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Friday, February 16, 2018

50/50 Friday (72): Favorite/Least Favorite Family in a Book

50/50 Friday is a meme hosted by Carrie @The Butterfly Reads and I and focuses on the opposite sides of books (best/worst, differing opinions, etc).  Every week will have a new topic and several advance topics will be listed in the tab labeled 50/50 Friday!

Today's Topic: Favorite/Least Favorite Family in a Book

The Weasely's from Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter #1

"Harry Potter's life is miserable. His parents are dead and he's stuck with his heartless relatives, who force him to live in a tiny closet under the stairs. But his fortune changes when he receives a letter that tells him the truth about himself: he's a wizard. A mysterious visitor rescues him from his relatives and takes him to his new home, Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

After a lifetime of bottling up his magical powers, Harry finally feels like a normal kid. But even within the Wizarding community, he is special. He is the boy who lived: the only person to have ever survived a killing curse inflicted by the evil Lord Voldemort, who launched a brutal takeover of the Wizarding world, only to vanish after failing to kill Harry.

Though Harry's first year at Hogwarts is the best of his life, not everything is perfect. There is a dangerous secret object hidden within the castle walls, and Harry believes it's his responsibility to prevent it from falling into evil hands. But doing so will bring him into contact with forces more terrifying than he ever could have imagined.

Full of sympathetic characters, wildly imaginative situations, and countless exciting details, the first installment in the series assembles an unforgettable magical world and sets the stage for many high-stakes adventures to come."

I feel like this is pretty universal but I just had to include the Weasely's!  They became such a great surrogate family for Harry Potter after his parents died and they really took him under their wing.  And, of course, he also officially joined the family by marrying Ginny!  They care so much about each other and I love all of the scenes that take place in their house with the family.

Least Favorite:

The Queen of the Tearling #1

"An untested young princess must claim her throne, learn to become a queen, and combat a malevolent sorceress in an epic battle between light and darkness in this spectacular debut—the first novel in a trilogy.

Young Kelsea Raleigh was raised in hiding after the death of her mother, Queen Elyssa, far from the intrigues of the royal Keep and in the care of two devoted servants who pledged their lives to protect her. Growing up in a cottage deep in the woods, Kelsea knows little of her kingdom's haunted past . . . or that its fate will soon rest in her hands.

Long ago, Kelsea's forefathers sailed away from a decaying world to establish a new land free of modern technology. Three hundred years later, this feudal society has divided into three fearful nations who pay duties to a fourth: the powerful Mortmesne, ruled by the cunning Red Queen. Now, on Kelsea's nineteenth birthday, the tattered remnants of the Queen's Guard—loyal soldiers who protect the throne—have appeared to escort the princess on a perilous journey to the capital to ascend to her rightful place as the new Queen of the Tearling.

Though born of royal blood and in possession of the Tear sapphire, a jewel of immense power and magic, Kelsea has never felt more uncertain of her ability to rule. But the shocking evil she discovers in the heart of her realm will precipitate an act of immense daring, throwing the entire kingdom into turmoil—and unleashing the Red Queen's vengeance. A cabal of enemies with an array of deadly weapons, from crimson-caped assassins to the darkest blood magic, plots to destroy her. But Kelsea is growing in strength and stealth, her steely resolve earning her loyal allies, including the Queen's Guard, led by the enigmatic Lazarus, and the intriguing outlaw known simply as "the Fetch."

Kelsea's quest to save her kingdom and meet her destiny has only just begun. Riddled with mysteries, betrayals, and treacherous battles, Kelsea's journey is a trial by fire that will either forge a legend . . . or destroy her."

Kelsea's family in this series is just horrible.  Specifically, her mother's side of the family (the Raleigh side).  They're just a bunch of vain, power-hungry, money-hungry, weak-minded people which partly the reason for Kelsea to take her father's last name: Glynn.  Despite this, she manages to overcome the temptations of her bloodline because of her upbringing by the two servants who took her away from the castle when her mother died.  Suffice to say, Kelsea's 'surrogate' family is so much better than her actual family.

Have you read either of these series?  What did you think of the families portrayed?  What are your favorite and least favorite families portrayed in books?  Make a post and link up down below!

Next Week's Topic: First/Last ____ Book Read (specific genre, etc)


  1. The Weasley’s are great! I haven’t read the Tearling series but I’ll tske your word for it.

    1. Aren't they?? I imagine that Lily and James would have been great parents to Harry growing up, but the Weasely's are a perfect stand-in! Yeah... it's a great series (although it is one of those series' that you either love it or hate it) with some terrible family members. Thanks for stopping by, Jenny!

  2. Gotta love the Weaselys! The family that immediately sprang to my mind were Matthew and Marilla with young Anne in Anne Of Green Gables. Not a traditional family set-up obviously but such brilliantly written interactions and relationships.

    Stephanie Jane @ Literary Flits

    1. Right? I haven't read Anne of Green Gables yet but it's on my classics list (unfortunately, I haven't gotten very far on that list but hopefully I'll remedy that soon). Thanks for stopping by, Stephanie!

  3. The Weasely's are such a great family! I think everyone wants to be a part of their family. I know I do!

    1. Right?? They're just universally awesome. Thanks for stopping by, Carrie!

  4. This is such a fun blog feature!


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