As per usual, this challenge is brought to you by the lovely The Broke and the Bookish. So far, I’m having fun penning these answers to these challenges, and I’m only my third entry in.
Okay, this is a topic I haven’t seen before: ten author duos that I would like to see collaborate on a book together. Oooooh. I could think of a few, probably spanning a few genres and age groups really. Okay, fine, let’s have at this one.
1. David Levithan and Patrick Ness: You know what, I love these two authors so much for their writing style and the fact that they delve so well into their often whimsical, yet realistic stories, that this should just happen. Just make this happen, I don’t care what the book is about. (Though preferentially, I’m kind of wanting a YA gender bending dystopian epic from them. Pretty pleaaaaaase.)
2. Alaya Dawn Johnson and Sherri L. Smith: I could definitely see these two authors coming together for an awesome project. They both write diverse characters (whether characters of color or GLBT or both) quite well and both of them have written futuristic dystopian projects before (Johnson with “The Summer Prince” and “Love is the Drug” and Smith with “Orleans.”) Maybe we could have an epic time-traveling adventure with strong POC characters (Smith also wrote “Flygirl” – that was very nicely done in the vein of historical fiction, imo). I would love to see what they could do together, though, regardless of the theme.
3. Pierce Brown and Neal Shusterman: OMG, this is another mashup of authors I would like to see happen, because Shusterman does creepy very well, and Pierce Brown does epic sci-fi/fantasy well. I could see them getting together to do something that’s sinister, thrilling, and mind-blowing.
4. Jennifer Crusie and Jessica Lemmon: Because I could see the combination of fun, quirky humor and romance that these two ladies have had from previously reading their works, and I’d honestly be totally for that happening. (Maybe if you want a third author tagging along, add Lucy March – that would be fun.)
5. Kristen Callihan and Megan Hart: Kristen Callihan is the author of the “Darkest London” series, while Megan Hart is known for a number of different projects across genres, but she writes adult fiction. Something tells me that I think both of them could do magical realism very well with dark undertones and intense character study. And they both write romantic/erotic scenes very well. So it’s a mash-up that makes sense to me (and I really enjoy both of their works).
6. Sarah Dessen and Emery Lord: This match makes sense to me because both of them do slice of life teen fiction very well and I’d like to see what project they could do together.
7. Jennifer Brown and A.S. King: I imagine the book they would pen together would be huge along the lines of examining teens being put in a very, very sticky or tough situation. They do tough subject matters for young adults very well, and I wouldn’t be surprised to hear them doing something together. (Well, maybe pleasantly surprised.)
8. E. Lockhart and Alaya Dawn Johnson: This is the second time I mention Alaya Dawn Johnson, and the first time I’m mentioning E. Lockhart. Why do I put these two authors together (because for all intents and purposes, their genres are pretty far apart – one writing more quirky or dramatic teen fiction, the other leaning more towards sci-fi fantasy teen fiction)? Because I could totally see them doing something funny, intense, and dynamic together in a young adult work. Maybe a couple of quirky leads undertaking an epic adventure together with some gender bending dynamics? It could happen.
9. Rick Riordan and David Levithan: Because honestly, this is another mash-up that should happen, because I could definitely see a mythological based story mashing up with some of the speculative fiction that Levithan creates. It would be a fun story to see/tell.
10. Stephen King and Gillian Flynn (or Megan Abbott): Because there’s not enough words to describe how messed up that story line would be if you put these two (three) in a room together. I would be terrified and intrigued at the same darned time.
Okay, I’ve had my fun, but you know what, I’d really like to see some of these actually happen. Can’t say whether they will or won’t but it could make for some excellent reading.
Until next entry,