Friday Favorite Five: Non-SFF Authors

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Favorite Five Non-SFF Authors

This was a really tough one to narrow down because I love so many other authors outside of SFF. I could probably fill up an entire list of Romance authors and an entire list of Historical Fiction authors… actually, probably an entire list of each genre and general fiction. ๐Ÿ˜€

 

  • Judith Merkle Riley – Historical Fiction author. I wrote a huge post about her work earlier this year. She was the author of only six historical fiction novels, but they were so great. They do contain some elements of the supernatural so you could consider them speculative fiction but her stuff was always shelved with general fiction like the rest of historical fiction novels. For more information about why I love her work so much you can check out my previous post here.
  • Jane Austen – Fiction author / social satirist. Heck yeah, I love me some Jane Austen. Her books functioned on so many different levels. On the one hand they skewered the social conventions of the day. A lot of this she did through her characters, some of which are very much caricatures on purpose, over-exaggerated to point out the flaws more clearly and mock them. In Pride & Prejudice the idea of marriage is mocked more than once, straight from the opening lines. And yet, they’re also very much love stories. So, a story where the idea of having to make a great marriage, or even a marriage at all, is kind of mocked, but then the stories always end with a happy wedding which you’re rooting for. I really don’t know how she pulled this off so well time and again. My favorite book of Austen’s is Persuasion, only because it’s about second chances (even though it’s also about a bunch of other stuff too).
  • Janet Evanovich – Mystery author. Back in the day I used to read a ton of mysteries but I sort of got out of it for a while. And then one of my friends recommended I check out Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series and I was hooked immediately. These books are hilarious, light entertainment. They can be extremely silly sometimes (I mean, at this point her car getting blown up every book has become a running joke within the books…) but that’s what I love about them. They’re pure escapism. And sometimes that’s just what you need in a book.
  • Ariana Franklin – Historical Fiction author. Ariana Franklin was the pen name of author Diana Norman. I am absolutely in love with all of her Ariana Franklin books, most of which are part of her Mistress of the Art of Death series centering around a woman doctor using sort of forensics of the day to solve murders in medieval England. There are so many great things in these books–they’re feminist but they also touch on other topics as well. There’s a bit of an underlying romance too for those that enjoy those kinds of sub-plots. The last book in the series ended on a huge cliff-hanger. I don’t know if that was meant to be the end of the series or not, but, sadly, Diana passed away so we’ll never really know. Her daughter did complete one final Ariana Franklin book which Diana had started, The Winter Siege. Reading it was a bittersweet experience for me.
  • Courtney Milan – Romance author. I recently binge read a bunch of Courtney Milan’s romances and she quickly became one of my favorite authors. She writes romance but she’s not afraid to make statements with her stories. In a genre which, for many years, was aimed at women and written by a lot of women and yet…not very feminist, I find her books utterly refreshing. She writes about women navigating a man’s world and striving for equality. Her male characters are great as well. She gives her characters depth. At the end of the day they’re romances and characters fall in love, but these books are also about so much more.

 

So, those are a few of my favorite non-sff authors! Have you read any of these authors? What are some of your favorites outside the SFF genre? Leave a note in the comments or link up with your own FFF post, I’d love to hear from you!

 

 

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  1. I love Jane Austen. It’s been so long since I’ve read anything thats not speculative fiction. If you don’t include horror in SFF, then I’d say Joe Hill, Lauren Beukes, Sara Lotz… (but they probably don’t count as they all still at least skirt the line)

  2. I’m one of those oddballs who doesn’t like Pride & Prejudice. Well, I don’t like reading the book, but I enjoyed the movie adaptations I’ve seen of it.
    My fav non-SFF authors include Yaa Gyasi and Marlon James, Caroline Kepnes, Elizabeth Gilbert.

    1. Bonus, I found out recently that Peter Beagle is a fan of The Mistress of the Art of Death series.
      I’m not a huge Dickens fan but I do see the appeal. I will have to check out the others you mentioned.

  3. Mmm, difficult to choose, Jane Austen is a great choice but if I was to go more modern day I’d say Kate Atkinson, Philipa Gregory, Tracey Chevalier and, more recently I’ve enjoyed Claire Fuller and Sarah Pinborough. Although, if you ask me again in five minutes I’ll probably have five more authors.
    Lynn ๐Ÿ˜€

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