The holiday season is quickly approaching, and the closer we get to Thanksgiving, the more groaning you will hear all around you. But it’s not from the amount of pie being consumed, it is over the amount of time we will need to spend with our families. Many people spend this time of year dreading those few painful hours surrounded by their loved ones. Such family anxiety has inspired movies like Home for the Holidays and Four Christmases.
So if we hate spending time with our own family, why are we flocking to the bookstores to buy stories involving large, close families who are overly involved in each other’s lives? Is it because when your favorite literary mom asks, “What are your plans for the future?” we can feel her love and concern pouring out. Yet when your mom ask you the same question all you can think is, She’s trying to control my life!
There is nothing we love more than reading about how these siblings meddle and butt into each other’s lives. When all is said and done, all that meddling breaks down to one thing: making sure that those people they love most are simply happy.