Lauren Leto

Readers by Author

Stereotyping People by Their Favorite Author

(by the way – I respect every author on here, kind of)

J.D. Salinger

Kids who don’t fit in (duh).

Stephenie Meyer

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

J.K. Rowling

Smart geeks.

Jack Kerouac

Umphrey’s McGee fans.

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.

Jodi Picoult

Your mom when she’s at her time of the month.

Chuck Klosterman

Boys who don’t read.

Chuck Palahniuk

Boys who can’t read.

Christopher Hitchens

People I would love to hang out with.

Leo Tolstoy

Guys I want to date.

Fyodor Dostoevsky

Guys I want to sleep with. (The difference between the two Russian authors lies in the fact that I think the Underground Man is sexier than Pierre Buzukhov).

Christopher Buckley (or William F. Buckley)

People who love excess verbiage.

Ayn Rand

Workaholics seeking validation.

David Foster Wallace

Confirmed 90’s literati.

Jane Austen (or Bronte Sisters)

Girls who made out with other girls in college when they were going through a “phase”.

Haruki Murakami

People who like good music.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

People who can start a fire.

Nathaniel Hawthorne

People who used to sleep so heavy that they would pee their pants.

Charles Dickens

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

William Shakespeare

People who like bondage.

Mark Twain

Liars.

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.

John Grisham

Doctors who went to medical schools in the Dominican Republic.

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.

Richard Russo

People whose favorite day in elementary school was “Grandparent’s Day”.

Anais Nin

Librarians.

Margaret Atwood

Women whose favorite color is hunter green.

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.

Harper Lee

People who have read only one book in their life and it was To Kill A Mockingbird (and it was their assigned reading in the ninth grade).

Nick Hornby

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

Ernest Hemingway

Men who own cottages.

F. Scott Fitzgerald

People who get adjustable-rate mortgages.

Vladimir Nabokov

Men who use words like ‘dubious’ and ‘tenacity’.

Friedrich Nietzsche

Sommeliers.

Bret Easton Ellis

Foo Fighters’ fans.

Hunter S Thompson

That kid in your philosophy class with the stupid tattoo.

Cormac McCarthy

Men who don’t eat cream cheese.

Thomas Aquinas

Premature ejaculators.

Pearl S. Buck

Women whose favorite president was Harry S. Truman.

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.

Tama Janowitz

Cougars who went to an urban college in the 80s.

Alice Sebold

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

Michael Swanwick

Men who argue Neil Gaiman is overrated.

Terry Goodkind

People who have never been dungeons master but still play D&D.

Stephen King

11th graders who peed their pants while watching the movie It.

H.P. Lovecraft

People who can quote the Comic Book Guy from Simpsons.

Brothers Grimm

Only children with Oedipal complexes.

Lewis Carroll

People who move to Thailand after high school for the drug scene.

C.S. Lewis

Youth group leaders who picked their nose in the 4th grade.

Elmore Leonard

People who know how to perform a “Michigan left”.

Shel Silverstein

Girls who can’t spell “leheim”.

Douglas Adams

People who bought the first generation Amazon Kindle.

Tucker Max

Guys who haven’t convinced their girlfriends to try anal yet.

Alexis de Tocqueville

Political theory and constitutional democracy majors.

Tom Clancy

People who skipped school by hiding out in the gym.

Herman Hesse

People who own one straw chair in their house.

Phillippa Gregory

Women who have repressed their desire to go to Renaissance Festivals

Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Men who can’t lie but will instead be silent if they know you don’t want to hear the truth.

Susan Wiggs

Older women who are surprisingly loud during sex.

Nicole Krauss

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

Mitch Albom

People who didn’t go to college but do well on crossword puzzles.

Stieg Larsson

Girls who are too frightened to go skydiving.

Sue Grafton

Women who have an @aol.com email address.

Seth Grahame-Smith

People who own a smart phone which requires a stylus to use it.

David Baldacci

No one. Even the police say Clancy before they’ll say Baldacci.

Michael Pollan

The girl who just turned vegan to cover up her eating disorder.

Andrew Ross Sorkin

People who refer to themselves as “playing devil’s advocate”.

O. Henry

Men who have names like Earl or Cliff and were really close with their paternal grandfather.

Virginia Woolf

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

Michael Chabon

People who  hate Ayelet Waldman.

Ray Bradbury

People who own golf head covers.

Joseph Heller

People who love buying drinks for their friends. See also, people who cringe when they see their bar tab.

David Mitchell

Women who live in any area of Brooklyn other than Park Slope, but may end up there someday and if that day comes, they will switch to Barbara Kingsolver fans.

Max Barry

People who don’t mind the color orange.

Dean Koontz

People who would never dream of owning any type of “toy” breed dog.

John Irving

People whose parents are divorced.

Richard Dawkins

People who have their significant other grab them under the table in order to shut them up whenever someone else at a dinner says something absolutely ridiculous and wrong.

Salman Rushdie

People who google image search Padma Lakshmi late at night.

Albert Camus

People who went to art school after “trying it out” at a public university.

Kurt Vonnegut

People who played Creep by Radiohead while having sex or smoking pot. Longer explanation here.

James Joyce

People who do not like John Cusack movies.

Charlaine Harris

Elementary school teacher’s aids.

Jorge Luis Borges

People who took care of their dying grandparents.

Terry Pratchett

People who really like monkeys.

Oscar Wilde

People who can’t resist anything. See also, people who claim they’re going to change but never do.

Truman Capote

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

Tom Wolfe

People who don’t mind others smoking around them.

Neil Gaiman

People who can name at least two Miyazaki films.

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  1. Samantha said, on December 2, 2009 at 10:18 pm

    Hahahaha, I love this…so true! Is this your own stereotyping or a list you found online?

    • Lauren Leto said, on December 2, 2009 at 10:21 pm

      haha i’m evil and i made it

      • Elsa said, on December 16, 2009 at 3:09 am

        Evil genius I say! You made my morning with this list.

      • Stephanie said, on January 2, 2010 at 5:10 pm

        Well you got me kinda wrong,love Mark Twain but not considered a liar,exact opposite in fact,maybe because I refer to him as Sam Clement? What of Jean M. Auel?

      • Anonymous said, on January 5, 2010 at 7:19 am

        left a lot to be desired on some. many are very clever. men who own cottages for hemingway, though? really? what about ‘hard drinking males w/ masculinity issues’ ? just throwing it out there. also, you apparently created my most hated site on the planet. tfln is an online hub for the dregs of society to all congregate and congratulate one another for being so drunk and worthless. ultimately i liked the author steretypes tho. bye

      • kornpone said, on July 2, 2010 at 2:02 am

        Mark Twain’s real name was Sam Clemens, not Clements. Samuel Langhorne Clemens to be exact. Real Mark Twain fans know this.

      • cris said, on March 14, 2012 at 11:23 am

        lovely :DDD

    • Patrick said, on December 23, 2009 at 11:23 am

      I am surprised to see no Franz Kafka here….

      • Sammy B said, on February 10, 2010 at 7:22 pm

        I was waiting for Kafka the whole time too!

      • Jasmine said, on June 11, 2010 at 5:15 am

        I was looking specifically for Kafka also :(

      • Mike said, on October 18, 2010 at 12:51 pm

        Same here. Maybe kafka is for people who are procrastinators or never get their work done, since his books were left incomplete. Just a suggestion, lol.

    • what the said, on December 28, 2009 at 8:30 pm

      how the hell did you get the shakespeare?
      that’s dead on man. bahaha

      • Roscoe said, on July 1, 2010 at 8:23 pm

        I thought the Shakespeare/bondage thing was a Monty Python joke. You don’t mean . . .

    • Sia said, on December 20, 2010 at 3:35 pm

      Add Neil Gaiman, please? :)

    • kkkk said, on August 11, 2011 at 6:39 pm

      no taste in literature obviously. this list is just stupid, there is no bases for any of these sterotypes. maybe the op should have actually read these authors books before to make it more accurate.

      • pinkjules said, on November 11, 2011 at 8:46 pm

        You have no taste obviously!

  2. Amelia M said, on December 9, 2009 at 7:20 pm

    You are too, too accurate! Ha, this is genius.

  3. adam said, on December 10, 2009 at 5:39 pm

    This list is pretty accurate, but I disagree about Hunter S. Thompson and H.P. Lovecraft. Luckily I am a Haruki Murakami.

    • Candy said, on December 17, 2009 at 4:33 pm

      Wooh! Me too I’m glad mine is cool. >.<

      • Angel said, on December 25, 2009 at 4:57 am

        Me three. Whew. Haha.

      • Anonymous said, on September 18, 2010 at 1:12 pm

        Me too!!

  4. Further Ado | said, on December 13, 2009 at 9:06 am

    [...] Leto (she’s one of the people behind Texts From Last Night) classifies people by their favourite authors, with startling accuracy! Anne Rice is for “People who don’t use conditioner in their [...]

  5. Mike B said, on December 13, 2009 at 6:32 pm

    Awesome list. Brought a big laugh on a Sunday afternoon work day. Dare I ask your determination of people who like Hermann Hesse?

    • Lauren Leto said, on December 13, 2009 at 6:49 pm

      Wait for it, picking up Siddhartha now. Updates tomorrow…

      • Mike B said, on December 14, 2009 at 10:04 am

        Wow. Not only do I own a straw chair, but a straw hat too. Well played!

    • JR said, on December 22, 2009 at 5:38 pm

      I’m waiting for this one, too.

  6. Sam said, on December 13, 2009 at 6:47 pm

    I felt zinged by the Pynchon one, then I realized that it was merely two true statements and not a good or bad thing.

  7. hannahkaty said, on December 13, 2009 at 9:20 pm

    You are spot on with this list… Props. I especially agree with the Leo Tolstoy.. where are they all hiding?

    • naynobot said, on December 15, 2009 at 6:24 pm

      they are already sleeping with someone else…. sigh…

    • Alex said, on April 30, 2010 at 2:45 pm

      I don’t like the Tolstoy or Dostoevsky. Ignores the female fans and any legitimate analysis other than, “Hey these Russians are deep thinkers and maybe I’ll be one by proxy for sleeping with their readers.”

      Jane Austen and the Brontes are for corporate bookstore managers, not college lesbians, who care nothing for the heteronormative politics of ninteenth century romance.

      I think this list says more about YOU and Sparknotes than any fans…

      • Anonymous said, on May 7, 2010 at 1:48 am

        well, I’m glad your three semesters at Bard clearly worked for you.

  8. margaret said, on December 13, 2009 at 9:23 pm

    Re: Jane Austen/Bronte sister fans: I think you mean Virginia Woolf fans.

  9. student said, on December 14, 2009 at 10:57 am

    phi kappa alpha at trinity college, and yes, i am a dave eggers fan.

  10. Ryan said, on December 14, 2009 at 11:05 am

    What about John Irving fans? Why were we spared?

    • Lauren Leto said, on December 14, 2009 at 11:49 am

      No one is spared :) Updates daily…

      • ClaireWK said, on December 17, 2009 at 4:17 pm

        Harlan Coben readers???????????

    • Rachel said, on December 16, 2009 at 9:21 am

      I second this. John Irving! (But now I’m a little nervous).

  11. louise said, on December 14, 2009 at 12:07 pm

    Not heard of Lauren Weisberger but now I’m intrigued!

    • lex said, on December 17, 2009 at 4:43 am

      devil wears prada and such. terrible books, ok movie. The only movie i have actually liked more than the book :P

      • Boo Kluver said, on July 2, 2010 at 3:10 pm

        Really? There are so many movies better than their source books:

        Godfather
        Fight Club
        Tell No One
        Jaws
        Blade Runner
        Shawshank Redemption
        Mystic River
        Gone Baby Gone

        And more, I’m sure. Can you think of others?

    • Alex said, on April 30, 2010 at 3:03 pm

      Maybe a little too harsh. “Cheerleaders who read on airplanes” or something.

  12. Rosemary said, on December 14, 2009 at 1:33 pm

    This list is great. I was hoping to see Ray Bradbury on this list…

  13. Justin McCullough said, on December 14, 2009 at 5:26 pm

    This is a wonderful list. Spotted you in twitter feeds… Need to add business authors to your list :)

    • Lauren Leto said, on December 14, 2009 at 7:28 pm

      I’ve never read any business authors! Gladwell is about as close as I’ve gotten.

      • Justin McCullough said, on December 14, 2009 at 8:58 pm

        Gladwell is good and qualifies. Time for you to broaden your reading habits!

  14. Shannon said, on December 14, 2009 at 7:58 pm

    Do Michael Chabon!

  15. Emily said, on December 14, 2009 at 8:23 pm

    I must say, I am a fan of Stephen King, Alice Sebold, Hunter S. Thompson, Chuck Klosterman and Chuck Palahniuk and none of their stereotypes apply to me, sadly.

  16. Michelle Wittle said, on December 14, 2009 at 9:02 pm

    Very well done..I do think you might want to reconsider the Sylvia Plath one though…I think “girls with superficial marks on their wrists” may be better

  17. Desmond said, on December 14, 2009 at 9:26 pm

    Hilarious! I’m a Conrad and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle devotee, so I guess that means I drink a lot.

    What about Thoreau, though? Maybe his fans own fewer than three pairs of pants.

    • Alex said, on April 30, 2010 at 2:47 pm

      No, Thoreau fans grow hydroponic tomatoes and wonder, “What if?” on the ledge of their fire escape.

      • Faith said, on May 1, 2010 at 12:12 pm

        Ahahahaha! Right, because when you actually try the Thoreau thing, you realize why he had his mommy do his laundry.

  18. rachel said, on December 14, 2009 at 9:28 pm

    you had me pegged with margaret atwood.

    i laughed particularly hard at the sue grafton one.

  19. Sanders said, on December 14, 2009 at 10:01 pm

    Joseph Heller?

  20. niceee said, on December 15, 2009 at 1:11 am

    it’s lev tolstoy dude stop changing people’s names… but whtever. i read both tolstoy and dostoievsky, so how about a date? :>:>

  21. RGC said, on December 15, 2009 at 1:38 am

    The Michael Crichton and Douglas Adams one is bullseye!

  22. Rajesh J Advani said, on December 15, 2009 at 3:32 am

    Nice, but a couple of inaccuracies –

    1. ‘Smark Geeks’ prefer Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman over J K Rowling.
    2. And real Douglas Adams fans would have bought an ebook reader before the Kindle was launched – like the Sony Reader.

    • lighttan said, on December 16, 2009 at 3:12 pm

      #2 oooooh. Snap. :P

    • K.L. said, on December 17, 2009 at 12:51 pm

      Does being a programmer count as a “smart geek”? I loved Good Omens way too much. :D

      • Dean said, on January 7, 2011 at 5:00 pm

        Good Omens was LEGIT, though where is Lord of the Rings? Let’s appeal to the nerds as well as geeks :P

    • Anonymous said, on December 23, 2009 at 3:18 pm

      shut up

    • Sohum said, on December 24, 2009 at 11:24 pm

      Thank you! I was about to say that.

    • Anonymous said, on January 7, 2010 at 8:08 pm

      Some smart geeks think Neil Gaiman is overrated. And prefer JK Rowling.

      • Jamie said, on January 8, 2010 at 1:54 am

        And some geeks like all three to varying degrees. Come on, folks, can’t we all just get along? ;)

        (Also: Jim Butcher – i.e. the writer who does The Dresden Files urban fantasy series- totally needs to be on this list. I say this because he’s my favorite writer that isn’t a screenwriter or comic book writer.)

      • Anonymous said, on March 1, 2010 at 7:43 pm

        No, those aren’t the smart ones. Those are the ones who find that Rowling is more their reading level.

      • BlackOrchid said, on July 1, 2010 at 7:16 pm

        You CANNOT be serious. Rowling did nothing but rip of Neil! She’s a hack. She admits to ripping off Books of Magic!

        We smart geeks love Butcher, Gaiman and Pratchett. And are deeply offended by any Rowling association.

    • Sara Gardner said, on June 21, 2011 at 6:09 pm

      And a REAL Neil Gaiman fan would know what he had to say about the Harry Potter conspiracy. Read http://januarymagazine.com/profiles/gaiman.html and see how Gaiman laughs about how absurd it is.

  23. anon said, on December 15, 2009 at 4:16 am

    -only one french author
    -no Borges

    Derp.

  24. anoon said, on December 15, 2009 at 9:11 am

    some of these are really great! i love ayn rand one, hunter thompson (you could say the same for charles bukowski). i don’t get some of them – nathaniel hawthorne? but then, i’m not that much of a bibliophile. i think a few could be improved. michael pollan isn’t really popular w/ vegans – his should be, like, “guys who won’t eat food that was grown more than 50 miles from their hipstery, gentriftying neighborhood.” or something. ;-)

    • Alex said, on April 30, 2010 at 2:50 pm

      “Guys who talk a lot about the farmer’s market their wife dragged them to that one time.”

  25. Michael said, on December 15, 2009 at 11:07 am

    I really enjoyed reading this. I am actually a PTCD major and I love Tocqueville.

    What about Tom Wolfe? Too easy?

  26. Gwen said, on December 15, 2009 at 12:44 pm

    Why do you sometimes write “people who…” and sometimes write “people that…”? Is it some rule I’ve never known?

    • Edward said, on December 15, 2009 at 5:47 pm

      It’s a mistake, and one which is really bugging me here. It’s one thing to break a rule consistently, but to continue switching back and forth seems to imply (at least to me) misguided pretension.

      “Who” is for people. “That” is for other nouns:
      Books that I like.
      People who read them.

      • Lauren Leto said, on December 15, 2009 at 5:50 pm

        zomg. edit

      • Lauren Leto said, on December 15, 2009 at 6:02 pm

        I’ve switched around because these were all written on other days. This has been going on for three months. That’s why they’re kinda in spurts. I guess some days I’m dumber than others.

      • El said, on December 15, 2009 at 6:36 pm

        Grammar rules are meant to be broken!
        Says the guy struggling with “Highlights”

      • Donald said, on December 15, 2009 at 11:07 pm

        Can’t use “that” for people? Name one grammar book that agrees with you.

      • Anonymous said, on December 22, 2009 at 4:48 am

        ‘that’ can be used for both people and thing.

      • Jamie said, on January 8, 2010 at 2:01 am

        That is one of those grammar “rules” that is so arbitrary that the only time I notice it being broken is when grammar nazis bother to point it out. And even then, it’s a rare grammar nazi that bothers.

        If I can read it the whole way through without thinking of it, “that was awkward-sounding”, it’s FINE. Language evolves, people. And the wonderful thing about the evolution of English is that it has become increasingly flexible on points like that.

        Seriously, language “rules” (at least when it comes to English) were made to be broken… and your argument that it’s somehow a worse error because she occasionally uses “who” in place of it instead of “consistently” using the exact same wording? Is one of the silliest things I’ve ever heard. Any decent writer will tell you it’s better to VARY your prose, lest it get too repetitive.

        So, needless to say I disagree greatly.

      • GramerRoolz said, on March 28, 2010 at 1:29 am

        Gramer roolz, is totaly made 2 be brokin. It r stupid 4 sureeee? Ppl should b free 2 experment wit da engrish wordz. it maked; us better. rite!!

        Not quite. Not being a grammar nazi and “bending the rules” are two completely different things. People make mistakes, and people should let them slide occasionally, but they certainly shouldn’t encourage them to “break the rules of the English language.”

      • Ryan said, on September 19, 2013 at 7:24 pm

        What a fantastic pun you did on that.
        May I add, that you all sound like pomp, english gentlemen arguing while enjoying a spot of tea.

  27. Elisa said, on December 15, 2009 at 1:53 pm

    Laurell K. Hamilton?
    Gregory Maguire?

  28. Quay said, on December 15, 2009 at 2:04 pm

    Dan Brown ftw. What about Tom Robbins?

    • Dylan said, on December 17, 2009 at 1:29 pm

      Right? I want to know what my logophilia says about me.

    • Brinda said, on December 27, 2009 at 1:08 pm

      I was wondering the same. Gotta be extra special to be a Robbins fan.

  29. Florianne said, on December 15, 2009 at 3:56 pm

    hahaha the nicole krauss one made me laugh out loud
    ..how about douglas coupland & donna tartt ? :P

    • Anonymous said, on December 16, 2009 at 10:37 pm

      i would also have liked to see douglas coupland.

  30. rachelssunshinecafe said, on December 15, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    Jodi Picoult is my favourite author! :(

  31. PWD said, on December 15, 2009 at 4:36 pm

    Ok, please classify:

    1. Richard Dawkins

    2. Andre Gide

    3. Flannery O’Connor

    ps. I’m down with Tolstoy, Hitchens and Dostoevsky.

    • realjuancho said, on December 15, 2009 at 11:07 pm

      i second number 1. dawkins

      • PWD said, on December 16, 2009 at 7:27 am

        Ignored :(

    • megamegarobot said, on December 22, 2009 at 2:54 am

      ooh yeah, I love Flannery O’Connor. People who hate people, I guess? (too obvious)

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  33. Tony said, on December 15, 2009 at 4:56 pm

    Heh, liked the list. What about Kurt Vonnegut though?

    • Amanda said, on December 16, 2009 at 10:48 pm

      I second the Vonnegut! I was looking for him. I need validation!

      • Anonymous said, on December 26, 2009 at 4:28 am

        VONNEGUT FANS DO NOT NEED VALIDATION

  34. drew said, on December 15, 2009 at 4:57 pm

    did i miss henry miller? do me, do me! wait…that came out wrong…

    • Shadrach said, on December 22, 2009 at 8:41 pm

      Yes do drew and I!
      I too thought I missed Henry, particularly after seeing Anais. And feel free to do you worst-I am feeling pretty good with my other favorite Fydor.

  35. snp said, on December 15, 2009 at 5:14 pm

    This is pretty great… although I love Nabokov and am not a man and prefer words like “languorous.”

    What about Zadie Smith?
    “Whites who wish they weren’t,” I say.

  36. defacebook said, on December 15, 2009 at 5:35 pm

    I’m a Nabokov fan who finds your assessments most dubious, but your tenacity for covering a broad array of authors laudable. ;-)

  37. Dara said, on December 15, 2009 at 6:18 pm

    That was awesome! (and Harper Lee is probably true) lol

  38. Anonymous said, on December 15, 2009 at 6:19 pm

    What about Dean koontz?

  39. anastasia said, on December 15, 2009 at 6:22 pm

    Did I miss seeing Tolkein on the list?

  40. Lou said, on December 15, 2009 at 6:23 pm

    Loved it, but you lost me at the Ayelet Waldman dig. I love her!

    • pat said, on March 1, 2010 at 10:21 pm

      The Mysteries of Pittsburg–

      Arthur Lecomte– “I hate Phlox (or something like that)…”

      Arthur Lecomte wants to have sex with Art Bechstein. Art Bechstein is having sex with Phlox. Arthur hates Phlox.

      This is a typical Chabon love triangle.

      The concept (I assume) is that everyone (males included) wants to have sex with Michael Chabon (right?).

  41. nmt92277@hotmail.com said, on December 15, 2009 at 6:23 pm

    Did I miss Neil Gaiman??

  42. Hannah said, on December 15, 2009 at 6:24 pm

    Funny, but not quite right. My favorite author is Ayn Rand.
    I am by no means a workaholic seeking validation.

    • Anonymous said, on May 7, 2010 at 1:56 am

      then I guess you’re not a republican.

      • Sara said, on June 15, 2010 at 8:56 am

        An Ayn Rand lover who’s Republican? Laughable.

        They’re all Libertarians.

  43. Smithie said, on December 15, 2009 at 6:34 pm

    Haha, good one. Boys who cannot read like Chuck Palahniuk? Did you take these “definition” out of our arse?

  44. shise said, on December 15, 2009 at 6:35 pm

    This is great! What about people who love Amy Tan?

  45. Danielle M. said, on December 15, 2009 at 6:44 pm

    Kind of sad there’s no Robert Heinlein yet.

    Douglas Adams hits home – I wanted a Kindle the instant I saw it!

    Robert Jordan, Stephen R. Donaldson,Terry Pratchett and Isaac Asimov would also be welcome additions!

  46. George Patourie said, on December 15, 2009 at 6:50 pm

    William S. Burroughs
    Cut-up men with a morbid sense of humour.

    Allen Ginsberg
    Nostalgics who keep a dream diary under their beds.

  47. Nate said, on December 15, 2009 at 7:08 pm

    Would kind of like to see Graham Greene.

  48. Derek said, on December 15, 2009 at 7:08 pm

    Very clever.

  49. Anonymous said, on December 15, 2009 at 7:14 pm

    VONNEGUT!

  50. jessi said, on December 15, 2009 at 8:02 pm

    agreed, vonnegut was missing.

    Dean Koontz- people who love labradors and never get tired of stories with dogs in them.

    • Kate said, on January 2, 2010 at 12:30 pm

      Ok, THIS Dean Koontz stereotype is more accurate for me..

  51. Toria S. said, on December 15, 2009 at 8:34 pm

    It’s nice to know that reading Rowling makes me a smart geek. As if I needed any help in that area. :P

  52. Jeanette said, on December 15, 2009 at 8:39 pm

    Where’s John Steinbeck? Or Joyce Carol Oates??

  53. Alice said, on December 15, 2009 at 8:41 pm

    You would love to hang out with me.

  54. Jenn said, on December 15, 2009 at 9:01 pm

    You misspelled Stephenie Meyer and where the hell is J.R.R. Tolkien? How bout people who read that are 30yr old men who still play dungeons and dragons and listen to Stix. hahaha

    • Anonymous said, on December 22, 2009 at 5:47 pm

      Well, you misspelled “Styx.” So I guess you two are even.

  55. Ryan said, on December 15, 2009 at 9:52 pm

    I think I’m going to use this when I’m old and succomb to an EHarmony account.

    I’m a tolstoy looking for an austen

  56. couwy said, on December 15, 2009 at 10:02 pm

    What about women who like Dostoevsky? Would you like to sleep with them? ;P

    Joking aside, this list is awesome!

  57. Mark said, on December 15, 2009 at 11:12 pm

    Great stuff. If this were a stand-up routine I’d be heckling “Do Borges, Lethem, Vonnegut and Calvino!” after I caught by breath from laughing.

  58. Tom said, on December 15, 2009 at 11:30 pm

    Hilarious, flattered since my favorite book is Brothers Karamazov but would defend myself from the charge of conspiracy nut for my love of Orwell. Forgetting 1984 he is a great essayist.

  59. AbenaC said, on December 16, 2009 at 12:42 am

    This is hilarious. I would love to see what you have to say about a few others (not all are authors I particularly like, but I have read something by all): David Sedaris, Amy Tan, Carl Hiaasen, P.G. Wodehouse, Graham Hancock, and Paul Theroux.

    Also, I agree with previous statements that: 1) the Austen/Brontes one is a bit off. I love all of them (well, maybe not Anne), but I have never tried making out with another woman in university. Although maybe I’m just a late bloomer and haven’t hit my “phase” yet. ;-) And 2) I can’t speak for all J.K. Rowling readers, but the ones I know tend to be more removed from reality and act like children (not counting those who still are).

    Otherwise, I feel this is quite spot on.

    • Alex said, on April 30, 2010 at 2:54 pm

      I said the same thing about Austen fans. Why would a heteroflexible female give two shits about Mr. Darcy if she has her eye on women? Wouldn’t that be an easier dig at Virginia Woolf?

  60. Deanna said, on December 16, 2009 at 12:48 am

    No James Joyce???

    This was hilarious. But I do think the Michael Pollan one is all wrong. Those are the people more likely to pluck the feathers from a live chicken and eat it raw.

    • Karly said, on December 21, 2009 at 4:58 pm

      I wholly agree with this assessment. Although I would never eat raw chicken. Beef yes, chicken, no.

  61. Sonzogni said, on December 16, 2009 at 12:54 am

    To say that this made my day would be an understatement. Thank you

  62. Christy said, on December 16, 2009 at 1:24 am

    I can’t think of a single person who matches any of these. Well okay, except maybe Dan Brown and Jodi Picoult. I think I’d say JK Rowling is the favorite of geeks who think they’re smart.

  63. Ted H. said, on December 16, 2009 at 3:29 am

    This is so funny. You are so interesting! People are so predictable. It’s so cool when you stereotype!

  64. Jells said, on December 16, 2009 at 5:54 am

    Very funny, and for the most part true (in an over the top generalization kind of way). I am going to echo those who said there’s seriously a lack of Vonnegut and John Irving. Especially since I happen to know a lot of people who would say they are their favorite authors. Also Borges and Albert Camus…

  65. mistervi said, on December 16, 2009 at 6:43 am

    And nothing about Douglas Kennedy?

  66. [...] stereotyping people by their favorite author [...]

  67. Parent Madness said, on December 16, 2009 at 9:22 am

    Readers of Lauren Leto’s Blog: People desperately seeking self identification. :)

  68. Rachel said, on December 16, 2009 at 9:31 am

    Proust? Philip Pullman? Cormac McCarthy? Salman Rushdie? Ian McEwen? Orson Scott Card? Wally Lamb?

    I’m dying to know how to peg these :)

    And all those people who think their favorite doesn’t match them are just in denial. These are balls-on accurate.

    • Katie said, on April 28, 2010 at 5:44 am

      me too, surprised Pullman isn’t there tbh, lol

    • Stephen said, on July 1, 2010 at 7:32 pm

      Card all the way. Ender and Bean are my heroes along with George Bailey.

      So what kind of loser does that make me. 8)

  69. GirlCrush « a home between the pages said, on December 16, 2009 at 10:03 am

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  70. Emily Giffin said, on December 16, 2009 at 10:14 am

    Lauren Leto is hilarious. I’m honored to be included. Even if she did put an R in my last name.

    Emily Giffin

    ps Good luck to all the single women out there when they give their boyfriends a holiday ultimatum!

    • Lauren Leto said, on December 16, 2009 at 10:15 am

      I just died. Honored! Thank you! Fixed it already, I can’t believe I did that!

  71. nomadreader said, on December 16, 2009 at 10:16 am

    A few hit too close to home, but more often than not, I laughed out loud. One thing: please correct the typo in Emily Giffin’s name. Unless there is also a less well-known novelist named Emily Griffin.

  72. BrotherJohn said, on December 16, 2009 at 10:33 am

    I like cream cheese….but then again I don’t like everything Cormac McCarthy writes.

    Also, thanks to you I will now give Murakami a try and I will not read Thomas Aquinas or Ayelet Waldmen ( The first one alone may have saved a month of my time.) Thank you so much Evil Genius.

  73. Mike said, on December 16, 2009 at 10:38 am

    I had no idea that reading Palahniuk could make me illiterate. If I had, I never would have picked up Choke. FML.

  74. Byrd said, on December 16, 2009 at 10:55 am

    Most of this is accurate and brilliant. As an Ellis fan, I’m also a fan of Fighting Foo, so alrighty then. I agree with Mike a bit, though – Invisible Monsters is a rather brilliant book, as is Survivor.

    Suggested change for Palahniuk fans:

    Boys who still pretend that they are their own Tyler Durden.

    • Mike said, on December 16, 2009 at 11:21 am

      I agree with Byrd’s suggestion. I often pretend that I am my own Tyler Durden. Just ask any of the people I was drinking with this weekend… it wasn’t pretty.

    • Kate said, on January 2, 2010 at 12:34 pm

      I totally agree with this Palahniuk assessment. My ex-husband TOTALLY lives up to this description! :)

  75. Charles said, on December 16, 2009 at 11:13 am

    I’m just amazed that there exists a non-Japanese female who read Haruki Murakami. Ever read any Ryu Murakami?

    Just a question, though: If a man read Dostoevsky and Thomas Aquinas would he be a premature ejaculator that you’d want to go to bed with? There are other permutations even more horrible than that one, but I shudder to think…

    • Mike said, on December 16, 2009 at 11:27 am

      Dostoevsky and Tucker Max (both of which I’ve read, one of which I will admit to reading in public). Call me.

    • Michelle said, on December 31, 2009 at 9:41 am

      I love Murakami (Haruki) and turned my cousin on to his works.

      I’d like to think Lauren’s assessment is true!

    • Angela said, on January 7, 2010 at 1:48 pm

      “I’m just amazed that there exists a non-Japanese female who read Haruki Murakami.”

      yeah, we’re out here.
      and there may also be people out here, too, who read Nabokov and aren’t men. gasp.

      • Lauren Leto said, on January 7, 2010 at 1:51 pm

        Brava!

      • Alex said, on April 30, 2010 at 2:57 pm

        Same with the Russian authors.

  76. [...] This is brilliant, and hilarious. My faves: [...]

  77. Doug said, on December 16, 2009 at 11:49 am

    I read Dostoevsky and Murakami and Dostoevsky is definitely the better of the two big Russian greats.

  78. Anaïs said, on December 16, 2009 at 11:49 am

    I don’t understand the Austen/BrontË thing. Virginia Woolf was lesbian, not Austen nor the Brontë sisters.

  79. m said, on December 16, 2009 at 12:30 pm

    Eh, sort of witty, except for John Grisham’s. I would’ve written “crypto-Republican soccer moms,” but you decided to be a RACIST. Kudos!

  80. leon said, on December 16, 2009 at 12:50 pm

    Hmm, I can’t say I think any of these is accurate, and some, for example JK Rowling, are, in my opinion, plain wrong.

    Well, maybe the author meant to portray what she thinks when she sees someone reading a book, and it might work in that way, but only in a very individual level!

  81. Rix said, on December 16, 2009 at 1:11 pm

    Dashiell Hammett: Skinny male college poets who think they’re too hip to read Hemingway. Do Anais Nin librarians graduate to Joyce Carol Oates, Amy Tan, or People magazine?

    • Alex said, on April 30, 2010 at 3:44 pm

      I think they graduate to Erica Jong, then give up and read a lot of gardening books.

  82. Nick said, on December 16, 2009 at 1:11 pm

    I worked for Dave Eggars in high school and am now in the third coolest frat of my private college. I can say a few of these are fairly accurate.

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  84. fart4art said, on December 16, 2009 at 2:17 pm

    I am looking into Tucker Max. Does he propose a stronger argument than, “We can get real drunk!”

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  86. John Riutta said, on December 16, 2009 at 2:26 pm

    Outstanding!

  87. shannonproudfoot said, on December 16, 2009 at 2:35 pm

    This is frickin’ genius. I think Atwood might be my favourite.

  88. Dave said, on December 16, 2009 at 2:45 pm

    All this and no Kurt Vonnegut?

    • Anonymous said, on October 12, 2012 at 6:51 am

      he is on the list genius

  89. manneheim said, on December 16, 2009 at 2:58 pm

    please read to bottom
    I AM PASSING KIDNEY STONES
    SO OBLIGE ME!

    what about Updike
    and james joyce?
    kv?
    proust
    roth
    ..
    this is “stereotyping” so i suppose each person sterotypes a certain way.and age/gender
    i find this a bit sexist. :) meaning i am a female who read mostly books males would have read: [i gues who knows anymore- i am old school]
    only because of my father. [maybe this can help freak/terry gilliamize? your stereotyping out a bit? but its your cool site. gr8 idea!]
    ..
    kafka?

    hunter s. thompson/ no way. total fail[i am copying that vernacular from children now]
    on that. but i.ve been reading him since child.
    [i am 38] i have only suddenly seen a “fad” of HST fans appear since depp movie came out and they are just now seeing it: and then documentery came out and latest book. sort of like people not really understanding who annie veibovitz is or what she did in tandum with hunter. how their styles were the same[in the middle if it:[. sorry. i talk too much. hence the name my dad gave me.
    but i didn.t talk for 30 some years so i am making up for it.
    don marquis?
    ts elliot?
    keirkigaard? [sp?]
    WHOEVER WROTE THE ANARCHIST COOKBOOK!
    [just call that person ANARCHIST!]—-that would be super funny ha!
    [like think of all the books that used to be banned but now they are all "glossy and photoshoppy at barnes and noble!] [soon A. COOKBOOK will show up]
    it used to be no doors of perception OR heaven and hell/ so the stereo typing is on a generation/ and the stereotyping is coming froma geneation.[you: but you might be my age i do not know]

    fail on salinger. you cant use cliff notes to stereo type. :)
    also some of us were catcher’s in the rye. [really cared] if that’s the book yer using to stereotype off of. the glass family is much more basis to stereo type.

    “suicidal zen epiphanies of their own imagination who are parranoid that the world is conspiring to make them happy” [? did i do okay?]

  90. Kay dot said, on December 16, 2009 at 3:14 pm

    You mentioned Neil Gaiman but didn’t give him a stereotypical reader!! ACK.

  91. CBT said, on December 16, 2009 at 3:21 pm

    THis is more Stephenie Meyer fans:

    Lonely teenage girls or mothers with cheatiung husbands.

    ANyways, keep them going. Try Rick RIordan and Garth Nix

  92. Minus said, on December 16, 2009 at 3:26 pm

    A lot of these are funny, but I confess that I’m mystified by the David Mitchell entry. The only people I know who like Mitchell are dudes, and most of the girls I know who have read him don’t really dig.

  93. At once said, on December 16, 2009 at 3:31 pm

    Great list: I don’t agree with all of your.. epithets, but it was an enjoyable read. I’m sure one could learn a lot about a person by reading their version of this list.

    Murakami Ryu is awesome… but definitely too easy. Irvine Welsh? Philip K Dick? Anne Carson? I could make my own suggestions for all of these! Also what about the ‘other Russians’ Chekov and Pushkin?

  94. Kilgore said, on December 16, 2009 at 3:31 pm

    Vonnegut: People who say they also love Mark Twain, but have only read Tom Sawyer.

  95. Alfonso said, on December 16, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    PLEASE REFER TO DAVID FOSTER WALLACE

  96. Sskizo / Nora. S*x And Mugs And ROFLMAO. said, on December 16, 2009 at 5:16 pm

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  97. Eileen said, on December 16, 2009 at 5:55 pm

    I didn’t know anyone knew what a PTCD major WAS outside of my college! Oh, Alexis de Tocqueville.

    International Relations majors read him too!

    • Lauren Leto said, on December 16, 2009 at 5:56 pm

      Sorry chica, I did go to your college. I was a PTCD major. HAHA

  98. Melicious said, on December 16, 2009 at 6:02 pm

    I like Nabokov and Klosterman and I’m female I think I may be a lesbian…

  99. Barbara said, on December 16, 2009 at 6:37 pm

    I use conditioner. I just hate that two in one stuff. And that damn Pennywise is probably the cause of me not lliking clowns. He’s just scary. What a fun list.

  100. Gehenna27 said, on December 16, 2009 at 8:35 pm

    And where is Terry Pratchett on that list? And as a fan of Alice Sebold I tell you that I have watched, in all my eighton years, not a single episode of Gilmore Girls in it’s entirety.

  101. Mark said, on December 16, 2009 at 10:02 pm

    The person responsible for this list doesn’t know shit.

  102. wuggawugga said, on December 16, 2009 at 10:21 pm

    You missed Kurt Vonnegut an’ made me all sad n’stuff.

  103. jeff said, on December 16, 2009 at 10:29 pm

    No stereotype for readers of Bukowski?

    • Alex said, on April 30, 2010 at 3:41 pm

      “Guys for whom whiskey dick is a blessing.”

  104. prettygeeky said, on December 16, 2009 at 11:32 pm

    what a riot
    most i agree with, but all of it is funny

    for your consideration…
    angela carter
    evelyn waugh
    v.s. naipaul
    zadie smith
    michael ondantje

  105. jess said, on December 17, 2009 at 12:36 am

    This is fantastic.
    I know you’ve had a lot of requests, but….
    Carl Sagan?
    Milan Kundera?

  106. lindsey said, on December 17, 2009 at 12:41 am

    I’m going to join the masses and say: VONNEGUT.
    I’m very curious…
    Also, Asimov?

  107. Ronald Dumsfeld said, on December 17, 2009 at 5:38 am

    Oh, so many missing

    Philip K. Dick
    The people who wondered if the government can read your thoughts through walls.

    Jon Ronson
    The people who think the government will walk through walls to steal your thoughts.

    Carl Sagan
    Spaced out hippy who thinks the Universe is like, whoa man! far out!

    Terry Pratchett
    Obnoxious smartarses who footnote your every conversational comment with a witty quip that makes you look stupid.

  108. Ronald Dumsfeld said, on December 17, 2009 at 5:52 am

    How’s about:

    The Marquis De Sade?
    Closet Devil Worshippers with underachieving equipment.

    Dante Alighieri
    Jesuits; scarred, or scared, for life

    Hugh Heffner
    Honestly, I just subscribe for the articles.

    Stephen Hawking
    Trekkies! Be thankful you can outrun the electric wheelchair of doom!

  109. shira said, on December 17, 2009 at 6:01 am

    Margaret Atwood – Hunter green and I am so so so guilty. Spot on. Scarily so. I’m afraid of you now.

  110. Bookninja » Blog Archive » News bits said, on December 17, 2009 at 8:32 am

    [...] Judging readers by their favourite authors (very funny, and found at The Afterword) [...]

  111. [...] explain both the title of this post and the comment below it, I present Readers by Author, which offers stereotypes of people based on whom they list as their favorite author. Brilliant, [...]

  112. You are what you read « Liason du Enuui said, on December 17, 2009 at 11:36 am

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  113. Robin Cameron said, on December 17, 2009 at 11:52 am

    What about Richard Brautigan?

    -R

    • cass said, on December 29, 2009 at 3:40 pm

      haha, yeah, I wondered that myself.

  114. Distractions Thursday « The Romantic said, on December 17, 2009 at 12:51 pm

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  115. Cody said, on December 17, 2009 at 2:31 pm

    Very accurate, though I think I need to broaden my horizons a bit, perhaps start delving into Tolstoy…

    Anywho, classical authors? No Dante Alighieri or Geoffrey Chaucer up there. Not even Homer! Nothing for us high school dorks that wish we were heroes.

  116. Troy said, on December 17, 2009 at 2:45 pm

    you forgot to add one more

    Lauren Leto

    Sad people with no excitement in their life.

  117. Matt Detzel said, on December 17, 2009 at 3:12 pm

    Dawkins and Hitchens are two of my faves – your Dawkins assessment being spot-on, of course.

    Here’s hoping you’ll get around to adding Robert Jordan, Philip Roth, E.L. Doctorow, and Henry James at some point . . .

  118. Camilla said, on December 17, 2009 at 3:31 pm

    Mine is Lovecraft but I don’t watch Simpsons… and have been a bigger comic book nerd back in the day.

    Dawkins was my favorite, so utterly true! :D

  119. alexwatersgordon said, on December 17, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    How funny for so many readers to take these so literally and so personally, even taking the time to defend their alignment with each cliche. Dubious. Tenacity.

  120. Saud said, on December 17, 2009 at 3:58 pm

    Awesomeness! This was superb!

    I’d like to see you classify Paulo Coelho. I am a Tolstoy myself.

    • radj said, on December 22, 2009 at 3:14 am

      Yeah, I’d also like to see how you would classify Coelho. :)

  121. alexwatersgordon said, on December 17, 2009 at 4:41 pm

    what about readers of Lauren Leto?

  122. o said, on December 17, 2009 at 5:10 pm

    for those who disagreed with the hunter s. thompson, i KNEW a guy with the tattoo!

  123. Becky said, on December 17, 2009 at 5:27 pm

    Fantastic list, far too true for comfort. What are your thought on Charlaine Harris and Gregory Maguire?

  124. Jean Zamprogno said, on December 17, 2009 at 5:50 pm

    My two favourite authors: Dostoyevsky and Tolstoi. I think we should meet…

  125. Spiv said, on December 17, 2009 at 6:43 pm

    http://www.teamsikorski.com/2009/12/judging-people-by-their-favorite.html

    Linked to ya. Thank you for the shockingly accurate judgement.

  126. Danielle said, on December 17, 2009 at 6:56 pm

    “John Irving

    People whose parents are divorced.”

    HAH, this explains my introduction and fascination with his books almost IMMEDIATELY after my parents split. This list is fantastic.

    I am surprised, as many are, that Terry Pratchett/Philip Pullman isn’t on there though…

    • Michelle said, on December 31, 2009 at 9:48 am

      Philip Pullman: People who still don’t believe Aslan exists, even after reading the entire Narnia series.

      • Alex said, on April 30, 2010 at 3:37 pm

        Or, “people who are sensitive to hypocrisy.” Both the Chronicles of Narnia and the Bible are works of fictions, after all… Besides, Lauren Leto’s favorable stereotypes for Hitchens and Dawkins wouldn’t agree with your propaganda.

  127. Sarah said, on December 17, 2009 at 7:16 pm

    Kudos for Murakami! None of my friends have ever heard of him. :(
    I love his work and like to think I have good taste in music.

    I like Margaret Atwood but not the color hunter green. Maybe I just haven’t read enough of her stuff yet to convert…

    And I would also like to see Joyce Carol Oats and Flannery O’Conner on here!

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  130. Allison and Busby said, on December 18, 2009 at 9:37 am

    [...] when the Metro flagged up a blogger wittily Stereotyping People by their Favourite Authors, I couldn’t help but check it out. She makes some good points [...]

  131. Juan Pablo Garcia said, on December 18, 2009 at 12:47 pm

    HI. I read Tosltoy and Dostoyevsky the most. Have never read a sentence written by Rowling. I obsess with Nin and appreciate Woolf. I read Poe at night to feel better.

    According to you I am female librarian high-school french teacher with a master’s who you’d like to date and sleep with – even if it is in my parent’s basement.
    ;) I think this ‘thought experiment’ forgets that some of us will read it all, must read it all. It is a disease.

    Sarcasm: the last refuge of modest and chaste-souled people when the privacy of their soul is coarsely and intrusively invaded.
    Fyodor Dostoevsky

  132. Isabel said, on December 18, 2009 at 1:32 pm

    Ha, Thomas Aquinas.

  133. Brian said, on December 18, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    No representation for science fiction nerds?!?! Heinlein deserves a spot up there.

    • Astro said, on July 2, 2010 at 9:18 am

      You’re expecting to find Heinlein? Do you often pick up People magazine to get an update on what’s happening at CERN?

  134. allison said, on December 18, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    haha – here’s one. Mary Karr – read by women who blame everyone else for their screw ups.

  135. John Galt said, on December 18, 2009 at 9:19 pm

    Pure genius. I have to get back to work now…

  136. huckleberry said, on December 18, 2009 at 10:42 pm

    did you have trouble writing the one for gabriel garcia marquez? i’m only familiar with his short stories “strange pilgrims” and 100 years of solitude. i like what you did with twain, are you saying everybody is a mark twain fan? doesn’t everybody lie?

  137. Alex said, on December 19, 2009 at 1:02 am

    Please classify John le Carre. Be nice.

  138. sarah (ghost world) said, on December 19, 2009 at 7:03 am

    fabulous. and dead-on, at least for me

    (murakami + plath lover)

  139. Adam said, on December 19, 2009 at 10:18 am

    Yeah, thats pretty correct ^^

    (Gorge Orwell)

  140. Alyss said, on December 19, 2009 at 11:41 am

    Wow, this is fantastic. I am now going to start reading certain authors because I like the connotations of doing so. :D
    Also, I am joining the people who insist that Tolkien must be on this list. And Jeremy Clarkson may be an amusing addition…

  141. marley said, on December 19, 2009 at 2:19 pm

    heh. how tragic: i’m a Dickenser. however, i don’t suppose you’d add Sir Terry Pratchett to that list? i think that might be those who share his sense of humor, or humour, if you prefer.

  142. marley said, on December 19, 2009 at 2:22 pm

    what about stereotyping people based on their favorite musicians? and you should add Timothy Zahn for nerdy teenage boys with greasy hair but i suppose that’s too easy

  143. Mr Mac said, on December 19, 2009 at 9:57 pm

    Funny but poor Thomas Aquinas was a cleric so he hadn’t had much experience :) Scholasticism with an emphasis on the last part.

  144. xtina said, on December 20, 2009 at 1:47 am

    So, apparently my darling sweetiekins is terribly offended by the omission of Harlan Ellison. His take, “Harlan Ellison fans are the ones who would be offended by leaving his name off the list.” My take, “Harlan Ellison fans tell you to f**k off when you say have a nice day.”

    • Lauren Leto said, on December 20, 2009 at 2:07 am

      I update every weekday. I like that take on Harlan Ellison.

  145. small alli said, on December 20, 2009 at 12:01 pm

    Hey! I PLAN on reading Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood! But really I was looking for Tom Wolfe.

  146. Dear Kurt Vonnegut Fans « Lauren Leto said, on December 20, 2009 at 9:45 pm

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  147. Satsuma said, on December 21, 2009 at 2:16 am

    Ah.

    Sarah Dessen?
    Herman Melville?
    Philip Pullman?
    Neil Gaiman?
    Stephen Chbosky?
    Christopher Moore?
    Mary Shelley?
    Ann Brashares?
    Jostein Gaarder?
    James Frey?
    Shakespeare?

    I almost started listing more playwrights and poets, but I figured the list is long enough already.

    Needless to say, I LOVE this.

    • Anonymous said, on December 21, 2009 at 3:04 am

      Christopher Moore, yes!

  148. David said, on December 21, 2009 at 12:00 pm

    V.C. Andrews: Emotionally abused women and boys who grow up to be gay

  149. jonathan said, on December 21, 2009 at 1:25 pm

    what about soren kierkegaard?

  150. Lee said, on December 21, 2009 at 1:26 pm

    http://flavorwire.com/57909/stereotyping-people-by-their-favorite-indie-bands

    Thanks for the inspiration!

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  152. Larian LeQuella said, on December 21, 2009 at 5:13 pm

    Brilliant list. An old one I heard a while back:

    J. R. R. Tolkien
    – Guys who have always been curious but never tried it.

  153. Moof said, on December 21, 2009 at 5:59 pm

    You’re missing a lot of Fantasy and Science Fiction authors

    Suggested Authors (some from my bookshelf):

    Iain M Banks
    Iain Banks
    Peter F Hamilton
    Robin Hobb
    Isaac Asimov
    Piers Anthony
    Terry Pratchett
    Anne McCaffrey
    Robert Jordan
    David Eddings

    • Aux said, on December 26, 2009 at 9:55 am

      see terry goodkind most of those fall in to the same category lol

  154. The Big Blue Frog said, on December 21, 2009 at 6:22 pm

    Ha ha ha!

    “ARM mortgages” is redundant.

  155. Andrey said, on December 21, 2009 at 6:30 pm

    Add in another….

    Whatever your favorite author is, “Don’t make lists in alphabetical order.”

    Nice list. :)

    If you like Tolstoy and Dostoyevski and want to try some Russian poetry, look into Pushkin.

    Also…let’s see some George R. R. Martin.

  156. Joseph said, on December 21, 2009 at 8:22 pm

    Lewis Carroll is almost right–with the addition of underage prostitutes it would be perfect.

  157. Anonymous said, on December 22, 2009 at 11:43 am

    What about Douglas Coupland?

  158. Nakita said, on December 22, 2009 at 11:43 am

    I saw no Oscar Wilde or Brothers Grimm/Hans Christian Anderson :(

    But pretty much these are dead on lmao

  159. Bianca said, on December 22, 2009 at 11:50 am

    what about Truman Capote, Franz Kafka, Oscar Wilde and Milan Kundera?

  160. Nakita said, on December 22, 2009 at 12:10 pm

    sorry, my bad. found Brothers Grimm. It’s so wrong lol but I found it. Lewis Carrol I think should be changed to girls who are outgrowing their social constraints. Because really, those are the only people who actually understand what’s going on lol

    • Caitlin said, on December 25, 2009 at 12:33 pm

      Strongly agree re: Lewis Carroll. Also, girls who consider themselves “whimsical.” (Me.)

  161. Anonymous said, on December 22, 2009 at 2:23 pm

    Henry James, William Golding, L. Frank Baum??

  162. saha said, on December 22, 2009 at 2:27 pm

    what about augusten burroughs?

  163. don't think so said, on December 22, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    Right, ok, literally millions upon millions of people read J.K. Rowling, sometimes entire classes of schoolkids, and ALL of them are “smart.” Likewise, Ayn Rand is read by “workaholics” and not merely by right-winger child-men. If only such things were true…

    • Lauren Leto said, on December 22, 2009 at 2:45 pm

      Favorite author. Not “author you read once”

    • Blair said, on December 22, 2009 at 6:17 pm

      Note: ‘school kids’ Rowling is written for school children!

  164. Sarah said, on December 22, 2009 at 2:44 pm

    Funny, I run a website somewhat related to writing and from what I’ve noticed about the contributors/commentators, this is all true.

    My favorite author is Michio Kaku, though.

    • kdh said, on December 22, 2009 at 8:58 pm

      People whose favorite word is “limning/limned.”

  165. Josh Nykamp said, on December 22, 2009 at 3:08 pm

    So funny, but my tattoos are cool.

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  168. Spoon said, on December 22, 2009 at 5:38 pm

    I haven’t bought a single kindle, let alone the 1st generation. Though that might just be because its functionality is rather limited where I live (as in, the hitchhiker’s guide-like free wiki-access is non-existant).

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  172. Dood said, on December 22, 2009 at 6:14 pm

    I’m not much of a reader, but I think John Kennedy Toole should be on the list, even though he only has 2 published books. I wouldn’t have the slightest idea on how to identify one of his readers though.

    • pat said, on March 1, 2010 at 10:23 pm

      People who laugh at pretentious assholes who suffer from delusions of grandeur?

      • pat said, on March 1, 2010 at 10:24 pm

        of course, I’m not really being fare to Ignatius here…

  173. Blair said, on December 22, 2009 at 6:15 pm

    Richard Dawkins should be changed to;
    People who like to quote popular authors but are not critical enough to realize his theories on religion are laughed out of every University.

    • Jane said, on January 13, 2010 at 4:44 pm

      Nope. That’s the description for Malcolm Gladwell readers.

    • Alex said, on May 12, 2010 at 7:18 pm

      Ooh, the theists are angry that someone is devoted to educating the population that there’s no difference between religion and mythology.

  174. Anonymous said, on December 22, 2009 at 6:35 pm

    WOMEN LIKE NABOKOV 2
    FUCK YOU LOSER

  175. pilgrim said, on December 22, 2009 at 6:35 pm

    Faulkner’s and Nabokov’s stereotypes work better the other way round. And the JK Rowling is way off: smart geeks might have cracked open a Potter or two, but no way in the world would this be their favourite author. Ballard, Burroughs, Pynchon or especially Neal Stephenson are much more likely candidates. Rowling’s true parish (in the UK at least) is women who were especially taken with Grandma’s old Nancy Drews – and who want that feeling back, dammit.

    This would make a pretty good after-dinner-party game, depending of course on your dinner party.

    Also, no love for Paul Auster?

  176. Camila said, on December 22, 2009 at 6:55 pm

    SOOOO HILARIOUS!!!! thanks for giving me a laugh :D

  177. Sean said, on December 22, 2009 at 7:08 pm

    I wanted to enjoy the list but I had to stop as soon as I read “ARM mortgages.”

    • Lauren Leto said, on December 22, 2009 at 7:10 pm

      I’m stupid! I don’t own a house.

      • Pat said, on March 1, 2010 at 9:51 pm

        Don’t justify it. That’s perfect for F. Scott Fitzgerald–especially Gatsby. Sean, don’t take it personally.

  178. Casey said, on December 22, 2009 at 7:13 pm

    The Fyodor Dostoevsky one caught me off guard (I read everything he wrote in college, while studying computers) but I couldn’t stand Leo Tolstoy at all.

    So like *wink*.

  179. nick said, on December 22, 2009 at 8:22 pm

    Please add Italo Calvino to the list :)

    I echo the aghastness at smart geeks = jkrowling.
    Suggest instead something along the lines of (these authors all need adding anyway…):
    smart geeks = neal stephenson or william gibson
    whimsical geeks = terry pratchett or roald dahl

    otherwise fairly spookily accurate :)

    • kdh said, on December 22, 2009 at 9:04 pm

      jkrowling is a tough one. When an author has sold THAT MANY books, which are children’s books, but loved by adults as well, which cut across country, ethnicity, and educational lines as well, it’s hard to stereotype people who would call her their favorite. My offhand try might be: Pretension-hating geeks. See also anti-hipster geeks.

      • Lauren Leto said, on December 22, 2009 at 9:08 pm

        OMG that is so much better. Or self-depracating geeks.

      • Anonymous said, on December 26, 2009 at 6:50 pm

        Aw, I like it, and it absolutely describes the people I know who are in love with the books! (The midnight premiers have surprisingly fabulous people– mostly the kids who grew up with Harry Potter since now we’re old enough to stay up past ten, haha.)

  180. atticus said, on December 22, 2009 at 9:35 pm

    I disagree about the ‘to kill a mockingbird’ thing–my mother loves this book and she is a big southern lit fan and she grew up in a similar way… so I would say ‘literary southerners who love southern literature’ ;-)

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  182. Laura said, on December 22, 2009 at 9:40 pm

    Victor Hugo?

  183. t_lhrh said, on December 22, 2009 at 10:05 pm

    What about V.S. Naipaul? The man is embittered, but his writing is awesome. And I love Virginia Woolf, though I’m not female, do not know French, am not a teacher, and have not gotten a master’s degree (though I’m in the process of acquiring one). The Nabokov reference was right on, along with the Twain one!

  184. Hunter said, on December 22, 2009 at 10:09 pm

    this shit is terrible

  185. Rob said, on December 22, 2009 at 11:19 pm

    Great list. Though I think you did go too easy for the Rowling one. I’d say “People who may or may not read Rowling’s next Harry Potter book.”

    Also for Chabon: “Comic fans who pretend they regularly read novels”

    • Rob said, on December 22, 2009 at 11:20 pm

      Oops. I mean “People who may or may not read Rowling’s first Non-Harry Potter book”.

  186. Morgante Pell said, on December 23, 2009 at 12:16 am

    Where is my Oscar Wilde? Might be too easy…

  187. K said, on December 23, 2009 at 12:24 am

    This is fantastic. Any thoughts on Somerset Maugham?

    • JPGR said, on July 26, 2010 at 10:25 pm

      I looked for Maugham too… Maybe he would fall into some “woman hating” category.

  188. Kat said, on December 23, 2009 at 12:33 am

    Pretty funny. How about Richard Powers fans?

  189. [...] Stereotyping people by favorite authors – In our Reading Ahead research, we heard about how people were both exploring and communicating identity through their choices of reading material. Identity is a complex internal and external mechanism, where we (explicitly or implicitly) project outwards to imagine how we might appear to others…an internal act that feels or draws from the external. So the existence of lists like this, while tongue-in-cheek, validate that this process is real. (via @kottke) [...]

  190. Jason said, on December 23, 2009 at 1:28 am

    I’m sure this is a great list but I didn’t have time to read it. Too busy reading Dostoevsky.

  191. carolion said, on December 23, 2009 at 1:29 am

    if you’re taking requests: zadie smith? joan didion?

  192. Scott M. said, on December 23, 2009 at 1:32 am

    I think the Dawkins one may be my fave!

  193. Preetham Venkky said, on December 23, 2009 at 1:42 am

    Put me under the Smart Geeks category. Have read everything from the Rowling stable :)

  194. anna said, on December 23, 2009 at 1:46 am

    Love it, just wish there was something about the women who like Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

    • Suzi said, on December 23, 2009 at 3:28 pm

      Amen.

    • Anonymous said, on December 26, 2009 at 6:49 pm

      I don’t think he can be your favorite author if you’re a woman.

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  196. Emmaleigh said, on December 23, 2009 at 2:03 am

    I’m upset. Chuck Palahniuk being my favorite does not make me a male. And I can read. But I do know some male fans that fit this stereotype ;)

  197. Myles SG said, on December 23, 2009 at 2:26 am

    Haha. What about Kingsley Amis, Evelyn Waugh, T.S. Eliot (The Waste Land is one of my most memorable reads), Ezra Pound, and Sir Walter Scott? Also Brian Jacques (Redwall).

    I don’t drink Old Fashioneds, but do think Conrad is awesome.

  198. hamiltonwriter said, on December 23, 2009 at 2:43 am

    Thanks for this! You are too cool!

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  200. Chris Boyd said, on December 23, 2009 at 3:07 am

    John Banville

    Didactic auto-didacts.

    or…

    Uxurious men?

  201. Chris Boyd said, on December 23, 2009 at 3:08 am

    Make that: men who wouldn’t piss-spell uxorious!!

  202. Nate said, on December 23, 2009 at 3:36 am

    Ooh…. do me! Raymond Carver.

  203. nini said, on December 23, 2009 at 4:20 am

    I am a woman and i like Dostoevsky, what does that make me

    I agree with the list thats so true, I like Marquez, and im pretty much like your description.

    i just want to know your take on Honore de Balzac,

    have a nice christmas.

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  205. Michael Ströck said, on December 23, 2009 at 6:15 am

    “Richard Dawkins

    People who have their significant other grab them under the table in order to shut them up whenever someone else at a dinner says something absolutely ridiculous and wrong.”

    Fucking priceless :-) You’ve hit it on the head in my case :-)

  206. london said, on December 23, 2009 at 6:34 am

    I like yr list.

    How about Flann O’Brien? I’m thinking “People who might try to slip arsenic into your drink – but only to see what would happen.”

  207. Dave Goldberg said, on December 23, 2009 at 9:14 am

    Fantastic list, but I think the Chabon item was tops. To hear any interview with her, Ayelet Waldman’s entire life is defined by being Mrs. Michael Chabon. The kicker was her comment to the effect that she could survive losing her kids — all of them — but not her husband. Super-creepy.

  208. Jeff said, on December 23, 2009 at 9:22 am

    Nicely done. This list is genius. I’ll try to think of one for Julian Barnes.

  209. Sankofa said, on December 23, 2009 at 9:56 am

    What of Elmore Leonard fans?

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  212. Tony Noland said, on December 23, 2009 at 10:16 am

    Ha! This was hilarious!

  213. tubesteak said, on December 23, 2009 at 10:24 am

    List was somewhat dece. What about Milan Kundera? He’s my favorite…

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  215. Heidi said, on December 23, 2009 at 11:16 am

    Another second for Tom Robbins. I think I’m tied for favorites between him and Dostoyevsky. A rather odd combination, I admit. (That in itself may speak volumes …)

  216. liz said, on December 23, 2009 at 11:48 am

    What about:

    Neil Gaiman

    Robin Mckinley

    Nagaru Tanigawa

    my faves!

    • bella said, on December 23, 2009 at 1:25 pm

      ahhh! my soulmate!

  217. anon said, on December 23, 2009 at 11:53 am

    the bret easton ellis one kind of makes no sense. foo fighters? to mainstream and contemporary. i would say new order, or something of the sort.

  218. anon said, on December 23, 2009 at 12:05 pm

    *too

  219. [...] From the original list: [...]

  220. Anonymous said, on December 23, 2009 at 12:16 pm

    please do one for tom wolfe!

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  222. Pete said, on December 23, 2009 at 12:36 pm

    I studied philosophy at university and I can confirm that somebody in my class had a stupid Gonzo tattoo.

  223. Wijnand said, on December 23, 2009 at 1:23 pm

    Camus, Dawkins, Nietzsche and Dostojevski,
    but only because Saul Bellow is not on this list…

    How is this possible?

  224. Stephen said, on December 23, 2009 at 1:31 pm

    Give me one for Malcolm Gladwell

    Also, I LOLed at Thomas Aquinas

  225. Elles said, on December 23, 2009 at 1:31 pm

    Richard Dawkins

    People who have their significant other grab them under the table in order to shut them up whenever someone else at a dinner says something absolutely ridiculous and wrong.

    That would be absolutely true if I had a significant other. Maybe people would like me better… >.>

    Wait, never mind. I love arguing at mealtimes and my friends still love me for it. I think I shall remain single.

  226. Loren Bagby said, on December 23, 2009 at 1:39 pm

    J.K. Rowling? Smart Geeks?
    Not a chance. You might really enjoy her books, but they are at 5th grade level at best.
    J.K. Rowling is for people who aren’t smart enough to read Tolkien or even Robert Jordan.

    • Anonymous said, on December 23, 2009 at 7:39 pm

      Don’t be pretentious. I know hardcore Rowling fans who actually read Tolkien in 5th grade.

    • Sam said, on December 24, 2009 at 10:55 am

      You pretentious little prick. Harry Potter may not be high literature, but it’s certainly a multi-layered and immersing story with fully-fledged characters, a plot you can care about, and yes, even motifs and symbolism. It’s also a lot of fun to read.

      By the way, I read Tolkein in 4th grade, so suck it. And you know what the best part is? I still think Rowling is a better storyteller.

      • Caitlin said, on December 25, 2009 at 12:40 pm

        Agree.

      • Anonymous said, on January 9, 2010 at 3:20 pm

        yes, that proves your literacy

  227. Robin Landseadel said, on December 23, 2009 at 2:15 pm

    Just checked the P-list—No, none of us were fans of J. D. Salinger in High School. But we still don’t fit in.

  228. unclespeedo said, on December 23, 2009 at 2:23 pm

    what about bukowski!

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  230. Ashent said, on December 23, 2009 at 2:33 pm

    I read that entire list waiting for Bukowski :(

  231. Suki said, on December 23, 2009 at 2:35 pm

    Would be more fun if the list were alphabetized :o)

  232. Suzi said, on December 23, 2009 at 3:27 pm

    Haha, love it. No Chekov or Steinbeck, but that’s cool, you can’t get everyone.

    I was surprised not to see Raymond Carver who is clearly for those who are in their first creative writing class at a community college.

  233. anon said, on December 23, 2009 at 3:34 pm

    sophie kinsella!!!

  234. Moxy said, on December 23, 2009 at 3:36 pm

    I have to admit, I don’t understand the Ray Bradbury stereotype. He’s my favorite author, and…well, where does golfing come into play?

  235. Liv said, on December 23, 2009 at 4:01 pm

    This makes me realize how many potentially great authors there are that I haven’t read. Now I feel I’ll be inclined to check them out based on their reader stereotypes.

  236. Christian said, on December 23, 2009 at 4:50 pm

    John Updike. Guys who were good at sports in high school only to realize as a grown up that they have no marketable skill.

  237. Matt said, on December 23, 2009 at 6:26 pm

    Jon Krakauer – People who need a pat on the back for being purposely distant.

  238. edEx said, on December 23, 2009 at 6:43 pm

    pure greatness

  239. Kate said, on December 23, 2009 at 6:52 pm

    So if I’m a girl, and I love Dostoevsky, what does that say about me?

    • Anonymous said, on July 19, 2010 at 7:53 pm

      You’re not a girl.
      Sorry.

  240. Jermiane said, on December 23, 2009 at 7:05 pm

    I find this list amusing. Haven’t read most of the authors’ works on this list, so it’ll be interesting to run their names through Google or Amazon. Ingenious list though!!!

  241. Roberto said, on December 23, 2009 at 7:18 pm

    John Kennedy Toole, definately. for People who love the name “Ignatius”.

  242. Sid said, on December 23, 2009 at 7:35 pm

    HAHAHH!! This list is fantastic!

    I do love Salman Rushdie…and yes, I have google image searched Padma Lakshmi…but during the day..

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  245. Paul said, on December 23, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    you seem incredibly arrogant and pretentious.

    • Anonymous said, on December 26, 2009 at 8:01 am

      No, check the list– you’re probably thinking of Swanwick and Thompson fans. Easy mistake.

  246. Vinya said, on December 23, 2009 at 9:09 pm

    Agree with all of them, except for J.K Rowling. Smart Geeks actually read good books. ZING. But no, really, 11 year olds and basement dwellers read Harry Potter.

  247. JD said, on December 23, 2009 at 9:28 pm

    Really? You want to sleep with me?

  248. Anonymous said, on December 23, 2009 at 9:36 pm

    Tom Wolfe is clearly for people who wish they had a stylish white coat.

  249. DL said, on December 23, 2009 at 11:11 pm

    Richard Price
    Irvine Welsh
    John Kennedy Toole
    Philip Roth

    I am enjoying this

  250. Todd said, on December 24, 2009 at 12:08 am

    I thought this was a joke but after I took care of my dying grandparents, two years ago, I read Jorge Louis Borges.

  251. Jazzmin said, on December 24, 2009 at 1:08 am

    This is great!

    You’ve got a few of my favorites on here:

    Richard Dawkins
    Christopher Hitchens (actually just took a small break from reading God is Not Great to read this list)
    J.K. Rowling
    Douglas Adams

    All of them, you were spot on!

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  253. Anonymous said, on December 24, 2009 at 2:35 am

    This seems rather silly…none of these stereotypes really even come close to matching reality, or are so forced that they’re not really funny. And I enjoy stereotyping quite a bit.

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  256. Silver said, on December 24, 2009 at 7:51 am

    Jeanette Winterson?

  257. Radon said, on December 24, 2009 at 11:41 am

    I think it would be more accurate to say about David Foster Wallace fans, that it’s people who think they are much smarter than they actually are, or people who want to appear much smarter than they actually are.

    Hawthorne: Yep.

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  259. shan said, on December 24, 2009 at 1:40 pm

    Hahaha great list! Totally laughed at the Jodi Picoult and Nicholas Sparks ones. I also recommend adding “females with an extended vocabulary of synonyms for ‘shiny’, but otherwise a shorter than average vocabulary”, but it seems too verbose.

    Lastly, where are Neil Gaiman and Oscar Wilde???

  260. Paul said, on December 24, 2009 at 2:18 pm

    No Steinbeck? c’mon

  261. RL said, on December 24, 2009 at 2:23 pm

    Not true of Nabokovians. Our favorite words are “penumbra” and “synesthete.”

  262. MB said, on December 24, 2009 at 3:08 pm

    I love Nick Hornby, and I am a girl who wears skinny jeans and I love other girls. So you almost had it right :)

  263. JP said, on December 24, 2009 at 3:53 pm

    You described the most devout Toni Morrison fan I know 100%. On the other hand, I feel like the description for Virginia Woolf might suit Proust better.

  264. O said, on December 24, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    I love this list! I’m a Murakami reader and I think I do have one of the most well-edited iPod playlists where I come from. This made my day. Happy holidays!

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    • Anonymous said, on December 24, 2009 at 8:14 pm

      Yeah, i’d love an explanation for that one :P

  266. emily said, on December 24, 2009 at 5:21 pm

    I LEIK TOLSTOI & IM A GURL
    SO THIS IS WRONG
    YOU SHOULD CHANGE It

    jk this was funny!

  267. Ami said, on December 24, 2009 at 7:09 pm

    ms. leto,

    wonderful list. as a fellow michigander, you went to james madison, didn’t you? tocqueville was a dead giveaway =)

  268. johan,karlskrona said, on December 24, 2009 at 11:24 pm

    love from sweden, this was so fun.
    though smart geeks don’t like harry potter, that’s for kids and people in their early sixties (my dad and his wife). Gibson maybe (or Gaiman or Coupland.. Aisimov?).

    plz, do Greene, that’s lying wankers like me

  269. johan,karlskrona said, on December 24, 2009 at 11:47 pm

    Ms(?)Leto your list is beautiful but this was so funny

    ” Larian LeQuella said, on December 21, 2009 at 5:13 pm Brilliant list. An old one I heard a while back:
    J. R. R. Tolkien
    – Guys who have always been curious but never tried it.”

  270. Pon said, on December 24, 2009 at 11:48 pm

    Dude. YOU made textsfromlastnight?! Comment-jacking here, but tfln is possibly the greatest website in the WORLD. <3

    • Anonymous said, on December 26, 2009 at 8:01 am

      That’s how I decided the list stereotypes were legit, haha.

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  272. moonrat said, on December 25, 2009 at 9:28 am

    hilarious!!

  273. MakeANoise said, on December 25, 2009 at 10:01 am

    You left out NOAM CHOMSKY!

  274. vita said, on December 25, 2009 at 10:25 am

    no paul coelho? i was disappointed :D

  275. s. mendelssohn said, on December 25, 2009 at 11:56 am

    Paulo Coelho:

    People who think farting in a dark room full of smelling candles is a great transcendental experience.

  276. Caitlin said, on December 25, 2009 at 12:43 pm

    My favorite author is D. H. Lawrence. Tentative suggestion: Girls who smoke joints before sex?

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  278. Tony Noland said, on December 25, 2009 at 5:03 pm

    This is brilliant. I highlighted this on my blog.

    One question though… my fav is P.G. Wodehouse – what does that say about me?

  279. morey3lhp said, on December 25, 2009 at 8:29 pm

    Little late to the post but what about Melville, Annie Dillard, or Frederick Buechner?

  280. albiagioni said, on December 25, 2009 at 9:43 pm

    I shouldn’t tell this… I am Dostoievsky, but you can call me Tolstoy.

    What about Oscar Wilde or Balzac, maybe (bleaaargh) Gunther Grass?

    (merry christmas!)

  281. [...] tais considerações, a blogueira Lauren Leto publicou um post chamado “Readers by Author”, que fez algum sucesso na blogosfera, descrevendo de forma impiedosa os leitores [...]

  282. Anthony said, on December 26, 2009 at 9:29 am

    This was a great idea but executed poorly.

    • Anonymous said, on December 26, 2009 at 6:46 pm

      Do it better! I think it’s fascinating regardless of execution, and I’d legitimately like to read other peoples’.

  283. [...] Stereotyping people by their favourite author (according to Lauren [...]

  284. someone said, on December 26, 2009 at 3:05 pm

    italo svevo: who? tell me who i am, im lost

    • Anonymous said, on December 28, 2009 at 11:17 am

      georges perec? I must be totally out of this world!

  285. [...] quick read of the evening: Readers by Author – Stereotyping People by Their Favorite Author, from Lauren Leto’s [...]

  286. [...] your favorite authors define you… how did you do? « Previous Post [...]

  287. Kate said, on December 27, 2009 at 11:39 am

    Hilarious! I read (and enjoy) too many from the list to fit in one catagory – but it was still a funny read.

  288. EOnegin said, on December 27, 2009 at 12:33 pm

    How about John Fowles and Roald Dahl?…

  289. i_frolic said, on December 27, 2009 at 2:33 pm

    how about ann patchett, eh?

    • Anonymous said, on December 29, 2009 at 12:04 am

      You are who you are. Appreciate your respect for what you read. Do not ask a judgemental world to pass judgement on you. Do not encourage the folly.

      • Anonymous said, on January 3, 2010 at 4:00 pm

        The UTTER FOLLY.

  290. ausitn hippie said, on December 27, 2009 at 2:56 pm

    Is it possible I know how to perform a Michigan left without knowing what it is?

  291. Reese said, on December 27, 2009 at 6:14 pm

    I’m sorry, but this is utter folly. Your stereotyping is totally based off your interpretation of an author. This is about as low as stereotyping–an already dubious practice–can go.

  292. maypri said, on December 27, 2009 at 7:45 pm

    this list is wonderful!

  293. Erin said, on December 27, 2009 at 10:02 pm

    Love to know what you think about people who read Jodi Picoult

  294. Amy said, on December 27, 2009 at 10:38 pm

    Would love to hear Victor Hugo, he is my absolute favorite! Also, Oscar Wilde?

    So I am a gal who likes Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Nabokov, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, AND Austen+Brontes which seems to say that I am lesbian according to this list, but I am most definitely not! Hehe.

    I think I’m going to use this list to find new authors to read by looking at their stereotypes!

    P.S.: my boyfriend loves Kafka – would be interested to see what he would be.

  295. Sarah said, on December 28, 2009 at 12:50 am

    Haha, the Austen thing was right on for me!

  296. [...] People By Their Favorite Author Lauren Leto explains how knowing people’s favorite author is a great way to stereotype them. Below are some [...]

  297. anon said, on December 28, 2009 at 2:28 am

    I’m sorry, KV is my favorite author, and I hate Radiohead. Sooooo…….yeah.

    I really didn’t think many of these were very spot on. For example, the Bronte sisters should be read by 30 year old virgins. But hell, Twilight is just the Wuthering Heights of our time.

  298. Killer said, on December 28, 2009 at 3:22 am

    Beautiful, girl. Your evil is beautiful. You pegged me on the David Foster Wallace, I hate John Irving while my friends of broken homes love him, and my hippie cousin who lives on Martha’s Vineyard with outdoor showers leaves Anne Rice books around her house! My only exception is that you should switch the Shakespeare and Mark Twain stereotype. Anyone who doesn’t LOVE Connecticut Yankee or The Mysterious Stranger is lying.

  299. Ed said, on December 28, 2009 at 5:38 am

    You forgot Edward Abbey.

    Or maybe you never knew him. You may continue wasting your lives in the aisles of crate and barrel.

  300. Kat said, on December 28, 2009 at 3:23 pm

    David Sedaris, Tom Robbins, John Steinbeck and Sarah Vowell

    On a side note my roommate loves Hunter S Thompson so much that he has multiple quotes tattooed on his arm and when I read this to him we both laughed a lot.

    • Kat said, on December 28, 2009 at 3:23 pm

      oh and Edward Abbey.

  301. Scully said, on December 28, 2009 at 9:41 pm

    Requests:

    A.S. Byatt
    Nadine Gordimer
    Pat Barker
    Peter Carey
    E.M. Forster

  302. Anonymous said, on December 29, 2009 at 11:19 am

    Lauren Leto: SMOKING HOT!!!!!!!!

  303. isitfiction said, on December 29, 2009 at 11:27 am

    Brilliant! Your blog: straight to bookmarks.

  304. ChiLatvian said, on December 29, 2009 at 1:22 pm

    HAhahaha, Joseph Heller. Ive read Catch-22 countless times and Im always the first to order a round of shots, followed by many more rounds of drinks until last call. Spot on!

  305. Anne said, on December 29, 2009 at 1:57 pm

    Carson McCullers: women who, growing up, felt inexplicably drawn to the weirdo on their block. In an innocent way.

  306. Jbdiehl said, on December 29, 2009 at 2:34 pm

    This list is fantastic, but more southern writers please! What about Flannery O’Connor, Tennessee Williams, Truman Capote, and Eudora Welty?

    Also: Tom Robbins, Alice Munro, Roald Dahl, Jasper Fforde, Neil Gaiman, Maya Angelou, Christopher Moore, Frank McCourt, Helen Fielding, David Sedaris

  307. Kim V said, on December 29, 2009 at 2:49 pm

    I am a straight woman and I eat cream cheese and I LOVE Cormac McCarthy. What does this mean?

    • ransorn said, on December 30, 2009 at 1:00 am

      Is your favorite book “All the Pretty Whorses”?

  308. Anonymous said, on December 29, 2009 at 3:41 pm

    Looking for Jonathan Lethem, Doris Lessing, Joan Didion?

    • ransorn said, on December 30, 2009 at 12:59 am

      I am very disappointed that this list does not have every author you have read also.

  309. Dime qué autor lees y te diré cómo eres said, on December 29, 2009 at 5:34 pm

    [...] Una extraña manera de estereotipar a los lectores: completamente arbitraria, pero no por eso menos divertida. La lista completa, acá. [...]

  310. Daniel said, on December 29, 2009 at 7:19 pm

    Your Thomas Pynchon joke made me laugh out loud, ditto Hemingway. I haven’t read any David Foster Wallace (I’m saving him for when I’m dead, as Julian Barnes once wrote), but lose the apostrophe in that joke. Mistakes like that make the literati bristle. Or make you look stupid because you’re supposed to be widely read. Should we now suspect that you haven’t read most of the authors you listed?

  311. [...] Before you read THIS, you should know that if I were forced to either choose a favorite author or be mock-executed, [...]

  312. ¿Qué dicen tus lecturas de ti? said, on December 30, 2009 at 12:54 am

    [...] La lista original: Lauren Leto [...]

  313. ransorn said, on December 30, 2009 at 12:57 am

    Terry Goodkind seeks Lauren Weisberger.

  314. Asha said, on December 30, 2009 at 4:22 am

    fantastic list! bookmarked!

  315. And piles to read.. « A-sitting On a Gate said, on December 30, 2009 at 2:28 pm

    [...] The Virtue of Selfishness – Ayn Rand (Rand has rightly been called the solace of the over-worked. Still, have been bowled over by the little that I have readof this slim [...]

  316. Happyhour said, on December 30, 2009 at 4:55 pm

    Now all the peope is expert!

  317. Anonymous said, on December 30, 2009 at 5:43 pm

    this is unimaginative

    • Anonymous said, on December 30, 2009 at 10:50 pm

      Unimaginative would’ve been

      OSCAR WILDE
      Gay.

  318. Jeff said, on December 30, 2009 at 11:03 pm

    God, thank you. I sent this to everyone in my book club. We’ve read Palahniuk (totally agree), Larsson (guy who picked this shrieks at spiders, so prob correct), McCarthy (meeting for this one is in Jan, I’ll bring something w/cream cheese to test this out), and Murakami (spot on) lately. Murakami was my pick, and everyone hated it. Thanks for validating me, Lauren Leto!

  319. cct said, on December 31, 2009 at 10:06 am

    Yeah, like I’ve read ALL of them. Plus a million.

  320. Happy New Year! · actuallycrazy said, on December 31, 2009 at 2:52 pm

    [...] is an amusing read: Readers by Author. Speaking of music (see Readers by Author > Murakami), I own two albums and have heard of five [...]

  321. Tyler said, on December 31, 2009 at 3:08 pm

    A lot of good stereotypes but the Kerouac one is way, way off.

    see: Jawbreaker, Banner Pilot, Lawrence Arms, or other lyric-s based artists, not a progressive improv jam band.

  322. beckita said, on December 31, 2009 at 4:55 pm

    I’m sure a lot of guys are going to change their reading lists to Tolstoy after this! Beware!

  323. [...] Πολύ αστείο και ευφυές. Ενίοτε και άστοχο. Jeffrey Eugenides [...]

  324. Robin Raven said, on January 2, 2010 at 12:02 pm

    Nice list. Jeffrey Eugenides was mine, but the opposite of the stereotype is true for me. Regardless, nice list. :-)

    This list was tweeted by Alyssa Milano. I loved “Who’s The Boss” as a kid. How about stereotyping people by TV shows? :-)

    • pat said, on March 1, 2010 at 9:53 pm

      All I have to say in response–

      “The Virgin Suicides”

  325. John Lovell said, on January 2, 2010 at 12:24 pm

    Naturally, although I haven’t met you, I’m now reading Fyodor Dostoevsky…

  326. John Ross Harvey said, on January 2, 2010 at 12:36 pm

    Firstly shocked that Arthur C. Clarke not among listing

    Secondly I am not among the listing, oh yeah, because I am not YET famous, oh there is a famous JOHN HARVEY, its just not me, and quite frankly he’s preventing me by taking up the first 16 pages of Amazon for our name.

    He writes crime, I write comedy, political intrigue, romance, scifi, crime, and considering fantasy for young adults. The last 4 under nom de plumes so I avoid that whole 16 page problem.

  327. Sheyla Madera said, on January 2, 2010 at 1:21 pm

    What is that of doctor that went to medical school in the DR! I’m Dominican and medical school here is actually excelent. I find your comment insulting.

  328. [...] The Virtue of Selfishness – Ayn Rand: Rand has rightly been called the solace of the over-worked. Still, have been bowled over by the little that I have read of this slim [...]

  329. Valerie said, on January 2, 2010 at 2:21 pm

    Do you have anything on Laurel K. Hamilton fans?

    Happy New Year.

  330. Keith said, on January 2, 2010 at 3:40 pm

    Ha! This is BRILLIANT!

  331. Jennfer said, on January 2, 2010 at 4:52 pm

    Confirmed 90’s literati?? I’m hoping it’s just a typo, and that you really understand the difference between ’90s and 90’s.

  332. ~sean said, on January 2, 2010 at 6:25 pm

    Nice Catch-22 reference. My book collection turned up a large number of works by the following authors:

    Chuck Palahniuk
    Fyodor Dostoevsky
    Christopher Buckley
    Ayn Rand
    William Shakespeare
    Ernest Hemingway
    Lewis Carroll
    Kurt Vonnegut

    I am really confused as to what this says about me.

    Tucker Max gets points for his childish narcissism.

  333. Grey said, on January 2, 2010 at 8:20 pm

    So The Brothers Karamazov is my favourite book of all time.

    Your place or mine?

  334. Erin said, on January 3, 2010 at 6:15 am

    I agree with everyone who suggested Flannery!

    People who like peacocks?

  335. dB said, on January 3, 2010 at 2:45 pm

    Naguib Mahfouz – People who have no understanding of the English language.

  336. Daniel said, on January 3, 2010 at 4:27 pm

    “Confirmed 90’s literati?? I’m hoping it’s just a typo, and that you really understand the difference between ’90s and 90’s.”

    I said the same thing and got no reply. I fucking hate blogs. And the bloggers who run them. And the blogosphere they all think matters.

    • Grey said, on January 7, 2010 at 10:36 pm

      It clearly matters enough for you to comment on it.

      Unless you were being ironic and I’m too tired to spot it, in which case I refuse to apologise out of exhaustion and stubbornness.

  337. (S)wine said, on January 4, 2010 at 2:38 pm

    this was bloody brilliant!

  338. Christine said, on January 4, 2010 at 3:11 pm

    J.R.R. Tolkien, George R.R. Martin, and Tom Robbins, please!

  339. nas said, on January 4, 2010 at 5:49 pm

    So Rowling, Hemingway, and Orwell are my current favorites, that means….oh crap! Unabomber!

  340. [...] a more casual note, Lauren Leto has analyzed readers by their favorite authors and posted this exhaustive list for those of you too lazy to do it yourselves. Are you on it? I [...]

  341. luke said, on January 4, 2010 at 11:53 pm

    wow, what a bunch of bs.

  342. P-DAZZLE said, on January 5, 2010 at 3:48 am

    How in the world do you draw these conclusions? Please e-mail me and let me know. I want to know how you got the F. Scott Fitzgerald and James Joyce ones, because I don’t understand in the least. Also, I am an Honours English student and read constantly and I’m a devoted Klosterman fan. Why do you propose Klosterman enthusiasts cannot read? Some of these are witty, but so many of them seem to draw on nothing whatsoever.

    • Anonymous said, on January 7, 2010 at 11:09 pm

      They’re jokes.

    • pat said, on March 1, 2010 at 9:58 pm

      F. Scott Fitzgerald–

      His characters have a serious case of class-envy and ultimately do everything in their power to become a part of the elite class–think of summering in the Hamptons. Hence, adjustable rate mortgages.

      • pat said, on March 1, 2010 at 10:36 pm

        forgot to add, then they FAIL big time.

  343. reader said, on January 5, 2010 at 4:12 am

    Lauren,
    Would you be able to do David Sedaris?

  344. [...] Kottke of Kottke.org posted about Lauren Leto’s nerdy, bookish post Stereotyping People by Their Favorite Author in December and it’s too good to not share [...]

  345. [...] Can you stereotype people by what they read? [...]

  346. Rich said, on January 5, 2010 at 6:03 pm

    If you like Notes from the Underground, I think you might like this blog post I wrote: http://marquisgrissom.blogspot.com/2009/10/21st-century-sex-diary-of-narrator-of.html

  347. Anonymous said, on January 5, 2010 at 6:19 pm

    What about Jhumpa Lahiri (The Namesake, The Interpreter of Maladies, An Unaccustomed Earth)? I’m curious. And I love F. Scott Fitzgerald and I can’t even begin to think about affording a house….

    • Anonymous said, on February 6, 2010 at 11:45 pm

      That’s easy… children of immigrants.

  348. puddle said, on January 5, 2010 at 7:01 pm

    Any thoughts on Alexandre Dumas?

  349. rem said, on January 5, 2010 at 7:36 pm

    Apparently you want to sleep with my husband.

    What of Joan Didion, Raymond Carver and Henry Miller?

  350. [...] by Lauren Leto’s “Stereotyping People By Their Favorite Author,” we realized the incredible potential for a mercilessly judgmental list of indie band [...]

  351. [...] is in large part due to being scatterbrained and having a regressing attention span. When I found Lauren Leto’s post “Readers by Author” I figured I might be able to find a few new authors; instead, I got a good laugh at what type of [...]

  352. Josef said, on January 7, 2010 at 7:56 am

    additions required for T.S Eliot and Walt Whitman!

  353. nostrandave said, on January 7, 2010 at 8:49 am

    This is very witty. Except I must disagree with you when it come to Chuck Palahniuk. I loved Fight Club, and I took AP English in High School.

    Oh, and by the way, I like reading Tolstoy.

    • Alex said, on April 30, 2010 at 3:02 pm

      You’re still a boy with a sense of inadequacy to think AP English matters to anyone here.

  354. Bridget said, on January 7, 2010 at 10:08 pm

    Pretty please do Steinbeck, Chekhov, or Guy de Maupassant for me! I need a stereotype!

    This list is already brilliant though, the Shakespeare one especially.

  355. Desmodus said, on January 8, 2010 at 10:53 am

    I’d love to see an update with both Pat Conroy and Neil Gaiman.

  356. Patton said, on January 8, 2010 at 9:08 pm

    I *actually* laughed out loud when I read the Dan Brown one! I’m putting in my requests for: William Burroughs, Philip K. Dick, Elizabeth Hand and Geoff Ryman.

  357. [...] Read more… Tags: bloggers, books [...]

  358. Viewers by Artist « Chromium Lemonade said, on January 9, 2010 at 12:16 pm

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  359. Pete said, on January 9, 2010 at 12:24 pm

    funny list.. didn’t read all the posts so maybe these were already suggested, but….

    Philip K. Dick
    T.S. Elliot
    Annie Proulx
    Robert Frost
    Bill Bryson
    Lewis Hyde
    William Blake
    David Sedaris

    few problems w/ the list. sommeliers read Nietzsche? that’s the best you can do. what about- teenage boys that think increasing the number of push-ups they can do is “existentially fulfilling”. but your the humorist, i guess. Also, Chirstopher Hitchens is “people i’d love to hang out with”? fucking gross

  360. kefuoe said, on January 9, 2010 at 8:09 pm

    I thought about this post when I was browsing at the bookstore today. You what I really need? An algorithm to help me figure out who to read in the new decade. Like, if you used to read VS Naipaul, now you read….”

  361. Seth said, on January 9, 2010 at 10:30 pm

    Looks like I’ve got a new pickup line!

    “Hey, baby. One of my favorite books is Notes from Underground and I identified fairly strongly with the protagonist.”
    Try to resist it.

  362. A-Prez said, on January 10, 2010 at 3:09 am

    Amazing! But I didn’t see Dorothy Parker. double :(

  363. christina said, on January 10, 2010 at 2:04 pm

    dear lauren leto,
    people like you are dousche bags. get a life.
    love, christina

    • Lauren Leto said, on January 10, 2010 at 2:10 pm

      i think you mean “douche bag”.

    • ~sean said, on January 10, 2010 at 7:09 pm

      That’s a tad rude. This site is all in good fun. I hope you didn’t take anything personally; I’m sure I have much more cause for anger since Lauren labeled me an illiterate, drug-abusing, workaholic pervert.

      The only REAL douchebags are the guys who are trying to use book-related pickup lines on a blog.

    • ~sean said, on January 10, 2010 at 10:08 pm

      Thank you for the points.

      Start a charity devoted to improving literacy rates in developing nations and I’ll donate those points to it (or a douchebag-eradication charity; your choice).

      For now, they will sit in an escrow account.

    • anya said, on March 13, 2010 at 1:56 am

      …Stephenie Meyers fan? or maybe Sparks?

  364. [...] rapid succession, I received two emails updating me on recent comments to a blog post that I had commented on.  The blog post was a fairly comical inventory to stereotypes of readers [...]

  365. kim said, on January 11, 2010 at 3:56 am

    I will add to the requests for Tom Robbins and Robin McKinley.

  366. I am what I read | Blotting paper said, on January 11, 2010 at 11:09 am

    [...] via Falstaff and Lauren Leto [...]

  367. YOU BETCHA said, on January 11, 2010 at 12:33 pm

    holy shit.
    it’s like you never go outside & actually have human interaction.
    this list is completely incorrect in so many ways.
    the only ones i can remember to say off the top of my head without it exploding with anger are:
    salman rushdie readers don’t give a F about padma. stop watching so much bravo.
    george orwell didn’t just write conspiracy literature. stop watching so much john stewart.
    holy shit holy shit.
    i want to pour acid in my ears to dissolve my own brain after reading this.

    i bet you are the kind of female who reads harry potter AND sees the movies AND can justify it with some sort of bullshit about never growing up & always needing a world to escape to. and i bet you a million dollars the girl who compiled this list reads jodi picoult. we all know picoult fans are anyone between the ages of 16-50 who has a vagina and thinks pornography is demeaning to women.

    i’m melting. meeeeeellllllltttttiiiiiiiinnnnnngggggggg.

  368. Amelia said, on January 11, 2010 at 2:26 pm

    totally agree about dostoyevsky vs. tolstoy

  369. Joe in Tacoma said, on January 11, 2010 at 2:33 pm

    While a couple of these are almost funny and it’s an interesting idea that might work provided you put some more effort into this, most of it was pretty much garbage.

    First – Rowling for “smart geeks?” How do you figure? Maybe if they’re smart for fifth graders.

    Huxley and Orwell are for conspiracy theorists? Camus for art school dropouts [an absolute miss]? And Hemingway… Men who own cottages? These are the stand-out losers, but most of these seem arbitrarily picked, likely premised on anecdotal observations. Hence, your desire to want to have sex with anyone who reads Dostoyevsky…

    … were I a betting man, I’d wager there’s some sort of ex you’re still clinging to who idolized Fyodor based on an undergraduate literature course.

    • Lauren Leto said, on January 11, 2010 at 2:34 pm

      ;)

      • Joe in Tacoma said, on January 11, 2010 at 3:47 pm

        Though, in fairness, this one did make me chuckle:

        Chuck Palahniuk

        Boys who can’t read.
        ;)

        Thanks for a bit of entertainment. Hope you continue working on it.

  370. Erin said, on January 11, 2010 at 3:43 pm

    What about Joyce Carol Oates, just saying…

    • Alex said, on April 30, 2010 at 3:32 pm

      “Girls too awkward to make the sorority.”

  371. Marie said, on January 13, 2010 at 12:05 pm

    funny because it’s true. My favorite on this list is Margaret Atwood and I wear a LOT of hunter green! :-)

  372. [...] a particularly inspired bit of stereotyping that was bouncing around the internets a bit ago: people stereotyped by their favorite authors (via). As someone who can and does read this was right up my alley so I was curious as to how I [...]

  373. tracy. said, on January 13, 2010 at 11:00 pm

    lauren: love your site & tweets !!! curious & nervous what a “tom robbins” reader is to be ? and john kennedy toole ? look forward to your updates .

  374. britanyquinn said, on January 14, 2010 at 12:12 am

    i don’t quite agree. i don’t watch simpsons and know i can’t quote it. but i am in love with H.P. Lovecraft

  375. Lana said, on January 14, 2010 at 1:03 am

    Hi[:
    I don’t usually comment on things like this especially since I’m only 15 but, I had to. This was one of the best things I’ve ever read, like EVER. I’ve only read stories from about 15 of the authors but the ones i did know were very funny. Ahah.
    Anyways, I actually spent my entire day reading texts from last night ahah… home sick from school (: So I wanted to say thanks! ahaha.
    Have a good day.
    ~Bye.
    AND JANE EYRE WAS A GOOD BOOK! SOO! :P

  376. Pedro Carvalho said, on January 14, 2010 at 8:26 am

    I can’t argue with this list (even if I only know around 50% of the authors) after I read the Stereotype of the Marquez readers. I’ll try to be a better liar from now.

    Now I’m gonna read the letter to Vonnegut’s fans…
    Hey! I never made love to Creep by Radiohead! I always keep my depression to myself. Maybe if I had some pot I would try the second option.

  377. eurochronicles said, on January 14, 2010 at 2:37 pm

    This is one of the worst lists I’ve ever seen. And I’m not saying that as someone “scorned” by authors I like on here, but even plenty that I can’t stand, I think you summed most of them up completely horribly, this is ridiculous, why the hell is it so damn popular? Get a life, or go back to your drunken texts.

    • Lauren Leto said, on January 14, 2010 at 2:41 pm

      Yeah, because stereotypes are supposed to be true and stuff.

    • Annebelle said, on April 6, 2010 at 4:39 pm

      No, you’re saying it as someone who doesn’t even understand basic grammar.

    • Alex said, on April 30, 2010 at 3:27 pm

      It’s popular because everyone gets to pat themselves on the back for having read one book by one author regardless of how the stereotype fits.

  378. [...] via dias felizes; lista completa aqui. [...]

  379. [...] via Falstaff and Lauren Leto [...]

  380. Nica said, on January 15, 2010 at 7:47 am

    wow. great list. but i might say there must be something more to chuck palahniuck. but you totally got me with albert camus.

  381. lightawake said, on January 15, 2010 at 11:56 pm

    heehe thanks for a great read!
    can you do ursula le guin and franz kafka, roald dahl and sir arthur conan doyle??

  382. Ian said, on January 16, 2010 at 2:35 pm

    awesome im a murakami!

  383. kim said, on January 16, 2010 at 4:16 pm

    I’m disappointed. I love Terry Pratchett, but I really don’t like monkeys.

  384. Anonymous said, on January 17, 2010 at 4:29 am

    what no bukowski

  385. Pedro said, on January 17, 2010 at 4:00 pm

    I missed some french guys, like Victor Hugo and Alexandre Dumas. The list is really awesome, anyway.

  386. T said, on January 18, 2010 at 12:23 pm

    This is hilarious… pure genoius. I can’t stop laughing.

    This is my favourite

    Aldous Huxley

    People who are bigger conspiracy theorists than Orwell fans.

    I too noticed the lack of Alexandre Dumas and Victor Hugo.. but well I think you can put them in “people who have way tooo much time in their hands and grow a kind of goatie”
    :)

    Kisses

    T.

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  388. Kelly said, on January 20, 2010 at 4:23 am

    You’re a fool to put people who love Austen and people who love the Brontes in the same category. They’re polar opposites. Regardless, on the whole fairly amusing.

    • KT said, on January 22, 2010 at 9:03 pm

      Agreed – like the list, don’t get the grouping of Austen and Brontes. Of the two, Austen better fits the stereotype you gave (she’s my favorite author, and I’m a Smithie who knows many other Smithies who love Austen…and you know what they say about Smith girls). People who read the Brontes are more like…middle-aged women who secretly love melodramatic romance novels but want to seem cultured.

      • Lauren Leto said, on January 22, 2010 at 9:05 pm

        Ah! I defer to the greatness of Smith girls and consider myself pwned.

    • Anonymous said, on January 22, 2010 at 11:30 pm

      I mean, I’d even argue that Emily and Charlotte are radically different, even if you can’t quite count them as opposites.

  389. Vivi said, on January 20, 2010 at 4:25 pm

    I thought this list was so funny that I blogged about it. Hope that’s okay…

    http://hivingout.blogspot.com/2010/01/are-you-who-you-read.html

  390. Sofiai London said, on January 20, 2010 at 5:39 pm

    pls add Irvine Welsh :)

  391. VANG90 said, on January 20, 2010 at 6:14 pm

    Holy crap I just about pissed myself when I saw the Charlaine Harris one…..it’s so….TRUE. Oh, and well played regarding Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

  392. Anonymous said, on January 21, 2010 at 7:25 pm

    Omga, I LOVE THIS.

  393. Anon said, on January 22, 2010 at 6:53 am

    This is ridiculously stupid. Seriously, shut the fuck up. Just because you have a (kind of) successful website doesn’t mean people want to read your contrived ignorant bullshit.

    • ~sean said, on January 22, 2010 at 8:44 am

      No one forced you to read this. It’s kind of like TV. If you don’t like it, change the channel.

      My only complaint is it hasn’t been updated in a while.

    • Lauren Leto said, on January 22, 2010 at 8:48 am

      You attend NCSU? North Carolina State University? Never heard of it. Maybe that’s why you have an inferiority complex. (I can see your IP)

      • ~sean said, on January 22, 2010 at 8:58 pm

        ZIIIIIIING!

        20,000 points (yeah, I regifted your original points back to you).

      • Lauren Leto said, on January 22, 2010 at 8:59 pm

        And 20000 points right back to you!

    • Annebelle said, on April 6, 2010 at 4:37 pm

      Actually, the fact that her website is successful would indicate that indeed people want to read her “contrived, ignorant bullshit.”

  394. Amanda Palmer said, on January 22, 2010 at 11:33 pm

    NEIL GAIMAN
    NEIL GAIMAN
    NEIL GAIMAN

  395. Lolly said, on January 25, 2010 at 11:53 am

    Erica Jong?

  396. Kevin said, on January 25, 2010 at 4:07 pm

    Oh man Dostoevsky is my all time favorite author. I wish I could meet a girl who doesn’t say “The Brothers what?” when I tell her my favorite book.

    • Alex said, on April 30, 2010 at 3:23 pm

      See Lauren, this is why you don’t encourage stereotypes. I’m sorry you think you’re so much smarter than everything you want to stick your dick in, Kevin.

  397. [...] is why Web Watch would like to point you to a recent posting Lauren made entitled READERS BY AUTHOR, a look at what proclaiming who your favorite author is says about you.   And after reading the [...]

  398. [...] Read the entire list here! [...]

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  400. Anon said, on January 27, 2010 at 1:40 pm

    Kerouac one was spot on! My brother is a sophomore in college; huge Umphrey’s and Kerouac fan. Nice work. I read Terry Goodkind in junior-high and…yeah I never got to DM, had a level 17 Half-Elf Thief though.

  401. [...] Written by Lauren Leto… it’s brilliant. Please read. Readers by Author [...]

  402. GayUnicorn said, on January 27, 2010 at 3:46 pm

    This is brilliant. I posted a link to your lovely post on my blog. Thanks!

  403. Rah said, on January 27, 2010 at 10:13 pm

    This was a fun read. Corny, funny, and sometimes spot on, too!
    What amazes me is how defensive some folks got over it.
    It’s not exactly DMS-IV now is it?
    Seems like some of us have been hitting the hard stuff for too long and could use a little Jerome K Jerome, Dave Barry, Garrison Keillor, {insert funny author here} and comic books to exercise and/or restart the humor sections of the brain.
    Life is hard enough without making everything so dreadfully serious.
    So thanks for the laugh and I hope everyone learns to laugh more at life cause otherwise we’ve got too much to cry about.

    • Lauren Leto said, on January 27, 2010 at 10:27 pm

      Thank you! :)

    • Anon said, on January 31, 2010 at 10:36 pm

      I’m afraid people who read the DSM-IV have thier veryown list.

  404. brian said, on January 28, 2010 at 7:20 pm

    I’ve read all of Thoreau’s works for whatever that indicates..

  405. um said, on January 29, 2010 at 1:07 am

    This list will seem like smart-ass bullshit to you in 20 years. Trust me.

    • Anonymous said, on February 27, 2010 at 11:23 pm

      So will that comment, this comment, and most of what anyone says. That’s how time works.

  406. anna said, on January 29, 2010 at 12:30 pm

    Is this a way of being all intellectual in a nonchalant manner by showing that you have enough knowlegde about ALL these authors to make insider-jokes about them..?

    • Anonymous said, on March 1, 2010 at 7:53 pm

      No, it’s a way of being actually intellectual, by reading a lot of books. Which I think you’ll find is one of the more popular routes.

      • pat said, on March 1, 2010 at 10:06 pm

        Ah, yes. Because everyone who reads aspires to be intellectual. Are you familiar with Texts From Last Night?

    • Alex said, on April 30, 2010 at 3:19 pm

      I would agree if I thought Lauren Leto had the knowledge to make insider jokes. Most of these are funny only because they’re wrong, but it’s a good idea.

  407. Josh said, on January 30, 2010 at 2:48 pm

    Ha, I don’t own a cottage or even know who the hell Umphreys Mcgee is but now I feel even MORE pretentious admitting that ‘Crime and Punishment’ recently became my favorite book and ‘Underground’ is scaring me even more. Oh well, time to drink some scotch.

  408. Anon said, on January 31, 2010 at 10:34 pm

    Orwell fans are not paranoid, they’re just out to get us, that’s all.

  409. ZACH said, on February 5, 2010 at 9:38 am

    So funny. I can’t imagine the effort put into this.

  410. Doc said, on February 5, 2010 at 1:49 pm

    Not very good–she just makes shit up, but it could be fun to try this.

  411. [...] Readers by Author « Lauren Leto – Genius diagnostic of who you are based on your favorite author. [...]

  412. Chris said, on February 7, 2010 at 11:53 am

    Lauren Leto

    dumb stereotyping bitch

  413. merch said, on February 8, 2010 at 10:43 am

    hey I’ve dungeon mastered before. With tenacity.

  414. Malcolm said, on February 8, 2010 at 6:51 pm

    i love cormac mccarthy and cream cheese

    seriously these are two things that i greatly enjoy

  415. rawr said, on February 9, 2010 at 7:10 pm

    I just watched the movies hecklers
    Then I just saw this
    And now my head wants to explode
    AHH! so much to think about!

  416. Sheldon said, on February 12, 2010 at 5:19 am

    Thanks Lauren. I got a pretty good belly laugh going there a few times reading your list. What I find amusing, in a pathetic sort of way, is how many readers were insulted by your list.

    Cheers

  417. Anonymous said, on February 16, 2010 at 10:14 pm

    i don’t get the foo fighters one…shouldn’t it be something like “people who say they loved ‘Heathers'” or “white Prince fans?”

  418. Emily G said, on February 18, 2010 at 3:39 pm

    no no no. Palahniuk fans are the kind of people who think the idea rioting in the streets is beautiful and sexy.

  419. Tracey said, on February 19, 2010 at 11:01 pm

    you missed a few:

    Piers Anthony: Nerds without an imagination
    J.R.R. Tolkien: Nerds in costume
    Terry Goodkind: Nerds with long hair
    Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman: Nerds who own at least three dragon posters

  420. Ian McKinnon said, on February 21, 2010 at 11:12 pm

    Hmmm Terry Pratchett and I am an anthropologist/archaeologist…
    But I still prefer him and Tolkien over Rowling… more original.

  421. Stereotyping « I am A Cat. said, on February 23, 2010 at 9:44 am

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  422. meaghan said, on February 23, 2010 at 1:03 pm

    i love me some sir arthur connan doyle, although i must say i am more of a burbon lady myself.

  423. Jerilene Medrano said, on February 24, 2010 at 3:21 am

    Uh, oh. Can’t choose. I’ll just settle as someone with MPD.

  424. La Vie Links « La Vie Boston said, on February 25, 2010 at 3:00 am

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  426. Anonymous said, on February 27, 2010 at 12:37 am

    Bad form on the Morrison.

  427. Ash said, on February 27, 2010 at 2:02 pm

    This is great! Nick Hornby is dead on, I’ll admit it haha.

  428. Mr. Namefag said, on March 1, 2010 at 7:47 pm

    BOO THIS WOMAN!
    BBOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

  429. Anonymous said, on March 1, 2010 at 7:50 pm

    My favorite authors are Nabokov and Gaiman. I’m a woman, but I like a word with some heft to it, and I can name more than two Miyazaki films.

    I’d like to suggest Iain Banks for future consideration.

  430. Parker said, on March 1, 2010 at 9:19 pm

    This is good stuff, but it’s a shame there’s no Voltaire.

    • Alex said, on April 30, 2010 at 3:15 pm

      “People who read Bartlett’s Quotations like a regular book.”

  431. Alex said, on March 1, 2010 at 11:19 pm

    Fuck reading, i have better things to do with my time…like watching paint dry.
    What stereotype does that make me?

  432. AmyLK said, on March 2, 2010 at 11:23 am

    I love this list! So funny!

  433. NP said, on March 4, 2010 at 6:50 am

    If Kerouac fans listen to Umphrey’s Mcgee, what do Ginsberg fans listen to? Rage Against the Machine? I’m also not entirely certain that I want to know what Burroughs fans listen to.

  434. Mariana said, on March 8, 2010 at 6:10 am

    Amazing!!!!

  435. Liza said, on March 10, 2010 at 12:49 am

    Doris Lessing

    Women in their sixties who wear their hair in a long braid and live with cats

  436. Adam said, on March 12, 2010 at 2:40 pm

    missing bukowski and tom robbins :/

    otherwise, fantastic, and, for the most part, dead accurate.

  437. Leigha said, on March 12, 2010 at 4:59 pm

    Yeah im a smart geek….but I also loved Mary Browns book the unlikely ones its been my favorite book since I was 11….I would say the sterotype would be people who didn’t have much of a childhood….but Id like to see what you think. Sorry for any bad spelling I have dyslexia.

  438. konflictofinterest said, on March 17, 2010 at 10:38 am

    Thomas Mann?

  439. Priya said, on March 17, 2010 at 5:59 pm

    John Green?

  440. margaret said, on March 22, 2010 at 6:00 pm

    brightened my day :)

  441. Tyler DeLarge said, on March 26, 2010 at 10:19 pm

    What was with that Chuck Palahniuk one??

  442. Anonymous said, on March 27, 2010 at 6:06 pm

    So what time should we meet up so you can sleep with me?

  443. Anon said, on March 27, 2010 at 6:09 pm

    So what time should we meet up so you can sleep with me?

  444. Anonymous said, on March 27, 2010 at 6:26 pm

    your being a bitch. do something beneficial with your time please.

  445. Anonymous said, on March 27, 2010 at 6:28 pm

    Please do something beneficial with your time.

  446. Anon said, on March 27, 2010 at 6:29 pm

    Please do something more beneficial with your time.

  447. Anonymous said, on March 27, 2010 at 6:29 pm

    please

  448. Derek said, on March 28, 2010 at 11:15 am

    Hahaha! I loved it. Im reading Notes from Underground by Dostoevsky right now as a matter of fact ;)

  449. Brenna said, on March 28, 2010 at 3:38 pm

    Awh, you forgot Bukowski, how am I going to be stereotyped when I read nothing by any of these authors?

    • Alex said, on April 30, 2010 at 3:12 pm

      “Punk girls who were never punk.”

  450. Sam said, on March 31, 2010 at 12:28 am

    I’m a lying geek who moved to Thailand with only my Amazon Kindle because I pissed off the wrong person at a dinner party who was claiming that Spirited Away was a stupid movie.

    • Some person said, on April 1, 2010 at 3:07 am

      Nice

  451. Some person said, on April 1, 2010 at 2:46 am

    According to this, I’m a:

    Smart geek, who thinks she’s gonna be an author but will end up in marketing, who drinks scotch, was goth in grade 7, who can quote the comic book guy from the Simpsons, who bought the first generation of the Amazon Kindle, who really likes monkeys and can name at least two Miyasaki films.

    More accurate than I thought it would be.
    I can’t quote the comic book guy and I didn’t buy the kindle but everything else is about right… I want to try put scotch now…

  452. kevin said, on April 1, 2010 at 1:37 pm

    Can we get some Mordecai Richler or Leonard Cohen added?

  453. Kayla Ebarb said, on April 15, 2010 at 6:33 pm

    Ha! This is amazing. I agree with the Russian authors, and the chick lit authors…I can’t imagine having a brain and wanting to read chick lit books.

    Although, I do love Dickens and I have no plans to write books, ha, but really quite what I have seen in people who enjoy these authors.

  454. Gopika said, on April 21, 2010 at 3:35 am

    Really neat :) I got a very strange combination indeed.

  455. Vasu said, on April 21, 2010 at 6:38 am

    ROFLOL :)
    Loved the Salman Rushdie one “People who google image search Padma Lakshmi late at night”

    Humour of the highest order!

    Cheers!
    Vasu

  456. Vasu said, on April 21, 2010 at 6:48 am

    Thanks :) First timer on this blog, and just read your faking it section!
    So, tell me without faking it, have you read all the authors above?

    Cheers!
    Vasu

  457. Kritika said, on April 21, 2010 at 5:00 pm

    Dorothy L Sayers: Women who won’t let men open doors or pull out chairs for them :)

    • A.J. said, on April 30, 2010 at 3:08 pm

      Men should never pull out chairs for women. Opening doors is a common courtesy for whoever reaches them first.

  458. Muhamad said, on April 26, 2010 at 2:18 pm

    Wow! I’m speechless.

  459. Muhamad said, on April 26, 2010 at 2:24 pm

    Oh, and what about Primo Levi? Please, pretty please, stereotype those who read him.

  460. Morgan said, on April 27, 2010 at 11:58 pm

    This is hilarious, for me personally, they’re way off, but it’s still funny. I adore Nicholas Sparks and Dean Koontz however my digestive system works very well and not only have a german shepherd, but also a chihuahua and a boston/rat terrier mix. Doesn’t fit, but it’s still funny.

  461. Tiffermonster said, on April 27, 2010 at 11:59 pm

    Oscar Wilde was spot on!

  462. Jesse said, on April 28, 2010 at 12:04 am

    H/T @Alyssa_Milano

    Funny. Never was a youth group leader; never will be. Nor have I ever picked my nose (though I do confess to biting my nails on occasion).

  463. Wolf189 said, on April 28, 2010 at 12:20 am

    Fyodor Mikhaylovich Dostoyevsky ….

    … without him, half of literature would be dead, (or as good as…)

    passion…genius…madness…

    …. good call on your part.

  464. Heather said, on April 28, 2010 at 12:26 am

    I didn’t see one of my favorites. Her name is Laurell K. Hamilton.

  465. fart said, on April 28, 2010 at 12:40 am

    checked for samuel beckett. could not find. feeling upset.

  466. Meredith said, on April 28, 2010 at 3:23 am

    That was fantastic. I got a little defensive for some… haha I love Anne Rice and use conditioner everyday! But I love Philippa Gregory as well… and do enjoy a Ren Faire once in a while (but I don’t dress up). Susan Wiggs was just hilarious.

    Good job. Thankfully my favorites aren’t in there… I’d be afraid what it would tell me! One is lesser known so it’s no surprise.

    Good job.

  467. nathys said, on April 28, 2010 at 5:41 am

    I love it congratulations!! I’m a huge fan of Jane Austen and reading the description makes me laugh a lot!

  468. Anonymous said, on April 28, 2010 at 6:37 am

    What, no homer?

  469. [...] like too many on the list. Here’s a few: Jodi [...]

  470. Vanessa said, on April 28, 2010 at 8:50 am

    You nailed the Stephenie Meyer one!!! I like her, but I don’t type like that, but I know some girls who do…

    I think the Lauren Weisberger and Stephenie Meyer could be combined haha

  471. Big Brown said, on April 28, 2010 at 8:50 am

    Great list…

    1. I actually learned to read with a Chuck Palahniuk book.
    2. I went and bought a pair of skinny jeans after reading High Fidelity… unfortunately it didn’t work out between the jeans and me.

    I’m a statistic of this list.

  472. rohit said, on April 28, 2010 at 9:11 am

    what about sir jeffery archer

  473. Laetus said, on April 28, 2010 at 10:18 am

    ? So what about Clive Barker? Would be totally interested in your opinion – great list!

  474. sarah said, on April 28, 2010 at 12:40 pm

    This was really funny. According to this, at one time, I would have been really been into Tom Clancy! Lol! Thanks for the laugh… and yes, I would NEVER dream of owning a toy breed of any dog!

  475. Melody said, on April 28, 2010 at 3:27 pm

    What about Kate Chopin? Great list, BTW!

  476. Anonymous said, on April 29, 2010 at 11:38 pm

    Wow. I’m surprised to see Max Barry on here. I’ve yet to meet any one else who reads him

  477. Jon said, on April 30, 2010 at 11:34 am

    Being a Dostoevsky, Marquez, Nabokov, and Vonnegut fan, I applaud your stereotypes.

  478. Faith said, on May 1, 2010 at 12:14 pm

    Early TS Eliot: College sophomores
    Late TS Eliot: People who convert to Catholicism

  479. Me said, on May 1, 2010 at 10:28 pm

    I had to read To Kill A Mockingbird in year 9. How did you know?!? Although it’s definitely not the only book I’ve read. I’ve read Arthur Conan Doyle during primary school. So I had scotch at 12? Hehe

  480. Daedalus said, on May 2, 2010 at 10:22 am

    I like your list; it’s pretty witty. But its missing classical authors. More Homer please!

  481. Anonymous said, on May 2, 2010 at 2:50 pm

    Pratchett is for people who really like APES! You will be bounced on your head by an orang-utan for that blasphemy.

  482. Erin B. said, on May 2, 2010 at 3:26 pm

    Pithy.

  483. pas said, on May 2, 2010 at 3:59 pm

    J.D. Salinger haha so i’ve heard that i’m not like other people xd

  484. Kistra said, on May 3, 2010 at 5:33 am

    Carl Sagan, please.

    • Astro said, on July 2, 2010 at 9:15 am

      Sagan fans are people who like hot air balloons.

  485. Stephanie said, on May 3, 2010 at 1:19 pm

    Mines not on here, so i made it up.

    John Green:
    Made of awesome

  486. Bookmarks « The Readers Review said, on May 3, 2010 at 1:28 pm

    [...] Truth about readers, as defined by their favorite authors. [Lauren Leto] [...]

  487. Emily said, on May 3, 2010 at 4:53 pm

    Suggestion:
    John Green: Nerds.
    c:

  488. P.G. said, on May 3, 2010 at 6:21 pm

    Paul Auster, please! :)

    • Dave said, on May 13, 2010 at 7:26 am

      Paul Auster:
      Writers who want to be detectives who want to be writers.

  489. Emilie said, on May 3, 2010 at 8:17 pm

    JOHN GREEN :: DFTBA / nerdfighter*.

    nuff’ said. ;P

  490. ginny said, on May 3, 2010 at 10:08 pm

    this is the dumbest thing ive ever seen.

    way to lump together jane austen and the bronte sisters. that’s so lame.

    there seems to be quite a thread of misogyny running throughout, actually.

    also, chris hitchens is a pompous toolbag who deceptively manipulates his readers.

    • Alex said, on May 12, 2010 at 7:05 pm

      Pompous? Yes. Deceptive? No. But then again, that’s all religion really is: deception and delusion. You don’t sound like the type that would agree.

  491. GreenMan710 said, on May 3, 2010 at 10:13 pm

    OK, I’ve got two that I didn’t see: Tony Hillerman and Robert Jordan. Eh?

  492. Asta said, on May 4, 2010 at 5:01 am

    I’d really like a John Green one. But that one is slightly oubvious.

  493. Anonymous said, on May 4, 2010 at 11:06 pm

    Updike!

  494. bruno said, on May 5, 2010 at 3:43 am

    Dostoevsky and Tolstoy? best writers! i’m ready to sleep with you.

  495. cyc said, on May 5, 2010 at 5:01 am

    What about Ian McEwan?

  496. chicken said, on May 5, 2010 at 12:20 pm

    where is sidney sheldon???

  497. A Week in Links « Iris on Books said, on May 6, 2010 at 7:40 am

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  499. Anonymous said, on May 7, 2010 at 9:43 am

    don dellilo?

    • Anonymous said, on May 7, 2010 at 9:44 am

      make that don delillo.

      • Anonymous said, on June 25, 2010 at 6:45 am

        i agree, don delillo plz.

  500. nickelbach said, on May 7, 2010 at 2:01 pm

    this list is terrible & shows how many of these authors you haven’t read

    the pynchon one is the most laughable imo

  501. [...] also a big fan of “what liking ____ says about you” lists. I particularly like this one because I love Kurt Vonnegut, agree with the Cormac McCarthy, and severely dislike Lauren [...]

  502. Anonymous said, on May 8, 2010 at 4:11 pm

    I don’t get Joyce. Granted, Cusack’s only good movie was High Fidelity

  503. Valerie said, on May 9, 2010 at 11:44 pm

    Sad that none of the authors I read were on that list.

    No Tolkien, Douglas Adams, or Sedaris.

    • Ben said, on June 8, 2010 at 7:32 pm

      Douglas Adams was on there!

  504. Tim said, on May 11, 2010 at 9:51 pm

    No Tolkein. No Arthur C. Clarke. No Robert Jordan.

    I consider this list incredibly lacking.

  505. Garrett said, on May 12, 2010 at 11:13 am

    What about John Steinbeck? From what I have observed, Steinbeck people would find themselves liking John Muir and the outdoors.

    • Beto said, on July 1, 2010 at 6:00 pm

      We’re primarily egalitarian communists who like guns.

  506. Jess said, on May 12, 2010 at 9:39 pm

    I agree. We need some Tolkein in there. And, I don’t think I missed it, but Laurell K. Hamilton needs to be mentioned. She’d be perfect for this list! And, in case anyone forget. Additional suggestions: Alexander Dumas, Louisa May Alcott, Edith Wharton, Nora Roberts, Victor Hugo, Frank Herbert(sp?), Steven Erikson. The list goes on and on.

  507. Cornelia said, on May 16, 2010 at 9:58 pm

    I think Franzen should be added

  508. Anonymous said, on May 24, 2010 at 4:06 am

    Out of all the authors on this list, I have to say that my favorite is Dostoevsky (awwww yeah), but that’s because you didn’t put Robert Pirsig, Sartre, or Maurice Merleau-Ponty.

    Also, Thomas Aquinas… hahahahahhahahhaha :)

  509. Culture Shock 24/05/10 « In Limbo said, on May 25, 2010 at 11:43 pm

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  510. Carolyne said, on June 15, 2010 at 8:21 pm

    Nothing for John Green??

  511. Joey Jo Jo Jr. Shabadoo said, on June 16, 2010 at 11:21 am

    Pat Conroy

    People with racist grandparents who are overly nice to minorities but still laugh at racist jokes.

  512. Stacey Bentz said, on June 16, 2010 at 1:35 pm

    Check out this site
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  513. Gaby said, on June 16, 2010 at 3:39 pm

    Funny, you said that the shel silverstein readers are girls who can’t spell “leheim”

    I believe what your thinking of is “l’chaim”

    Fail.

    You spelled it wrong.

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  515. Rémi C. said, on June 17, 2010 at 4:39 am

    Haha, very funny.

    If this is true, you may wanna sleep with me and I am somehow a conspiracy theorist with a golf head cover who took care of their dying grandparents.

  516. mugoi_usagi said, on June 17, 2010 at 8:11 am

    But what about my favorite author!? Diana Wynne Jones anybody?

  517. Anonymous said, on June 19, 2010 at 9:14 am

    Bukowski?

    • Monique said, on July 2, 2010 at 5:02 pm

      People who are still drunk from last night.

  518. Anonymous said, on June 19, 2010 at 9:16 am

    Hilarious, by the way. How about Brautigan or Burroughs?

  519. saptarshi said, on June 20, 2010 at 2:09 pm

    I find it interesting Lauren Leto, that you want to hang out with readers of failed neo-con socialist Christopher Hitchens. Hurrah for unilateral intervention. And America, fuck yeah! indeed.

    and I’m sorry, but I tried and failed to find the Michael Pollan entry funny. As a man on behalf of women everywhere, I would like that churlish, catty and borderline cruel entry retracted.

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  521. kstæ said, on June 21, 2010 at 4:05 pm

    This was… awesome!

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  524. [...] STEREOTYPING PEOPLE by their favorite authors. [...]

  525. Crabtree said, on July 1, 2010 at 6:07 pm

    “Terry Pratchett

    People who really like monkeys.”

    Also… librarians.

    Wonder what it says about me that my favorite authors on this list are Pratchett, Conan Doyle, Buckley, and Clancy….

  526. Joe said, on July 1, 2010 at 6:12 pm

    Well done. Also I love Dosteyevsky.

  527. Brenden said, on July 1, 2010 at 6:21 pm

    “Neil Gaiman

    People who can name at least two Miyazaki films.”

    Ha….I can!!!!

  528. RRRoark said, on July 1, 2010 at 6:22 pm

    Robert A. Heinlein

    Rabid neo-Libertarians

    i r 1

    • Anonymous said, on July 1, 2010 at 6:47 pm

      RRRoark said
      : Robert A. Heinlein
      : Rabid neo-Libertarians

      +1

    • David said, on July 1, 2010 at 6:47 pm

      RRRoark said
      : Robert A. Heinlein
      : Rabid neo-Libertarians

      +1

  529. ajacksonian said, on July 1, 2010 at 6:53 pm

    Link from Insty incoming… hide the scotch.

  530. J said, on July 1, 2010 at 6:56 pm

    Thank somebody else’s god I never learned to read. Oh wait, there was Jack Kirby … but I swear I only looked at the pictures.

  531. Eric Jablow said, on July 1, 2010 at 6:57 pm

    Grisham’s Law:

    Bad legal novels drive out good legal novels.

    • deadlytoque said, on July 2, 2010 at 1:47 am

      Yeah, shouldn’t Grisham be “People who went to third-tier LAW schools”?

  532. Ben said, on July 1, 2010 at 7:14 pm

    Ambrose Bierce

    People whose parents should be extremely concerned for their health and safety.

  533. Carl Pham said, on July 1, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    Fascinating concept, jejune execution. Like a made-for-TV movie of a good book.

  534. [...] you’re into ridiculously petty literary squabbles, you might get a kick out of this amusing list of reader stereotypes based on favorite authors.  Just don’t take it [...]

  535. Mike said, on July 1, 2010 at 9:37 pm

    Almost all fiction is a huge fucking waste of time. If you want to waste time in “alternate reality”, just play Dungeons and Dragons.

  536. Gus said, on July 1, 2010 at 9:38 pm

    J. M. Coetzee?

  537. JPL17 said, on July 1, 2010 at 9:39 pm

    Not only do I love Dostoesvsky and especially “Notes from the Underground,” but I read him in Russian. Words forever seared into my mind: “Я человек больной. Я злой человек. Непривлекателный Я человек.”

    I guess this is my lucky day.

  538. Tennwriter said, on July 1, 2010 at 10:45 pm

    Tom Clancy
    –People who like him found Robert Ludlum claustrophobic in retrospect.

    Which is my experience.

    Terry Pratchett
    –People who like him are NICE atheists.

    You get the feeling he is sympathetic, and trying to make the time in life easier instead of ranting about the Abyss. I disagree with him since I have some elementary ability at logic, but he’s not a jerk.

    Neal Gaiman
    –People who like him may be Jerk Atheists.

    I only read ‘American Gods’ of his, and it was not very good, if somewhat clever. Pratchett, Clancy, Rowling, and Ludlum were better.

    David Weber
    –People who like him may have fully hand-painted Napoleonic War miniature armies in their basement which their wife rolls her eyes about.

    David Drake
    –People who like him are REALLY not the sort of people one wants to burglarize in case the pump shotgun inserted into your mouth was not enough of a clue.

    L.E. Modestit Jr.
    –People who like him should be firmly restrained on Earth Day to avoid TEOTWAKI due to the pressing of any big, red buttons.

    Richard Dawkins
    –People who like him tend to be the sort who think the FSM is clever instead of half-baked.

    Dick Francis
    –People who like him love their English blood.

    Vernor Vinge
    –People who like him plan on being uploaded into their laptops.

  539. Kim said, on July 1, 2010 at 11:12 pm

    Mike — the purpose of reading fiction is to practice compassion. Looks like maybe you could use some practice?

  540. Tennwriter said, on July 1, 2010 at 11:16 pm

    And my recent fave has been Modestit, so definitely keep me away from nuclear weapons.

    But I could not list my favorite author, perhaps my ten favorite authors. Lauren, you need a tagline for those who devour SF+Fantasy indiscriminately (relatively so.)

  541. sealionii said, on July 1, 2010 at 11:27 pm

    Gene Wolfe: People who wish academics would take science fiction /seriously/. ;)

  542. Mitch said, on July 1, 2010 at 11:30 pm

    Oh, no, this is tough. 17th C.: Cervantes before all. 18th C.: Sterne, Fielding, Pope, Swift; 19th C.: Twain (weekly), Dickens (just Pickwick & bits of others), Turgenev, Austen, Melville (esp. the boring parts about sailing ships that everyone else hates), Poe. For the 20th C., just the best minimalists: Chandler, Greene, Hemingway, O’Hara. Sick of fiction, I now read mostly history and science. You call it.

  543. JB said, on July 2, 2010 at 1:10 am

    “J.K. Rowling

    Smart geeks.”

    Nope. More like people who think they are smart, but aren’t even close.

  544. Dan said, on July 2, 2010 at 1:30 am

    Humph!!! :( No Zelazny….

    But my closest seconds you were right on:
    Neil Gaiman
    JK Rowling

  545. Brandirose said, on July 2, 2010 at 1:46 am

    If Dean Koontz is on here then it would follow that John Saul should be too. What about Ken Follett….I love him, where is his name and how would you stereotype me as a Follett fan.

    • deadlytoque said, on July 2, 2010 at 1:50 am

      Follett: People who REALLY miss the Cold War. Also true for Frederick Forsyth.

  546. Mr.Spooky said, on July 2, 2010 at 3:49 am

    Great and funny list! Who doesn’t love stereotyping, our last  but not least, evil pleasure?
    It behooves me to add my favorite authors but I don’t think my stereotypes are as wonderfully oblique as yours. 

    Guillermo Cabrera Infante-
    Multicultural wannabes that really prefer watching movies and are desperate to score some pussy. 

    George Macdonald Fraser-
    Partially recovered Conservatives that dig The History Channel  and are desperate to score some pussy. 

    Mark Helprin-
    Partially recovered intellectual wannabes that think, “Michael Chabon is just too… Jewish” and are desperate to score some intellectual property rights. 

    Kim Newman-
    People that use conditioner but are still looking for something, “…from the Vampire’s point of view” A Simpsons quote from Otto!

  547. [...] I like this.  HT Instapundit — I hadn’t heard of Lauren Leto and her blog before, but I found this enjoyable: [...]

  548. Countrylawyer said, on July 2, 2010 at 8:50 am

    Mighty proud to see the requests for stereotype (RFS) for Wodehouse fans (I once counted up my collection against a list I found on the ‘net, and I had all but about seven of his books . . . he rocks) and Kafka (ran the table on him, too). Let’s hear it for the John Kennedy Toole fans, and bravo also to the RFS for Bierce (whose non-fiction is just as intriguing as the rest). But two humble suggestions: (i) Commenter suggestions for specific authors, and the best dagger wins inclusion in your list. (ii) A companion list for non-fiction authors, especially those who write about “current events.” Well, maybe not that last bit; wouldn’t want to start a flame war. Maybe non-fiction authors prior to, say, 1985?

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  551. Lee said, on July 2, 2010 at 10:47 am

    > Christopher Buckley (or William F. Buckley) — People who love excess verbiage.

    The verbiage isn’t excessive if it communicates everything the author intended.

    > C.S. Lewis — Youth group leaders who picked their nose in the 4th grade.

    I’m sorry for you.

  552. Anonymous said, on July 2, 2010 at 11:44 am

    Actually, I think this is kinda mediocre with a few clever observations. Mostly, though, it’s mean-spirited and, as I’ve said before no one has the right to pick on people’s reading material as long as they read anything can be a gateway book.

  553. Tennwriter said, on July 2, 2010 at 12:34 pm

    For indiscriminate SF+Fantasy Readers
    –People who were scared off by the freaky, frequently pervy nature of the English Canon of Good Books, and fled to the relatively unkinky land of girls in bikinis laser blasting BEMs.

    –Escapists not smart enough to read Real Books.

    Zelazny
    –Girls who want to be rescued by a sword-slicing desperado; guys who want to be that desperado.

    Tolkien
    –Those seeking a truer, more beautiful vision of the world than the tawdry rags we have today.

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  555. Jared said, on July 2, 2010 at 10:41 pm

    Well done. I recognized myself in a few of these and cringed.

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  557. Jeremiah said, on July 3, 2010 at 1:29 am

    i figure people who read david wong’s work would be along the lines of HP Lovecraft?

  558. Anonymous said, on July 3, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    nice, i’m also interested in your analysis of kafka readers

  559. Anonymous said, on July 5, 2010 at 12:47 pm

    o…a smart geet that likes radiohead…too cute, but I dont have golf clubs….is that a prediction of my future I wonder? I smell a conspiricy. lol I cant wait to tell my friend he’s never gonna change.

  560. Texts from Last Night said, on July 5, 2010 at 5:51 pm

    Being a Dostoevsky, Marquez, Nabokov, and Vonnegut fan, I applaud your stereotypes.

  561. Farm Classified Ads said, on July 6, 2010 at 6:12 am

    I use conditioner. I just hate that two in one stuff. And that damn Pennywise is probably the cause of me not lliking clowns. He’s just scary. What an enjoyable list.

  562. Eejits said, on July 6, 2010 at 6:13 am

    I like cream cheese….but then again I don’t like everything Cormac McCarthy writes.

    Also, thanks to you I will now give Murakami a try and I will not read Thomas Aquinas or Ayelet Waldmen ( The first one alone may have saved a month of my time.) Thank you so much Evil Genius.

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  565. riddly said, on July 15, 2010 at 6:49 pm

    your list is a pile of wank, I am afraid to say–wait, no, I am fearless in referring to it as a pile of wank. Neither humourous or clever. Sorry.

  566. Rose said, on July 17, 2010 at 1:22 am

    I love the rest of the list, but you are giving Christopher Hitchens too much credit. Look at what he has to say about topics other than religion: he’s a sexist, right-wing tool.

  567. Anonymous said, on July 19, 2010 at 7:53 pm

    No Tolkien? :(

  568. Jason H said, on July 19, 2010 at 8:05 pm

    I absolutely loved this list (love your sense of humor more!), but where Umberto Eco, Frank Herbert and Daniel Keyes?

    Have a good one!

    -Jason

    • Jason H said, on July 19, 2010 at 9:29 pm

      There’s supposed to be an “are” between “where” and “Umberto”, I swear it!

  569. Drakman said, on July 22, 2010 at 10:20 am

    Lauren Leto

    Pretentious knuckle heads.

    I believe literature is like music; you should read/listen to what you enjoy, period. Never apologize for it.

    Too many insecure dweebs attempt to display their reading material like some phony statement about themselves.

    You’re impressing no one…not even your own ilk.

  570. Kate said, on July 22, 2010 at 10:31 am

    Paul Bowles?

  571. Newt said, on July 26, 2010 at 10:44 am

    I sure do like monkeys… :)

  572. Anonymous said, on July 26, 2010 at 4:42 pm

    No Cory Doctorow? We’re weird too.

  573. JPGR said, on July 26, 2010 at 10:28 pm

    Little biased as he/she seems to worship Christopher Hutchens and Dan Brown but turns negative when covering Ayn Rand and George Orwell. All I have to say is BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING.

  574. JPGR said, on July 26, 2010 at 10:32 pm

    Way to spell “aides” as “aids” here… I don’t think all teachers have syndromes. This is a literary post after all.

  575. IAmGoingAwol said, on July 27, 2010 at 12:36 am

    I was hoping for a Ginsberg or Kerouac stereotype. ;)

  576. IAmGoingAwol said, on July 27, 2010 at 12:37 am

    Nevermind. Found Kerouac

  577. littlekushbawl said, on July 27, 2010 at 4:37 am

    the oscar wilde one is so spot on im embarrassed!

  578. Adam said, on July 27, 2010 at 11:53 am

    For stereotypes, these are pretty ludicrously specific. I feel like they fall into two categories: the nonsensical “humor” lines (see: Shakespeare, Pearl Buck, Shel Silverstein) and bland descriptions of the author’s most famous work (Salinger, Orwell, and I’m particularly surprised you even bothered with the Tocqueville one).
    Occasional originality but kind of a waste of time, I felt like I just read a bunch of one-line encyclopedia entries rather than jokes

  579. [...] Leto lists various species of readers according to their favorite author.  (I actually can name at least [...]

  580. Monika said, on July 28, 2010 at 12:01 pm

    Anyone like the Percy Jackson series? Or any of the Harry Potter books? Then check out RedPyramidPuzzle.com! You’ll go on your own ancient Egyptian adventure and solve a series of puzzles, filled with pharaohs, Egyptian gods and mythology. And you can have a chance to win an awesome prize when you solve all five puzzles!

  581. Toodles said, on July 30, 2010 at 1:58 pm

    That Douglas Adams one is clever.

    Also, Oscar Wilde: Damn, you’re onto me.

  582. Oliver said, on August 1, 2010 at 5:17 pm

    No Neil Stephenson?

  583. Jessica said, on August 1, 2010 at 6:09 pm

    And actually, Chuck Palahniuk books are crazy and hard to follow sometimes. The way he structures his sentences gets crazy confusing in some books. Pigmy was an awesome book btw. I disagree with the boys who can’t read, you gotta come up with a different one for him :]

  584. Tyson said, on August 2, 2010 at 3:34 am

    The Huxley is off the mark – it should be “people who take psychedelics” or some such.

    On another note I’ve read some Dostoevsky but it hasn’t gotten me laid :/

    yet

  585. J.L. Hutson said, on August 2, 2010 at 5:49 pm

    I enjoyed and was amused by the list, as well as at time being pleasantly surprised by it. Good job. But, in the way of constructive criticism (from my limited perspective as a self-admitted but non-repentant literature-snob–with a 20th century bias, to boot), I could care less who typically reads Dean koontz. Screw ‘em. Why waste the space, if you are not going to give equal space to someone like Danilo Kis, an anti-Koontz. Not only is this a great format for humor and mockery, but also for a type of poetical affirmation, as evidenced by the Borges and Murakami lines, among others. … W.G. Sebald, Bolano, Castellanos Moya, Celine, Bruno Schulz, Pessoa, Thomas Bernhard, Sontag, Cortazar, Cioran, Hrabal, Arendt, Walter Benjamin, Adorno, Robinson Jeffers, e.e. cummings, Baudelaire, Heine, Holderlin, Hart Crane, Yeats, Celan, Primo Levi, Tennessee Williams, Fante, Flannery O’Connor, Juan Rulfo

  586. Jeremy said, on August 3, 2010 at 9:12 am

    Disappointed in the James Joyce one.

  587. YOU MISSED SOMETHING said, on August 3, 2010 at 9:32 pm

    Where is Kurt Vonnegut Jr? How can Richard Dawkins be on the list and not Kurt Vonnegut Jr??

  588. Skrcelic said, on August 10, 2010 at 11:42 am

    Didn’t get the Grisham category.

    Also, I read Dostoevsky.

  589. jazz said, on August 11, 2010 at 10:48 pm

    OH yes J. K. Rowling. Smart geeks (otherwise known as nerdfighters).

  590. Anonymous said, on August 13, 2010 at 1:21 am

    You forgot “somnambulist” under people who read Nabokov.
    Maybe you ought to be reading more of the man.

  591. Ketchup. Catsup. « The New Boredom said, on August 15, 2010 at 6:36 pm

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  592. Megan said, on August 16, 2010 at 11:58 am

    Lauren, this is genius! You are a comedy genius, and philosopher extraordinaire.

  593. Jason L said, on August 16, 2010 at 12:53 pm

    Oscar Wilde: People who claim they’re going to change but never do – It’s like you know me.

  594. amber said, on August 17, 2010 at 7:14 pm

    can I get one for ken kesey? and pisi right on with the vonnegut and hunter thompson haha literally described my life

  595. Saraid said, on August 27, 2010 at 5:44 pm

    I LOVE THIS.
    What are your thoughts on people who like Junot Diaz please?
    I will (unecessarily) accept the Garcia Marquez typecast.
    Excellent work.

  596. vespo said, on August 29, 2010 at 3:07 pm

    That Chuck Palahniuk one just killed my ego because he’s my favourite writer, and I disagree, but hey, stereotypes are just that.

  597. Adrian said, on September 2, 2010 at 4:03 pm

    I read Gaiman and didn’t recognize the name Miyazaki. Upon research I have learned that I own 1 of his movies, seen another, and have another on to-be-seen.

    Shockingly accurate!

  598. bulduktrans said, on September 9, 2010 at 10:41 am

    Lauren,
    Would you be able to do David Sedaris?

  599. mouseandcat said, on September 16, 2010 at 7:56 pm

    Well, I like both Murakami and Gaiman, and both of those apply to me (at least, I think so for Murakami). Not so much with Bradbury, as I don’t golf, and while I’m not obsessed with monkeys, I can see where you’re going with Pratchett.

  600. Margaret said, on September 19, 2010 at 4:00 pm

    Ok, my favourite author is Toni Morrison and this is rather scarily accurate. I’m a secondary school (Irish equivalent of high school and probably the last year or two of middle school) English teacher, who admittedly has a Higher Diploma in Education (because you need one to qualify as a teacher here), but still.

  601. proziumwtf said, on September 22, 2010 at 5:16 pm

    I read Pratchett and I’m afraid of monkeys ( as any sane person should be by the way ) .

  602. Gustavo said, on September 22, 2010 at 9:27 pm

    What about men who love Dostoyevsky, Tolstoy AND Wilde? hehehe

  603. Radically chic Mau Mau said, on September 24, 2010 at 4:50 pm

    Nora Roberts suggestion; women to whom English is a foreign language.

    Have some fun with Gurdjieff while your at it

  604. Stephen said, on September 27, 2010 at 10:02 am

    I love this. I don’t know how well Dostoevsky is going to help my sex life because I do not think I have ever met a woman who has read him.
    However I did read somewhere that Laura Bush’s favorite book is The Brother Karamazov.

  605. Kishan said, on September 29, 2010 at 9:16 pm

    I personally don’t have a favorite author, but I did find this list amusing. I do like Leo Tolstoy, but I also like J.K. Rowling as well as Chuck Palahniuk. Out of those three, I strongly disagree with your description for Palahniuk because I believe that you can really get a lot out of his books. As descriptively horrifying they are, they are wonderful works of literature! Tolstoy took me a while to read. I found Rand a lot easier to read than him. I read a lot…

  606. Jemma Elrin said, on October 2, 2010 at 2:04 pm

    All this, and no Kurt Vonnegut?! I’m astonished.

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  608. Conroy said, on October 5, 2010 at 3:36 pm

    No Tolkien?

  609. Paul Heinzman said, on October 12, 2010 at 5:25 pm

    Great list! My fave (Pynchon) sent me to the Salinger reference. A good addition might be “but find William Gaddis unreadable.”

  610. Anonymous said, on October 17, 2010 at 10:49 pm

    Terrible and narrow minded

  611. Anonymous said, on October 17, 2010 at 10:56 pm

    This list is a gross over simplification of a person’s ill attempt to pretend he/she understands what any of these authors had to write about and the people who enjoyed the reading. Thumbs down you agitator of ignorance and literary blasphemer.

  612. Elizaveta said, on October 25, 2010 at 6:06 am

    What about Amy Hempel?

  613. Tyler said, on October 26, 2010 at 10:48 am

    Totally missed Amy Hempel and Bret Easton Ellis is way off.

  614. jim said, on November 1, 2010 at 3:43 pm

    What’s happened to J.G. Ballard, Will Self, Gore Vidal and Martin Amis?

    • Tom said, on September 25, 2012 at 3:19 pm

      I had Self and Amis in mind as well, the scamps.

  615. Addie said, on November 6, 2010 at 11:53 pm

    This is utterly brilliant. Still being in high school, I don’t have the time to read for pleasure on top of assigned reading all too often, so I haven’t read works by most of these authors, but still, incredible.

    Thank you for making my night :)

  616. Kevinduboski said, on November 10, 2010 at 5:45 am

    Henry Miller – Guys who read books instead of having sex with women.

  617. anon said, on November 11, 2010 at 2:25 am

    sorry, but you are a fucking moron. have fun wiping your ass with that liberal arts degree when you can’t afford toilet paper.

    • Tom said, on September 25, 2012 at 3:32 pm

      Aquinas fan?

  618. George Bach said, on November 17, 2010 at 10:37 am

    I do not wear skinny jeans. I dig the list.

  619. nonym said, on November 17, 2010 at 9:43 pm

    A disgraceful affair?

  620. anon said, on November 20, 2010 at 2:18 am

    Funny, Michael Crichton has a doctorate from Harvard. Not exactly third tier, but nice try.

  621. Brad said, on December 1, 2010 at 9:25 pm

    It never occurred to me that reading The Brothers Karamazov could get me laid…

    • Paul Heinzman said, on December 1, 2010 at 9:34 pm

      Brad, reading a menu can get you laid. It’s how you read the menu.

      • Brad said, on December 1, 2010 at 9:40 pm

        Sir, I am the sexiest of readers. I get through ‘Hop on Pop’ and the ladies are just lining up.

      • Paul Heinzman said, on December 1, 2010 at 9:53 pm

        That is some funny shit right there.

  622. Brad said, on December 1, 2010 at 9:29 pm

    Also, I think Faulkner should be for the quiet kids that are secretly dirty minded. I mean how many times did he mention the ‘hills and valleys’ in As I Lay Dying?

  623. Brad said, on December 1, 2010 at 9:32 pm

    And sorry for the repeated posts but. . . Harry Potter is for the mainstream crowd. Asimov is for the smart geeks =p

  624. hazl said, on December 5, 2010 at 5:27 pm

    Worst. Stereotype. Ever.

    Also, orangutans are apes, not monkeys.

    And if you think Stephen King is just for 11th-graders, you haven’t read The Dark Tower.

    I’m just supporting all these stereotypes, aren’t I?

  625. [...] by Author, my rudest and most popular post to date. This, an idea copied from Lauren Leto’s blog, is a short list of what you might (and should) extrapolate about a person once you hear them [...]

  626. Elizabeth said, on December 7, 2010 at 9:54 pm

    what’s funny is, i might be the only female 19-year-old scotch drinker that i know. right on.

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  628. no said, on December 31, 2010 at 3:05 am

    ohmygod you just wasted so much of my time please shut up forever

  629. Anthony Libre said, on December 31, 2010 at 11:06 pm

    Hit the spots! This was amusing.

  630. Alix said, on January 7, 2011 at 6:40 pm

    The JK Rowling was… dead on for me >_>.

  631. Michael Webbon said, on January 15, 2011 at 2:49 pm

    I wonder how conceited it is to say that my favorite author is Haruki Murakami, and your assessment is spot-on?

    In fact, according to your list, my literary preferences (Murakami, Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, and Heller) are pretty much the best combo ever :P

  632. Ryan Ruby said, on January 20, 2011 at 12:35 am

    Steinbeck? And Eugenides might apply to boys as well as girls, or some clever combination of the two.

  633. *~*team EDWARD*~* said, on January 23, 2011 at 7:09 pm

    uGh give me a breakkk. stephenie meyer is amAAAZing!!!

    *~*edward’s wife*~*

  634. Anonymous said, on February 10, 2011 at 6:56 pm

    I dont see Johnathon Franzen?

  635. Madeleine said, on February 13, 2011 at 2:15 am

    Roald Dahl?

  636. Andrew Mackasek said, on February 14, 2011 at 8:34 pm

    Excuse me, author. Dostoevsky is my favorite writer and it’s wonderful that you’d like to have sex with me and other men of taste but my question is, why are we not fit to date?

  637. The Good Doctor said, on February 15, 2011 at 9:08 am

    None of mine fits, and that’s kinda wierd, since I’ve read at least 1/3 of these authors.

    And Harry Potter = smart geeks??? Try “girls born in between 1988 and 1991.”

  638. Ryan Manweiler said, on February 16, 2011 at 3:21 am

    Oh, MY, GOD!!!
    I really hope this isn’t true…
    I am a complete bookworm who found about 3/4 of those authors on my shelves, and recognize all the rest as books I’ve read.
    What do I do now?

  639. Rachel said, on February 17, 2011 at 2:41 am

    suggestions to be added: Margaret Mitchell, Agatha Christie, Herman Melville, Lois Lowry, Francine Rivers, and Mary Shelly

  640. fjkdsi said, on February 22, 2011 at 7:24 am

    Hey, I saw your picture and you are hot. Than I went down the list and Im like well my 2 favorite authors are Dostoevsky and Tolstoy and what do you know.
    I guess I like FMD a little more so you can sleep with me first and than date.

    • gnush said, on August 24, 2011 at 9:22 pm

      She won’t do that since you obviously don’t know the difference between “then” and “than”.

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  642. mel58198 said, on February 24, 2011 at 10:46 am

    i guess i’m a boy who can’t read! a 49 year old, female, mom of three, phd!

  643. Sam said, on March 3, 2011 at 9:49 pm

    Vonnegut. No Radiohead/pot sex for me, but I HAVE had an ever changing life path. Well done..

  644. Asha said, on March 8, 2011 at 1:46 am

    Very good list but I love Bret Easton Ellis but very much dislike the Foo Fighters, VERY MUCH.

  645. Anonymous said, on March 8, 2011 at 9:56 pm

    awesome list. one can tell you had fun making it. but, Tom Robbins, where he at?

  646. Markhor said, on March 10, 2011 at 11:08 pm

    What about Isaac Asimov and Robert Heinlein? Not a Heinlein fan personally, but I’m curious of what you would come up with.

  647. [...] By the way, the whole thing is a spin-off of Laura Leto’s Stereotyping People by Their Favorite Author. [...]

  648. Joseph Munley said, on March 31, 2011 at 7:10 pm

    Hey! I read Hunter S. Thompson… My tattoo isn’t stupid. Is it?

  649. Dreamstealer said, on May 15, 2011 at 4:28 pm

    What about Marion Zimmer Bradley…………

  650. Jesse Richards said, on May 22, 2011 at 11:30 am

    Hilariously fantastic- although how do guys that love Dostoevsky and Tolstoy equally?

    and it would be great to see where Knut Hamsun or Louis-Ferdinand Celine fit in here.

  651. Anonymous said, on May 27, 2011 at 12:03 am

    SEXIST. only men like male authors and only women like female authors?

  652. Betzi said, on June 21, 2011 at 3:07 am

    yep, this is really quite brilliant! Neil Gaiman fan here, with a little Pynchon thrown in for good measure. And if i’m honest with myself, Lovecraft.

  653. bill said, on September 22, 2011 at 1:33 pm

    Lauren Leto
    Kid who can’t understand what she’s reading

  654. Anonymous said, on October 4, 2011 at 9:41 pm

    you left out a lot of the best authors ever.. I’ve read many books by the authors here and I am none of these people you describe

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  665. Julie said, on March 8, 2012 at 9:51 am

    Too Funny! Im a hardcore reader and have almost all these authors…so I dont know what that makes me. You should’ve had that catagory as now I dont know what box I fit it. Im really a Stephen King fan but never watched the movie IT. Dont care for the movies made from books usually -so again, where do I fit in?? Im 42 and now Im so lost! HAHAHAHA.
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  668. Kirsten said, on August 12, 2012 at 9:40 pm

    Love it. Thank you. Please include Henry James, Raymond Chandler, China Miéville, and/or Donna Tartt.

  669. Frank said, on September 18, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    That Dawkins one is a really good description of me.

    Also Michael Swanwick was over for dinner the other week and I dunno if his is all that accurate. I picture his fans (myself included) as sci-fi/fantasy snobs.

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    The thing about Harry Potter is that if it was only read by smart geeks, it would not be quite so popular.

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