Kel, as she becomes the first girl in over a hundred years to step forward to try for her knighthood, that doesn’t have to hide her gender, like Alanna did. When she gets though, she learns its a lot harder than she had first imagined, especially since most of the boys in her page class are making it very difficult for her to complete and pass all her tasks. Even the training master is making her life difficult, giving her a probation year, something no other page ever has to complete, making her try for knighthood harder than anyone else’s. Then there’s some brewing at the border of the nearby country of Scanra, and a war seems to be coming, and Kel is determined to be ready for it.

Daughter of the Lioness

The Trickster books, first published in 2003, are Trickster’s Choice and Trickster’s Queen. They follow the story of Alianne, or Aly, who is the daughter of the great knight, Alanna. She is sixteen, surrounded by so many successful people, like her mother, her father, the king and queen, her aunt Daine the Wildmage, her uncle Numair, the greatest sorcerer, her brother Thom who is studying to be a mage and her twin, Alan, is going for his knighthood. But Aly wants to be a spy, and her parents do NOT approve of that for a noble born girl. After a fight with her mother, she takes her ship out to sea to avoid her and gets kidnapped by pirates and sold into slavery at the nearby Copper Isles. When she gets there, she stumbles upon an underground rebellion, of the dark skinned raka trying to take their country back from the white skinned luarin. When a god by the name of Kyprioth asks her to keep a pair of half raka, half luarin girls safe, she is thrown in the middle of the rebellion, using her skills to help pull it all together.

Beka Cooper

The last series is the The Legend of Beka Cooper series, which is actually a prequel, and these were written first in 2006, and are Terrier, Bloodhound and MastiffThese follow the story of, you guessed it, Beka, who is an ancestor of George Cooper, who is an important character in the Song of the Lioness series. Beka has joined the police force called the Provost Dogs, and when she first joins, well, she doesn’t really do that well. But she is assigned to the best pair of Dogs there is: Clary and Mattes, and they teach her to become a great Dog. Each novel has a varying story, and Beka has to track down counterfeiters, she has to chase down prince kidnappers and so on. Its told all in journal format, so you get all of Beka’s point of view on her struggles to become a Dog, and to keep her position, and to use her skills to catch criminals, back when women were allowed to do that.

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I first discovered these books when I was 16, when I picked up Trickster’s Choice because it mentioned pirates on the inside cover. I had a seriously ridiculous obsession with pirates back then, and so I decided to read the book. When I discovered that basically all it was that Aly was kidnapped by pirates and they were only mentioned for about two pages, I was confused but I kept reading and I ended up absolutely LOVING the book, and dying for the sequel.

Because of this book, I met my pen pal, Chloe, who I have now been writing to for nine years. She is one of my absolute best friends and I can’t imagine not having this writing relationship with her. However, she informed me that I get a little ahead of myself and that there were THREE series before Trickster’s Choice. So I had to catch up, and I eventually did, though I knew a lot of spoilers because I had gone out of order.

However, that didn’t stop me from enjoying each and every book that I had read. Tamora Pierce is a goddess, and she is an amazing writer who creates these amazing stories with strong, relatable female heroines, way before this golden age of young adult literature even occurred. Tammy was writing about strong female characters back in the 1980s before Hermione Granger or Katniss Everdeen or Clary Fray even existed in the minds of the authors who wrote them.

First off, the characters are all amazing: Alanna, Daine, Kel, Aly and Beka. They are all wicked badass characters. They are knights, and mages, and spies and warriors and detectives. They can wield weapons and track animals, and heal and do magic. They can fight battles, and win duels and take down enemies, through fights or through stealth. They are all wickedly funny, and relatable. You see them struggle with the same sort of problems that any girl from the age of ten to the age of 18 struggles with: first crushes, your first period, getting boobs, losing your virginity, the struggle of your identity, your self esteem and your confidence in how you look. They get to do all these super awesome things but they are just as real as you and me.

And the world of Tortall is so awesome. Its so knights and shining armor like the King Arthur stories but SO much better, because its all so relatable. This is a country that I want to live in, especially because as time goes on, the kingdom becomes more…liberal, if you will. This is a kingdom that cares about the people that live there, and wants to take care of them, and wants them to be healthy and safe and educated. They allow women to enter into the knighthood or the King’s Guard or the Queen’s Riders. They educate all their poor classes. And it just sounds like an awesome place to live. Huge palace, tiny little towns, castles on the edge of the sea, forests, beaches, everything. It sounds WONDERFUL.

So I’ve literally talked your face off now, but these are some of my absolute favorite books ever. Tamora Pierce is my top favorite author, tied with JK Rowling. She is absolutely brilliant and she’s a writer that has been around for decades, and will continue to impress me with every book that she writes. I have never met her, but I hope one day TO meet her, because I’d probably cry with happiness because she’s just so amazing. I recommend these books to everyone, but especially young girls because these characters are great role models and I just think that these books are over looked all the time. I think more readers should be reading these books, instead of others that will remain nameless.

So please, please check these out! You will not be disappointed.

And stay tuned in for more Fandom Fridays!

And check out last week’s on The Lux Series!