Recommended Fantasy Authors
Fantasy writers you think are similar (or different) from DWJ can go here. Mention the writing style, content and plot, all those things. You're allowed to have opinions here, but if you see somebody already put their own opinion there, don't change it!
- Diana Wynne Jones
- (children's books)
- Diana Wynne Jones gives readers something to think about in many of the books, and you don't feel like she's talking down (because she isn't, obviously!)
- (middlish books)
- (adultish books)
- Tamora Pierce
- Sorry to say this, but writes basically fluff. DWJ gives you something to think about. Also I found them good at 12, terrible at 13. They start seeming repetitive.
- I adore them, personally. She's not a top-notch writer, but she makes compelling heroines. I love her different presentations of what a girl can be: adventurous and serially monogamous (Alanna); asexual solidly unexciting excellent leader (Kel); wild child (Aly, though I dislike the romance aspect of her story). --Deborah
- E. Nesbit
- The first author to combine fantasy elements with realistic children in contemporary settings. Some of her standout fantasy works are "The Magic City", "Five Children and It", and "The Phoenix and the Carpet" --books that can be seen as forerunners to "The Ogre Downstairs" and "Witch Week" -Kitoba
- Philip Pullman
- I would hesitate to recommend PP to DWJ fans. Although a very talented writer, his work is extremely dark and misanthropic. -Kitoba
- Joan Aiken
- The short stories have more of the magic in everyday life that I love in DWJ and E. Nesbit. The novels tend to be more alternate history - Rachel
- J.K. Rowling
- Most DWJ fans seem to despise the comparisons made between Rowling and DWJ (which rarely acknowledge that DWJ has been doing this for decades). Compared to DWJ the plots are extremely flimsy. But as far as liking the books,some do, some don't. Personally, I can take them or leave them. Others love them. Deborah
- J.R.R. Tolkien
- Best known for The Lord of the Rings, an epic high fantasy. An awful lot of fantasy is derivative of Tolkien - no-one does it better.
- Margaret Mahy
- Astoundingly talented New Zealand author -- like DWJ, writes for all ages with an intelligent and somewhat twisty sensibility.
- Robin McKinley?
- She has done a number of novel-length retellings of classic fairy tales which are fantastic. Her non-fairy-tale-inspired books are also incredible.
- Sheri S Tepper
- Writes fantasy books for adults. Her "True Game" series has similarities to the "Dalemark Quartet", and her "Marianne" series (very difficult to find!) is worth reading for the vivid and unusual magic. -Kitoba