Today I have Louisa Reid, author of the fabulous Lies Like Love, on my blog today (as part of the blog tour for her book!) and she is telling us about some mothers in fiction who really need to clean up their act in regards to their children!
The conflict between a mother and her teenage daughters is always going to be a fruitful area for writers to explore. Obviously, the majority of mothers have the best interests of their children at heart, but the baddies are not only fascinating to write, but also horrifying to read. There are plenty of wicked step-mothers in fairy-tales, so this is a trope we are introduced to as very young consumers of stories, but it’s developed in some of these brilliant books.
Worst Mothers in Fiction
Corrine Dollanganger from Flowers in the Attic: Virginia Andrews
What can you say about a mother who locks her children in an attic so she can cavort around with her younger man and inherit all her father’s wealth? Nothing good, that’s for sure.
Mrs Bennet from Pride and Prejudice: Jane Austen
Mrs Bennet is an embarrassment and a disgrace. She nearly completely scuppers Jane’s marriage to Bingley as well as turning Darcy off Lizzy. She should be ashamed of herself. But she isn’t.
Maria Kinsman: The Mother from Black Heart Blue (written by me)
This woman is a piece of work. More witch than human, she has a black heart indeed.
Mrs Finch from All The Truth That’s In Me: Julie Berry
I wanted to scream at the mother in this fabulous novel to just take her poor wounded daughter, Judith, in her arms and love her. It takes the entire story for an ounce of kindness to be wrung out of this cruel old bag.
Eva from We Need To Talk About Kevin: Lionel Shriver
What a conundrum. The narrator of this brilliant book is so unreliable we never know if it’s her mothering or her son’s awfulness which is to blame for the horrific events that transpire. Brilliantly complex.
Best Mothers in Fiction – included just for balance! Because there are lots of lovely people in real life and in books too!
I never ever want to be Hazel’s Mum in The Fault in our Stars . But what she does, she does so damn well. She’s as every mother should be: warm, loving and good.
Mrs Molly Weasley in all the Harry Potters: J K Rowling
A fantastically talented witch and a kind, generous Mum rolled into one. Plus she makes the best jumpers.
Marilla Cuthbert in Anne of Green Gables: Louisa May Alcott
I love love love Marilla. She has such a tough exterior, but underneath it is such a warm and decent woman and she loves Anne SO MUCH.
Ma in Room by Emma Donoghue
How do you keep your son free from the fear and horror of the Room? Ma bravely and boldly tries to maintain her dignity and that of her son under the most hideous of circumstances.
Many of the mothers mentioned are one's I loved to hate, and one's I just all round loved (ehem, Molly Weasley!) There is also a giveaway where you can win One Signed Lies Like Love, One Signed Black Heart Blue, and One Bundle of Swag - you can enter via the rafflecopter below!
Louisa Reid is a writer and teacher living on the Fen Edge. Her debut novel, BLACK HEART BLUE was published in 2012 by Penguin and was shortlisted for the North East Teen Book Award and longlisted for the Carnegie and Branford Boase awards. Her second novel, LIES LIKE LOVE was published in July 2014 by Penguin.
Lies Like Love by Louisa Reid
'There were a few problems . . . bullying . . . a fire . . .'
I think she's verging on psychosis . . . now she's lashing out.
She's got no one else to fight for her.'
Sixteen year-old Audrey just wants to be normal. She's trying to fit in. But what happens when the person closest to you suffocates you with their love? What happens then?
About the Book
Title: Lies Like Love
Author: Louisa Reid
Genre: YA Contemporary
Published: July 3rd 2014
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