Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Are you WHO you read?

photo via Books Rule

On the blog "Let Us Read and Let us Dance," I discovered this hilarious list by Lauren Leto called "Readers by Authors: Stereotyping People by Their Favorite Author" in which she does just that. Below are some of the ones I thought were the funniest and most on target (even if this reader felt herself called out once or twice...).

J.D. Salinger
Kids who don’t fit in (duh).

Stephenie Meyer
People who type like this: OMG. Mah fAvvv <3>

Jeffrey Eugenides

Girls who didn’t get enough drama when they were younger.

Lauren Weisberger
Girls who can’t read. Or think.

Jonathan Safran Foer

30somethings who were cool when they were 20something.

Ayn Rand
Workaholics seeking validation.

David Foster Wallace

Confirmed 90’s literati.

Ralph Waldo Emerson
People who can start a fire.

Charles Dickens
Ninth graders who think they’re going to be authors someday but end up in marketing.

Mark Twain

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
People who drink scotch.

Joseph Conrad
People who drink old fashioneds.

Dominick Dunne
People who get their class from Vanity Fair.

Anne Rice
People who don’t use conditioner in their hair.

Edgar Allan Poe

Men who live in their mother’s basements. Or goth seventh graders.

Michael Crichton
Doctors who went to third-tier medical schools.

Dan Brown
People who used to get lost in supermarkets when they were kids.

Dave Eggers
Guys who are in the third coolest frat of a private college.

Emily Giffin
Women who give their boyfriend marriage ultimatums.

Anais Nin

William Faulkner
People who are good at crosswords.

Jackie Collins
Your drunk stepmother.

Nicholas Sparks
Women who are usually constipated.

James Patterson
Men who score a 153 on their LSAT exam.

Sylvia Plath
Girls who keep journals (too easy).

George Orwell
Conspiracy theorists (too easy).

Aldous Huxley

People who are bigger conspiracy theorists than Orwell fans.

Nick Hornby

Guys who wear skinny jeans and the girls that love them.

Hunter S Thompson
That kid in your philosophy class with the stupid tattoo.

Toni Morrison
Female high-school English professors who only have an undergraduate degree.

Thomas Pynchon
People who used to be fans of J.D. Salinger.

Elizabeth Gilbert
Women who liked the movie “Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood” but didn’t read the book.

Rebecca Wells
Women on the East coast who wish they were from the South.

Alice Sebold

People who liked Gilmore Girls – even in the first season.

Brothers Grimm

Only children with Oedipal complexes.

Nicole Krauss
Girls who intern at Nylon but end up moving back to the Midwest for their real job.

Virginia Woolf

Female high-school French teachers who have their master’s degree.

John Irving

People whose parents are divorced.

James Joyce

People who do not like John Cusack movies.

Truman Capote
People who would never dream of owning anything that could be classified as a “knick-knack”.

For the full list go: here.


  1. I adore this list! It was fun to see where I fit in...

  2. I've read so many authors on this list I'm afraid I am a perfectly balanced individual ; ) Too funny!



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