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Saponification said:Pfft. Genre.
Check out The Beach by Alex Garland. Don't worry if you've seen the movie, it's a suck arse adaptation. I'm yet to read it, but it's sitting on my bookshelf - The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon. It's about this kid who decides to solve the murder of next door's dog. That description sounds kinda lame, but the book itself is very good.
lisajane said:I wouldn't say a lot of authors suck at writing female characters. What about female authors? They suck at writing female characters?
One of the hardest things of writing is to write in a character of the opposite sex - it's generally difficult for female authors to write as a male character and vice versa. My own male characters in first person I feel have strong feminine qualities.
With John Marsden being one of my most favourite authors, I think he does write in a female character brilliantly. I find I can relate to them better, and have difficulty relating to Tony from Dear Miffy (Miffy, I think, is fantastic as a character). I think it suits him to write in female characters and I love how he does it.
Kane said:hehe yeah, just look at Anne Rice's male characters... All effeminate, all have gay tendencies, all moody as hell. =)
PaPa: he say it like it is.PaPa said:Anything by Douglas Adams (particularly The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy), anything by Terry Pratchett (particularly Good Omens), anything by Isaac Asimov (particularly the Foundation trilogy).
The original Dune by Frank Herbert, but don't read the rest of the series because it sucks.
The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien