On the day of International Women’s Day, we have decided to look up to some of our favorite female authors. Below are some of those authors who influenced thousands of writers across the world. All of them have their own stories and have written some of the best stories in the world.
Jane Austen: Austen is one of the most celebrated female authors. She was a family member of landed gentry but she chose to live unique. She dropped out of school as her family couldn’t afford educating both the girls. Nonetheless, Austen continued to educate herself with the available resources and her family was really cooperative. She had faced a lot of trauma and drama to become an author with tons of criticism.
J K Rowling: The twelfth richest woman in Britain, 48th Most powerful celebrity of 2007 , Most Influential Women in Britain has led a typical ‘Rags to Riches’ life and witnessed the death of her mother, years of poverty and depression after university, unemployment, miscarriage, divorce and what not. She is the queen of many author’s dreams and inspiration to many kids. A whole generation’s childhood has been made beautiful with her fantasy novel series.
Our favorite Book – Harry Potter & The Goblet of Fire (Buy it here).
Margaret Mitchell: A 25 year old woman who was bored of sitting at home due to an ankle injury decided to write as there were no more books left in the library for her to read. Today those 63 chapters have become some of the most cherished ones in English literature. Passion to write since childhood, meticulous effort in knowing the history and a decade of hard work has given the world one of the most loved tomes ‘Gone with the Wind’. Also did you know that Margaret actually did not directly endure the Civil war but her discussions with many who suffered the war gave life to ‘Gone with the Wind’.
Gillian Flynn: Flynn was "painfully shy" as a kid and found escape in reading and writing. Growing up, Flynn's father would take her to watch horror movies. She is famously known for her unflattering depiction of female characters in her books and has often been accused of misogyny. On the contrary, she identifies herself as a feminist and believes that feminism is what gives women the freedom to portray bad characters in literature. She attributes this craft of hers to her 15 year career in journalism.
Jhumpa Lahiri: Nilanjana Sudeshna Lahiri is a member of the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities. She was born in London, the daughter of Indian immigrants from the state of West Bengal. Her book The Lowland, published in 2013, was a nominee for the Man Booker Prize and the National Book Award for Fiction. Her career didn’t have a very easy beginning. Her early short stories faced rejection from publishers "for years" before she won the Pulitzer for her debut short collection “Interpreter of Maladies”. Lahiri is currently a professor of creative writing at Princeton University.
Suzanne Collins: She was named Time Magazine’s most influential person 2010 and was announced the best-selling kindle author of all time by Amazom for her Hunger Games Books. Collins used to write Children’s Television shows. She wrote popular shows like Little Bear and Oswald. Her inspiration for Gregor the Overlander came from Alice in Wonderland, when she was thinking about how one was more likely to fall down a manhole than a rabbit hole, and would find something other than a tea party.
Ayn Rand: Ayn Rand is one of the most loved and most hated philosophers in the world. She is a woman with strong beliefs and opinions, who has never been ashamed in being a critic towards many philosophers and philosophic traditions. Ayn Rand migrated from Russia and gained her fame as a screenwriter, author and philosopher. Today ‘Atlas Shrugged’ and ‘The Fountainhead’ are some of the most loved and criticized books; they had also been rejected by many publishers during the initial phase. She has been a true inspiration to the women of this generation proving that there is nothing to be ashamed of in abiding towards what you believe.
Bronte Sisters: Anne, Charlotte and Emily are the best authors in the family according to the bookers world but the whole family has been a great connoisseur when it comes to writing. The family has suffered many problems like lack of money , obligation to bring the kids out of school due to insufficient funds, illness of multiple family members leading to death. The 3 sisters never wavered in spite of all this and spent their skills on writing. Emily’s ‘Wuthering Heights’ was actually incomplete when she died and was completed by Charlotte. The most important fact about these three women is that they hardly travelled but the books they wrote have the best depicted details about the world.
Harper Lee: Yet another author who proved that writing thousands of books don’t make you famous but writing the one is more than enough. Harper Lee is one of the primary authors to stand up against racism and its devils in the modern world. ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ is actually her own story from her. She is the first and the foremost author to win the Pulitzer prize for the first book. ‘To kill a mockingbird’ is also one of those books which haven’t been out of print till date from the date of publishing.
Our favorite Book – To kill a Mockingbird (Buy it here)
Anne Frank: An unexpected author with real life struggles. Anne has endured more pain at 12 than what many of us suffered till 50 also. A genuine and honest journal of what happens in a girl’s life wherever you are and whatever you do has been best portrayed in her innocent writing style.
Our favorite Book – The Diary of a young girl (Buy it here. read the review here)
This list might not contain all of the best female authors but it does represent some of the most admired ones. We can’t say enough about the greatness of women and the inspiration they have been. This article is just the token of our appreciation for their contributions to this world.
The Booker’s Diary wishes all the amazing ladies a Happy Women’s Day.