platonic author crushes.

| Friday, February 11, 2011
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Platonic author crush: a crush on an author's style, voice, talent, personality, and general way with words.

I get a lot of platonic author crushes. They usually begin to blossom when I start reading something and this thought enters my mind: "DAMN. WHY DOESN'T MY BRAIN WORK LIKE THIS."

Among my author crushes: Markus Zusak, Gayle Foreman, John Green, Hannah Moskowitz, Barry Hughart, J.K. Rowling, M.T. Anderson, and others.

It might be beautiful or creative prose. It might be witty dialogue. It might be characters who make my heart ache. It might be a scene that made my brain implode. But they all have something that makes my writer's heart go pitter-patter.

Who are your platonic author crushes and what made you fall for them?


{ Magan } at: February 11, 2011 at 7:02 AM said...

Becca Fitzpatrick and I had a brief love affair after I finished Hush, Hush. It kind of fizzled after Crescendo, but I really think she'll pull out all the stops for Silence.

I tend to Fangirl ALOT...which can also be considered an authorly crush. There are those authors who are my "Barbara" or if you really want to go moden they are my "Bieber," but I TRY and keep my cool around them...keyword: TRY.

{ KarenG } at: February 11, 2011 at 8:08 AM said...

I had a brief put passionate affair with Pat Conroy after reading The Prince of Tides. So I rushed into South of Broad and now it's over. The affair ended badly and is best forgotten as quickly as possible.

{ Claudie A. } at: February 11, 2011 at 8:08 AM said...

I have this with Guy Gavriel Kay. There's something about the rhythm of his prose, the witty dialogue and the incredible nostalgic voice that gets me every single time.

{ i'm a superhero i can like fly and shit } at: February 11, 2011 at 11:32 AM said...

i love william h. gass and margaret atwood
lately been getting really into david
foster wallace.

but i don't want to write like them,
i'm quite satisfied with my own voice
(although constantly trying to improve it
of late) but i do very much enjoy their
unique and wonderful voices!

((don't judge yourself by others))

{ Old Kitty } at: February 11, 2011 at 12:07 PM said...

Terry Pratchett. :-)

The Brontes. I want to go all tortured and live in the wilds of Yorkshire and haunt the Moors!

Take care

{ Jemi Fraser } at: February 11, 2011 at 6:30 PM said...

Suzanne Brockmann for her wonderfully complex and interconnected plots!

LM Montgomery for Anne - best character ever!

... and so many more ... :)

{ aspiring_x } at: February 11, 2011 at 7:20 PM said...

ooh hannah moskowitz is fantastic! also brenna yovanoff recently swept me away, as well as john connolly and natalie standiford.

{ Dangerous With a Pen } at: February 12, 2011 at 6:27 PM said...

Margaret Atwood.

Some of her books are a little confusing but the language is so amazing, I just melt into her pages.

{ Andrew Leon } at: February 14, 2011 at 12:09 PM said...

When I was in high school, it was Piers Anthony and David Eddings. Until I learned that they had no depth.
Currently, I love Stephen Lawhead and Mary Doria Russell, although, I think, both are moving beyond just the "I love this writer" to the genuine respect stage, like I feel for Tolkien, Lewis, and Richard Adams. And Neil Gaiman. But he goes in a completely different catagory.

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