BTT was a meme this week:
1. Do you have a favorite author?
Yes. I have to say that my favorite author is probably Joyce Carol Oates. Though rarely uplifting, I think she captures the “grey” in life as well as the things in peoples’ private hearts – their fears, hopes, lusts, disappointments and even occasionally fleeting joy. My favorites are: “We Were The Mulvaneys”, “What I Lived For” and “American Appetites”.
2. Have you read everything he or she has written?
Good lord, no. JCO is probably one of the most prolific writers of this half-century. She’s written over 50 novels and maybe an equal number of short-story collections. What to choose next is probably the harder question.
3. Did you LIKE everything?
No. I really disliked “Zombie”, which was took us into the head of a serial killer. Gross. I think she based it on Jeffrey Dahmer. Ick.
4. How about a least favorite author?
Maybe Dan Brown. That’s an awful lot of money for not very good writing.
5. An author you wanted to like, but didn’t?
The one I always expected to like but didn’t was Ann Rice. Not sure why, I like horror in general, but I never really cared for anything that she wrote – I tried the “Vampire” books and was completely meh. I liked the first 2/3 of “The Witching Hour” but disliked the end so much I’ve never gone back.