Each of us avid readers, especially beginners or aspiring writers, has our small list of Favourite Authors. What made them our favoured authors from the piles of striving others, in which our personal choices were best reflected in the years of following, reading, and absorbing their works?
And whether it was style, concept, writing skills, creative approach, word choices, lyrical phrases or private views expressed in their books that made them influential and exceptional in our quiet development as a writer—no matter what genre we preferred—it sprinkled joy and spiced our several hours of reading pleasures.
Here is my short list, but not necessarily in order of creative strength or superb writing power, together with my reasons for my choices:
Exemplary creativity where the ordinary details in life lead to outstanding prose, powerful storytelling, and atmospheric immersions in the narrative, which helped to better understand human frailties, desires, and ambitions, enriching the reader’s pleasurable absorption, as in “The Shipping News”.
The greedy indulgences in life narrated within the complex drama and depth of law, the frightening details of its consequences when ignored alert the reader into conscious contemplations of one’s morality—and mortality. “The Burden of Proof” is a good example.
James Patterson and John Grisham:
The thrills and spills of their narrative rides take the reader in a fast spin, whether crime or justice denied, whirling and consuming every page to get to the pleasurable climax—without doubt, a sensuous fulfilling ending each time. Grisham’s “The Client” and Patterson’s “Along Came a Spider” are excellent appetizers.
Experimental explorations of the mental and material darkness of creative imagination, holding wonders not of fairy tale fantasy but of something crawling inside a pipe, terrifying yet colourful, abhorring yet benevolent, which forces the reader to accept the possibilities of it all. “Perdido Street Station” is my New Testament.
Personal, realistic, brutal and sympathetic in the narrative thread of his crime-laden world, the reader shares the persecution and tribulations of the characters in their darkest and trying moments, hoping to find solution while cheering for the antagonist’s demise. “Mystic River” is a perfect introduction.
Exceptional creativity in the choices of untapped sources for dark frightening tales—what is common place and cheap becomes a terrifying tool for a horrific read—often imbibed with childlike humour and keen observations that makes the narrative alive. “Pet Sematary” is so disturbing in concept yet asked only what we all wondered aloud: Can the dead be brought back to life? It is my Old Testament.
Marquis De Sade:
The creative swells of his sexual tales become frightening and threatening as if a person can really exist as he described, wrote, imagined, and choreographed their behaviours to be in a subject that until now remains taboo—if not relegated to the darkest, innermost corners of our psyche. “100 Days of Sodom” numbs the reader with its untiring attempt to achieve ecstatic reading pleasures.
Where others dwell in the mysterious, unexplained occurrences of human existence, the narratives’ rooted predicaments in human needs and frailties dug deep to uncover the fragile heart still beating alive inside—only to expose the possibilities of one’s truth and sincerity buried in the dire difficult realities. “Grapes of Wrath” and “Of Mice and Men” are explorations worthy of appreciation of the author’s simplicity of approach to mask his creative power within.
Who are your favourites? Feel free to make a list and share it here, dear readers, writers, and aspiring authors in the literary world.