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17 March 2016 @ 03:47 pm
March Question Meme: Day Seventeen  
Asked by captandor:

Favorite author/poet of all time?

This one is hard, because while I have favorite books I don't often look at authors specifically. I had to really think about the authors of the books that I have loved and admire them for their writing styles and ability to tell an engaging story.

In recent years it has been Natsuo Kirino, a crime and mystery writer who ends up writing the most compelling mystery thrillers I have had the pleasure of reading. Her books have entranced me with not just the way they are written, but how she carefully weaves a story that is so profound and captivating. The books that I have read, the ones translated into English at least, Out, Real World, and Grotesque have such a beautiful narrative in the way of mysteries and suspense, of understanding the human condition, along with focusing on women characters and the lifestyle of contemporary Japanese culture. I have never been disappointed with anything she has written yet. I remember randomly picking up Out at a bookstore some years ago and being intrigued by the plot, and after reading it I wanted more of her work. Natsuo Kirino is also considered one of the leading figures of women writers in Japanese detective fiction, and has gotten criticism for writing in what some think is a "man's genre", which probably explains a lot of the feminist themes throughout all her works. She is someone who I recommend.

My second favorite author has to be V.C. Andrews. Like most, I started reading her books during junior high, and the ones that were actually written by her (and not the ghostwriter) were so beautifully done. She had a way of spinning a story that was so utterly captivating, from the way she described things and the perspective of the characters she was writing, I had a perfect image of the atmosphere and how the characters in the story were like. So it's a shame that the ghostwriter never fully recaptured that style after her death, at least with the later releases underneath her name. Some of the stuff released after her death still had that feel, but it gradually dissipated and I was no longer interested. Going back and reading her written work just allows me to disappear into this strange Gothic soap opera world she created.

And lastly, I have to say J.K. Rowling. Even with all the faults and flaws, especially lately, and not always agreeing with her on certain things, she did create this magical world and the Harry Potter series did contribute in helping me through such a dark time in my life, and for that I'll always be appreciative and thankful.
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sentry mode activated: hp | draco dormiens nunquam titillandusellipsisms on March 18th, 2016 01:50 am (UTC)
I think JK Rowling is a huge influence/favorite for lots of people, especially in our generation. She shaped all of us with Harry Potter as we grew up. I still remember the long hours I spent reading fanfic (which I still do on occasion LOL) and joining HP groups and such. :3
Renée: Hermione. Deathly Hallows.rogueslayer452 on March 20th, 2016 11:15 am (UTC)
Harry Potter has definitely become a huge part of our generation, and for future generations to come. It's become quite a massive cultural influence and with good reason. JKR created this world that has enchanted us all, and it has become a part of our hearts and souls, even now all these years later most of us still wish we had gotten our Hogwarts letters.

I remember going to The Leaky Cauldron for news updates and visiting the MuggleNet forums, and there was a lot of fan discussion here on LJ too back in the day. Good times, man. Oh, and I definitely still read the fanfiction, which I have just revisited recently and I love that even after the series ended the fandom is still very active in that department.

Edited at 2016-03-20 11:23 am (UTC)
Laerynlaeryn on March 18th, 2016 02:15 am (UTC)
I've been wanting to read something from Natsuo Kirino for a while now, so I might pick up Out when I'm done with The Danish Girl. I'm trying to read more Japanese authors besides my handful of already known ones, which are also mostly male.

As for JK Rowling, I have so much to thank her for. I've noticed that recently she's getting a lot of criticism, and I've read lots that not just about her latest statements, but how she wrote the books, and it annoys me so much. Yes, they're not perfect, but hardly any author is. One thing she did great and it was worldbuilding, for instance. Anyways, I love her regardless.
Julie: Original ★ love at first sightragnarok_08 on March 18th, 2016 04:36 am (UTC)
Natsuo Kirino sounds really intriguing - I'll have to read her books soon.

night_owl_9: Rin Asogi - to reverse the gamenight_owl_9 on March 18th, 2016 05:00 am (UTC)
Natsuo Kirino's work sounds intriguing. I'll have her books to my ever-growing "To Read" list.

J.K. Rowling was such a big influence on my writing, and I gather a lot of people's in our generation as well.

Edited at 2016-03-18 05:02 am (UTC)
Kiki May: Oh childrenkikimay on March 18th, 2016 12:39 pm (UTC)
I only know JKR, although I have a different experience because I read the books for the first time this summer (LOL at me!) so she didn't have that shaping-effect that I saw in other people.

But I enjoyed her writing a lot all the same and I became quickly addicted with HP, so that must mean something.
Renée: Deathly Hallows. Trio.rogueslayer452 on March 19th, 2016 01:40 pm (UTC)
To me it doesn't matter whether you were with the series from the very beginning and followed it for years or just recently discovered it, if the writing and story connected with you in any way then it matters. Everyone has different experiences, and there is no one particular way of being a fan of something. :)

Edited at 2016-03-19 01:47 pm (UTC)
Kelly: hp+triosymbolsteagues_veil on March 21st, 2016 03:15 pm (UTC)
I have a lot of the same feelings about JK, especially lately. Gotta hand it to the woman though, she definitely is an amazing writer. I think she doesn't always utilize her full skill set (especially if we start talking about the whole Robert Galbraith fiasco), but some of the quotes from HP alone prove she can really knock your socks off when she tries.