“An author has to know his natural limit, and not allow his creative wanderlust to take him places he is ill-equipped to go.” This quote by Gar Haywood states that an author should limit himself to only one genre and not explore his creativeness. But is this the case with everyone? Should every author be restricted to only one genre? Writing in itself is a difficult job, now add to it the pressure of writing in different genres. It surely is a tough row to hoe. Yet there are some popular writers with diverse writing who have completely out done themselves in more than one genre and have garnered huge audiences. So let us take a look at some of them. Here we have listed 10 authors who wrote different Genres.
10 Authors Who Wrote Different Genres | Popular Writers With Diverse Writing:
The author of The Shining is popular for writing horror stories. Books like IT, Salem’s Lot are very popular among horror story fanatics. But he has also written some books which are different from his preferred genre. Different Seasons, a collection of four books has more of a dramatic bend to it rather than King’s usual horror genre. Apart from this King has also written Science fiction, comedy horror and fantasy fiction which are equally popular among his fans.
The Booker prize winner author has written many best-selling books. Most of them were inspired by his life. Portnoy’s Complaint and Goodbye Columbus are some of his best-selling novels. But his novel The Plot Against America which is Alternate History Science Fiction also got immense success. Apart from this he was also a short story writer.
Dubbed as “America’s favourite novelist” by The New Yorker, Nora Roberts has over 500 million copies sold. She mostly writes books on romance, like her most popular book Blue Dahlia. Along with Romance she has also written books on fantasy and suspense which are as popular as her books on romance. “Face the Fire” which falls into the fantasy genre has garnered a critical acclaim.
H. G. Wells
The Time Machine author popular for his science fiction novels has written in many different genres. Social commentary, history, and satire are some of the genres he has written books about. He has written books on social issues as well. “The War That Will End War” and “Love And Mr. Levisham “ are some of his critically acclaimed books.
David Mitchell is an English novelist, TV writer and screen writer. He mostly writes Literary fiction but also writes Thriller, Ghost stories, Science Fiction and Fairy Tales. Cloud Atlas and The Bone Clocks are some of his most popular books which are different from his preferred style of writing. Fans have always loved his books no matter the genre.
The Handmaid’s Tale author writes literary fiction as well as genre fiction. According to news reports she was at first hesitant to make the switch between the two genres. But she made her mark in both genres. She has her own dystopian works like the MaddAddam Series. Along with this she also written several children’s stories.
Joyce Carol Oates
Famously known for her books, poems and essays, Joyce Oates is a person of the masses. She also won the national book award. She is one of those authors who’s bibliography has an entire Wikipedia page! The Corn Maiden and Pursuit are some of the horror books she wrote which were equally loved by people.
Also known as “America’s Most Important Author” Jerome Charyn juggles between multiple genres. The Secret Life Of Emily Dickinson, Little Tulip are some of books of different genres he has written. He has published almost 50 works ranging from novels to graphic novels.
J. K. Rowling
The author of widely loved Harry Potter series doesn’t only write fantasy books, but she is also a Romantic Comedies writer. The Casual Vacancy which is a tragicomedy was widely appreciated by her fans and critics worldwide.
The writer of Room, Emma Donoghue a horror story writer also writes, children’s story books, historical fiction and short stories. Frog Music is her thrilling historical book and The Wonder is her scary Gothic novel.
All the great authors above have proved that it is ok to try out with different genres and explore our creativeness.
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