The Female Writers That Made Me Who I Am (Part Deux)

It was International Women's Day on Tuesday 8th March and I thought what better way to continue last year's post of discussing, even more, the female writers that made me who I am. I absolutely love empowering women who inspire me, especially if I can natter on about them for ages and share my favourite books with friends. 

“I want a Zero Tolerance policy on All The Patriarchal Bullshit.” 

Caitlin Moran (pronounced Cat-lin) was someone I found out about only a couple of years ago. Times columnist, all-round hilarious person and I desperately wanted to be her best friend (and of course, read her two books) but I could never quite justify spending nearly nine pounds on each of her books, having visited Waterstones plenty of times, picking them up and remembering the price tag, until I found them each for forty pence in charity shops. 

I read How To Build A Girl last summer and feel in love with Moran's writing style and how (dare I say) garish she is - Basically, no f*cks are given and this is probably the main reason why I love Caitlin Moran. I am currently reading How To Be A Woman and I highly recommend it for all women and girls to read - part memoir and part rant - it's just so good. (Note: When this post goes live, I am about five chapters in, and have just been trying to contain my laughter on a two-hour train journey in an extremely quiet coach)

“Honestly, what planet do these people live on? And why isn't it farther away?” 

Growing up I was big fan of the Chick Lit genre with one author, in particular, being Louise Renninson (who recently sadly passed away) who wrote one of my favourite series of books Angus Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging, and - as some people will know - the first two books were then turned into a full feature length film (and still to this day is a huge guilty pleasure of mine!)

The books follow the premise of Georgia Nicholson and her trying to get 'the dream guy' (or Sex God) and coping with trials and tribulations of her social life (you know, normal teenage things) I was sat next to Louise at the theatre, once upon a time. Genuinely one of the loveliest and funniest women I have encountered! She was one of many who inspired and told me to carry on writing.

“Tampon commercial, detergent commercial, maxi pad commercial, windex commercial - you'd think all women do is clean and bleed.” 

Never did I think I would be such a fan of the Thriller genre until the goddess that is Gillian Flynn came into my life a few years prior. I have devoured all three of her books Gone Girl, Sharp Objects and Dark Places. Again, all three books were charity shop purchases. Her stories are so addictive and I just could not put the books down, nor want them to end at all. Gillian Flynn's writing is infectious and will leave you wanting more.

“The stars are filming us for no one.”

Scottish poet and playwright Carol Ann Duffy has always been someone I've dipped in and out of reading. Duffy is evidently a feminist writer and her are incredible to read - I particularly love Little Red Cap (Good one to get you started - Annotated version here) from her book of poems The World's Wife. I am still yet to find any of her poetry in charity shops, but I think I may have to cave and take a trip to Waterstones or treat myself on Amazon...

I hope you enjoyed this post. Let me know if you like any of these female writers, or who your's are.

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