They say there is a lot to learn from great personalities. As a reader I have come to the realization that you can learn so much from an author too. Not just their books maybe, but from them as people too.
And that is what I tried to do.
I have my list of “The Greatest Authors Ever”. It consists of only five authors as of now. They are the crème de la crème of all the authors I have ever read, or so I feel. I know I haven’t included some truly brilliant authors in the list; it is either because I am yet to read them or I have a few of my own reasons.
Following is a list of the best things I admire about each author on the list.
Enid Blyton– Her imagination! ‘The Magic Faraway Tree Series’ – No really! Those books were it! Dame Washalot, Moonface, Saucepan man and all the Lands up the tree- who makes up things like that?!?! Then there were the ‘Malory Towers’ and ‘St. Clare’s’ books which inspired me to be a good student. Not to mention ‘Famous Five’ and ‘Adventure Series’ among others which made all of us as little kids to set out on an adventure of our own.
Enid Blyton made sure that a child would get addicted to reading!
Sophie Kinsella– Her sense of humor! It has no match. None! I have read all her books written under the pseudonym ‘Sophie Kinsella’ and I laughed! A lot! The way she rationalizes Becky’s overspending as “investment” is hilarious.
Meg Cabot– Her consistency! She is just 46 years young and she has already written more than 60 books! I’ve read 50 of them and it is almost as if she competes with my reading- Oh you want to read all my books? I’ll make sure there’s always at least one left for you to read! And don’t I love her for it- she is the one author I can rely on to never disappoint me due to lack of books.
The lady hasn’t heard of a writer’s block- or maybe brews up a perfect potion to make it go away.
Her consistency is every writer’s dream come true!
Another thing I really like about her is the variety- she has written children’s books, Young Adult books, chick-lit, mysteries, romance, paranormal stuff; and all of it is as brilliant as it could get!
Dan Brown– His knowledge! Oh my God! The things this guy knows- is it possible for a single man to know so much about so many things?!?!? And it’s all real- be it the inner workings of organizations-secretive or world famous- of the world or the little known facts about most famous men in history! I’ve read all his books except ‘Inferno’ (can’t wait to lay my hands on it!) and I really am wonderstruck by him.
J K Rowling– Well…What do I say?
There’s no ONE term for her.
I guess I’ll say- Her Supermegafoxyawesomehotness!
Yes, there have been legendary authors before, and there will continue to be more of them.
They are the kind who changed the lives of people who read them.
You might argue that you know some author who is way better than JKR! But well, however she is, she was the one who shaped my life. I really cannot compare.
There is her perseverance, her wit, her kindness, her modesty… and the list goes on. And the accent is, obviously, a bonus. 😉
If there is one person I wouldn’t mind becoming the exact copy of- it is her!
Yes, she must be having her own flaws, she has experienced failure too, but I do not change my statement.
The amount of power she yields, her influence on young minds- it is purely because of her genius.
I could go on and on about each author in the list but I’ve tried to keep it short (well as short as possible!).
I could add the names of two more authors here- Rick Riordan and John Green- but I haven’t added them in my own list, so I cannot write about them just yet.
I think I’ll explain it a bit- I made a rule a while ago that if I have read more than one book (or series, if it is a series) of any author and really like him or her, only then I’ll add their name on the list. This was to abstain me from having too many favourite authors- which, believe me, is a huge possibility and was almost a reality.
[JKR is an exception to this rule (for obvious reasons) but I am reading ‘The Cuckoo’s Calling’ now, so that’s about to change.]
I have read only ‘The Fault In Our Stars’ by John Green and only the ‘Percy Jackson and the Olympians’ series by Rick Riordan so they aren’t on the list- sadly. But I must say that if Rick Riordan was on the list, it would be his knowledge of mythology that I love the best! 😀