My definition of influential is any author, classic or modern, who has inspired writers, readers, or the larger scope of culture. Some are personal favorites, or have special meaning to me.
What this list is not: a list of the most influential writers of all time. Rather, this is a collection of influential writers, corresponding with each day's letter.
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R: JK Rowling
No brainer. This woman has influenced our culture so greatly in the past 15 years. It is the best selling book series of all time, it became the possibly most successful movie franchise in history, launched a theme park, and have delighted millions of children and adults worldwide.
The boy who lived was once a mere idea in a woman's head on a train ride home. Aren't you glad she thought to write her story to share with the rest of us?
What I love about these books is how immersive the world is. Everything from the goings-on at Hogwarts, the specific spells they learned, the elaborate backstory of so many characters like Harry's parents, and Dumbledore, and how it all worked together. Some of it was typical kids at a boarding school fiction stuff, but infused with magic it really became something else.
I loved how consistent the themes of friendship and working together remained. Harry needed his friends to defeat evil, he simply could not have done it alone.
No question, the Harry Potter books have influenced an entire generation--the books and the movies. I love it when art influences art. This link to a drawing of If Harry Potter was Anime is AMAZING. I have saved this in my bookmarks since I found it. Keep scrolling, it continues with more characters.
I'm Stephanie Scott and I write Young Adult fiction about teens who put their passions first. My debut ALTERATIONS releases 12/6/16 by Bloomsbury Spark. I enjoy dance fitness, cat memes, and Pinterest is driving me broke. I'm represented by Sarah LaPolla, Bradford Lit. Find me on twitter and Instagram at @StephScottYA