Happy International Women's Day!
As the majority of my favourite authors are all women, what better day to celebrate how wonderful they are! I put together a collage of some of my favourite female authors who throughout the ages wrote memorable stories that have made an impact on our lives. In the beginning, women writers had difficulties getting published and weren't taken seriously. Many of which had to result to male pen names. Over time they were able to use their own names, however there was still the stereotype of women writing romances. These days, women can write whatever they wish without the stereotype pushing them down.
To all the women authors out there, don't hold back, write with all you have and never give up!
Starting from top, some of my favourites who made an impact (going clockwise):
- J.K. Rowling, extremely successful and popular author behind the Harry Potter series. Showed the world a bit of magic, stories that adults and children alike all enjoy. Went beyond the pages into films, amusement parks, memorabilia, music and so much more.
- Stephenie Meyer, author of the Twilight Saga. She helped bring teenage sparkly vampires to the public which exploded onto the big screen and developed a cult following.
- Helen Fielding, creator of the oh so awesome Bridget Jones and master of chick lit. If it wasn't for her we wouldn't have seen the return of Colin Firth to his perfect role.
- Becca Fitzpatrick, author of the YA series, hush, hush. For those not familiar with her, the series is based on fallen angels. While she didn't strike it big like the others, she is a personal favourite because of her amazing writing skills.
- Jane Austen, author of... well all that is wonderful! Pride and Prejudice, Northanger Abbey, Emma and many more. One of the world's most widely read authors, loved by many women. There are clubs and yearly events dedicated to her, film adaptations and author sequels in a variety of genres, including horrors.
- The Bronte Sisters (Charlotte, Emily and Anne) who wrote under the names - Currer, Ellis and Acton. They created such masterpieces as Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall.
- Mary Anne Evans, who used the pen name George Eliot to ensure her works were taken seriously. Known for The Mill on the Floss, her books are well known for their realism.
- Pamela Lyndon Travers who wrote Mary Poppins. An amazing Australian authors who introduced us to the most wonderful nanny in the world and has us humming songs and dancing on chalk drawings.