Let's Discuss: Favorite Authors


Have you ever liked an author that was, like, The Author? You know, The Author your family is tired of hearing about, the one who could write a dissertation on cod oil and you'd probably still read it?

For me, that's J.R.R. Tolkien.

If you follow my Tumblr you'd probably assume it was Victor Hugo, and if you judge by quantity of books on my shelf you'd definitely go with Terry Pratchett. But neither is my favorite - in my opinion, Tolkien is head and shoulders above the rest.

Why do I love Tolkien so much? I think it's because, although many authors have mythologies and family trees, Tolkien has an entire history of his universe, from its very creation by Eru (God) to the Seventh Age, the present day (yes, his stories are supposed to take place in a "lost" age in our own world!). It's not just "ah yes, what a highly detailed and developed fantasy world", it feels like a real universe, separate and yet entwined with our own. I think that's the true magic of Tolkien - perfectly walking the thin line separating belief and disbelief, making the impossible seem possible and the magic seem real.

But sometimes, our favorite authors can be problematic. Is it still okay for us to like their works?

I'm going to be honest - Tolkien himself held some social beliefs I disagree with, and, in his Letters, there were several passages addressing women that made me uncomfortable. However, I can still enjoy his stories, characters, and the world he created. I think that for me it comes down to being able to separate an author themselves, the person, from the stories they've created - although I realize this isn't possible sometimes, for me and other people. If some content of the Letters disenchanted me with the man himself, it did little to disenchant me with the stories he's written, from the Chaining of Melkor to the Coming of Men and the dawn of our age.

Let's chat! Who are your favorite authors? What makes them so fabulous? And is it okay or not okay to separate an author from their works, or does it depend on the situation? Comment below, and have a lovely day. <3

Namarië,
Ellie

P.S. - For the next few weeks I'll be involved in both Kathryn's Fantasy Literature Camp and Bella's Writers' Camp, so my apologies if my posting schedule is a little sporadic!

12 comments:

  1. I'm doing FLC also! What team are you on?

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  2. Yes-- Tolkien is amazing! Love this!
    -Vivian

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  3. I really like Tolkien! I'm not a gigantic fan like you though- I haven't read all of his books, just the Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings.
    Also, I don't know if you've seen this but there's a really cool video on Youtube I saw recently where it was a rap battle between Tolkien and Martin. Here's the link :D (mild language warning though) https://youtu.be/XAAp_luluo0

    the-emo-wolverine-writes.blogspot.com

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    1. I've seen some of those videos before, I think! My favorite is Katniss and Hermione. I'll check it out, definitely!

      - Ellie

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  4. my favorite authors? pierce the veil, sleeping with sirens, all time low..... oh wait those aren't authors, they're bands. xD (well i mean when you have an eleven year old who is band-obsessed that's what happens. lol.) but two of my favorite authors are rick riordan and james dashner, i have no clue why though.

    (i probably blew up your comment section sorry ellie.)

    ~izzy

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    1. NAH FRIEND YOU ARE FINE. Ahhh, I've heard good things about both of those!

      - Ellie

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    2. also i know this is pretty irrelevant to the post but i would like to inform you that i found out an all time low song has additional writing on it by the one and only patrick stump. just thought you'd know. xD (btw the atl song is outlines.)

      ~izzy

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  5. I'd have to go with Rainbow Rowell and Kendare Blake besides the obvious J.K. Rowling (I'm a Potterhead, what can I say?). I do have to catch up reading more of their books, though. I lag on updating haha.
    xTiara
    http://awaveofvellichor.wordpress.com

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  6. My favourite authors are Holly Smale (her characters are hilarious) and Harper Lee (heck yes!).

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  7. I love Sarah J Maas, especially her vibrant worlds and the way she weaves words. I think it's fine to separate an author from their work, but I always find it difficult if they express a point of view I really don't agree with. :)

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