Without naming the manuscripts, here's my rundown:
- single mother who only has a role in about half the story
- absentee parent who briefly comes back into the MCs life
- happily married parents who remain in the entire story (mostly in the background)
- happily married parents who are never seen because the MC runs away
- happily married parents who have an actual role in the story
- deceased father leaving behind a wife and two kids
- controlling parents who want a say in everything
While I do have three instances of happily married couples, I think the family types are pretty varied because of their situations. The only common thread between all of these parents is that they aren't major characters in the stories. They take back seats to my teen and/or pre-teen casts.
The funny thing is I'm the product of a happily married couple who did play a big part in my teen years. My friends came over for family dinners. My friends even hung out with my parents when I wasn't home. Yes, my parents are that awesome. But, in fiction, they aren't really believable. Maybe I'll write the cool parents one day, but I'm afraid no teen will believe me. (A topic for Friday's post)
What are the parents like in your manuscripts or favorite books? Do they play a significant role in the story?