Saturday, May 12, 2012

Happy Mother's Day: Mothers of Literature

Since Mother's Day is approaching, and my mother is the reason I read books and review books, I decided to wrote a post about mothers in books that stand out to me, that have some significance. Not all of them are the perfect mother, but they are all great mothers in their own way.

So, Mom, this is for you. Not because you are perfect, but because you are a great mother that encourages me to read lots of books.

Here are the five mother I've chosen to talk about (there may be slight spoilers, but I'll try hard not to give anything too deep away):

1. Mrs. Betarrini (the River of Time Series by Lisa T. Bergren)-- If you've read these books you know how awesome this mother is. While she doesn't play a huge part in the first book, Waterfall, she is mentioned. She is an archaeologist that loves history and finding new sites that can uncover the mysteries of the past. At the start of the series, she has recently lost her husband yet strives to take care of her two daughters. She cares and is wiling to go the extra mile to help her daughters be happy. Her best quality: the giant staff/stick she carries around and defends her daughters with in Cascade and Torrent. Awesome.

2. Mrs. Bennet (Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen)-- Yes, she is quite annoying, always going on about boys and her "poor nerves", but she does have a few good parts to her. She has passion for her daughters. She longs for them to find happiness among the elite upper class. She wants her families to marry well, and while she seems pushy and over-the-top going about her match-making, she cares. To be a mother, in a loveless marriage, is hard, but she tries her best to stick with it and find any means necessary (like getting her daughter sick from the rain) to get them their happiness.

3. Ms. Jackson (Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan)-- Not only is she worthy to gain a mythological god's affection, but she is one cool mom. She spends her life protecting Percy from evil monsters by marrying a stinky man (he gives me the shivers just thinking about him). She continues to be Percy's go-to for advice, about anything girls, battling monsters, school, negotiating with twelve giant-sized gods. In all, Ms. Jackson is one awesome mother that isn't going to sit back while the world ends. No, she tries to get there and help save the day along with her son.

4. Mrs. March (Little Women by Louisa May Alcott)-- She has to raise four, very unique and somewhat ornery, girls while her husband is off fighting in a war. This proves to be a tedious task, as her eldest daughters are invited to extravagant events and her younger daughters are not, as her daughters bicker and fight one another, as many fun times and difficult times come along in their life. She is very admirable. She uses the fighting and the hard times to teach her daughters lessons, whether its about caring for others or forgiveness. She even goes to the frontlines where he husband is to help him get well. She is brave, smart, and just a loving women that any daughter would be proud to have.

5. Mrs. King (the Dreamhouse Kings Series by Robert Liparulo)-- She's loyal and strong for her family. She supports her husband in what he does, and she keeps her family agreeable. She's even unique, because her family's favorite saying about her is "Definitely not a Gertrude", hinting at the idea that her actions and words don't live up to a name like Gertrude. When she is kidnapped by the mysterious hulk from the strange portals in their house, she keeps strong as she is transported from time to time, world to world. The most important is the impact she has on her family when she is gone. They don't feel together and complete; they don't give in because they long for nothing more but another hug from their mother that they love. With her missing, they can't settle into their home, they can't be called a family.

While there are many other memorable mothers, such as those we never meet between the pages of a book because they have already been taken from their children or the ones I simply didn't have time to talk about, these couple have or will impact the literature world in their own way.

Whether your mother has done some exciting feats such as fighting medieval enemies, monsters, or beasts, or simply lived a nice life impacting lives around her, each mother is special and unique. Each mother is important. So, this Mother's Day make this know to the mother you have. Let them know how much you care about them, and continue to do this every day. Because, really, how many of us would survive without our mother and everything she taught/teaches us?

Who is your most memorable literature mother? Let me know in the comments below and tell me why! :D

-Jaguar Hero!


  1. Jaime, I just started reading your blog and am currently playing catch-up. I have to say that this is so far, my favorite post (except for maybe the one about Dragon day :) ). I love your description of the literary mothers and your encouragement to your readers to tell their mother's how much you treasure them! I am a huge Jane Austen fan, so my favorite mom is Mrs. Bennet even if she is overbearing :)

    PS. You have completely turned me onto the River of Time books...I'm looking forward to starting them soon :)

  2. Hahah. Thank you. :D

    I'm glad you like it & are interested. River of Time is definitely one of my all time favorite book series!