Top Ten - Authors I'd Like To Meet

Monday, August 11, 2014

Authors I'd Like To Meet

This list was much harder to compile than I originally thought it would be. Once I started thinking about all the books I'd enjoyed over the years, the list started growing pretty quickly and I had a hard enough time narrowing it down to ten, let alone pitting those top ten against each other. More of the obvious selections will be missing on here - such as J.K. Rowling - because, really? Who doesn't want to me her, right? I also left out some of my other favorite authors either because I have already met them (Rick Riordan, John Green, Marissa Meyer, Veronica Rossi, ect) or because I'm still a new fan and working my way through their series (Jim Butcher and Brigid Kemmerer!). 

Also note that this list is largely based on nostalgia, too. Many of the authors you might not think as that great, but I completely adored them as a child. Also, unfortunately, the first three authors had low rankings because they are deceased and I'll never be able to meet them. *Tears up* But I still gave them honorary spots, because if they were still alive, I'd be first in line for a signing.

Without further ado, here's my list!

10.) Diana Wynne Jones (August 16th, 1934 - March 26th, 2011) - Oddly enough, I didn't read her most famous work of fiction, Howl's Moving Castle, until a few years ago. (I wanted to watch Miyazaki's interpretation of it, so I read the book first.) Instead, I read another series she wrote, called The Chronicles of Chrestomanci, which consists of seven books. It deals with a very powerful enchanter, called the Chrestomanci, who rules the world of magic where he lives. He sort of protects the world from evil-doers who use magic. He also has nine lives and is able to travel through dimensions. My best friend and I absolutely fell in love with the series and its magical elements and humor, so much so that we wrote a fanfiction that is over 500 written pages long! I still have it tucked away in my closet. And now, years later, I still remember the books fondly. Diana, keep writing, cause I expect some manuscripts when I meet you in the afterlife!

9.) Brian Jacques (June 15th, 1939 - February 5th, 2011) - When I was in middle school, we had something called Accelerated Reading, in which we were required to get a number of points for the grading period. We got these points by reading books - the longer the book, the more points - and taking tests over them. Luckily for me, my school library stockpiled the Redwall series and I was able to far exceed my goal every six weeks. Not only that, but they were a great fantasy series with plenty of action and suspense.  The stories are told from animals' point of view, mainly ones that live at Redwall Abbey in Mossflower woods. The main character of the first few books, Matthias the mouse warrior, was hard not to fall in love with and root for. He was full of heart and courage. As I grew older, I started to grow out of the series but I still remember and credit good ole' Mr. Jacques for hours of entertainment.

8.) Louisa May Alcott (November 29th, 1832 - March 6th, 1888) - Well, I had to put at least one of my favorite classic authors. And I'm not going to be one of those predictable girls who are all,"OMG, Jane Austen is SO awesome!" I never hopped aboard the Jane Austen bandwagon. Instead, I proudly carried around my battered copy of Little Women. Little Women has a special place in my heart because it was the first "classic" book I ever read. I connected with Jo immediately (Alcott actually based Jo off of herself!) and all the March sisters. No matter how many times I read the book, I still laugh and cry. In fact, I still have the poem Jo wrote, called "My Beth," memorized from when I had to recite my favorite poem in 8th grade. I even went on to read Jo's Boys, though I never thought it was as good as the original. I hope my own daughter (if I ever have one, ha!) will find a special love for this special book.

7.) Markus Zusak - The Book Thief. What else do I have to say? I absolutely love the book. It's humorous, heartbreaking, and has a ton of heart. Despite the fact that Death annoys me from time to time, I absolutely love Liesel and her bravery. I've always been a sucker for a good historical book, as well, and I find World War Two to be one of the most fascinating time in history to read about. No matter how many times I read the book, I laugh and cry - I just can't praise it enough. Not only that, but it has a great movie adaptation, to boot! Unfortuantely, Zusak lives in Australia - damn you, Australia! Why do you have to be so far away?! So, unless I decide to take a trip down under, I'll likely never meet him. A shame, really. He's pretty easy on the eyes, too! Haha!

6.) Fannie Flagg - In addition to my affinity to historical books, I also LOVE to read Southern Literature, particularly if it is set in the 60s, around the Civil Rights era (such as The Help and Secret Life of Bees). It's just so fascinating! I gladly lay the blame of my love for this niche on Fannie Flagg, who wrote the best-selling book, Fried Green Tomatoes at Whistle Stop Cafe. I remember my Mom watching this movie all the time when I was younger. It wasn't until I read the book for a paper in high school that I really sat down and watched the movie and understood all that was going on in the book. With plenty of humor, Flagg weaves together a story with historical elements and a touch of mystery. It's hard not to love the heroines Idgie Threadgoode and Ruth Jamison. I've read a couple of Flagg's other books, too and was never disappointed. Definitely check her out. For those of you who have read, Fried Green Tomatoes - barbeque, anyone?

5.) Ann Brashares - This is one of the authors that made it onto the list for more nostalgic reasons than anything else. While I didn't really like Brashares new book, The Here and Now, I'm a huge fan of her previous - and probably most popular - series, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. This is a book that me and one of my best friends bonded over - and, yes, you bet we wrote fanfiction about it. It's also one of the earliest Young Adult books I read. I was pretty excited to see that she made a companion novel to the Sisterhood, dealing with the four friends after they had grown up, but I'm reluctant to read it. I kinda want to remember the series as it originally ended. But we'll see. I'm eager to see what Brashares will put out next.

4.) Natsuki Takaya - While I wasn't a big manga fan growing up, I did go through a little phase in which I was experimenting with different mangas that I might enjoy. Eventually, I decided that I preferred novels to manga - but not before I discovered Fruits Basket and went crazy for it. It basically deals with a family that is cursed to change into a different animal of the Chinese Zodiac when hugged by the opposite sex and I devoured all the volumes of the series in quick succession. Since then, I've been a big fan and I even have the complete series on DVD - I even made my brothers watch it with me, haha! Not only that, but I've roleplayed Fruits Basket with friends for years. Yes, this series has provided hours of entertainment.

3.) Beverly Lewis - I was in high school when I discovered one of my favorite genres - Amish Fiction. (Seriously, it turned into an almost uncanny fascination, ha! I studied Amish culture in college anthropology classes and I even have an Amish outfit in my closet I dress up in at Halloween.) Beverly Lewis is largely celebrated as the pioneer of this genre and the first book I read by her, The Shunning, is considered an Amish classic. I definitely enjoyed it and now I have several authors I keep an eye on who write great Amish fiction. Hopefully, I'll be one of them someday. I'm working on a manuscript right now that's Amish fiction! I'd love to meet her one day - the only problem would be deciding which books I'd want to get signed. She's written so many!

2.) Erin Hunter - I've already proclaimed my love for the children's' series, Warriors. So, it comes as no surprise that I'd like to meet the fantastic author behind the series - or should I say authors. There are actually six authors who work together in conjunction to write the Warriors, Survivors, and Seekers series. While I'm strictly a Warriors fan, my brother has read a few Survivors books and claimed they're pretty good. But I think I'll stick to my cats. So, I'd really like to meet the main Warriors series writers, Chereth Baldry and Cate Carey. I've already met James Berry - who illustrates for Warrios and soon I'll have the chance to meet Tui Sutherland, one of the Hunters who writes the Seekers series. But I'd really love to meet the other two!

1.) Cassandra Clare - And, lastly, I want to meet the fantastic author who gave us Jace Wayland, Will Herondale and Jem Carstairs! I've heard quite a bit of controversy about Ms. Clare, mostly about plagiarizing fanfiction in her early years? (Despite the fact that any fanfiction is considered plagarism.... But whatever.) The fact still remains that she can put together a fascinating world, a great story and loveable characters. Some people are already hating on the Shadowhunter series, saying they're tired of it and want something new, but all I've got to say is - if it ain't broken, why fix it? All her Shadowhunter books are best-sellers, and as long as there's a new story, I'll be first in line to get it when it comes out. She did a book signing in my town a few years ago for Clockwork Prince but I hadn't read The Mortal Instruments or The Infernal Devices series by then. Sigh... But I'll keep up hope that she'll come back down my way! Until then, I'll be eagerly awaiting Lady Midnight and Emma Carstairs' series!

And that's my list! What do you all think? Was it good and did I share some of your own favorites? Or was there an author you think should've made the list? Share with me your favorites!

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