In Q & A, a weekly feature of Fantastic Fangirls, we ask our staff to tackle a simple question — then open the floor to comments.
Which fictional father do you want to be yours?
Growing up, I wanted Steven Keaton to be my dad. He was kind, smart, progressive, and open-minded. And bearded! His beard gave him authority but not overbearing authority. He even let Alex, his Reagan-loving son, live his own life while still standing up for his liberal principles. And he was a terrific husband who loved and respected his wife.
I’m fond of Aral Vorkosigan from Lois McMaster Bujold’s Vorkosigan novels. He doesn’t get off to a promising start — infidelity, blood feuds, the kind of military record that earns nicknames like “Butcher.” But then he marries his second wife, Cordelia, and they join forces to start turning his home world of Barrayar into a less violent, more humane place. By the time they’re raising their son, Miles — which wouldn’t be an easy project for any set of parents — Aral has evolved into a mature statesman and a source of strength and support for his family.
*Not that I’d actually want to grow up in the miasma of cutthroat politics that surrounds Barrayar, but put all those characters in an alternate universe where they run a bakery or something, and sure.
It’s a toss up between Battlestar Galactica’s Commander William Adama, because he always knows when to roll a hard six…
And Ron Swanson from Parks and Rec , because of his unwavering principles (and we all know he’s a softie behind his tough mustachioed exterior).
Are there any parents that are not deceased in fiction?
I kid, I kid.
Five years ago, my answer would have been Burt Hummel (from Glee), hands down. But the Blaine-proposal-Klaine-shipping fiasco really turned me off
So my answer will be Sheriff Stillinski from Teen Wolf. He is funny, badass, and hella fine. Also, I have so many feelings about found families and the McCall-Stillinski tribe is no exception. Not only is the Sheriff a great father to (the sometimes challenging) Stiles, he is a great father figure to Scott and it makes my chest burst with emotions (and audible screams of “GET WITH MELISSA ALREADY, SCOTT AND STILES WANT BUNK BEDS”).
I love his sarcasm, his loyalty and dedication to his job. But, mostly, I love how supportive he is.
So what about you? Which fictional father do you want to be yours?