Instead, it’s dinner party time!
If you aren’t familiar with my Dinner Party bit, every once in a while I decide to invite a group of fictional characters to my house for a meal. My dining room table seats twelve, so I can invite ten characters to eat with me—I am reserving two seats for myself and my father because our theme this time is adorable father/daughter duos. Yay!
Brimstone and Karou (Daughter of Smoke and Bone Trilogy by Laini Taylor)I have only just finished Days of Blood and Starlight, so nobody spoil anything for me. I’ll try to do the same for you.
I think the phrase that makes me the most happy about these two is when Brimstone calls Karou “Daughter of My Heart.” They aren’t blood relations, by any stretch of the imagination. But they’re kin. They are family—they chose to be family. Brimstone raised Karou. He cradled her when she was shot and he lectured her about Kaz and he saved for her a hope she could only realize once grown. And in turn, Karou helped him and loved him back. And other things I can’t say because spoilers.
Still. “Daughter of My Heart.” *squee*
Dr. Nero and Raven (H.I.V.E. by Mark Walden)There are those in the H.I.V.E. fandom who ship these two romantically. I don’t. There is a level of intimacy and cuteness between these two—the villainous headmaster and the tortured assassin—but it comes from a relationship of guidance and trust. In Aftershock especially, we see that Nero was the one who salvaged Raven from the abuse she suffered in her training. He offered her kindness and a chance to start over, which allowed her to gain his trust and her freedom. Those initial foundations of trust and freedom set the framework for the unbreakable devotion and support they show for one another throughout the entire series.
And it’s all because Dr. Nero wasn’t afraid to read a murderous assassin a bedtime story.
Simba and Kiara (The Lion King II)On the one hand, I love how Simba and Kiara’s relationship echo that between Mufasa and Simba in the first movie—there’s an obvious love that fosters an environment where Kiara can learn how to be a leader within her pride. Unlike Mufasa, though, Simba sees his child grow up. He sees her face danger alone. And that is terrifying for him (annoying for Kiara, though, which I get). Simba begins as his daughter’s teacher and protector; Kiara challenges him by proving she must teach and protect him someday as well. But they still love each other. It’s the best.
If you would like to relish in their adorableness, please watch “We Are One,” which is one of my favorite Disney songs of all time.
Prometheus and Pandora (Pandora’s Mythic Misadventures by Carolyn Hennesy)Though I haven’t read this series in a long time, the father/daughter relationship of the story is among the things I remember best. Pandora royally screws up—a phrase which more or less recaps the entire premise. Yes, Pandora screws up. She explodes her mom. She ruins her dad. The entire planet is doomed. Things suck. And yet, despite all that, Prometheus still does whatever he can for his daughter in his position while she saves the world. He still takes pride in her, he still pulls strings with the gods, and he still tells her story to those who need to hear it.
Charlie and Bella Swan (The Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer)I include these two because they are the most realistic and most like me and my dad. They watch TV and eat food and say sarcastic things and use dry humor while hanging out. I mean, Charlie is more into sports and stuff, which is not our style, but they have the calm and quiet demeanor of people who can enjoy comfortable silences and do not feel compelled to force things between them.
Charlie and Bella would probably be the ones invited to stay late, because they would be quiet. And that would be great.
Kaboom. The cutest father/daughter duos I could think of off the top of my head. I think that deserves some high fives.