Alright, this doesn't really fit in with the Harry Potter Weeks; however, I am currently re-watching Pretty Little Liars after the finale was released and will write a more detailed opinion on the finale in a bit of time when the Potter Weeks have come to a close and more people had the chance to watch the PLL finale (so less spoiler alert). For now, however, I want to write about the PLL mums, mainly judging from the first four seasons and how I would rank them. Here we go.
Uncatchable in the first place, of course, is Ashley Marin. She is a true lioness of a mother and always protects Hanna and despite the hardship she and Hanna had to face due to Wilden, the divorce and many other little incidents, Ashley keeps reassuring Hanna and telling her everything will be fine. Ashley Marin definitely isn't a mother to mess with, as Wilden has to learn and Hanna's (terrible) father. Hanna can be lucky to have such a great mother and role model in her life.
Sure, the Hastings put a lot of pressure on their daughters, and often it seems to much; however, Veronica, too, always stands up for her daughter when it comes to the tough bits, fights for her. Also, when we learn that Spencer isn't actually her child but the bastard of Mary Drake and her husband, it is even admirable that she can love her so much and steps up for Spencer when she needs it.
I think Pamela generally is a good mother and she does a lot for Emily, too; however, her appalling attitude towards Emily's gayness at the beginning puts her third in this ranking. Still, she apologises for her behaviour later and I think we can all agree that Maya sucked and we totally understand Mrs Fields didn't like her.
For me, Ella is the worst mother in the PLL series and living proof that "giving your children free choices" and forgoing your duties as a parent can be easily mixed up. Not only does Aria look like a whore aged 15 who garners the interest of men 10 years older than her (alright, it might only be seven, but still), but Ella also leaves her children behind after her husband cheated on HER. I would kick the guy to the kerb and lock the door. Admittedly, Byron is a lousy parent, too, but he sees that Mike clearly needs help and that the relationship between Aria and Fitz is sick (which it totally is, think about it...)
Then, she finds a new love toy and moves to Europe, abandoning her kids once more ... Ella, some people shouldn't have children, you know...
That's it from PLL for today, I hope you enjoyed reading it and more is to come in the ever-growing rubric movies, series and obsessions.
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