Happy Post-Easter/Post-Passover Monday!
I’m sure you’ve seen the memes circulating around the internet offering up choices of authors for your ideal quarantine house. The first I saw on my Facebook page, gave the following author options (all, sadly, dead):
Apart from the fact that there are some weird juxtapositions on this list, I would be a definite for House #3…if only Ayn Rand wasn’t in it:)…though, to be fair, she would be a pretty interesting person to debate (and who wouldn’t be having some heated debates in an author quarantine house!).
The next quarantine author house choice meme I saw circulated was this:
For this one, I think House #1 is too good an opportunity to pass up (I mean, Stephen King!) and I, for one, would love to see the potential genre mash-up that could result from a collaboration between all the authors in House #1…
Finally, I saw this list, which was based on bestselling authors and which included, yet again, Stephen King (an obviously popular quarantine choice!):
These house options posed the biggest dilemma for me – I mean Neil Gaimon would be awesome, but J.K Rowling would also be an amazing author to hang out with during quarantine, not to mention Philip Pullman…In fact, if I was to create a quarantine house based on this list of bestselling authors I would have all three of these authors plus Margaret Atwood and Kazuo Ishiguru…although given some of their versions of dystopia, things could get pretty depressing in that particular quarantine house!
All these memes are a fun distraction from the uncertainties and challenges of real life in the current lockdown and so I thought, why not create our own challenge here at the TKZ?!
To start things off – and get the ball rolling – I propose the following five authors for my own ‘ideal’ quarantine author house:
- Jane Austen (who understands, after all, the need for social distancing)
- Albert Camus (for a dose of existentialist angst)
- Joseph Conrad (included only because of my obsession with Heart of Darkness)
- Umberto Eco (for erudite conversations that mess with my mind)
- Daphne Du Maurier (for some gothic scares)
So TKZers, what about you? Who would you nominate for your author quarantine house??