Who is your first ever favorite author?

Indonesia
August 6, 2009 11:47am CST
Mine is Enid Blyton. I remember the first time I read books, I really enjoy her Famous Five books. It is just exciting to read about adventures about several kids who is trying to solve mysteries. Afterwards, I start reading almost all of her books. My favorites among them are the Circus series (Hurrah for the Circus etc) and Malory Towers series. After that, my interest in books was for mystery author like Agatha Christie's and Alfred Hitchcock and The Three Investigtors series (well actually it's not Hitchcok himself who wrote the books). So how about you? Do you still read (or re-reading) their books until now?
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@thea09 (18327)
• Greece
6 Aug 09
Hi sophisticated_boy, I'm another Enid Blyton fan and was addicted to her books as a child. I loved the 'mystery of' books the most and of course 'Mallory towers'. I only let the latter go with the last house move and still regret it now. In the UK they have I believe tried to ban Enid Blyton from the libraries for some bizonarre reason as being unsuitable reading for children. The world has gone quite barmy when things like that happen, one should never stop a child reading what it wants to read. I saved my old Enid Blyton's and my son has had many a pleasant hour reading them, along with a host of other things. To encourage reading in the young is the best gift we can pass on as it lasts for life.
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• Indonesia
7 Aug 09
Hi thea, why it's not suitable for children? Is it because the government worried the concept of boarding school in real life and in the book is not the same? So, the kids will imagine something who's unrealistic? I mean..come on, a child must have some fantasy right? Is it still banned until now? Well, I guess kids can read Harry Potter series, therefore they can even imagine a world even further than Mallory Towers series lol. Thaks for the response!
@thea09 (18327)
• Greece
7 Aug 09
I think Sandra's put an answer in for both of us up at the beginning of the topic, I'm off to read it now.
@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
8 Aug 09
Hi thea09---had to chime in here...LOL. Since I've never read the Enid Blyton books I would have no idea why libraries would ban the books, but I do know for an instance, many libraries, especially in "very" Christian type neighborhoods will ban the Harry Potter books as they claim it promotes children into witchcraft...
@Sandra1952 (6052)
• Spain
6 Aug 09
I grew up with Enid Blyton, and through her, I discovered the wonderful world of books. 50 years on, I still love reading, and get through 2 - 3 books every week. My favourite books were the Famous Five books, and the Mallory Towers series. I begged my mother to send me to Mallory Towers, and when she said it wasn't a real school, it broke my heart! My children also read the books as they grew up, and when my granddaughter can read, (she's only two and a half)I'll introduce her to them.
@thea09 (18327)
• Greece
6 Aug 09
Here we go again Sandra, spooky or what, Mallory towers fan calling. Actually I need you to remind me why Enid Blyton got banned from UK libaries, I know it happened which is insanity run amok but can you remind me why it happened?
• Indonesia
7 Aug 09
Ha? How come Mallory Towers banned from library? I think it is very child-friendly book? Ah Sandra, I think we are in different generation, but both of us still read the sama book right? I think Enid Blyton series are timeless and fun to read by everybody. I also enjoy Famous Five, which book are your favorite? I still have some of the books until now, the translated one of course, since I read it when I am in such a young age
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• Spain
7 Aug 09
Hello Thea - we meet again in the Stalker Zone! I remember the Noddy books got banned because of - wait for it - the golliwog! The Guardianistas thought coloured people would be offended by it. When everyone played up hell about it, they tried to back pedal and said it was because Noddy and Big Ears didn't treat Mr Plod the policeman with respect, and they didn't want kids thinking that was the way to treat policemen. As by this time - late 70's early 80's - kids were already giving teachers and policemen grief, nobody was fooled for a minute. I can also remember teachers saying Enid Blyton wasn't suitable for children, as the stories were too simplistic and would not expand their vocabularies. This was also treated with contempt, as people rightly said that anything that got children reading willingly was a good thing.
@yugasini (12839)
• Anantapur, India
6 Aug 09
hi sohisticatedboy, hi first favourite author is Malladi Venkatakrishnamoorthy a Telugu novelist,i like to read more of his novels in Telugu language next Yandamoori Veerendranath also my next favorite author in Telugu language,no other authors from any other languages,have a nice day
• Indonesia
7 Aug 09
Hi yugasini. What's Telugu language? Is it Indian? Thanks for the response!
@yugasini (12839)
• Anantapur, India
7 Aug 09
hi sohisticatedboy, thanks for the comment,yes Telugu is a sweet Indian language it is Italian of the east,have a nice day
@nonersays (2759)
• United States
6 Aug 09
My first ever favorite author had to be R.L. Stine. I was an avid reader of the Goosebumps books for a long time. It has been years since I've read any of them though. In middle school I discovered Stephen King, and fell in love. Then started reading Dean Koontz. I like books by both authors and still re-read them a lot.
• Indonesia
7 Aug 09
Do you read Fear Street series also? I found my taste also shift along with my age. When I was in high school I start reading novels with heavier subject such as Erich Segal's. Also, when I was in secondary, I entered the magical world of Harry Potter, which even until now, I still rereading all the books in the series a few times. Thanks for the response!
@nonersays (2759)
• United States
7 Aug 09
I've read some of the Fear Street books, but not as many as I did of the Goosebumps. I also read a good bit of Christopher Pikes book's around that time too, now that I think about it.
@vathsala30 (3723)
• India
6 Aug 09
my first ever favourite author is Arthur Hailey. I have read three of his books, The Airport, The Jaws and the Final Diagnosis and all the three of them are excellent and i feel like reading them again and again
• Indonesia
7 Aug 09
Oh, just heard of him, I never thought that Airport and Jaws were actually adapted from books. But I think Final Diagnosis haven't adopted into movies right? Or maybe with different title? Thanks for the response!
• United States
6 Aug 09
Ann M. Martin was my first-ever favorite author. She wrote the Babysitter's Club series, and the Little Sister series that went along with it. I started reading them at a young age, and I think I read almost every book in both of the series before I moved on to other things. Man, I had so many of those books, I remember when my dad moved and they were cleaning out my old room, there were four boxes of just the Babysitter's Club books! I was also an avid reader of R.L. Stein, not so much the Goosebumps as just the Fear Street stories. I loved Sunburn, and Halloween Party. I haven't read those in years, either, but again, I had so many of them. Ha, good memories!
• Indonesia
7 Aug 09
Geez, I think no matter what country we are, our firstreading is so much alike. I was an avid R.L. Stine books, I think his masterpiece in Fear Street series is The Prom Queen and Best Friends, cause I think those two is quite different than other of his novels, which sometimes feel repetitive. I'm also going to the same taste like you, first reading Goosebumps and after growing up reading his Fear Street Series. My favorites is book (If I'm not mistaken} #5, I think it's about slimy monsters taht lives in a basement, it's made of plant and IMO his masterpiece is Welcome To Horrorland (kinda forget what exactly the title of the book), it's about a trip to an amusement park which turn ugly and horrifying cause in the end monsters in the park are real monsters, and all of them were showed in a freak reality show. Ah, Babysitters Club, also remember these series. Only read it until #20, cause after that I think there is no translation version of the book in my country, so it's hard to get the book. Thanks for the response!
@pushkin69 (546)
6 Aug 09
Hey there. Mine was Enid Blyton too. I loced reading the famous five books too. I would get so excited when mum came home with a new on e for me to read. I would hide away in my room and imagine I was solving the mysteries. Did you also read the Secret Seven? Loved those too. As I got older I started to read the series about the high school twins but I cant remember the name. Then I got into Point Horror and Steven King books. I have always loved reading and continue to do so.
• Indonesia
7 Aug 09
Hahaha..same with me, but I always read it at my school library, being my school collection is quite small and not having many books. High School teens is St Clare right? Read those one too, but I think that one is very similar to Mallory, only different character. I read Stephen King's but not an avid reader of his work. My nest favorite author is R.L. Stine, with his Goosebumps and Fear Street series, I wonder if those books still sold at the bookstores, in my country Enid Blyton's has been reprinted a few times and still available in bookstores. Thanks for the response. All of your responses make me remember my childhood :))
@reinydawn (11649)
• United States
26 Aug 09
My first favorite author was Judy Bloom. I loved her books, they were for teenage girls. As I grew up, my tastes changed and although I have still read Judy Bloom's adult books, I find I like Stephen King the best now.
@cmnavarro (251)
• Philippines
8 Aug 09
i like richard burton... hehe i like his book called, "arabian nights"
@MsTickle (24993)
• Australia
8 Aug 09
I loved Grimms Fairy Tales as a kid and then the William books...by Michael someone, I think. I moved on to Agatha Christie, Georgette Heyer and Mary Stewart. Then James Hadley Chase, Winston Graham and John D MacDonald. Gee, the memory is working overtime...there have been so many authors I have loved and I treasure them to this day. I'm actually re-reading Cat Among The Pigeons by Agatha Christie at the moment.
@drannhh (15240)
• United States
8 Aug 09
Besides Dante? I horrified the municipal librarian by reading the Inferno in 4th grade. I liked the Hardy Boys books, too, but it always made me mad that there weren't any Hardy Girls. Did you know that Franklin W. Dixon, whose name was used for that series of children's books was not a real person. All the stories were invented by various ghost writers using that name.
@blue65packer (11835)
• United States
8 Aug 09
I have never heard of Enid Blyton. My first author was Laura Ingalls Wilder and her "Little House on the Prairie" books. I read those books at least twice! I have all those books in my book collection! I loved reading the "Black Stallion"books by Walter Farley! Still do! I also love Margerite Henry's animal books! Those are my favorite children authors and I still love them! Always will!
@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
8 Aug 09
I've heard of Enid Blyton but never read her books as a kid. My mother wasn't too keen on reading so she didn't encourage me to read much...but as a kid I did read the famous Nancy Drew series of mysteries...that of course encouraged me to later on read mysteries by other authors like Agatha Christie, Dorothy Sayers, Nero Wolfe, etc---I still love reading childrens/young adult books...am reading the Susan Potter series "The Dark Is Rising"--a five volume set
@radx682 (327)
• India
7 Aug 09
So far I have books of sidney shelton and I like his Sands of Time and Tell me your dreams. I have to read the books written by other authors too...Only now I have started reading books...so may be after few months I can list other author names.
• Canada
7 Aug 09
My first author is a Canadian writer, her name is Lucy Maude Montgomery. She wrote the Anne of Green Gables series. I loved Story Girl it was my favourite book. It was a collection of stories that the girl would just make up in her head and I used to do that myself.
@ElicBxn (60895)
• United States
7 Aug 09
Anne McCaffrey, Orson Scott Card, Robert J. Sawyer, Mercedes Lackey, Andre Norton, Tony Hillermann, Janet Evanovich, Lilian Jackson Braun
@VANILLAREY (1473)
• India
7 Aug 09
Mine is Enid Blyton too. There is reason why she became my first ever favorite author. As a child I used to read comic books based on India, Indian folk tales and Indian history. We had a class in school for reading books. And the school seemed to have loads of Enid Blyton books. Thus Enid Blyton became my first ever favorite author by chance rather than choice.
@thaMARKER (3094)
• Philippines
7 Aug 09
i used to like John Grisham before. I have read several of his books but I realized legal matters is too much for me. hehehe.. I like spy movies/stories so I searched and stumbled upon a book entitled after my favorite movie -- The Bourne Identity but I didn't read the book, I looked for another books in the same author (Robert Ludlum -- my now favorite author)
@lazeebee (5468)
• Malaysia
7 Aug 09
Yup, my favorite childhood author too. I idolized the Famous Five, and wished that I could be like there, always involved in adventures and solving mysteries. The Malory Towers and the Naughtiest Girl in School were among my favorites too. And yeah, I enjoy reading Agatha Christie and Alfred Hitchcock books as well. I really like Alfred Hitchcock collection of short stories - I can read them over and over again!
@edjump (60)
• United States
7 Aug 09
I would definitely say that my first favorite author would be Mark Twain(Samuel Clemens. He is also my all time favorite author. For me, Mark Twain had the ability to make me feel as though I was right where he was describing.