1. RahnyJae

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    Recommendations: Badass & Child Duo + Promotion to Parent

    Discussion in 'Discussion of Published Works' started by RahnyJae, May 22, 2018.

    I love stories centered around adults having to take care of/protect a child that suddenly comes into their life and stories about older kids looking after younger kids, especially in some gritty environment. Basically, the Badass & Child Duo and Promotion to Parent tropes. In action, fantasy, or drama, I live for hardened adults with a soft spot for some kid in peril and orphans raising orphans. I've got quite a few examples from things I've seen.

    Movies:
    10 jours en or
    Leon: The Professional
    Safe
    True Grit
    Logan
    The Man From Nowhere (kinda)
    Hard Tide
    Ultraviolet
    Life With Mikey

    TV Shows:
    Shameless
    Believe
    Hit or Miss
    Usagi Drop

    Video Games:
    Telltale's The Walking Dead: Season 1 (Lee and Clementine)
    The Last of Us
    God of War (Kratos and Atreus)
    I heard The Witcher has that element in there, too.

    And there was this 90s movie about a mute girl who witnessed a murder in like Amsterdam or something and some petty crook ended up looking out for her as they ran around the city evading bad guys. I watched that movie just about every time it came on TV, but for the freakin' life of me I can't remember the name of it. :confused:

    Anyways, I'm looking for books in those wheelhouses. It can be action-oriented with some larger plot at play or just a character drama. Also, the recs for the Badass & Child Duo don't have to be specifically "man and little girl." Grown woman protecting male or female kid and grown man protecting a boy also welcome.

    So if anyone has read or come across books like these, drop me a title please. :read2:
     
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    These are more odd ball movie suggestions. A lot of the adults, though, feel put upon shouldering the responsibility of the child.
    Hey Babe -- it's about a runaway in NY who wants to become famous and shacks up with an old homeless man.
    P.K. and the Kid -- another runaway hitches a ride with a man off to an arm wrestling competition while her crazy stepfather is in hot pursuit
    Spacehunter Adventures in the forbidden zone -- a goofy sci-fi about a man on a distant planet hooking up with a young girl to help him track some kidnapped earthers.
    Blind Fury -- blind guy with a sword (Rutger Hauer) takes young boy across country to his father while bad guys try to snatch the kid.
    Wanda Nevada -- Guy wins young Brooke Shields in a card game and takes her prospecting.
    The Earthling -- Kids parents die in an accident in the wilderness and the kid is left there and if found by an old eccentric hermit.
     
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  3. RahnyJae

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    haha Thanks, I'll take these too! :D
     

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