17 February, 2016 Top Six: Inspiring Writers, Bloggers and Creators
I’d like to preface this blog post with the following statement: I HATE the term ‘creators’. It gives me a full-body cringe, and I always shudder when Youtubers and beauty gurus describe themselves as such. That being said, ‘creators’ does a pretty good job of defining the people I look up to. They’re experimental, innovative, and slightly wacky characters, that have managed to carve out their own niche in our world. From beauty editors to fiction writers, there’s a special place in my heart for people who transport me to a totally different place and time.
Vix Meldrew – Vicky is going to be annoyed with me for mentioning her in this post, but I don’t bloody care. The girl can write! We’ve been friends for a few years, and it’s been a real honour to watch her blog grow and develop. She talks about her trials and tribulations with nuance and wit, and her personality comes through in every word you read. She’s for sure going places!
Sali Hughes – I’ve spoken about Sali before in a post on my Beauty Inspirations, but she’s getting another mention here. I’m a full-blown fan girl! She lives and breathes beauty, and doesn’t ever make you feel like caring about makeup and skincare is shallow or vacuous. Her weekly column in The Guardian is fantastic, and Pretty Honest is the beauty bible I’ll be passing down to my daughters (and sons probs).
George RR Martin – the singular man on this list is coincidentally the only author I adore despite the fact that he makes a huge amount of money by writing lady-murder scenes. A Song of Ice and Fire is possibly the most magical anthology of books I’ve ever read, and I could read and re-read them until the cows come home. How one man has created characters as diverse as Brienne of Tarth, Theon Greyjoy and Oberyn Martell, I have no idea. His skill and style astounds me and I’m proud to call myself an ASOIAF nerd.
Jeffrey Eugenides – as an English Literature graduate, reading The Marriage Plot in my final year of university was a pretty great experience. It’s a story about (bear with me) a literature student in a love triangle, who’s writing her thesis on marriage, love triangles and matters of the heart. You become completely immersed in the world he creates, and I’ve probably read the book at least five times. Middlesex is also another desert island essential, and it makes me laugh and cry in equal measure. If you’ve read either book, comment below – I’m desperate to start a blogger book club!
Victoria Hislop – Jeffrey Eugenides writes about Greek characters living the American dream, and Victoria Hislop writes about gorgeous Greek locales and the people who inhabit them. I can’t explain how much I adore this woman – The Island is probably my favourite work of hers, closely followed by The Thread. Her novels are equal parts beach read and family saga, and they are so, so addictive. She’s a wonderful human being in her own right, and her husband is a pretty funny man too.
Joanne Harris – last up is the wonderful Joanna Harris – author of Chocolat, and my new obsession, Five Quarters of the Orange. I realised this summer that I love reading about food – I know, such a glutton – and Five Quarters is a heartbreaking story told through food. All emotional expression comes through what the characters eat and prepare, and it’s had such an effect on me. I can’t wait to read more of her work now that I’m (f)unemployed!
A little different today, but I really enjoyed telling you about my favourite creators, writers and bloggers – let me know if you liked this post, and I’ll work on adding similar content to my blog schedule!
Have a gorgeous day,