I have an excellent imagination (which I blame on all the books I read) and sometimes I dream about my favourite authors combining their brilliance to bring out a truly amazing co-written book.
What?! I can dream.
So! Here are a few authors who I think would work fantastically together.
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A.G. HOWARD + JACKSON PEARCE
Basically: the both write incredible retellings and together they could possibly create the most amazing retelling of the world. Jackson Pearce tends to dabble while A.G. Howard is more focused. But can you imagine A.G. Howard’s feral, vibrant, detailed world building + Jackson Pearce’s epic, loveable characters (who are usually evil)?? IT WOULD BE GREAT.
GREGORY MAGUIRE + SALLY GREEN
Unfortunately I wasn’t the world’s biggest Maguire fan. (The writing was a mite too dry for me.) But his ideas! His imagination! I can’t love his version of Elphaba or Baba Yaga enough. SO! Let’s put him with Sally Green who writes adorable young witches (whom she abuses, and by the way, I’m still Team Rescue-Nathan-From-His-Author) together and BOOM: we’d have the most heartbreaking villain origin story in the universe. Somebody make this happen before I explode.
RANSOM RIGGS + TAHEREH MAFI
They’re married and they do the funniest vlogs in the universe so clearly they should just write a book together. What on earth are they waiting for? His dark creepy novels + her swoonable anti-heroes? WHY HAS THIS NOT HAPPENED YET?
VERONICA ROTH + PIERCE BROWN
News is Veronica Roth is writing a new sci-fi book. (Which is awesome, by the way, because I thought after the Allegiant debacle [which I loved, by the way] she’d never write again! I AM SO PLEASED.) But both these authors love torturing their
readers characters and they write brisk, epic action scenes and questionably motivated main characters. They could write a sci-fi together, steal the moon, rule the world. I’m open to all options.
MARKUS ZUSAK + ELIZABETH WEIN
What am I saying? Someone gag me and throw me into the bottom of a river. THESE AUTHORS FEAST ON THE TEARS OF THEIR READERS FOR BREAKFAST. They have no souls. I’m absolutely positive. But, if they wrote together, I think they could possibly force a nation to its knees weeping.
Yeah, no. Let’s forget about this one.
(Also why are either of them smiling? They should NOT be allowed to smile after the havoc they wreak in their books.)
RICK RIORDAN + LEMONY SNICKET
What explanation is needed? They’re both HILARIOUS. Daniel Handler (a.k.a Lemony Snicket) would write the perfect characters to banter with Rick Riordan’s. Both are fantastic are having characters begin an important monologue and then — BOOM — tragedy, death, confrontation, which means the reader gets to stew for half the jolly book with desperate questions.
JOHN GREEN + BENJAMIN ALIRE SAENZ
Because John Green is ridiculous and light hearted underneath the morbid death jokes and heartbreaking endings. And Benjamin Alire Saenz writes disgustingly beautifully and doesn’t get too caught up in precocious characters. I mean, he does a little. Ari spent more time thinking about the universe than the average teenage boy*, I’m sure.
But whatever. They would be perfect if they co-wrote.
* The average teenage boy doesn’t think at all. I know. I have a brother.
MAGGIE STIEFVATER + HOLLY BLACK
I love these two. I love them a lot. And they both write soul-sucking fairies who emphatically do not resemble Tinkerbell or happily ever afters. They both like to maim their readers. They both are paranormal spectaculars. THEY WERE BORN TO WRITE TOGETHER, I’M POSITIVE. Their book would the be most creepy and hilarious and feels munching book to grace the universe.
SARAH J MAAS + MARISSA MEYER
You know how I said A.G. Howard and Jackson Pearce’s retelling would be the best? I LIED. While I love them to bits, I firmly believe that Marissa Meyer is the Queen of Retellings and Sarah J Maas is the Queen of Tears and Pain. They would make the retelling of the CENTURY. The characters! The banter! The imagination! Fairies and cyborgs! Swords and mechanics! MAKE THIS HAPPEN, SOMEONE, JUST PLEASE DO IT.
what do you think of my wishful thinking?!! add your suggests in the comments: who do YOU want to see co-write a book together? (GO WILD, MY FRIENDS) also…do you often read co-written books?
Cait @ Paper Fury
…is currently lost in dream land where these amazing books exist. (HA.) She’s also reading Juvie by Steve Watkins and reminding herself that, though she likes con artist books and illegal heists…um…prison does not sound fun.