Writers

Authors You Pretend To Like, Even Though You've Never Read Them  

Bailey Brown
328 votes 25 voters 40 items

List Rules Vote up the writers you say you're a fan of even though you've never finished any of their books.

Literary masterminds are remembered for their intellectual contributions and expert storytelling. Many of the authors you should read are labeled as such because they challenge accepted social practices, such as fraudulent behavior. F. Scott Fitzgerald parodies the concept of assuming a fictional persona for the sake of acceptance in his widely celebrated satire, The Great Gatsby. While assuming a male pseudonym, George Eliot (AKA Mary Ann Evans) challenges her readers to question their judgments with her heavy-hitter, Middlemarch. Despite the messages imbued in these texts, countless readers lie about having read authors like Fitzgerald and Eliot and others in an attempt to maintain their intellectual reputation.

The amount of information on the internet, in popular media, and engrained into the study of contemporary literature that references famous historical authors such as Dickens, Dostoevsky, and Chopin is surmountable enough for people to successfully lie about reading books like Crime and Punishment. After all, Crime and Punishment - along with A Tale of Two Cities, Lord of the Rings, and Jane Eyre - is all among the must read books of the modern generation. There is, however, really no such thing as books you have to read, and although there is much to gain from a weekend with Agatha Christie or Franz Kafka, there is no official standard for what makes an author invaluable. 

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Charles Dickens is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Authors You Pretend To Like, Even Though You've Never Read Them
A Tale of Two Cities, Great Expectations, A Christmas Carol
Charles John Huffam Dickens was an English writer and social critic. He created some of the world's best-known fictional characters and is regarded as the greatest novelist of the Victorian era. ...more
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Ernest Hemingway is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Authors You Pretend To Like, Even Though You've Never Read Them
The Old Man and the Sea, A Farewell to Arms, For Whom the Bell Tolls
Ernest Miller Hemingway was an American author and journalist. His economical and understated style had a strong influence on 20th-century fiction, while his life of adventure and his public ...more
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George Orwell is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Authors You Pretend To Like, Even Though You've Never Read Them
Animal Farm, Nineteen Eighty-Four, Down and Out in Paris and London
Eric Arthur Blair (25 June 1903 21 January 1950), better known by his psuedonymGeorge Orwell, was an English author. His work is marked by a profound conscientiousness of social injustice, an ...more
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Leo Tolstoy is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Authors You Pretend To Like, Even Though You've Never Read Them
War and Peace, Anna Karenina, Resurrection
Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy, commonly referred to as Leo Tolstoy, was a Russian novelist, short story writer, essayist, playwright and philosopher who primarily wrote novels and short ...more
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Jane Austen is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Authors You Pretend To Like, Even Though You've Never Read Them
Pride and Prejudice, Emma, Sense and Sensibility
Jane Austen was an English novelist whose works of romantic fiction, set among the landed gentry, earned her a place as one of the most widely read writers in English literature. Her realism, ...more
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C. S. Lewis is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Authors You Pretend To Like, Even Though You've Never Read Them
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Mere Christianity
Clive Staples Lewis, commonly known as C. S. Lewis, was a novelist, poet, academic, medievalist, literary critic, essayist, lay theologian, broadcaster, lecturer, and Christian apologist. Born ...more
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Lewis Carroll is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Authors You Pretend To Like, Even Though You've Never Read Them
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Through the Looking-Glass, The Annotated Alice
Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, better known by his pen name, Lewis Carroll, was an English writer, mathematician, logician, Anglican deacon and photographer. His most famous writings are Alice's ...more
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Arthur Conan Doyle is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Authors You Pretend To Like, Even Though You've Never Read Them
The Hound of the Baskervilles, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, A Study in Scarlet
Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle KStJ, DL was a Scottish writer and physician, most noted for his fictional stories about the detective Sherlock Holmes, which are generally considered milestones ...more
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Neil Gaiman is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Authors You Pretend To Like, Even Though You've Never Read Them
American Gods, The Graveyard Book, Stardust
Neil Richard MacKinnon Gaiman is an English author of short fiction, novels, comic books, graphic novels, audio theatre and films. His notable works include the comic book series The Sandman and ...more
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Ralph Waldo Emerson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Authors You Pretend To Like, Even Though You've Never Read Them
Self-Reliance, The essays of Ralph Waldo Emerson, The young American
Ralph Waldo Emerson was an American essayist, lecturer, and poet, who led the Transcendentalist movement of the mid-19th century. He was seen as a champion of individualism and a prescient ...more
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H. G. Wells is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Authors You Pretend To Like, Even Though You've Never Read Them
The Time Machine, The War of the Worlds, The Invisible Man
Herbert George Wells — known as H. G. Wells — was a prolific English writer in many genres, including the novel, history, politics, and social commentary, and textbooks and rules for games. He ...more
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J. R. R. Tolkien is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Authors You Pretend To Like, Even Though You've Never Read Them
The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, The Silmarillion
John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, CBE FRSL was an English writer, poet, philologist, and university professor who is best known as the author of the classic high-fantasy works The Hobbit, The Lord of ...more
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Agatha Christie is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Authors You Pretend To Like, Even Though You've Never Read Them
The A.B.C. Murders, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, A Pocket Full of Rye
Dame Agatha Mary Clarissa Christie, DBE was an English novelist, short story writer, and playwright. She also wrote six romances under the name Mary Westmacott, but she is best known for the 66 ...more
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Kurt Vonnegut is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Authors You Pretend To Like, Even Though You've Never Read Them
Slaughterhouse-Five, Cat's Cradle, Breakfast of Champions
Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. was an American writer. His works, such as Cat's Cradle, Slaughterhouse-Five, and Breakfast of Champions, blend satire, gallows humor, and science fiction. As a citizen, he ...more
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John Steinbeck is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Authors You Pretend To Like, Even Though You've Never Read Them
Of Mice and Men, The Grapes of Wrath, East of Eden
John Ernst Steinbeck, Jr. was an American author of twenty-seven books, including sixteen novels, six non-fiction books, and five collections of short stories. He is widely known for the comic ...more
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H. P. Lovecraft is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Authors You Pretend To Like, Even Though You've Never Read Them
The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories, At the Mountains of Madness, The Dunwich Horror and Others
Howard Phillips Lovecraft —known as H. P. Lovecraft—was an American author who achieved posthumous fame through his influential works of horror fiction. He is now regarded as one of the most ...more
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F. Scott Fitzgerald is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Authors You Pretend To Like, Even Though You've Never Read Them
The Great Gatsby, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Tales of the Jazz Age
Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald was an American author of novels and short stories, whose works are the paradigmatic writings of the Jazz Age. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest American ...more
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Emily Brontë is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Authors You Pretend To Like, Even Though You've Never Read Them
Wuthering Heights, Poems by Currer, Ellis
Emily Jane Brontë was an English novelist and poet who is best known for her only novel, Wuthering Heights, now considered a classic of English literature. Emily was the third eldest of the ...more
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Oscar Wilde is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Authors You Pretend To Like, Even Though You've Never Read Them
The Picture of Dorian Gray, Salome, The importance of being Earnest and other plays
Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde was an Irish author, playwright and poet. After writing in different forms throughout the 1880s, he became one of London's most popular playwrights in the ...more
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James Joyce is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Authors You Pretend To Like, Even Though You've Never Read Them
Ulysses, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Finnegans Wake
James Augustine Aloysius Joyce was an Irish novelist and poet, considered to be one of the most influential writers in the modernist avant-garde of the early 20th century. Joyce is best known ...more
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Virginia Woolf is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Authors You Pretend To Like, Even Though You've Never Read Them
To the Lighthouse, A Room of One's Own, Mrs Dalloway
Adeline Virginia Woolf was an English writer and one of the foremost modernists of the twentieth century. During the interwar period, Woolf was a significant figure in London literary society ...more
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Thomas Hardy is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Authors You Pretend To Like, Even Though You've Never Read Them
Jude the Obscure, Tess of the d'Urbervilles, Far from the Madding Crowd
Thomas Hardy, OM was an English novelist and poet. A Victorian realist in the tradition of George Eliot, he was influenced both in his novels and in his poetry by Romanticism, especially William ...more
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Ray Bradbury is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Authors You Pretend To Like, Even Though You've Never Read Them
Fahrenheit 451, Something Wicked This Way Comes, The Martian Chronicles
Ray Douglas Bradbury was an American fantasy, science fiction, horror and mystery fiction author. Best known for his dystopian novel Fahrenheit 451 and for the science fiction and horror stories ...more
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Charlotte Brontë is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Authors You Pretend To Like, Even Though You've Never Read Them
Jane Eyre, Villette, Shirley
Charlotte Brontë was an English novelist and poet, the eldest of the three Brontë sisters who survived into adulthood and whose novels have become classics of English literature. She ...more
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Fyodor Dostoyevsky is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Authors You Pretend To Like, Even Though You've Never Read Them
The Brothers Karamazov, Crime and Punishment, The Idiot
Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoyevsky, sometimes transliterated Dostoevsky, was a Russian novelist, short story writer, essayist, journalist and philosopher. Dostoyevsky's literary works explore human ...more