The Broke and The Bookish want to know:
Top Ten Bookish People You Want To Meet (Authors, Bloggers, etc.)
In the blogging community I'd love to meet all my blogging friends (Cole, Emma, Laura, Elodie, Colin, Juliana, Jaime, etc). Who I have great discussions with on books, writing, advice and gave me some fantastic insight into my query on WriteOnCon this August. And just with these awesome people I've probably got a list of more than ten there.
1) Stephen King
Who doesn't want to meet the King of Horror? If I needed to turn to anyone on writing horror and advice on the genre Stephen King would be the guy I'd go to.
2) Darren Shan
I'd love to meet Darren Shan purely because he got me into writing horror in my teens. He's my horror idol and published an amazing series (The Sage of Darren Shan) that furthered my interest in vampires and brought a lot of gruesome entertainment into my life.
3) Veronica Roth
This year I've never fangirled as much. First The Hunger Games which I adored but was disappointed by after the final book. And then I finally picked up Divergent and Insurgent and I went insane over it. I absolutely loved it. I haven't loved anything like this since I first watched The Lost Boys and I devoured Divergent and Insurgent back to back in the space of a week. And I squeed when I heard a date for the film had been set. I plan on re-reading both in time for the third book to come out.
4) Bram Stoker
Now I know this will never happen but if time travel was finally made possible I'd be in there travelling back to the 1800s and tracking Stoker down. Anyone who wants to write about vampires HAS to read Dracula.
5) Terry Pratchett
Idol to anyone who wants to write fantasy, especially fantasy with a comical side to it. I love parodies and Terry Pratchett has me giggling away when I read his books but also has me fascinated by how he takes folklores to create his own twist to well-known mythical creatures and supernatural species like fairies, witches, vampires etc.
6) Neil Gaiman
Even though I wasn't a fan of Stardust I loved The Graveyard Book and his Doctor Who episode. I plan on reading more of his work in the future and he's another author I'd turn to and talk fantasy/sci-fi writing with.
7) Kendare Blake
I'm over half way in pages in with Anna Dressed in Blood but I'm absolutely loving it. Finally! Some good, creepy YA Horror and I'd love to meet Kendare Blake just to bow down and say 'thank you' for putting some horror on the YA shelves. This is the sort of thing we need a lot more of.
8) R.L Stine
I had such a huge Goosebumps collection when I was younger and I owned a few Fear Street books as well. While Darren Shan ruled my teenage years, Stine ruled my childhood and I would devour a new Goosebumps book each week while watching the television series practically on repeat.
9) Joss Whedon
I know he's not a book author exactly but Joss Whedon has become an idol of mine. I love his writing and his work. Buffy, Dr Horrible, Firely, Serenity, Avengers Assemble, The Cabin in the Woods... all brilliant and he's a very bloodthirsty writer. No character is safe from him and he's prepared to torture, damage, and destroy. One of his recent films The Cabin in the Woods was pure genius and a great, fresh (and slightly satirical) take on the horror genre.
10) Tim Burton
Yep, I'm also a Tim Burton fan. Not so much his take on other people's work but I love it when it's entirely his creation (The Nightmare Before Christmas, Edward Scissorhands). I love the atmosphere of his films. So creepy and eccentric.