Books that are written by two authors are just so exciting to me. I mean, it’s two authors for the price of one! Some of the most amazing books I’ve read have been written by multiple authors, including the phenomenal Illuminae Files by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman, and one of my most anticipated reads of this year is What if it’s Us by Adam Silvera and Becky Albertalli.
As much as I love seeing two authors’ names on the front of a book, the collaboration actually needs to work well in order for me to appreciate it and not be turned off co-written books forever. Either the authors have to have distinctive writing styles and a dual narration, allowing them to write from the point of view of a particular character, or they have to have a similar voice that makes the book feel like it could be written by only one person. If the book doesn’t flow or feels disjointed, I won’t be able to become fully enthralled in the story like I normally do.
And of course, it’s important for the authors to work well together behind the scenes, in the writing of the book, as well as on stage and at events. Take Jay and Amie for example—they’re two writers that are friends, come up with major plot ideas at a pub together, and have a great presence together in public. They’re both so funny and such incredible writers, and I’m so thrilled these two Aussie authors have been supported to the extent they have. I can’t wait to read their next co-written series!
So in this post, I want to share some of the authors I’d love to see work on a novel together, as well as the authors I hope ever write a book together. Not gonna lie, this is somewhat of a nudge-nudge to the authors I want to work together. Let’s try and make these awesome collabs happen, people!
Authors I want to see write books together…
Angie Thomas and Becky Albertalli
We all know that Starr and Bram are cousins—so I want to see a novel about those two! How cool would that be? I always want to revisit my faves, and I’m sure Angie and Becky would work incredibly well together. We need to make sure this happens, people!
Alice Oseman and Akemi Dawn Bowman
These two authors have written such beautiful, heart-wrenching contemporary novels, and I honestly think they would work so well together. I’m so here for those raw, heartfelt books that these two authors create. Now it’s time to write one together!
Fleur Ferris and Sarah Epstein
Fleur and Sarah are two of my favourite Aussie authors, and together I think they could undeniably write a novel that would ensure none of us would ever sleep again. Their novels are so deliciously dark and creepy, and I would just love to see them work together.
Kerri Maniscalco and Mackenzie Lee
Oh look, it’s my two favourite YA historical fiction writers! I absolutely adored Stalking Jack the Ripper and The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue, so I think these two writers could create something even more phenomenal together. I didn’t think romance could get more swoon-worthy than the love these two authors write, but together they would completely melt my heart.
Alison Evans and Michael Pryor
Alison and Michael are another two of my favourite Aussie authors, and I feel like they would write such an incredible novel together. These two people write brilliant sci-fi / spec-fic, and I honestly believe they would work really well together. I love them both to pieces!
Becky Chambers and Sylvain Neuvel
I would pay so much to see these two authors write a sci-fi novel together. Well, my Starbucks reward card is probably worth more than what I have, so they can take that—I just need a book by those two in my life! They would rip out my heart and I’d say thank you.
Authors that should NEVER write a book together…
Stephanie Garber and Marie Lu
Oh goodness… I didn’t like Caraval and Warcross. I felt like both novels didn’t really explain the situation well and I wasn’t a fan of the protagonists, and I just know I wouldn’t enjoy a book that they decided to write together. #sorrynotsorry
John Green and C.G. Drews
John Green ruined me. The Fault in Our Stars… I can’t even. Although I claim to not like it anymore, you can bet that if I went to reread it tonight, I’d be a mess by the end. And most recently, C.G. Drews’ A Thousand Perfect Notes killed me in the same way as John Green’s novels did. If these two were to write a novel together, none of us would survive. The grief would kill us.
Rainbow Rowell and Stephanie Perkins
I like contemporaries. I like sweet, cutesy books. But because Rainbow and Stephanie both write such adorable, swoon-worthy novels that are almost on the verge of being too cute (yes, that really is possible), together their novel would just be over-the-top sickly sweet. It would be like dipping a donut in golden syrup—too much.
Which authors would you like to see write a book together? Which writers do you think wouldn’t work well together? Have I mentioned any of your favourite authors? I’d love to know!