Thursday, May 18, 2006

Which Novelist Have You Read The Most?

A small (?) confession here. In highschool I was big time into Metallica and Stephen King. While that should be embarrassing, both led me to greater music and literature. But the odd result of that is that I'll forever have to say I've read more Stephen King than any other author. That'll probably never change. I've read about 30 novels by him (not to mention short story collections and a non-fiction book). Mordecai Richler didn't write even half that number, Margaret Atwood, while picking up the pace is unlikely ever to reach him, and probably any author that I now respect won't come near him in numbers of published novels. He's a schlock writer and is able to pump them out faster because, let's face it, there's not much concern for quality. So I've tried to think of which author I've read the 2nd-most and so forth and here's my results:

30- Stephen King
4- Margaret Atwood (+ a collection of poetry)
4- Jean M. Auel
3 or less- Too many to count

Looking at my list, it doesn't really reflect my interests all. I really need to read more Richler. Maybe Wayne Johnston as well.

Anyway, how about you? Don't include children's authors, short-story or poetry collections, plays or non-fiction. Basically, whose novels have taken up the most of your time?


Barbara Bruederlin said...

I shamefacedly admit to reading a lot of Stephen King in high school as well. I couldn't fathom the thought now.

I can't give you exact numbers, but I would say Ruth Rendell, Minnette Walters (bit of a thing for mysteries, there), Douglas Coupland, and maybe Roddy Doyle are my most read, although I'm certain I've forgotten somebody.

Excellent question!

John Mutford said...

Not that I haven't lost enough respect with the Stephen King/ Metallica revelation, but I just remembered that there was another "author" whose books I've read; coming in 2nd place with 5 books under my belt is V.C. Andrews. I read her entire Dollanganger series (Flowers In The Attic, etc). And no, I'm not proud.

Robert Hiscock said...

12 - Agatha Christie
9 - L.M. Montgomery
6 - J.K. Rowling

John Mutford said...

Barbara, I have read some King since high school, as recently as last summer in fact I read "Bag of Bones". You'd think authors would get better with more experience wouldn't you? Oh well.

Rj, I was wondering if anyone would mention Rowling. I know I said not children's authors, but so many adults read her stuff it's hard to classify her as such. I've only read the first three btw.

John Mutford said...

Rj, And like L. M. Montgomery, I think I read all the Laura Ingalls Wilder books as well.

Christina said...

For someone who isn’t a big fan of novels, I have certainly read a lot of them.

I may be breaking some rules here...but, the distinction between children/adult authors is hard with these ones:
C.S. Lewis – all of the Chronicles of Narnia and a couple of other ones, like Screwtape Letters
L.M. Montgomery –the “Anne” and the “Emily” trilogies
JRR Tolkien – obviously the Lord of the Rings, but, actually, “The Hobbit” was my favourite
(Apparently, the appeal is in authors with initials…)
Piers Anthony – lots of the Xanth Series. The plays-on-words appealed to me a t the time; sorry. It’s been a LONG while since I’ve read one.
Laura Ingalls Wilder – the “Little House” books – all of them
Jerry Jenkins and Tim Lahaie – “Left Behind” series – all of them
Frank Peretti – anything by him that I can get my hands on; he’s definitely my favourite novelist
Madeleine L'Engle - anything by her that I could get my hands on; but again it’s been a LONG while
Janet Lunn – the Root Cellar, et al…historical fiction I read a lot as a teen.
To my credit, for all of this, I have yet to read a single Stephen King or V.C. Andrews.
Oh, and hat tip to the original, hardcover Nancy Drew series. I read ALL of those!!!! :)

What great memories!


John Mutford said...

Yeah many of those fantasy genre books seem to appeal to children and adults alike. I read the Lord of the Rings trilogy too, just haven't gotten around to The Hobbit yet. Seems like I have a lot of authors of which I've read three, but four seems to be a hard number for me to reach. So many books, so little time...

Robert Hiscock said...

I figured, as Rowling is being marketed to both kids and adults it was safe to count her. I didn't, however choose to count C.S. Lewis. I guess the distinction for me was when I read them -- I read Lewis as a kid and Rowling as an adult.

Scotty said...

I think I have a tie for the author I have read the most. I am unsure of the numbers, as I have repeatedly re-read this fabulous trio of authors.

Mercedes Lackey
Anne McCaffrey
Laurell K. Hamilton.

I should also like to mention Terry Pratchett, but I fear the repercussions.

John Mutford said...

Scotty, I'm so out of touch with so many authors. I can't say any of those names ring a bell. I'm assuming they're fantasy writers? I've really neglected that genre.

As for Terry Pratchett, if I ever criticize him again just say "V.C. Andrews" and I'll shut up.