Who Would You Choose As Your Literary Family?


  1. Roald Dahl would be my father.
  2. Dalene Matthee my mother.
  3. Tim Burton would be my attic dwelling, bat-winged uncle.
  4. Wilbur Smith, my unwanted stepdad.
  5. Janet Evanovich would be my sister.

Why Did I Choose Them?

  1. Roald Dahl survived the transition from childhood to adulthood. I still read his books, Revolting Rhymes being a particular favourite. His short stories never fail to amaze me or to freak me out.
  2. I fell in love with Dalene Matthee somewhere around 13. She is a South African author who writes in Afrikaans, but is widely translated. Circles in a Forest is my favourite book of all time. Her stories, her characters and her settings just make me want to live in her books.
  3. If I could spend a day as anyone, I would like to be Tim Burton. I would probably spend the rest of my life in an asylum, but that is a risk I am willing to take. Consider The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy  mandatory reading.
  4. I read a lot of Wilbur Smith when I was young. Today, I can’t read a single page, but he is there in very over-written flowery description I have to work very hard to get rid of.
  5. And Janet Evanovich, what can I say? She has lightened loads, barged uninvited into conversations and made me laugh until tears poured down my face. I don’t have a sister, but if I did that would be her job description.

Who would you choose for your literary family?

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  1. Karen Dempsey

    This is a wonderful idea…we all have literary families. Writers who comfort us when we are sad, make us laugh, help us see the absurdity of life, and provide us that much needed escape when the real world proves to be too much at the moment.

  2. Abhishek

    Very wisely put,

    I cannot help but write (Even though I suck at it)

    My family will be

    Sidney Sheldon as my uncle (He was one who started my ‘reading’ curse)

    George Orwell as my granddad (He was one who taught me, how a story should be written)

    Isaac Asimov as my dad (He just amazed me, and continues to do so, even though I have read his books 1000 times)

    I am in between moms, Virginia Woolf and Charlotte Bronte were their briefly….

    I guess, you have closets in every family.

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