Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl at the start of this year. This week’s prompt was ‘Authors I’d Love To Meet’. This was a tricky one for me because I feel that it’s good practice to never meet your heroes because you run the risk of becoming disillusioned with them. It was also difficult to not just make this a list of my favourite authors because even though I love their work, I’m not certain what exactly I’d talk about with some of them. I’ve decided death shouldn’t be a barrier here.
10. J. R.R. Tolkien
This would be for bragging rights more than anything. Pretty much the same reason I would like to have seen the original ACDC or the Beatles, because who wouldn’t? It would also be interesting to ask him if the theory that Lord of the Rings is something of a metaphor for Christianity is true, in the same vein that The Chronicles of Narnia are.
9. Arthur Conan Doyle
I read an interview with Steve Moffat where he talked about taking one of his Sherlock DVDs back to the 1890s-1900s and showing it to Doyle to see what he thought; he imagined he’d hit him with it. I found this quite amusing and since then have wondered what Doyle’s reactions would be the various incarnations of his famous detective. Would he prefer Cumberbatch or RDJ? Who knows?
8. George R. R. Martin
I’m not sure if this meeting would be great for my health considering Martin’s track record of killing, well, anybody but I think I’d chance it to ask him that origins of Westeros and just how many real royals and historic events were the non-magic events in the books based off.
7. Harper Lee
This woman was brilliant and To Kill A Mockingbird is one of my favourite books of all time, so I would love to meet her simply to tell her it was her writing that awoke my love in classics. Would I also maybe ask how she feels about her relatives publishing an unfinished manuscript for a quick buck? I’d like to say no but …
6. William Shakespeare
Oh wow, so many questions for this guy. Did he really write all his plays? Are the majority of the sonnets really addressed to a man he was in love with? Who is the Dark Lady? Was St. Trinians right and you were actually a woman? Endless stuff like that.
5. Scott Lynch
If only to ask him when The Godamn Thorn of Emberlain is coming out. But also to talk about where the inspiration for his Gentleman Bastard Sequence and how he creates such amazing, three dimensional characters.
4. Stuart Turton
I feel like I’m going down a writing technique rabbit hole but I just finished The 7 ½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle and I cannot, for the life of me, imagine how he began piecing the hundred-and-one moving parts of this story together. There must have been a map or giant whiteboard … somewhere. I need to see it.
3. Natasha Pulley
I’ve mentioned in previous posts that Natasha Pulley has Twitter game (a skill I do not possess, unfortunately) and I imagine she’d be really interesting to talk to, too. Her books too address quirky and interesting niches and the wealth of knowledge and research behind them would be fascinating to hear about.
2. Rick Riordan
He is my favourite author so he couldn’t not be on this list. Honestly, if I met Uncle Rick in person I’d probably fangirl so badly I wouldn’t be able to speak but he seems like such a nice person! I mean, he wrote Percy Jackson for his son so he might be able to see himself represented as the hero of a story and see the things that might be considered to hold him back, be turned into the things that set him apart as someone who is capable of doing great things. I mean – parenting goals.
1. Jane Austen
I just have to ask why she never married. Why, after writing so many wonderful romances, she never found one of her own. And how those closest to her reacted to her writing. It would be cool to ask her what she thinks of the analysis her books undergo in schools and if absolutely anything the teachers told us was even remotely close.
Have you met any of these authors (the ones that are still with us that is)? What were they like? Don’t forget to post your Top Ten Tuesday links in the comments!
Until next time!