Tuesday, 10 January 2012
Top Ten Tuesday
Top Ten Authors I Wish Would Write Another Book
1. Harper Lee- My secret dream is that Harper Lee has been writing secretly ever since To Kill A Mockingbird was published, and that there are about a zillion books, all equally fantastic as her only one, just waiting until after her death to be published. This probably isn't true. But Harper, PLEASE, we need you and your amazingness!
2. Emily Bronte- I don't care what anyone (everyone) says, Wuthering Heights is an absolute masterpiece and I wouldn't turn down another just like it. Emily did leave behind a second unpublished book, but Charlotte BURNT it- supposedly because she didn't want the critics to be mean about it, but I think out of some kind of deep seated envy over Emily's talents (although, fair play, Jane Eyre is amazing.) So, yeah. BAD Charlotte!
3. Sylvia Plath- We all love The Bell Jar, right? Some of us kind of maybe thought we were going mad the first time we read it, and then it helped certain others of us when we actually were depressed, yes? Anyway, I know there are a load of poems I could read, and I do love her short stories, but one novel from such a brain is by far not enough. Sniff.
4. Jeffrey Eugenides- I know he released a book last year, so it's not exactly fair to ask him to write another one RIGHT NOW, but in his writing lifespan, he's written precisely three books, two of which were in my top ten best books of last year. If he could just speed things up a tiny bit for the next one, that would be much appreciated.
5. Jane Austen- Six books just isn't enough. Jane, I need some more of your general amazingness, and I need it now! If I leave some paper and a pen by your grave, can I have the next one in about a year please? Ta.
6. John Steinbeck- This is a bit of a foolish choice because Steinbeck wrote quite a lot, and I haven't even read all of his work yet (I'm getting there, but there is quite a lot!) Nonetheless, I'm of the opinion that you can't have enough of a good thing, and Steinbeck is a very great writer indeed, so I wouldn't say no to some more amazing books.
7. Margaret Mitchell- As far as I know, she only wrote Gone With The Wind, and whilst that is amazing, imagine what else she could have done! She could have even written a sequel, chronicling Scarlett and Mammy's chase of Rhett through the South until she downright bullied him into re-loving her... Actually, that sounds kind of awful. It's maybe best that that didn't happen...
8. Oscar Wilde- So, according to google, Wilde only wrote one novel and everything else was all plays and poetry. Firstly, I so didn't know this, and secondly, oh man, The Picture of Dorian Gray is so amazing! And now I'm sad that there aren't any more Wilde novels (I thought I had one, but obviously that's not a novel... weird.) So yeah, more from him would be great, unlikely as that may be!
9. Arundhati Roy- Google also tells me that Arundhati Roy has only written one book, which I have read (The God of Small Things) and now I'm coveting some more Roy, probably because I can't have it. Fortunately she's still alive, so there is actually a chance with this one!
10. Donna Tartt- I loved both of her books. A lot. And, exciting stuff, while I was on Wikipedia checking that she's still alive, I found out that she actually is meant to be releasing a new novel in 2012! Can I get a woo, and then a hoo?! Aw, this feels like a happy ending to this list now!
So, yeah. If most of these authors could be reanimated just to write another novel, that would be great, and if the rest could be bullied into submission, then that would be great too! Not sure how great the zombies' writing would be, but we can probably make it work... *goes off to find a mad scientist*