Fathers and Fiction

It’s a very late post, but I just want to greet everyone Happy Father’s Day to all the fathers out there. As children, we owe a huge portion of our lives and well-being to all of you. Living here on earth or living up at the skies, either way, we declare our love and salute to you.

I thought about writing an entry in dedication of Father’s Day in my personal blog but I think I’ve written way too many in the past few years since my “rebuilt” personal blog was opened. Instead, I would like to talk about how important fathers are to my stories, both fiction and fanfiction. But because lately that I have been writing CCS fanfiction, I thought I’d refer to this as an example on some of my points.

Let’s just say that I love and am devoted to my father in real life. For some particular reason, a lot of pieces of writing from novels to online stories always portrayed fathers in general as being deadbeats. Now, I’m not saying that it’s offensive or anything, but why does it seem that when females seem to write novels and short stories involving families that they have a knack to write fathers as being deadbeats who are heartless enough to forget about their children?  Yes, we women writers love to write strong female characters who can make it on their own without reliance from their deadbeat husbands/boyfriends and/or their authoritative fathers, but to me, female characters who decide to neglect their fathers, most especially, would look like they are heartless and have no regard towards their fathers.

In CCS, we have an awesome father in Fujitaka Kinomoto and Syaoran Li’s family was introduced without the presence of a father. As fanfiction writers, we do have the right to change things around with the characters, for instance, in Stuffed Animal, Syaoran has a father, the current leader of the Li Clan in that world. In its ongoing sequel, Troop Pegalion, Syaoran’s father already passed away, except he makes occasional appearances in flashbacks. In CCS, we have Sakura Kinomoto being raised solely by her responsible yet kindhearted father, and from the looks of it, Dr. Kinomoto never really considered dating or getting married again just so his two children can have a mother again. Sure, some may think that it must be very difficult to be a single father, from the stress to raise a teenage boy (Touya) and a pre-adolescent girl (Sakura) at the same time to being alone without a female companion, but as we all can see, Dr. Kinomoto is already happy with his life: he has a tenure at a university1 and he is satisfied with the well-breeding of his children, that he was able to raise two smart and responsible children all by himself. That in itself is a major accomplishment both as a man and as a father.

Writers, how’s about writing more stories that show the more positive side of single (and independent) fathers and not always portray them as deadbeats? After all, even our stories can influence young men in becoming a whole lot more responsible as individuals, as well as future fathers should it ever applies to them.

So here’s to all the fathers out there, whether you are single, married, divorced, adoptive, or widowed, as long as you have the heart and soul of loving and nurturing your children, we all want to say thank you.

Happy Father’s Day! 

On the sidenote...

  1. meaning Dr. Kinomoto has a very high salary, both as a teacher/instructor/lecturer and a research archaeologist. []