Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday: Top 10 Bookish People I Want to Meet

Top Ten Tuesday is an awesome weekly meme hosted by the bloggers over at The Broke and the Bookish.  Every week we make a top ten list based on a bookish theme, and this week's is the Top Ten Bookish People, like authors or bloggers, etc, who you'd absolutely love to meet.  Wow, there are so many authors I would do *almost* anything for the chance to meet!  To keep things simple, I stuck to contemporary and living writers, since the whole back catalog of writers from earlier centuries would just be too difficult to pick from.

                                         Neil Gaiman

I chose this picture because he somewhat resembles Alan Rickman in it... haha, I never saw that at all before now!  Gaiman was a no-brainer for me.  I've been in awe of his storytelling (he's one of those rare authors who can be called a storyteller, a crafter of words and of characters and settings, not simply an author whose books sell well) since I was eleven or so and first read Coraline.  If you've never read one of his books, I HIGHLY recommend you do-- and start with Stardust, because I think it's a book almost anyone would love.  I love to listen to Neil's voice, like when he reads for The Blueberry Girl, or pretty much every time he speaks-- he has a good storyteller's voice.

JK Rowling
Another no-brainer-- let's go ahead and get these out of the way.  This one is a true no-brainer, though, because Rowling just happens to be perhaps the most well-known contemporary author of fiction in the wide world.  I would love to ask her why Ron/Hermione (wouldn't every Harry/Hermione fan, though?), and just more about the magical world she created.

Kaori Yuki
Jumping from the very well-known to the relatively obscure (at least in the English-speaking world), I would love to meet one of my favorite manga-kas, Kaori Yuki.  I'd ask her questions about her gothic historical series Godchild and Angel Sanctuary.  It would especially cool to meet her since Yuki is very rarely seen in public and lives a private life despite her manga's popularity.

Cornelia Funke
I might take the time to learn German if it meant getting to converse with Cornelia Funke, the author who wrote so many of my favorite books from childhood and tween-hood: Inkheart and the Ink World trilogy, Dragon Rider, and the Thief Lord, among others.

George RR Martin
At this point, I really do hope that my hypothetical meeting with George RR Martin, one of today's best epic and otherwise fantasy writers, would be peaceful.  Maybe some of you Game of Thrones/ A Song of Ice and Fire fans know what I'm talking about?  I'm afraid I would attempt to learn hypnosis prior to meeting him, and then try to hypnotize the fantasy great into telling me if and how Daenerys Targaryen wins back the Iron Throne in the next two books.  That disturbing revelation aside, I think he seems like a very interesting person-- he has written tons of fantasy and was into the genre ever since he was a kid.  A fun fact about GRRM I learned from watching Comic Con was that he started writing epic fantasy focused around medieval-esque courts like in A Game of Thrones when he constructed a castle for his pet turtles as a kid.  Some of the turtles would die, so Martin made up stories about how they'd been assassinated or poisoned or executed, etc.  Early sparks of ingenuity. :)

Michael Grant

My sister Pinky and I really love his Gone book series.  Michael would be another one to interrogate-- though I'd also like to hear more about his life (in the author bios it always says he traveled around the States and the world when he was a kid, being an army brat) and that truly incredible (one might say occasionally frightening) imagination.

Holly Black                                              

I bet Holly Black could tell some scary fairy tales-- those are my favorite kind. :)  Love all her books as well.

                                        John Green                                                

I really enjoyed The Fault in Our Stars, though typically his books aren't my absolute favorites.  I'm more familiar with John Green through his vlogbrothers videos and the whole Nerdfighters... movement, thingey, whatever you want to call it.  In his and Hank's vlogs, John is really hilarious and sincere and makes very good points about so many things.  I love him for his honesty and enthusiasm and for, you know, just being his nerdy self.  

Anne Rice                                              

I chose this picture because I thought it suited her reputation as a Gothic/horror novelist-- isn't it kind of creepy?  The doll puts me in mind of Claudia from Interview with the Vampire.  I'm not really into some of Anne Rice's writing in other genres (like her religious books), but I'm still in love with her early characters and themes from the Vampire Chronicles, with Lestat de Lionheart and his "Savage Garden" of a world.  Anne Rice is the writer who made me a true fan of the vampire genre-- though I'm usually disappointed in vampire books, nowadays.

Libba Bray

Libba Bray makes School Library Journal look more like Spin.  I haven't loved her recent YA books so much as the Gemma Doyle trilogy, but Libba seems like the very living embodiment of the phrase "quite a character".  She's witty and clever, and a really great writer to boot.

Which bookish people would you love to meet?  I'd love to know, so leave your links in the comments so I can check out everyone's Top Ten!


Anonymous said...

Great list. I need to look up John Green's vlogbrothers videos. I seen them mentioned often today.

Liesel K Hill said...

George RR Martin made my list too, and I'm totally with ya on the hypnosis thing! I'd never heard that turtle story--awesome! :D Happy Tuesday!

Kat said...

@Liesel-- I knew you would understand, haha! I loved the turtle story, too... does this mean my making up stories about my goldfish as a child is a sign I will be a multi-millionaire author one day?!

Anonymous said...

Curses, I knew I'd forget people! Neil Gaiman! How could I forget him, my friend is actually from his hometown and looked over during her sister's graduation to realize that he was sitting two seats down from her!

Tanya Patrice said...

Awesome list - these are all authors I love - Martin especially - he has me reading, loving & waiting impatiently on his books!

Tanya Patrice

InkkReviews said...

JK Rowling and Anne Rice... great choices!!!
Neil Gaiman should have been on my list too. I read Coraline and Katie & I saw Stardust in the theaters. I really should read the book.
Nice list!
Krisha @ Inkk Reviews

Lily Child said...

GREAT list! Neil Gaiman! Libba Bray! John Green! I feel as though I need to re-think my list! :)

Maria Behar said...

Hey, Kat!

Thanks for your comments about my WOW pick today!

I have never participated in the Top Ten Tuesday meme, but maybe I should think about doing so -- it sure looks like fun!

I'm not familiar with three of the authors you've selected, so I'll have to check them out. They are Kaori Yuki, Michael Grant, and John Green. However, if you say they're GREAT, I do believe you! The one author I'm not sure I'd like to meet is Anne Rice. I can't forgive her for dissing THE TWILIGHT SAGA!!! And I have yet to read her books, but I know I need to do something about that. I can at least read INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE, just to get it under my belt.

As for the others -- J.K. Rowling would be at the top of my list, if you're talking about living authors!! Well, wait a minute....I think she'd have to share space with Stephenie Meyer!!!

I LOVE your other choices, although I haven't read their books. I am familiar with the names, though.

Here are my ten, but I'm including authors who have passed...

1.) J.R.R. Tolkien
2/3) Stephenie Meyer
2/3) J.K. Rowling
4.) Charlotte Bronte
5.) Daphne du Maurier
6.) L.J. Smith
7.) Andrea Cremer
8.) Cordwainer Snith
9.) Lisa Bergren
10.) Ray Bradbury

You know, this list is much TOO short! I want to meet SO many more..,like Charles Dickens, M.J. Hearle, Hermann Hesse, Zoe Marriott, and on and on....

I did meet Meg Cabot and Maggie Stiefvater once, but it was very quick...I was in a line to get my books signed, so I just smiled at them, had my picture taken with them, and that was it!

Thanks for posting such a fabulous list!! : )

Diane Baker said...

great list and responses.

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