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Oh God, I don't even know. Just to say I admire a writer does not necessarily mean I LIKE them or even READ them, right? Well, believe it or not, there are definitely more writers I admire than necessarily like. Writers, of course, like the classics in Greek and Rome, whoever the lucky snot who wrote Beowulf was (and I curse him), Lady Murasaki for being both an educated woman in medieval Japan AND wriiting the oldest (or one of) novels in Japan, or even the world (may I reiterate that she was a woman?) and virtually anyone else who is way more awesome than I will ever be. If it weren't for writers to idolize, there would be nothing to aspire to.
As for more...recent...writers I admire, that's a harder one. I admire writers who broke into markets and made something for themselves. But I doubt this is about the business aspect of admiration. So, in terms of writing style, content, and general badassery, one of the first 1900s+ authors that come to mind for me is Philip Pullman, author of His Dark Materials. It's one of the few (fantasy) series from my childhood that I still thoroughly enjoy and look to for inspiration, probably because it's fantasy with religious conspiracy...you know, like Nagnomei...which explains why I was attracted to it in the first place. Pullman is able to make twists and turns that make me jealous. He's succinct (something I need to work on) and yet gets all the (fantastical) information across. He's also really pissing some organizations off that I would love to piss off as well. The only thing I'm not jealous of is the movie...
Tell me, fanciful readers, who do you admire? And most importantly...are they dead?