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Top Ten Tuesday: Authors I'm Dying to Meet

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There’s only 2 days left before the LAST Harry Potter movie premieres!! I can’t believe it! Can you?? To help keep us distracted, let’s jump into today’s Top Ten Tuesday list!

Note: I didn’t limit myself to only living authors. I also tried to base my choices on general likability and pure talent.

The Top Ten Authors I’m Dying to Meet:

1Jane Austen– I’ve read almost every single one of her books and am in love with her characters. She was so brave and strong to push for her books to be published in a time when women were not authors. She never married but did have a great love, and I admire her so much for never abandoning her morals. If you haven’t seen the movie loosely based on her life (Becoming Jane) I highly recommend it!

2J.K. Rowling– Um, I would totally poop my pants if I met J.K. Rowling in real life. I mean, she’s pretty much the biggest deal ever, and she is one of the most prolific writers of our time. Maybe one day…maybe… 🙂

3Charles Dickens– He’s made me laugh and cry, and I’ve written long literature papers about him. I adored A Tale of Two Cities and would love to talk to Dickens about that book and his time as a journalist. Fellow papermen and women have to stick together!

4Veronica Roth– I’ve been recently obsessed with Roth’s debut novel Divergent and would be over the flippin moon if I could talk to the 22-year-old author (seriously!) about her insanely successful YA novel.

5Juliet Marillier– I just want to talk with Juliet about her love of Irish folklore and ask her to share some advice on how to tell engaging stories.

6Holly Black– Besides the fact that her two recent novels blew me away, I think Holly’s quirky personality and mine would mesh very well together. 🙂

7Lauren DeStefano– Lauren is the author of Wither– a debut novel and one of the best books I’ve read so far this year. I follow her on Twitter, and she is one funny woman. She seems very nice and is extremely approachable.

8Toni Morrison– Although I think she would verbally eviscerate me, Toni Morrison would be fascinating to talk to. I took an authors literature class in college, and the whole semester I read 8 or 9 of her books. They are hardcore and intense but deeply moving and powerful.

9Charlotte Bronte– I want sit down with Charlotte and show her all the movies and merchandise that her books have generated. I would also ask her if she ever thought people hundreds of years later would still be reading her book.

10L.M. Montgomery– I’m dying to know how much of L.M.’s life influenced the Anne of Green Gables series. Did she have her own personal Gilbert Blythe?? Also, we’d be besties just because of our initials L.M.: Lucy Maud + Lisa Marie.

What authors dead or alive would you love to meet in real life?!

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I'm a hardcore lover of young adult fiction and have been reviewing books since 2011. Other interests include Downton Abbey, heat lightning storms, Harry Potter land and (begrudingly) one orange tabby.
  • Jane Austen and JK Rowling made my list too. 🙂

  • Anonymous

    I do have to say that there were quite a few women authors out there at the end of the eighteenth century (Judith Sargent Murray, Hannah Foster, Susanna Rowson, Aphra Behn, Mary Wollstonecraft, etc). I only mention it because I’m writing about three of them in my thesis … and my OCD prevents me from correcting people sometimes. Sorry. Lol. I need to work on that.

    But, Jane Austen was one awesome lady. She was glib, sarcastic, jealous, and super funny. My kind of gal. I’m trying to think who her modern day representation would be … I’ll get back to you on that. Who do you think it would be?

    • Well, you learn something new everyday! lol A modern representation of Jane Austen might be Tiny Fey. She’s super talented and funny and single! 🙂 Just throwing that out there lol

  • Shanan B.

    What a wonderful post!! I would also love to have met Jane Austen. Pride and Prejudice was one of my favorites ever! And I have a huge literary crush on Darcy. 🙂


  • Ems

    I would kill to meet a lot of the ones you listed here! Pretty sure I’d be joining you in the reaction to meeting JKR…

    I’d add J.R.R. Tolkien, Lloyd Alexander, C.S. Lewis, and Margaret Mitchell to the list too.

    I’ve had the pleasure of meeting some of my very most favorite authors: Brandon Mull, Shannon Hale, James Dashner, Jessica Day George, Ally Condie, and on Friday, I’ll be meeting Lisa Mangum. I swear, authors are like rockstars! I go all fangirly and spend the day in a constant state of squee!!

  • I totally agree with you on L.M. Montgomery. I loved the whole Anne of Green Gables series and I recently discovered another story she wrote called “The Story Girl” which I love very nearly as much as Anne.

    I can’t say I have a whole ten authors. I’m afraid to meet J.K. Rowling because she seems she might be a little stuck up and I’m afraid I’d be disappointed in her. But I would love to meet Jennifer Weiner (Some of her books are Good In Bed, Goodnight Nobody, and In Her Shoes if you’re not familiar with her). What I love about Jen is that all her books have this wonderfully funny, sarcastic, self-deprecating heroine and you can tell that character is flavored by her personality. I follow her on FB and some of her posts crack me up.

    • I haven’t read anything by Weiner, but I’ve heard good things about her books! I would be nervous too that J.K wouldn’t be as awesome as I imagine her. :/

  • totally with you on Jane and J.K. seriously intelligent and smart ladies, those two!

  • Celesta Hubner

    brilliant choices! funny commentary as to why you would want to meet them and what would happen if you did.

  • Anne Bennett

    I bet Toni Morrison would be awesome to meet in person. She is always so “present” on her TV interviews.

    • Definitely! I saw her like take down this one interviewer who asked Toni why she didn’t “write for the mainstream,” meaning white people. It was like WHOA- step off but in such an elegant, intelligent way!

  • hopefully you get to meet them all some day! i met j.k. rowling a couple years ago for my birthday in new york city, and it was probably the best day of my life. i nearly peed when she told me happy birthday and gave me a high five.

  • Truly Bookish

    I would love to meet the classic authors like Austen, CS Lewis and Tolkien, but I’m glad you threw in some new authors too. I am also obsessed with Divergent and would love to meet Veronica Roth. Hoping she will come to South Florida for a book signing. I also want to meet Lauren Oliver becasue I think her writing is like poetry…
    Truly Bookish

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