Like me, Twitter may have told you today that it is National Siblings Day. Thank you Twitter. And maybe you have siblings and spared a thought for them. For me, blogging inspiration struck! The thing is, in my totally biased opinion my siblings are the best in the world. Why? We share a similar sense of humor, they’re both great people, and I can always count on them. Basically, our relationship boils to down this:
- When we were kids, our parents would occasionally have to come up with a ‘no talking rule’ at the dinner table because an hour+ into dinner we’d still be chatting and giggling at stories with each other (but it was a school night and there were things to be done).
- To this day, when we play Mario Party, we play with a collective goal – make sure none of us comes in last and the computer player loses. Everybody wins.
Of course, that’s not to say we don’t have our disagreements. It’s not all dinner chats and playing nicely, we certainly hit snags now and then. But really, what compelling sibling relationship doesn’t?
Playing my violin and ignoring you now.
Whatevs, just stealing the kingdom and banishing you.
But that’s the beautiful part…it doesn’t matter. Whatever happens, at the end of the day we’ve got each other’s backs.
But then National Sibling Day got me thinking about siblings in pop culture. After thinking a back to shows I grew up with, books I love, movies, etc., I’ve come the realization that the world of storytelling is sadly lacking in siblings of three (seriously, a gold mine of narrative opportunity). Characters tend to jump from only child, to one brother or sister, to Weasleys.
“He got off!” The little details JK added to imply the strong bond between Ginny and the twins as the books progressed? Brilliant.
And there’s nothing wrong with that; there are fantastic stories featuring those dynamics! I mean, you’ve got everything from Sherlock Holmes and Thor listed above to Rocket Power (weren’t 90′s cartoons the best?), to the Boxcar Children, Pride and Prejudice, The Chronicles of Narnia, and so on and so forth. All 0, 1, or 3+ siblings. Sure, it tends to work out fairly well as the protagonist forms a trio or group with best friends (two of which will inevitably enter a romantic relationship). But there are a few exceptions I’ve managed to pinpoint.
In the cartoon world, there’s the Simpsons, the Belchers, and the Incredibles (huh, there really aren’t many siblings at all in Disney movies). Sitcoms seem to be the most common place to find the family with three kids; Modern Family, Boy Meets World, Full House, The Middle, Even Stevens, and probably a few more. Now in books, the only trio that jumps out at me are the ever unfortunate Baudelaire children. There must be others, though…
“Sometimes, just saying that you hate something, and having someone agree with you, can make you feel better about a terrible situation.”
It’s interesting to me that I’ve never come across any sibling group of characters that exactly mirrors our gender and order (boy, girl, girl) – who knows? Maybe I’ll write that some day. If you have a sibling, you know what a huge influence brothers and sisters have on your life. Mine make me laugh and inspire me all the time with their antics and the way they see the world. I can’t imagine a life without them!
Anyway the real point here is: Middle children, we’ve got to do something about this woeful under representation.
Have siblings of your own that you connect with certain stories? Have a favorite sibling duo, trio, clan team that I’ve forgotten? Leave a comment! Thanks for reading, cheers! Until then…
Siblings of Three - A look into the siblings of pop culture - and my own! #NationalSiblingsDay
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Dear readers, Like me, Twitter may have told you today that it is National Siblings Day…