Happy Tuesday, people! This is the first time a Top Ten Tuesday prompt has made me sad. Because most of the authors I would love to meet are sadly no more. And it’s also a difficult prompt because every time I read a complex and well-developed book, I feel like meeting the author and picking their brains.
So, I’ve decided to divide this list into two parts – English authors and Non-Engish authors. It so happens that all the Non-English authors have passed away and you might not have heard of most of them. This is sort of a tribute from me to them.
Btw, Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly blog meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Check out her blog for more awesome content!
Neil Gaiman : One word – Sandman. I dare anyone to read Sandman and not be left speechless. Of course, all his works are amazing. But Sandman is just out-of-the-world brilliant. Any man who can create something like that is a man I would love to know personally.
Laini Taylor : I’d love to get a glimpse into the mind that comes up with the things Laini Taylor does. She’s one of my most favorite contemporary storytellers and her writing blows my mind every time. A conversation with her would be awe-inspiring.
Melina Marchetta: I need her to write more stories from the Lumatere Chronicles universe. I don’t see any chances of that happening anytime in the near future. So, I need to meet her and ask her about some of my favorite characters and what she imagines in their future. I would even attempt to persuade her to write short stories about these characters. There’s no harm in trying, right?
V. E. Schwab : I need to meet this woman and make her assure me of happy ending for all my favorite characters in the Villains Universe. I would even plead with her to start a X-Men kinda academy for the EOs. A girl can dream, right?
Khalid Hussaini : I just need to sit and talk with this man. I don’t know what we’ll talk about. But I know that it’s gonna be enlightening.
Stieg Larsson : I still remember the void I felt when I discovered only after finishing the Milennium Trilogy that Stieg Larsson had passed away without giving a proper closure to the series which he planned to extend to write 10 books. It’s one of the impactful trilogy I’ve read and yet I can’t make myself reread it in fear of suffering that same despair. What I wouldn’t give to find out what Larsson had in mind for the series!
Rumi : I am not particularly obsessed with poetry but I do appreciate its beauty whenever I come across it. Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi is a poet who never fails to captivate me with his poetry. I haven’t read all of his works, not even close. But whatever I’ve read of his has left an impact on me. His poetry always leaves me feeling serene. I wonder what his real presence would be like.
Kazi Nazrul Islam : He’s the national poet of Bangladesh. His name is synonymous with youthfulness, revolution avante garde music and secularism in our country. He was termed as the Rebel Poet for his open social activism against the British Colonialism of the Indian Subcontinent through his literary works. His “Bidrohi – The Rebel” might be my favorite poem of all time. He lost his ability to write at the age of 43 due to rare neurological disease. What a trafedy for a gem like him. I think even half an hour under his presence could have an irrevocable effect on my life.
Rabindranath Tagore : The first Non-European to have won the Nobel Prize in Literature, his impact on the culture of the Indian Sub-continent is unparalleled. Tagore’s works shaped up my childhood. Aptly called ” The Bard of Bengal”, his wisdom comes across in spades in his literary works and music. I have read some great stories about people meeting him. Made me sad that I never could.
Begum Rokeya : She is a pioneer for women rights and female education in the Indian-Subcontinent through her social activism and literary works during the British rule. The women of my country owe a lot to her. It still amazes me how she managed to accomplish so much in an age when women going out or being activists was an unimaginable feat. Although I wouldn’t want to be born in her time, I do long to meet a woman of her strength.
I know I rambled a lot more than usual in this one. Meh. Couldn’t help myself.