September 18, 2012

TTT: Bookish Folks I'd Like to Meet

It's Tuesday so it's time for another Top Ten Tuesday post. This week's topic has me really wishing it could come true:

Top Ten Bookish People You Want to Meet (authors, bloggers, etc.)

Where to start? My mind has already compiled a list that could easily make this Top Thirty Bajillion Tuesday, but in an effort not to get too carried it away, I'll limit it to ten (ish). Okay, I got a lot more carried away than that and cheated a bit:

Bloggers/Tweeters
You can never get a cup of tea large enough or
a book long enough to suit me. - C. S. Lewis
1.  Elodie (a wonderful CP and friend) + Jess Silverstein (beta reader supreme)

2.  All the people I connect with in the blogosphere and on Twitter: Colin Smith, Erin L. Schneider, Sara Biren, Katy Upperman, Rebecca Behrens, Miss Cole Burke, Liz Parker, Alison Miller, Robin Moran, Juliana HaygertKat Owens, Stephanie Scott, Tracey Neithercott, and SO many more that I'm sure I'm forgetting, but this list is already ridiculously long.

And then there are the folks behind blogs I love to follow for a variety of reasons: the girls over at Forever Young Adult (they're always good for a laugh), Janice Hardy (a phenomenal source of writing tips), and many more.

(This feels like an acknowledgements page or an Oscar acceptance speech.)

Authors (Dead & Alive)
3.  Laini Taylor
This woman is fantastic in so many ways, and don't even get me started on her writing. Plus, her blog is quirky and so much fun. You should really visit it.

4.  Stephanie Perkins
So spunky, funny, and a seriously talented writer. Anna and the French Kiss and Lola and the Boy Next Door are two of my all-time favourites.

5.  C. S. Lewis
His Chronicles of Narnia series is still one of my favourites after all these years. He seems like he would have been such an interesting person to sit and have tea with. Or a pint at a pub. We'd talk about Aslan and Narnia and even theology.

6.  Charlotte Brontë
My favourite book of all time is Jane Eyre, and I'd love to meet the woman behind the book. Then again, I'd probably just turn into a blithering idiot fangirl, which is far from flattering. I'd let her know how much I liked Villette too because it doesn't get nearly as many props as it deserves.

7.  Jane Austen
This woman wrote with so much tongue in cheek humour and razor sharp wit and meeting her would be awesome. I'd ask if she's a Colin Firth fan. I'd also like to tell her (tactfully) how I like Persuasion so much more than Pride and Prejudice.

8.  J. K. Rowling
Who wouldn't want to pick this woman's brain?! She's a genius as far as I'm concerned, and I will always consider her one of the best authors I've ever read. I'd ask her for tips on world-building because she's quite clearly a pro at it.

9.  Charles Dickens
Talk about one of the greats. While Dickens works were social commentaries, his writing was riddled with wit and humour. Take his character names, for instance. There are many funny ones, but my faves are Wackford Squeers, Martin Chuzzlewit, Uriah Heep, and of course, Ebenezer Scrooge. This guy had way too much fun, and I'd love to chat with him.

Other
10.  Agents like Joanna Volpe, Vickie Motter, Suzie Townsend, Kristin Nelson, Sara Megibow, and so many more. This meeting would be especially great if it was because one of these wonder women was offering representation.


How about you? Who is the number one bookish person you would love to meet?

20 comments:

  1. Oh, I want to meet you too!
    I wish we could arrange this. A huge meet up with all our writer-friends!
    Awesome list!!

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    1. I think a giant gathering of writer friends is about the best thing I can imagine right now (aside from winning the lottery or getting published). :)

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  2. Great choices and you have given me some new top blogs to follow!

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    1. They are all really great people with great blogs. :)

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  3. I'd love to meet you, too!
    And Charles Dickens--what a great writer. Especially because it's so easy to get a feel for the personality of many modern or current writers (thanks, social media), I'd love a chance to see what famous old writers were like!

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    1. Well, I'm planning on attending SCBWI NYC in February, so who knows? :)

      I think you're right about the mystery surrounding famous old writers. It would be wonderful to know what they were really like, and not just what we've been told they were like.

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  4. Can I just go ahead and agree to this whole list? Also, we need to all do a meet-up sometime. Who knows, maybe we'll all end up at the same conference :)

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    1. It was hard limiting this list to only ten, which is why I cheated like crazy. I think meeting up with all of these wonderful people at a conference would be fantastic!

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  5. Yes! Jane Austen!! How did I not put her on my list??? And those agents you listed, I love following them on Twitter and their blogs :D (plus the authors they represent are some of my favorites :D)

    I also had to laugh at this: (This feels like an acknowledgements page or an Oscar acceptance speech.) --> definitely felt like it! :D

    And...we need to meet up soon...at least on Google chat lol :D

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    1. Seriously, how on earth can we be expected to limit a list like this to only ten people? There are just way too many who fall under "bookish" that I'd love to meet. :)

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  6. Aww, yay! That little shout-out totally made my day! The feeling is so very mutual, Jaime. :)

    I met Stephanie Perkins (briefly) at a signing and she was absolutely delightful. Loved hearing her talk books and writing! I'd love to meet Melina Marchetta and Kristin Cashore and Sarah Dessen. They've written some of my very favorite novels!

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    1. Well, maybe one day we'll be at the same writing conference. Or even better: on the same book tour! We can dream, right? :)

      I'm so envious that you got to meet Stephanie Perkins. She seems like so much fun. Ally Condie, Veronica Roth, and Beth Revis were all in Edmonton (about an hour from where I live), and I wasn't able to make it. So, so bummed about that.

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  7. Great list and a lot of overlap with mine! I'd toss in a few like Madeleine L'Engle, Tolkien, Louisa May Alcott, and Gordon Korman too. I know, weird mix :)

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    1. It was way too hard to limit this list! When I took the photo, I picked books written by authors in this list. After I posted, I realized that there's a Tolkien book there and Tolkien wasn't even on my list. I suppose it could be a two-fer: C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien in a pub (they were friends after all). Louisa May Alcott would also be someone great to meet, and L. M. Montgomery... Gah! Too many. :)

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  8. I'm wondering how Charlotte Brontë would take to being "fan-girled." Did they even have anything like that, back then? I can imagine her being a little surprised, perhaps embarrassed, but totally loving it. In fact, she would probably be blown away by how many people love her work, and more than happy to sit for hours over a cup of tea talking about her characters and sharing story ideas. Don't forget to invite me along! :)

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    1. I think you're right. Charlotte Brontë would have no idea how to handle fan-girling, and she'd probably end up taking out a restraining order on me. :P I can't imagine how thrilled these classic authors would be that so many people love their books all these years later. Tea with Charlotte would fantastic!

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  9. Great list! It would be great if we could all meet up someday!

    And I never thought of Jane Austen! I would love to meet her. :) Judging by her books I bet she would have had a great sense of humour. Well ahead of her time, I think. :)

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    1. We should have some kind of writer get-together. :)

      I think Jane Austen would be a lot of fun to talk to, and I agree that's was way ahead of her time.

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  10. Thanks for including me on the list! (I'm so honored) Hopefully our paths will cross and we can meet one day. I love meeting fellow writers, bloggers and book lovers. I'd love to meet Stephanie Perkins as well. She just seems like fun!

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    1. You're most welcome. :) I've visited your blog regularly since I started working on my WiP, and it has been a very valuable source of information for me. Thank you!

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