I stumbled upon this meme at the adorable blog, Tessa’s Wishful Endings. Really it’s as simple as the name; you talk about a favorite book related subject on Fridays. It could be anything from favorite authors, books and genres to favorite reading spots, opening sentences and love triangles. Basically the world of novels is our oyster and with Friday Favorites, we can conquer it.
Favorite Author Pseudonym
Have you ever fallen head over heels for an author? You read a book and absolutely adore the writing style so you start reading more and more of this author. Suddenly you’ve collected every book they’ve ever written, first editions with signatures, and know every answer to every interview they have ever given.
Then you find yourself gushing about your beloved author with your book buddies when one of them exclaims they love them too, they then go on to gush about them with you but they call the author by a different name. You tell them they are mistaken, they misheard you. You said “So and So” and not “Other so and so” and that’s when your friend tells you that you are using the author’s pseudonym.
YOU MEAN THAT WASN’T THE AUTHOR’S REAL NAME?
This is actually very common in the book marketing world nowadays, authors use a pen name either to hide their identity or because their real name is something like “Milfred Abeforth Gonzillabreath.” The trade has become so common that it’s actually considered an art form. Authors are getting more and more creative with their pen names and some are pretty remarkable.
So without further ado, my favorite author pseudonyms are:
1. Lemony Snicket (Daniel Handler)–It’s mysterious and doesn’t sound like any other name. It’s creative and one of a kind.
2. Dr. Seuss (Theodor Seuss Geisel)— It’s whimsical and silly, perfect for the children’s book that we have all grown to love.
3. Kennilworthy Whisp (J.K. Rowling)– This is one is more obvious but it has that Harry Potter quality to it that I just can’t resist.
4. Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)— This is a classic, and that fact that it has lived so long says a lot of its quality.
What are your favorite author pseudonyms? Share them below and happy reading!