11 amazing books that won great writers’ hearts

It's always interesting to know what inspires outstanding writers to create and what changes their view of the world. Today, Bright Side offers you a chance to look at the books that had a huge impact on well-known authors. Perhaps some of us will find something new to read. And maybe someone will be glad that he or she admires the same books as his or her favorite writer!

J. K. Rowling - Emma by Jane Austen

The author of the 'Harry Potter' series draws inspiration from 'Emma' by Jane Austen. The plot attracts; even though there are no epic scenes, the story excites, carries the readers into its world. 

George R. R. Martin - The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien

George Martin, who presented the world with 'Game of Thrones,' admired 'The Lord of the Rings' by John Tolkien in high school, and this book is still his favorite. However, in 2014 the writer named another favorite - 'Station Eleven' by Emily St. John Mandel. Martin said that he would return to this novel, filled with a dreamy-melancholy mood, more than once.

John Steinbeck - Le Morte d'Arthur by Sir Thomas Malory

The author of the 'Grapes of Wrath' and 'East of Eden' says that one of his favorite books is 'Le Morte Darthur' by Sir Thomas Malory. He was presented with this book at the age of 9, and it had a huge impact on Steinbeck's writing.

Mark Twain - Arabian Nights

In 1887, Charles Crane asked Twain to name his favorite books. Among other books that he listed in his letter there was 'Arabian Nights,' full of amazing stories and its own magic.

Stephen King – Lord of the Flies by William Golding

The author, who works in the genre of horror, mystery and thriller, said that among his favorite books is the 'Lord of the Flies' by William Golding. Many times King claimed that the 'Lord of the Flies' is a book that he would have liked to write himself.  

Dan Brown – Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare

The famous American writer, journalist and musician, Dan Brown, well-know around the world by his books 'The Da Vinci Code' and 'Angels & Demons,' calls the comedy 'Much Ado About Nothing' by William Shakespeare one of his favorite books. Brown emphasizes the amazing wordplay, skillfully depicted by the English classic writer.

Ernest Hemingway - War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

Ernest Hemingway never ceased to admire this Russian classical writer: 'I don't know anyone who writes about the war better than Tolstoy. I like 'War and Peace.' I love it for the amazing, profound and truthful description of the war and the people'.

Anne Rice - Martin Eden by Jack London

Anne Rice, an American author of gothic fiction, Christian literature, and erotica, best known for her series of novels 'The Vampire Chronicles,' says that Martin Eden by Jack London is one of her favorites. It's a great portrait of a young writer who tries to find his way to the stars through all the difficulties.

Alice Hoffman – 

The Catcher in the Rye

by J. D. Salinger

Alice Hoffman, who gave to the world such novels as 'The Museum of Extraordinary Things' and 'The Marriage Opposites,' said in one of her interviews that it was 'The Catcher in the Rye' by J. D. Salinger that had a great influence on her decision to become a writer. 'I knew nothing about it or its author, but my mind was blown after the very first page. I hadn’t known that a book could speak so directly to a reader,' said Alice.

Vladimir Nabokov - The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka

The 'Lolita' author shared a list of his favorite books during one of the interviews, and 'The Metamorphosis' by Franz Kafka is one of those which Nabokov considers to be great.

Ray Bradbury - Moby Dick, or, The Whale by Herman Melville

Perhaps seeing 'Moby Dick,' permeated with the spirit of Romanticism, among the favorite books of science fiction writer Ray Bradbury is a bit surprising. However, in one of his interviews, the writer claimed that this novel, even after more than 50 years, has a great influence on his works.

Based on materials from mentalfloss, theoryandpractice, livelib
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