Hey guys, it’s that time again for Top Five Wednesdays! This week’s topic focuses on authors I would like to meet. My knee-jerk answer would be J.K Rowling, but I already had the pleasure of meeting the Queen of Fantasy at a book signing for her novel The Casual Vacancy in New York City. It was magic, but that’s a blog post for another time.
I thought long and hard about which authors I would want to meet and here they are:
5. William Shakespeare
Yes, I would want to sit down and drink tea with the Bard of Avon. Who wouldn’t? Shakespeare is arguably the most influential writer in the English language. His plays and sonnets have been around for centuries and continue to be adapted for modern audiences. There’s just something so profound, something so relatable and exciting about his plays. I would like to learn a thing from him. And I would also like to learn more about his personal life since there is so little information written about him.
4. Stephen King
I have only read a few Stephen King books, but I have been very impressed with his writing. I am also impressed with his personal story. He was an English teacher living in a trailer with his wife and children when he wrote Carrie. Some of his stories are weird and twisted, but I think Stephen King has an incredible imagination.
3. Rick Riordan
As you know, I love Percy Jackson and the Olympians and The Heroes of Olympus series. Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard is one of my most anticipated books of the year. Talking to Rick would be a wonderful experience. I feel like he is so full of life. His books are funny and he has a wicked imagination. Just to pick his brain about how he writes would be worth it for me.
2. George R. R. Martin
I love the A Song of Ice and Fire series. I have read the first four books in the series. I own A Dance with Dragons but have not gotten around to it yet. The HBO TV series is incredible and in some ways, better than the novels themselves. What Martin has created is incredible. The series is like a modern day Lord of the Rings. If I could only ask Martin one question, I would inquire (very politely) when he planned on finishing the sixth book in the series The Winds of Winter.
1. Rainbow Rowell
If you have been following my Goodreads page lately, you’ll see that I have started reading Rainbow Rowell’s books. Eleanor & Park is one of my favorite books and Fangirl was so fun to read. Rowell has an amazing ability to craft real and relatable stories. Her characters are humans, something that is lacking in a lot of contemporary novels. I also like how Rowell’s novels don’t shy away from some big issues. Often times New Adult novels are filled with sex and abuse. Rowell, while dark, does not exploit her character’s problems for dramatic affect. She touches on them, but doesn’t over-exaggerate them. She is one of the few YA/NA contemporary writers I don’t roll my eyes at.