This week’s Top 10 Tuesday subject is unexpectedly thought provoking. For those who don’t know, it’s a weekly topic that was created by The Broke and Bookish. Some of the people I chose have similar ideologies, while others have completely opposite viewpoints on central issues. My list is below, but feel free to comment with what duo you think would reign supreme!
- Truman Capote and Stephen King– These are two of the best (and grittiest) storytellers I could possibly think of, and I’m pretty sure I’d be in awe of whatever they wrote.
- Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Chinua Achebe– One of the best contemporary African storytellers and one of the best of the last generation. It goes without saying that this much talent would be absolutely beautiful.
- J.D. Salinger and F. Scott Fitzgerald– Catcher in the Rye is my least favorite book on the face of the planet. No hyperbole. But the treatment of a privileged youth in Catcher, plus the much more savvy and nuanced treatment of privileged adults? Might be pretty great.
- J.K. Rowling and Suzanne Collins– The young adult in me squeals with joy, even though I can’t imagine how depressing that book would actually be.
- Toni Morrison and Junot Diaz- Both of these authors are experts at telling their culture’s stories. I would absolutely love to see how they’d tell a story together– I’d love to just read the dialogues.
- Cornel West and Patricia Hill Collins- Even though I can’t stand Cornel West, I think he’s an incredibly smart man who could use a bit of Patricia Hill Collins’ academic focus. I’d also like to see how her feminist writing would influence his… not so feminist writing.
- E. L. James and Sista Souljah– This was my “why not” pairing. I guarantee the book they’d make would be awful, but I’m really interested in knowing what it would be like. Disgustingly interested.
- Ralph Ellison and Ta-Nehisi Coates– This might be my favorite of all the pairings. I’d love to see the story they’d tell. Bonus points of we can get some Baldwin in the collaboration.
- James Baldwin and Sonia Sanchez– This pairing speaks for itself, really. I heard Sonia Sanchez speak in Washington DC last year, and I fell even further in love with her. Both authors are amazingly observant, and it shows in their discussion of race and gender.