Art that explores the complexity of sibling relationships has always drawn me in. If you’re the same way, I recommend checking out this list from Patti Callahan over at Tor.com.
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe was so deeply influential in my early life that I wonder how much of what I have written since has been affected by that story, especially the sibling relationships in that series. What if Edmund hadn’t lied? What if Peter decided to be vengeful instead of forgiving? What if Susan had dismissed her beloved sister, Lucy? Siblings can, in other words, make or break the story in both fiction and real life.
Sibling relationships are complicated, full of swift undercurrents and strong bonds. Protective siblings have long been a deeply powerful part of our favorite fantasy novels. I have two sisters and I know the need to protect and love even when the going gets tough. We may choose our friends and our allies, but siblings come just as they are: there is no choice.
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