#T5W: Authors You’d Want To Write Like

Top Five Wednesday is a book meme that Lainey started and I discovered through the lovely Samantha‘s videos. If you’re interested you can join the goodreads group to get the topics for each week.

This week’s topic:

November 29th: Authors You’d Want to Write Like
–In honor of NaNo wrapping up, discuss some authors you’d like to write like. Whether its their writing style, what genre they write in, or how many books they manage to churn out a year!

C.S. Pacat

I’m going to admit that I didn’t fall in love with her writing until somewhere around book two in the Captive Prince trilogy. I think it took me a while because her style is just so exquisit and different from everything I was reading around that time, but when I finally started to get used to it I couldn’t get enough of it. I fell in love with it even more upon rereading the first time and now every time I reread her trilogy I find new things that I love, but my absolute favorite is the way she uses dialogue and characters interactions in a way that makes the reader work for it.

That’s what can be confusing at first, especially if you’re used to authors spoonfeeding you with overly described facial expressions and describing the tone in which every sentence is said (not naming names but I’m side-eyeing a few very popular authors). No, Pacat doesn’t do that, and Captive Prince sometimes really feels like an interactive reading experience to me because you’re almost always left filling the blank and giving your own interpretation of a sentence or of a character. That can be something that not every reader wants but it worked for me and most of all it means that every time I reread I discover something new about the characters.

Her writing style was also my very first lesson in writing and the reason I started to write in the first place. I learned so much from just reading her novels and I’m so thankful for her.

Victoria Schwab

When I read my first Schwab book I remember thinking, This looks so effortless. The hardest part about writing is finding the way to convey something, at least for me (something that’s even harder if you’re trying to do it in your second language), but Schwab’s writing has just a way of…reaching the reader. See, it’s really hard to explain myself, but when I say it looks effortless I’m aware that there’s a ton of work behind it. It’s just that you never feel it in the finished product, and that takes so much skill it’s just incredible.

Another way I wish I could be like her is how productive she is. I don’t know how she manages to do half the things she does and I so wish that were me.

Holly Black

When you fall in love with an author’s writing style you either read every book they’ve written or you keep stalling after you read the first one because what if the others aren’t as good? The second case is me with Holly Black – after reading The Darkest Part of the Forest I still haven’t found it in me to read anything else because that book is literal writing perfection and I don’t know if even the author herself can top that. It’s just all so atmospheric and magical and I wish she got more recognition in the book community.

Laini Taylor 

There is nothing I can say to do justice to her writing style. It’s the kind of writing that leaves you gasping for air because what you’ve just read cannot possibly have been written by a human. Her books are to be read in complete silence or over relaxing classical music on a Sunday afternoon with tea and cookies, and that’s a fact.

Elise Kova

I love the fantasy worlds she comes up with, the magic systems, the characters, everything really. I’m not particularly creative in that sense and if I tried to write my own fantasy it would literally just be a copy of some other fantasy’s world, but everything she writes feels so new in that sense.

I also love how she doesn’t shy away from writing about horrible things, even in her YA series. Some of the stuff in Air Awakens is just brutal and it hurts so much as a reader but also I can’t help but admire Elise and wish I could be as badass.

Last but not least I wish I could write as much and as fast as she does. She’s truly incredible in that regard and reading her newsletter where she shows the writing progress on all her different projects is so humbling.

Do you write? Who are the writers you’d want to write like, or that you admire the most?

10 thoughts on “#T5W: Authors You’d Want To Write Like

  1. I feel the same way about VE Schwab and Laini Taylor (…how do they do that?). I liked what I’ve read by Holly Black but it was in Italian, so I don’t really know what I think of her writing style. I’ve never tried anything by Elise Kova or CS Pacat, but I love when authors don’t spoon-feed me information (especially if they’re writing adult SFF). It makes everything more interesting when you reread the book.

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    1. I’ve seen Holly Black translated in Italian in the bookstore and I was curious to see how that was but eventually decided that no matter how good the translation was it couldn’t beat the original!
      Yes, I’ve really come to hate when too much info is given, especially when talking about character’s emotions and reactions. Often authors fail to use the basic “show don’t tell” rule and that makes things uninteresting at best. Definitely recommend to try Pacat’s work in this sense because she treats the reader as an intelligent being who is capable of understanding the subtext of her work.

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      1. …that’s why I plan to read The Cruel Prince in English.

        About Pacat: I’m always hesitant to read a book if there’s some ugly discourse around it (some people just won’t let you live), and Captive Prince is one of them. So, what it’s actually like? I feel like most of what I know about this book comes from discourse and that’s probably not accurate in any way…


        1. So the thing about the Captive Prince discourse is very nuanced and the main points are:

          • it has many trigger warnings (rape, pedophilia, slavery…)
          • people like to think that because bad things happen in a book it means that the author condones it
          • haters will make up any excuse to prove they’re Morally SuperiorTM

          About the trigger warnings: people are really ignorant as to what TWs even mean. Trigger warnings are there to warn people who might have experienced certain things, in order for them to be prepared in case they want to go on and read the book anyway, or to allow them to decide that they prefer avoiding being triggered and not read the book. But people who mistake TWs for something else and know nothing about a certain book or series will see reviews saying which TWs apply to this series and automatically think “okay, then this book condones rape and pedophilia”, which is exactly the opposite.

          They also like to say that the book is pro-slavery, which is something they would not think if they actually bothered to read the book. They also say that it’s racist (when the MC has the same heritage as the author herself, since she based his country loosely on ancient Roman and Greek culture) and a whole lot of other things that come from tumblr “anti” culture and pretty much revolve around US-centrism.

          I can give you more details if you want/need to know more about what goes on in the book before deciding whether to read it or not, I’m sorry if this message is a little rambly but I’ve talked about this topic so much and I always get so mad when I remember that people aren’t able to read critically. (just shoot me a DM on twitter @verelaurent if you want to know more, I prefer that format for talking about this)

          Also if you should decide to read it and don’t want to deal with people you could just not announce it on goodreads and enjoy it for yourself (I know that sucks because if you read something you want it to count in your reading challenge, but better safe than sorry -although I haven’t been harassed on GR about it and I constantly talk about it, so I think you should be fine).

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          1. “bad things happen in a book it means that the author condones it”
            …the concept of “dystopia” is unintelligible for some, apparently. And if there’s slavery, it’s totally about American slavery, of course.
            Most of the discourse I saw was about fetishization, but there was a lot of misgendering going on, so… I think I’ll try it, probably after I finish the books I want to read before the end of the year.
            Thanks for the explanation!

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