Fictional Family Adoption Question

Oct 5, 2008 by

Alison Morris who has an on-line column called Wall Scrawl for Publishers Weekly has posted an interesting question:

Poor, poor you! You’re a literary orphan with no parents to call your own. What fictional family would you like to have adopt you?”

If you had your choice of any family from literature to be you parents and siblings, who would you choose?

Mine was a tie between the Ingalls from the Little House on the Prairie series by Laura Ingalls Wilder or Marilla Cuthbert and her brother Matthew from L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables .


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  1. Rosalind (call me Roz) Harper Ashby from Nora Roberts’ In the Garden trilogy.

  2. Weirdly (or perhaps not πŸ™‚ the first family that came to mind was Linda Howard’s Mackenzies.

  3. First I was going to say Mary (?) and Wolf from Linda Howard’s Mackenzie family, then I decided that I’d much prefer to be adopted by Roarke and Eve. *g*

  4. The Quinns from Nora Roberts’ Chesapeake Bay Saga. But I’d prefer to marry into the family. :evilgrin:

  5. Hmmm….good question! πŸ™‚

    I agree with your answers, but would also say Lucas & Sascha from Slave to Sensation. πŸ™‚

  6. What an awesome question! Gosh, I really love Marilla and Matthew from Green Gables, (and always thought myself Anne) but I’m torn now because I’d do anything to get myself into the Potterverse… So I have to say the Weasleys win.

  7. Great question and I’m so torn. Yes, I would love for Eve and Roarke to adopt me. But if the Quinn’s from Chesapeake Bay called I wouldn’t say no. Of course if Catherine Anderson’s Tucker family called I’d be there in a second. But more to the point I’m wondering which family I wouldn’t mind marrying into.

  8. I almost said Roarke and Eve myself but then it wouldn’t be a good thing if I kept lusting after my new father all the time.
    That sounds very wrong doesn’t it? πŸ˜›

  9. I’m obviously thinking along the same lines as Bridget because the first one I came up with would be Tamsyn and Nate from Nalini Singh’s Psy/Changeling series. πŸ™‚

  10. I’m gonna say the March family from Deanna Raybourn’s Lady Julia Grey mysteries. I’m reading the second book now so that’s why they came to mind. Fun, eccentric family.

    If I went with paranormal I’d agree with Tracy and go with Nate and Tamsyn. Love them!

  11. RfP

    If I’m a literary orphan my first thought was to be adopted by the poetry stacks, around 821.3 D.

    Then I saw everyone’s excellent ideas.

    This sounds like my chance to experience a dirty adoration for a youthful, nice, handsome, and talented stepfather (who designs me exquisite clothing and looks wistful when I have male guests). Philip and Beatrix, could I have Bea’s old apartment?

  12. I heart Anne of Green Gables. I was just talking about this book the other day.

    Adopted? Can it be one of those Ward/Gaurdian adoptions…like the 18 year old regency ward and the smoking hot 30 ish gaurdian. NO? Hey what ever happened to those books?

    Too skanky? IDK.

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