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

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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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  • Ernest Hemingway
    27 votes
    The Old Man and the Sea, A Farewell to Arms, For Whom the Bell Tolls
    Ernest Miller Hemingway (July 21, 1899 – July 2, 1961) was an American journalist, novelist, short-story writer, and sportsman. His economical and understated style—which he termed the iceberg ...more
  • George Orwell
    28 votes
    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 pen name George Orwell, was an English novelist and essayist, journalist and critic, whose work is characterised by lucid ...more
  • Charles Dickens
    23 votes
    A Tale of Two Cities, Great Expectations, A Christmas Carol
    Charles John Huffam Dickens (; 7 February 1812 – 9 June 1870) was an English writer and social critic. He created some of the world's best-known fictional characters and is regarded by many as the ...more
  • Lewis Carroll
    24 votes
    Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Through the Looking-Glass, The Annotated Alice
    Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (; 27 January 1832 – 14 January 1898), better known by his pen name Lewis Carroll, was an English writer of world-famous children's fiction, notably Alice's Adventures in ...more
  • Jane Austen
    28 votes
    Pride and Prejudice, Emma, Sense and Sensibility
    Jane Austen (; 16 December 1775 – 18 July 1817) was an English novelist known primarily for her six major novels, which interpret, critique and comment upon the British landed gentry at the end of ...more
  • James Joyce
    20 votes
    Ulysses, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Finnegans Wake
    James Augustine Aloysius Joyce (2 February 1882 – 13 January 1941) was an Irish novelist, short story writer, poet, teacher, and literary critic. He contributed to the modernist avant-garde and is ...more