Top Ten Greatest AuthorsBest authors, NOT PLAYWRIGHTS so shakespeare doesn't count.
The Top Ten
Many great books, especially horror/thriller/suspense. Cujo, It, Doctor Sleep, Shining, The Stand, and many more. He is very versatile so he does not write only horror. He has written some great books that were not horror that had turned into even better movies such as Shawshank and Green Mile.
I've only just started reading books by him (the first book I read being Carrie) and he is already my favorite author of all time. Carrie is my current favorite book ever made, but I bet that'll change once I read more of King's books. He is the most influential author both in movies and books, having written books like The Shining, It, Different Seasons, The Green Mile just to name a few, none of which I've read yet but will be reading soon, and having movies based on the books like The Shining, It, Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile just to name a few. King can write about everything and somehow make it work. I mean, if he can write about a clown monster that isn't really a clown and is called Bob and make that good, you know he can write everything. I've become hooked to his writing, it's fantastic. King is absolutely my favorite author and he deserves to be as high as he is on this list.
I have read a lot of books by many a various authors, but nothing has struck me quite like the work of the great Stephen King. When I pick up a King-novel I haven't read already, I always get into a different state of mind. And I don't go back to normal until a few days after I've finished the book. So if I were to stop reading for a few months, I would just go around like I'm high or something. So that's why Stephen King is the best author ever!
What makes Stephen King different from other horror authors is that he tries to link up the elements of fantasy horror from our imaginations, whether it’s vampires, werewolves, witches, zombies, and other supernatural beings, with real-life horrors of personal tragedies and traumas, racism, sexism, homophobia, pollution, collapse of the environment, and thus lend the social or psychological issues some of the weight that horror fiction could offer. Most of us have little to fear from monsters, and yet we live in cultures that are every bit as dangerous despite the non-existence of terrible supernatural forces.
Tolkien is the best writer ever. There is something special about his books. Something about the style of writing and the plot or storyline of the story. I read The Hobbit and book 1 of Lord of the Rings and I showed it to my teacher and she said that I should have read Harry Potter instead of those stuff. But I disagreed with her. It was definitely hard to come up with book titles and character names, but Tolkien created a whole new, different language for his books! How amazing is that! Most of the people hate reading, especially teens and children, because parents and tutors and teachers FORCE them to read it. As my father always say,' When don't let your child do something, They'll start wanting to do it.' People should attract and encourage teens and kids to read classic literature not force. My parents used to make me read a chapter of a book before I go to bed, but I always hated them doing that. But then, I saw my friends reading happily and I picked up a book about dinosaurs ...more
I feel as if there is no author that compares to him. The depth and detail he adds into his writing is amazing. Adding languages, poetry, stories within stories, and just this great depth of history makes you feel like you are in a real world.
He inspired most of today's authors; and not just on fantasy. His techniques and writing style is pleasuring for me to read and he was such a talented man.
The fact that his writing has really stood the test of time for over 70 years is amazing and something most authors strive for. His stories are classics.
William Golding and Kazuo Ishiguro are missing from this pathetic, incomplete list.
One author makes a high school full of magic that children can relate to when they don't finish their homework or they get bullied because they bullied other kids only to make money. Another makes an entire world of relating to politics, how bad power can be, how gold and riches close people's minds, friendship and how everyone can change the coarse of the world. Guess what happens, the author who only cares for kids to relate to their stupidest dilemmas at school gets more fans than the one who explained some very important life lessons to us. Why? Because nobody wants to think what is the story telling you, no body thinks that stories are just filters that makes the light of the lesson behind them more interesting, except every one thinks "look some one was racist on me today like this story" but not how to stop it. This is why I love LOTR, because every page has a life lesson in it, you just have to think.
Nicholas Nickleby, Oliver Twist, A Tale of Two Cities, David Copperfield, A Christmas Carol... Come on, he's second only to Shakespeare!
I think the reason why many of us teens and children think his books are boring is because the school forces us to read it. In school, we have to stop every 5 seconds and "analyze" it. That isn't immersive at all! It makes it hard to lose yourself in the world of the story when you have to stop reading every so often. Teachers say that the beauty of literature is that it contains so many hidden messages if you look between the lines. But really, the real beauty of books is that it creates a whole new world to the reader that they can experience at their own pace. I think this also relates to why children today prefer video games to school reading, but I'm going off topic. Dickens was a great author. After reading Great Expectations in my free time at my own pace, I found it to be a masterpiece.
A FABNIFICENT Oliver Twist takes you thousands of decades back; Oliver an orphan welcomes you into a brand new situation, It's mind boggling.
I was in a play for christmas carol. most mesmerising expierience I've ever had
She is the best writer I know. That was amazing how she came up with all the names and places and people. At first I did not like Harry Potter. I actually hated it. But when I read her first book I fell in love with it. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 is now my favorite movie of all time. Anybody will love it!
You are amazed she came up with all the names? Tolkien invented a whole language for his books!
J.K. Rowling is amazing! I could read Harry Potter every night for the rest of my life. Thank you so much for making my reading life so magical. You have made me have an obsession for a life time that I will never forget and never ever stop. I will always love Harry Potter
Harry Potter is great! But... heartbreaking too... anyway, the books are awesome!
I fell in love with her type and style of writing. She has created a magical empire which surrounds every single childhood memories. She is clearly amazing and outstanding. Plus, she has now written a new novel for other public, which has received excellent comments and evaluation it's name - the casual vacancy and the cuckoos calling-. In addition, I think she brought a new world to ours. She is clearly better than Stephenie Meyer. Interestingly enough, I have tried to write a magical novel as her, but I could not finish it cause she included all the possible facts and creatures in her -Harry potter- serie. Finally, I want to stand out her narrative style, it's full of adventures and knew discoveries mixed with love and respect.
I've read some of his stories and poems.
He's one of the best story tellers of all time!
TRUE! nervous, very, very dreadfully nervous I had been and am; but why WILL you say that I am mad?
About ten percent of his work is horror, his essays, poetry and the first detective story ever written that leant much to Sherlock Holmes are what? Forgotten!
A master among masters. His ability with words stands unrivaled.
If madness had a tongue it wold speak the words he wrote. He has the ability to make the macabre seem beautiful and to make death seem desirable.
NONE of the authors on this list have ever written anything that can compare to "Crime and Punishment." Dostoevsky understood human nature, insanity, and writing in a way no one before or since has. He is number one.
I laugh at your J.K. rowling. I laugh at 80% of your so called best authors. Crime and Punishment, The Idiot, Brothers Karamazov etc. Dostoevsky is the writer of all time, better than everyone!
Happy Birthday Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky, one of the greatest authors od Russia and maybe the whole world!
Tolkien, Rowling and Stephen King in front of Dostoevsky? That's like snails outpace a Ferrari! If you are really into literature, you read Tolstoy and Goethe and Kafka and Joyce and Proust and all the others... compared with Dostoevsky, it's no contest. Sometimes I'm scared how huge he is. In my opinion the world is still not ready to grasp his thinking. If you read - let's say - Stephen King, you'll have a good story, some funny lines and some tention. If you read a novel like "Karamasov", you are not the same person you were on the first page. Dostoevsky forces you to overthink your life, your deepest opinions, emotions and even the people around you. He is going to whisper you secrets, which were always in you, but you could never give them a voice. He does it by creating real people! After crime and punishment you know Raskolnikov as well, if not better than your relatives. That's the difference: he doesn't need horror or a whole new world to spark your fantasy. He tells you ...more
He is the first modern writer of this fair country; humorist extraordinaire he helped define the American wit and wisdom.
Mark Twain should, at the very least, make the top five. He wrote the most highly anthologized book in the history of the U.S. His grasp of irony and dialect was, and still is, astounding. Their are very few people in this country who do not recognize his name.
I believe that he should be ranked #1. This needs to be based on something other than who your writing hero is or who's writing you enjoy the most. It should be based on historical impact.
One of my favorite books of all time was The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. It was amazing. I may go read it again later, now that I think about it.
My great, great grandmother was buddies with him. Not that close, but they still knew each other. Let's just I stared at my grandma for a bit without moving when she mentioned that casually like it was nothing when we were eating lunch... LOL...
Even if I rarely read anything written by him (which I regret) I still have a very high respect for Dr. Seuss. In my opinion, the man was a genius. Almost all of his books are allegories that teach us valuable lessons while being enjoyable for young audiences at the same time. It's actually amazing how he put messages into his books, which were super creative and memorable.
Although his books are for children, he is one of the most legendary authors of all. His books were the first many kids ever read, and they're so imaginative! Green Eggs and Ham, Oh, the Places You'll Go, and The can in the Hat were my favorite books growing up. Dr. Seuss is truly a legend, and I hope his books are never forgotten.
I love to read and Dr. Seuss where my first books and helped develop my love of reading.
He created children's stories that expands your world. He's filled with great stories and drawings that you can't forget!
Dahl, a wonderful novelist the award winning Matilda and BFG both turned into a movie, a whopping adventure, major twist and turns my favourite. He expresses and his subtle wits, Magnificent!
I had the hardest time in the world deciding between Dahl, Lewis and Tolkien, but I went with Dahl. His imagination and sense of childhood is so alive and real, and unmatched by any other children's book author. He has the best sense of humor!
So creative, everyone can enjoy his books. No matter what age, anyone will love Dahl.
Amazing man! Books by him:
Charlie and the chocolate factory
B F G
Georges marvelous medicine
S many more great books!
"You don't have a soul. You ARE a soul. You have a body. " - C.S. "Jack" Lewis
Oh god C.S. Lewis should be in the top 3! When I read Narnia I literally fell IN LOVE with that book! And the movie was fantastic, too! I used to think his books would suck, oh man I was wrong!
I love The Chronicles of Narnia! Best Series ever! Its not like Twilight, I mean twilight is about a girl who has to chose between a vampire and a werewolf! But Narnia makes a persons imagination grow wild and spread! It can make a person imagine they are a part of Narnia!
NO ONE SHOULD NOT THINK C.S. LEWIS'S BOOKS SUCK! They are truly inspiring books about magical realms, and it was this series that inspired me to write my novel, the one thing that I write that comes straight from my heart.
Leo Tolstoy is of the greatest authors of all time, no question about it!
And you people who say he's overrated, it's most likely because you've never actually read any of his books. His storytelling power is up there with the likes of Dostoevsky, Dickens, Shakespeare, Poe and many other greats!
Read his books. They are all amazing. All his books carry powerful messages and the meaning of life.
Shame that many young readers flock to J.K Rowling as well as all the other modern writers, neglecting more deeper, focused philosophical writings such as Tolstoy. The words in Tolstoy's novels stay with you for months lingering in your head. They reveal more insight into even the most basic human interactions, why people do what they do and what they are thinking. Very ashamed to see that he is so low on this list, particularly as War and Peace has been hailed as the greatest novel of all time.
Without a doubt leo tolstoy is the greatest, the greatest writer ever lived.
George Orwell, the best writer of all time. His writing whether novels, short stories or essays evokes a sense of experience, when the piece of writing is finished, you have a deep sense of having been there, of actual involvement and leave the experience with understanding and further knowledge. His writings are a window into historical social boundaries, ideologies and inadequacies, which were not only prevalent in the early twentieth century and times of the empire, but also ring true today, and will ring true in the years to come. Genius.
There are many great writers that deserve to be on this list, however Orwell's prose is second to none. From the incredible journalistic skills he manifested into 'Down and Out in Paris and London' to the greatest political work of the 20th century (and possibly beyond) '1984' his writing skills are simply sensational. (Emily) Bronte, Austen, Hemingway, Stevenson, Fitzgerald, Eliot, (amongst others) could make you see a world, Orwell could make you feel the world. 1984 is an absolute masterpiece, and the fact that he wrote it whilst dying exemplifies his magnitude as an author.
The only authors I consider being close to Orwell are Shakespeare, Swift, Hardy and Dickens. Not only is it his novels that are sensational, his essays are just as readable as his novels. The only essayist I have enjoyed like Orwell is TS Eliot.
How anybody can rank JK Rowling above one of the greatest political minds of the 20th century is beyond all reasonable comprehension.
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1984? Animal farm? Two incredibly influential novels that over time have changed the views of whole societies and warned us of the dangers some political systems pose. Without George Orwells influence through these incredibly well constructed novels the world could be a much darker place. Orwell should be in the top five at least. The fact he is outside the top ten at this present moment in moment is abysmal! I urge anyone who is reading this comment who has not heard of the works of Orwell to firstly read 1984 and animal farm, then secondly come back onto this site and vote Orwell.
I loved animal farm a whole lot. It's one of the first classics that actually taught me that reading is great. I mean, he got me into loving the history of the Soviet Union, as well as getting me into communist China, and what not. He actually explains very well what happens in communist countries, which I find to be great. I still find it to be disappointing that Ray Bradbury isn't here. He's my favorite author; then goes Orwell. But yeah. Orwell can really get you into books.
Some of the deepest, most meaningful authors of all time. The Sun Also Rises, For Whom the Bell Tolls, A Farewell to Arms, The Old Man and the Sea, and so much more. Stephen King's great but he didn't write nearly as many legendary novels.
Stephen King? No, no, no... Hemingway created a new style of writing, and wo a Noble prize
Hemingway can do more with one page than others can do with an entire novel.
Yes he is my favorite author ever
Honestly, William Shakespeare is an incredible writer/author; his plays will leave a mark on you no matter how old you are, provided you have been taught to read the language. Believe me, as of right now, Stephen King is one of the best authors of all time, and his novels have impacted me. But I want to look at the overall effect, and William Shakespeare's impact is so much greater. I mean people; his works are taught in school for a reason. He is a genius, and has many of his plays vary in so many genres, and they're all wonderfully told. Honestly, this is a top 5 author/writer at the least. Rowling is good, but Harry Potter is all she has. Same for Tolkien and the Lord of the Rings + The Hobbit. Don't let one of the most influential people in history remain in 13 place because his series 'don't provide what modern society needs' because really, his works are what inspired these modern day stories (well, most of them anyway).
Why the hell is this guy number 13? I mean, don't get me wrong, I love Stephen King, But there is no way by any stretch of the imagination that he could beat Shakespeare in terms of influence or originality. Shakespeare was the ultimate pioneer of the art of writing. Sure, there was Homer, but Homer's influence doesn't impact us as much today as Shakespeare's has. He has added many words and expressions that we use in our day to day life without even knowing that they are of Shakespearean origin. To sum things up, I cannot believe that this literary master didn't make the top spot. It shouldn't have even been a question.
William Shakespeare is the father of all Modern Literature. Without him, half of these authors on this list would have most likely not rose into fame!
Shakespeare was the greatest write, playwright, poet and actor of all time. He invented a mass amount of words that we use daily when speaking English. His plays were the ultimate classics and truly reflect on the history in the Elizabethan Era. His descriptions were extraordinary and even though most people find his plays hard to comprehend due to the old English, I say, give it a go to experience Shakespeare's world and it will change he way you thing about the power of words.
Seriously! The Percy Jackson series and Heroes of Olympus are THE BEST! Rick Riordan is just such a talented writer. His books don't just capture a specific age group but a very wide age range of readers. You can tell what a good book is if a wide age group read them. Also his books are really really surprising and have a lot of information in them. Rick Riordan constantly twists and changes the books making you sometimes just gasp with amazement and sometimes want to throw the book out of the window because you feel so attached to the book. Also when you do read the Percy Jackson series and Heroes of Olympus they inform you SOOO much about greek mythology in a really awesome way. So if your just glancing at some his books or thinking of reading them DO NOT HESITATE! GRAB THE BOOK AND START READING! TRUST ME, YOU WILL NOT REGRET IT.
Whoever thinks that Rick Riordan, the Storyteller of the Gods, The Lord of Writing, Author of Percy Jackson and the Olympians, The Heroes of Olympus, The Kane Chronicles, Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, and The Trials of Apollo (the series listed above are the best books in the world. That makes sense, since he wrote them) is NOT the best author in the world, DOES NOT HAVE A BRAIN AND MUST GET ONE IMMEDIATLY OR ELSE YOU WILL FEEL THE WRATH OF THE GODS. BECAUSE HE IS THE BEST AUTHOR IN THE WORLD. YOU THINK NOT. READ HIS BOOKS AND YOU WILL UNDERSTAND. And Rick, if your reading this, we worship you (not literally, unless you want us to). To Rick Riordan!
The entire book series was written magnificently...
his writing captures perfect character development...
- the characters are all relatable and amazing
- interesting plot twists and hilarious humor
I think Rick Riordan is an amazing writer.
Harry Potter is great too, but it seems just a bit overrated.
I love his books that revolve around Greek/Roman mythology (and I'm wearing a Camp Half-Blood T-shirt, as I'm typing this.) His Egyptian mythology trilogy- The Kane Chronicles- and his Norse mythology trilogy- Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard- are good, too, but Percy Jackson & the Olympians, The Heroes of Olympus and The Trials of Apollo are clearly his strongholds. I'm yet to read his 39 clues book.
I believe that H.P. Lovecraft should be #1 on this list. I do believe that without him, there are some pretty famous authors that would not exist in the creative way that we know them today. He mastered the art of instilling fear in his tales, and it was not what he said, it was what he inferred that was terrifying. His writing is so powerful that you are able to put yourself into the story. The greatest writer of our time Stephen King, I was told, was a fan of HP Lovecraft, and his influence is felt in the style that King is famous for - letting you see through the eyes of his characters, pulling you in to the tale and instilling a thought, or idea. And once a thing is known, it can't be unknown. That kind of writing is powerful. If you have never read HP Lovecraft, please check out any one of his many books, you won't be disappointed.
He basically took Poe's style and used to create a creatively terrifying mythos that is still regularly referenced to this day (Cthulhu). The only author of old pulp fiction that has withstood the test of time. One of the most accessible authors right now because none of his stories are copyrighted so you can buy big portions of his writings on eBook format or audiobook format for extremely inexpensive or for no cost at all.
Honestly, my favorite author.The reason he isn't higher is because most people can't read it. The people who think Harry Potter is hard to read. You know, idiots. Hast** the unspeakable is also pretty terrifying.
Jeff Kinney above H.P. Lovecraft? I don't know about that.
He's the best detective books and also the detective book had biology and chemistry on it this is Brilliant masterpiece Author and also the story he wrote use common logic and sense
He is amazing, I love his books! I rad all the adventures of Sherlock Holmes and The lost world!
He puts amazing twists and turns in his book like no other author, I'm sure even jk rowling would admit she was surprised to surpass Sir Arthur
Mystery genre is my favorite and no one can compare to him on this field. I love Sherlock Holmes and John Watson and they are the best characters that ever existed, yay! What would you do without you Doyle?
This is a stupid author Diary of a Wimpy Kid is stupid he's Kinney's dumb and stupid he don't deserve to even be on top 1000 he's trash and stupid, way to childish.
The first few were pretty good, but after a while, it became clear that he follows the same formula every year. In the recent books, he's edited the reality/ backstory of the first few books.
Book One: Greg met Rowley a few years ago when Rowley moved into the neighborhood
Wrecking Ball: Greg and Rowley have known each other since they were in elementary school.
Other authors, do the same kind of things with their books, (which makes me wonder if they actually READ their own books,) but it stands out more in Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Jeff Kinney does not possess any great talent when it comes to writing. I do enjoy "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" but Jeff Kinney definitely isn't the 16th greatest author in the world. In my humble opinion he wouldn't even be considered in the top 100. There is barely a difference between his books and his tendency to portray Greg as a sociopath has gotten out of hand. He is an imaginative novelist and he deserves credit for his writing but I truly do not think he deserves the very fortunate 16th place that he got.
His books are good but kinda childish, also they are all the same
Only author to explore the mind of a pedophile straying into the usual controversies while writing, Lolita, a book that is both hailed and condemned.
He's the greatest prose writer of all time, in my opinion. His style is pure, unadulterated genius.
A great Writer. Really enjoyed reading Lolita
A great writer in the field of erotic writing.
OH MY GOD. How is she not number 1. shes better than all these authors combined like seriously Jeff kinney sucks Stephen King describes too much and Charles dickens is just plain boring. Dame Agatha Christie deserves to be number one. there I said it
Definitely the best mystery writer in my opinion. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is amazing, but Agatha Christie has written over 80 mysteries that ALL have a completely shocking and entertaining twist. She manages to make each ending amazing and different for EVERY book! That's what I call genius! Her characters are delightful too. Come on, you can't help being amused by Hercule Poirot's swelled ego, and stunned by his brilliance! She should have a higher ranking than this!
Best mystery novelist ever. Better than Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
To have Agatha Christie not be in the top 5 is a joke. Her mysteries are better than all of the authors in this list combined. After I read And Then There Were None, I realized how amazing an author she was. She should and will always be remembered as one of the greatest writers of all time.
Goosebumps books are very interesting and exiting especially Night of the living dummy, Monster blood, Revenge of the lawn gnomes, and The curse of the mummy's tomb!
I grew up on Goosebumps. The books and the T.V. series. Now there are two live action movies. He is very creative and comes up with many good stories and monsters.
Many say including myself that R.L Stine is like the children's Stephen King
You have to say he did pretty good, and he didn't have many other books where he could write the same story, and give the characters different names...
If he had written any scripture I could believe in that, because anything that Wilde said is %100 right in reality. But still I can't understand how this genius believed in a homophobic god who is one of the worst figures in the religion history, who is unaware of the nature he created, who is the father of Jesus who was able to walk on the water. On the other hand it is told that Oscar was an atheist in fact.
He was a fantastic writer : his texts that were both funny and full of an unsuspected philosophical depth! Not to mention his brillant storytelling, his very subtile sense of irony, the music of his perfectly crafted sentences... :-)
True genius - as he so famously declared! Such a character of a man, who lived a tragic life, due to his being persecuted how being a homosexual.
This magnificent man should not be this low
Undoubtedly the best ever in the human history. Past and Future.
Socialism is explored in his novels, the western society owes him
Why the hell is Jeff Kinney higher?
One of the greatest authors ever. The Misareblas is the best novel I have read.
Much like Percy Jackson, I loved the books but hated the movies. I just couldn't stay interested. I fell asleep once, even. Nonetheless, the books are good. At first, I couldn't finish the Hunger Games because it was a little unethical, but these days, I like it, and the rest of the series. (Okay, at Mockingjay, I got a little bored, but still, the other two are good.)
I hate reading but I find myself constantly wanting to re-read the Hunger Games. Suzanne Collins has made me enjoy reading and she deserves to be higher up on this list!
We're talking about the woman who wrote the Hunger Games, the greatest books of all time! She should NOT be 106th. At least in the top ten! If you haven't voted for her then 'May The Odds Be Ever In Your Favour! '
Seriously guys 38th? She deserves to be in the top 10. Who doesn't love The Hunger games, I find myself reading it over and over again. She is the Best!
He made realistic, interesting and very complex fantasy world, I can't be bored while reading his books. A Song of Ice & Fire is more than fantasy book series. Martin has great character lines and development.
Although in sheer terms, George R.R. martin is not the greatest writer of all time, with authors like Charles Dickens, Shakespeare, and Hemingway publishing many more popular books than him, none of their novels even compare to A Song of Ice and Fire. Martin's series in scope is by far one of the largest of all time, and his creative and non-archetypal take on fantasy rank him even higher than the likes of J.R.R Tolkien. Not only is his work the greatest fantasy series of all time, yet, but for my opinion, it is the greatest drama, combining Shakespearean characters and plays, with Tolkien's fantasy, and an excellent writing style that brings his world to life unlike any. In the end, is still believe that there are a few writers that surpass him because of larger number of well done books, his work of A Song of Ice and Fire remains to be the greatest literary achievement of all time.
I'm quite surprised that George isn't ranked higher. He is not the greatest writer but the way he writes about each character, giving each their own world and background is incredible. It's unbelievable that a writer can think of the world portrayed in GOT. He goes in so much detail of each character and is very creative with the events in the books. He is my all time favorite author.
I expected him to be in Top 10 at least. I don't know much about writing so I'm not going to blabber something I don't know much about. His books has like 1000 of characters, each has a back story, each has its motives. Everything connects. And the best thing is plots, you can't predict whats going to happen next. Love this guy.