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Question: Happy Father’s Day! Who is your favorite dad character in a book and why?
While I wouldn’t want this dad for myself (the whole absentee father thing and whatnot), I can’t help but think it would be massively cool to be Percy Jackson and have Poseidon for a dad! While Poseidon is pretty much nonexistent for the first 12 years of Percy’s life, he does try to make up for the fact that he’s been gone once it’s revealed that he is indeed Percy’s dad. I mean, he gives Percy awesome gifts (a sword that masquerades as a pen! a cool fountain so he can keep in touch with his family!), and also provides him that moral support when Percy is struggling with what has to be done. Plus, being a child of Poseidon means you’re a kick-ass fighter, and really good with horses, which might just result in you picking up a pet Pegasus! Not to mention the array of abilities that Percy develops as the books progress. While you might not win any points with your teachers for the dyslexia and ADHD that are part of the demigod birthright, being able to swim in an ocean without having to surface for air (not to mention not having to fear the underwater critters!) and visiting your dad’s underwater palace would definitely make up for that.
As for the not-so-shallow things, I just really loved how Poseidon and Percy’s relationship grew in the books, and how he was there for Percy even when he wasn’t actually in front of him. Their interactions and conversations are seriously some of my favorite parts of the books: Poseidon might not be able to be with Percy every single day like most “perfect” dads, but he does his best with his lot in life and who he is, and definitely loves his son. “You, Percy, are my favorite son,” indeed! ♥