Tonyblack wrote:My thought was Sybil to Sam, but Sam was still an unformed character when he met Sybil. And Sybil has the grace to stay at home, out of the way, and not ask too many questions about what Sam has been up to.
Dotsie wrote:Columbo has a wife, but he might as well not. The Harts are married, but to each other - does that count? They've also got Max and Freeway, but no kids.
Tonyblack wrote:Dotsie wrote:Columbo has a wife, but he might as well not. The Harts are married, but to each other - does that count?
The Harts were different because they were working together on cases.
But there are books where the members of the family get along; the conflict is supplied by external events. The Railway Children by e. nesbit, for instance, and Archer's Goon by Diana Wynne Jones.raisindot wrote:"Happy families" in fiction rarely work, because the whole central point of fiction is to create drama through conflict. With a few rare exceptions (such as "Little Women" or the "Little House" books) most novels with families that essentially get along rarely work. The kinds of family fiction books that do work are those where there's conflict and competition between family members.
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