Friday Fave is a weekly discussion about different bookish topics. You can choose just one favourite or a few – the choice is up to you!
This week’s topic is: fictional father.
This fictional father is one of my favourite characters in fiction – he is someone that I would love to be able to meet in real life. This character is Sam Vimes from the Discworld series by Terry Pratchett.
Sam Vimes is the main character of the City Watch mini-series. When we are first introduced to Vimes, he is lying drunk in the gutter with not much hope for himself or for life. Without wanting to give too much away, throughout the series he turns himself around and ends up having a son, who is called Sam Junior, or better known as Young Sam.
There is nothing that Vimes wouldn’t do for his son. He ensures that each night, he is at home to read Young Sam a bedtime story, even if it means diverting traffic through the city of Ankh-Morpork in order for his route home to be clear for him to be on time – 6 o’clock sharp. There’s a companion picture book for the series called Where’s My Cow? This is based on the story that Vimes tells his son.
Even when Sam Jr is older, Vimes embraces his son’s quirks and interests, which includes finding and identifying different types of poo.
I would have loved to have read more about the relationship between the both of them as they grew older, especially as Young Sam reached his teenage years. However, due to the death of Terry Pratchett, this isn’t to be, but the stories we do have are heart-warming enough.