Unique Families in Storytelling

When we think of family, we think of either biological or adoptive ones. But, what about the other types of families? I am referring to groups of people that feel like family- otherwise known as “found family”- not what we tend to think of. What are some of those?

Rent Family

This is the group of friends found in Rent. Yes, they may be friends but they are close. Mark, Roger, Mimi, Joanne, Maureen, Collins, and Angel have an unique bond. They may have their struggles since part of them are struggling with HIV and then there are the struggles found within love relationships. However, as a family they live in the moment and in love.

The Newsies

A group of brothers that feel like family. Jack Kelly is their leader, who is best friends with Crutchie. They have a cause (the strike) they strongly believe in and don’t give up even though it eventually leaves Jack with some inner conflict. He is willing to call of the strike just to protect his brothers. He shares such an intimate and close bond to Crutchie.

Friends of the ABC

The students in Les Mis are so similar to The Newsies. Both are a group of brothers that feel like family and have a cause they strongly believe in and never give up. Just like the Newsies, they have a leader, who is Enjolras. You see a lot of hope and passion when it comes to them. You even see a time when they are at their most vulnerable- during “Drink with Me”. Unluckily, they lose their lives at the end, but at least they stood up for what they believed in.

Hotel Decualion and Unit 919

I am referring to the “found family” Morrigan Crow found. She found it at both the hotel she lives at and with her unit in the Wundrous Society. Jupiter North, Fenestra, and Frank also stay at the hotel. Hawthorne and Cadence are her closest friends in her Unit.

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