Fiction is quite a popular genre among today’s generation. The best part about fiction is that there are numerous diverse sub-genres to choose from – mystery, crime, horror, fantasy, science fiction, humor – everything and anything. Hence, it stands to reason that for each different category, there will be different authors who rule the roost. So, here is a compilation of a few of the finest authors who are the best at penning their chosen yarn.
Famously nicknamed the “Queen of Crime” by her army of admirers, Agatha Christie truly deserves the alias. In her career spanning more than 55 years, Christie had written 66 crime novels and 15 short story collections – an unparalleled feat in any genre. Her writing style is simple, yet complex. Though easy enough to understand, there is always an intricate and intriguing plot, along with an obscure sub-plot, that keeps the reader hooked until the last page. Almost all her plots are fast-paced whodunits which keep the reader guessing. The murderer is always unveiled only in the last 20 pages or so, with a surprising physiological twist- which obviously, we never could have guessed. Agatha Christie, with her murder mysteries, has certainly set a benchmark that nobody has crossed for almost a century!
Edgar Allan Poe:
Edgar Allan Poe is known for his spine-chilling episodes of the macabre. This personality was mesmerized by death and all things dark and gloomy. Most of his works deal with death, horror and loss – often with an underlying dark satire and humor. Poe’s settings of almost all his plots are dismal, gloomy and sadistic. For this very reason, his writings have fascinated humankind across generations. His works are highly descriptive and detailed, which offer an insight to the reader of the nightmare and the hysteria of the human mind. Another aspect of Poe’s writings is repetition, immortalized by his most famous line – “Suddenly there came a tapping, As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.” This repetition ensures that the reader truly understands the concept of the narrative. Dark, twisted and weird, Edgar Allan Poe is one author people don’t forget in a hurry.
Conspicuous for the immense controversies that surround his writings, the name Salman Rushdie always raises eyebrows. His prose prods philosophical and historical aspects with the help of fictitious characters. While some of Rushdie’s work remains fairly controversy-free (but brilliant, nevertheless), some of his other works (namely, The Satanic Verses) have been subject to embroil and conflict. Rushdie’s style of writing is generally defined as ‘magical realism’, and most of it is set on the Indian subcontinent. His writings deal with the post colonial period of Indian history, as well as in subtly altered realities. The clever alteration of our world in parallel dimensions is something very few can accomplish. Perhaps, this is the reason why Salman Rushdie continues to be a favorite among many.
Think Science- fiction. Now, think Humor. Both of these genres have always maintained a substantially large distance from each other. But Douglas Adams has combined these very uncombinable genres, with unbelievably fantastic results. Adams uses a disinterested and a very matter-of-fact writing style to deliver something quite impossible- humorous. Rib-ticking, hilariously hysterical, laugh-out-loud humor. His plots have surprising, out-of-the-blue (and equally inconsequential) twists and turns, which leave the reader’s mind-boggled (and simultaneously laughing) at his genius. Dry, droll, cynical, habitually pessimistic – true Brit humor- is what one can expect in every line written by Douglas Adams.
J. R. R. Tolkien:
He created Middle Earth. He created an entire language. He is the “Master of Fantasy”. Yes, he is J. R. R. Tolkien. Widely regarded as the pioneer of the genre of high fantasy, Tolkien’s works have been a constant inspiration to many others, including Harry Potter. Tolkien used a very descriptive, though simple language, peppered with poems and songs in his writings. He disliked the usage of big, long words in his prose, and preferred to keep it smooth and plain, with the storytelling magic which was distinctive to him. Tolkien’s writing style was influenced by the popular myths and legends of Europe, especially Norse mythology. J. R. R. Tolkien works are timeless and ageless, and truly a masterpiece.
So, there you have it – the Many Faces of the Fiction Writer.