C – Coolest Classical Author – Literary Smackdown #AtoZChallenge 2016

C - Literary Smackdown
Greetings and welcome to day 3 of the AtoZChallenge. Today we have two very interesting ladies for our Coolest Classical Author, one wrote great romance with gritty, determined female characters, the other science fiction with a side of Gothic horror.

Who will you vote for in Literary Smackdown

  • Charlotte Bronte
    Author of Jane Eyre, Charlotte was one of six children. Her mother died when she was very young and she and her three sisters were packed off the boarding school a few years later. She based Lowood School in Jane Eyre on her first school and blamed the poor conditions there for her poor health in later life. Two of her sisters died there. These experiences did not stop her becoming a great romantic writer with strong female characters. Using such pointed childhood memories in your most famous book has to be worth a vote, surely?


  • Mary Wollstonecraft Shelly
    Wife of Percy Shelly, Mary Shelly was a novellist, short story writer, dramatist, essayist, biographer and travel writer. However, she is best known for her novel Frankenstein (The Modern Prometheus) and, arguably, inventing science fiction. So much for science fiction not being for girls! Where would we be without Frankenstein and all it has inspired? Surely that is worth a vote?

Vote for the Coolest Classical Author:

Charlotte Bronte

Charlotte Bronte

Mary Shelly

Mary Shelly



Our Other Blogs

Sophie and Tasha are also sharing duties on one other blog for the AtoZ and they both have their own blogs as well. Visit them to see their exciting themes for this year.

Sophie’s Thoughts and Fumbles | Tasha’s Thinkings


Other People’s Blogs

Now check out all the other blogs by visiting the AtoZChallenge list (I recommend leaving it open in another tab :)).


What is the AtoZChallenge?

For those who don’t know, the AtoZChallenge is a giant blog hop with thousands of blogs taking part. Every day in April, apart from Sundays, these blogs will post using a letter of the alphabet at a prompt, e.g. A on 1st, B on 2nd etc.
It has been running since 2010 and was thought up by the lovely Arlee Bird who put out a challenge and it has grown and grown since. It is a superb way to meet other bloggers and to have a huge amount of fun.

By Tasha

Author, publisher and cover designer; co-owner of Wittegen Press.


  1. I’d have to vote for Mary Shelly, even though both are wonderful writers. I go with Shelly because Frankenstein does seem like something a man would have written.

    Alex’s Ninja Minion

  2. Charlotte Bront sounds like an awesome woman, though I’m not familiar with her.
    But my vote has to go to Mary Shelly. How could I not vote for the (arguably) inventor of Science Fiction and the creator of Frankenstein the creator of the monster?

    1. Although I don’t actually vote (except to test the poll where I vote for both ;)) – if I was voting, I would have to agree for all the same reasons.

  3. Great authors, both, but the coolness factor goes to Mary Shelley. It must have been quite shocking in those days, for a woman to write horror stories.

    1. When it came out the writer of Jane Eyre was a women it was accused of being coarse – so what they thought of Mary Shelly and Frankenstein must have been worse. Stupid patriarchal society!

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