Every week the ladies over at The Broke and The Bookish host a feature called “Top Ten Tuesday“. Each week has a different book related list topic and this week is “authors I REALLY want to meet”. Here are mine:
If you’ve been following me for awhile you probably already know I am a big fan of Austin Kleon’s books Steal Like an Artist and Show Your Work. Austin inspired me to try a little harder to be a more creative person and his books give a simplified road map to make your creative endeavors into a business. I want to meet him just to thank him for the inspiration and the kick in the ass I need to get started.
I grew up reading Calvin and Hobbes with my dad. I credit Bill Watterson with my interest in philosophy and the human condition. Reading his comics and seeing the world through the eyes of a six-year-old really makes you think about why things are the way they are. I want to meet him to tell him that not only is he a genius writer but also a wonderful artist. I also want him to know that his comics will live on in my heart forever.
I have tried to read the entire Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit but I admit they are a hard read for me and I am still working on getting through them. I want to meet Tolkien to pick his brain about how he created such a vibrant and complete world for all of his characters. I want to let him know that what I have read of the books has been amazing and has inspired a few ideas I have for my own future work.
Two of my favorite books of all time include 1984 and Animal Farm. I’d like to meet Orwell and ask him more about the endings. Both ended so sadly for me and I’d just like to ask him if he ever considered a happier ending for his books. Like Watterson I’d like to thank him for sparking in me an interest in politics and the human condition and like Tolkien I’d like to thank him for inspiring some ideas that are floating around in my head.
I love, love, love A Wrinkle in Time! This book made me feel better about being such a nerdy awkward girl and taught me that girls can be heroes too. I also learned that sometimes our flaws are also our strengths, if only we would look at them from a different perspective. I’d like to thank L’Engle for writing a book that can show young girls that they are just as smart and capable as any boy.
I actually havent read any of Nin’s books BUT I have read a TON of quotes from her and I really just want to hang out with her and talk about stuff.
Palaniuk has written so many books, a few of which I have actually read. I enjoyed the majority of them and would like to hear more about the way he comes up with his characters and plot ideas. He writes in such a distintive way and I’d like to hear the story of how he honed his style. After that I would probebly just ramble on about how much I loved Fight Club, both the movie and the book. And I’d tell him how excited I am about Fight Club 2 coming out as a graphic novel.
I haven’t read the Harry Potter books. I know, I know, I suck. But I saw the movies and they were wonderful. The main thing I’d like to talk to Rowling about is her feelings on becoming a writer later in life. I just turned 30 and I’m only just now trying to become a writer. Sometimes I feel discouraged about it and I think Rowling would probably give me the best pep-talk ever!
This guy has written so much stuff! From novels, to children’s books, to graphic novels, to short stories, I’d love to ask him about how to become a more versatile writer.
Speaking of wiring so much stuff, Stephen King has written a literal crap ton of books. He seems to do it so effortlessly too! I’d like to know how. I read his book On Writing and it gave me the confidence to give this writing thing a try. On Writing made me feel like anyone could become a writer, even me. All I have to do is practice and edit harshly.
I’d also like to thank him for The Shining, both the movie and the book, although from what I understand he hated the movie.
Bonus Author: GOD
The writer of the most popular book of all time! How did he do it? And what does it all mean? I’d also like to clear up a few plot holes and discuss his feeling on societies varied interpretations of his work and it’s use as a road map for moral law.*
So those are the authors of like to meet. What about you? What authors would you like to chat with? If you’ve posted your own list drop a link in the comments and I’ll check it out :)
*Disclaimer: I’m an atheist.