Topic: HOW WOULD YOU COMPARE TWO BOOK AUTHORS?
June 18, 2019 / By Alma Question:
IM WRITING A COMPARE AND CONTRAST ESSAY FOR MY ENGLISH CLASS. I WANT TO WRITE ABOUT TWO OF MY FAVORITE AUTHORS. PROBLEM IS I DO NOT KNOW WHAT TO COMPARE ABOUT THE TWO.
Uzziel | 6 days ago
Well...chill. But I can help you. I just wrote a compare and contrast essay...hahahaha I was surprised I got a 100%
Well, you could compare and contrast about these things.
1. What type of Genre do they write.
2. How they write.
3. Some similar books they wrote.
4. Hm...what the lesson in the book is.
5. The point of the books they wrote.
6. How they became an author.
7. How long have they been writing.
8. What "mood" they create in the reader. [ the mood the author creates in the reader, suspense, happy, sad etc.]
9. What "traits" the characters have. [how they like to describe their characters]
10. "Theme." [writers message about what the topic is]
11. "Topic". [one of two words that sum up about the story]
12. The "tone" they use in the story. [how the author reacts to the subject of the story]
13. The, "main point." [the main point of the story]
14. What, "Point of views" they write in. [is the narrator a character in the story or not, first person-the narrator is the main character, third person-narrator is not a character in the story, third person- the narrator is not a character in the story, second person-the narrator tell the story to someone using the pronouns, "you".]
15. What kind of , "climax" they have. [the action of the story, conflict]
16. How they start of with a story, "Exposition". [the beginning of a story]
17. Do they, "foreshadow" in their books. [kinda like gives you a hint of whats going to happen]
18. Do they use a, "recurring theme"? [theme that shows up again]
19. Do they use lot's of, "dialogue".
20. Do they have, "fable" in their story. [animals, fantasy]
21. Do they leave, "cliff hangers" [at the end of the chapter do they leave like a ending where it makes you want to read it more]
These are all I could think of right now.
Sorry, but hope these help. :D
Stephen King and Dean Koontz. You could go on about Dean Koontz and how many books he constantly pumps out, but all of which lack in significant depth, quality, or, in general, life-changing stuff. Stephen King, on the other hand, has been and is known as the king of horror, because he pumps out books (not as fast as Koontz) that are quality, deep, and sometimes (but not always..) meaningful, some quite possibly eye-opening, life-changing. Thomas Harris (author of Silence of the Lambs) and James Patterson. Patterson is mainstream, he writes A LOT, is pretty typical with his thrillers, nothing monumental. Harris is a legend in the names of thrillers, mostly due to his genius creation of Hannibal Lecter, quite possibly one of the most recognized, thoroughly drawn characters in thrillers. Caleb Carr and John Grisham. Grisham has tired out the genre of courtroom thrillers, but doesn't seem to get the hint because he keeps them coming. Some of them are good, or go beyond the usual courtroom environment, and some are general thrillers, but his stories really aren't all that deep or character-driven. Caleb Carr explores elements of human psychology so effectively and thoroughly, and his books take on dark atmospheres, that its a wonder he's not more popular than Grisham. Carr's books are disturbing, amazing, believable, etc.
NO NEED TO WRITE IN ALL CAPS!
Examine the ways they write, meaning some patterns you may see. What moods do they set? Is it funny or horrifying? Is their writing simple or detailed? Do their books share some themes?
Originally Answered: Who are some good authors that will improve your writing?
There are many good authors, many good styles of writing. Pick any five that you like, and try writing like them. You'll become aware of their differences and what works best for you.
You didn't say what kind of writing you want to do. Are you interested in literary writing, a specific commercial genre, books with a certain mood to them? Writing for adults or teens or kids? That's important when picking authors to imitate.
I'm a mystery fan, so most of my picks are from there.
Serious mainstream mystery: Dan Brown
Thriller: Robert Ludlum (the ones he wrote when he was alive, not the ones written in his name by others after he died - or read some of both and see how his imitators fall short)
Action-adventure: Lee Child (and if you want literary style, his book Echo Burning fits that)
Humorous mystery, light, breezy tone: Lawrence Block, especially his Bernie Rhodenbarr series
Science fiction/fantasy: Marion Zimmer Bradley
21st century SF: Cory Doctorow, great stylist, great storyteller
Horror: Stephen King