This month I continued with The Lunar Chronicles (Re)Readalong aka #TLCReadAlong on Twitter run by BookAddictsGuide and read Scarlet by Marissa Meyer – I ended up enjoying this book even more than the first one. As a part of The Lunar Chronicles (Re)Readalong there’s bonus posts you can do and I’ve chosen to write about some awesome grandparents in film. Scarlet’s grandmother is pretty great, she used to be in the military, won’t be bullied and has a great relationship with Scarlet. So here’s some other great grandparent relationships.
The Princess Diaries
Queen Clarisse Renaldi is the Queen of Genovia and isn’t perhaps the most maternal grandmother to start with, she’s incredibly prim and proper but that’s just because she cares what happens to her country. Still, after spending time with Mia, they get along really well, she even discovers the joys of corndogs and the funfair, and will do her best to protect Mia from the press and anyone else who tries to hurt her.
Grandma Annie is hilarious – Betty White plays her so of course she is. Her 90th birthday is the reason Margaret and Andrew are up in Alaska pretending to be in love and engaged. Gammy dances for the Gods, she has a cute Pomeranian and she’s the one who realises that Margaret really does love Andrew and even fakes a heart attack to help them actually talk to each other. Gammy is the best.
The Parent Trap
Once the twins swapped places, it was Chessy who realised they’d swapped places in America, meanwhile in England, it was their Grandfather who was the one who figures out that Hallie has switched places with Annie. Grandfather is the epitome of the classic film-grandfather, he’s kind and caring and he’s there when Hallie tells her mum the truth.
Little Miss Sunshine
Grandpa Edwin Hoover is a bit of an unconventional grandfather. He teaches Olive how to dance for the pageant she’s entered, a dance that’s really not up to the standards the pageant staff are used to and it’s also kind of a suggestive dance for a 10 year old and he also dishes out some great yet harsh words of wisdom. “Losers are people who are so afraid of not winning, they don’t even try.”
The Dark Knight Trilogy
OK so this one is a bit of a cheat since Alfred Pennyworth is Bruce Wayne’s butler rather than his grandfather but the relationship that Alfred and Bruce have in the Dark Knight trilogy is bordering on familial. Alfred won’t take any of Bruce’s nonsense and even helps him when he decides to take on the vigilante role that Gotham needs – something that not anyone would do. He only wants the best for Bruce and loves him like his own and when Alfred cries, everyone cries with him.
Who are your favourite grandparents in film or in books?