My choice for greatest author of all time. NO, It is not Robert Jordan. Shocker, I know. But when it comes to writing, there are many good picks. Personally I went with what could be considered an obvious choice, but there is plenty of ammo to back it up.
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the greatest author of all time literally thousands of contenders so how could we possibly narrow it down to just one and I know what you're thinking Daniels gonna say Robert Jordan no no I'm not Robert Jordan is my favorite fantasy author but I identify that that comes from personal preference and is limited to genre and if many people want to stick with the fantasy genre they could throw up people like Tolkien but I disagree once again while he was amazing for the fantasy genre I don't think he's had the impact needed on fiction or writing as a whole to be considered up for goat status well you could go with more contemporary writing as well and you can throw out names like JK Rowling which I think you'd be a little crazy to do she wrote some wonderful team fantasy but I cringe when I see her and goat author lists it's just it's not earned there and if you want to go hardcore fantasy there's a whole lot of people who want to throw George RR Martin's name in the mix for greatest author of all time but once again you're constricting yourself to fantasy and while he's certainly in the list for greatest fantasy authors of all time and maybe even in top fifty or hundred greatest authors of all time no he is not the greatest author of all time if you've paid close attention to my channel and been following me for a little bit you know I've dropped Ernest Hemingway's name frequently I do love this man his simplistic writing style used to create incredible stories and convey emotion more effectively than any three or four or five syllable word possibly could this guy knows how you perceive writing but I still wouldn't throw him up for greatest of all time don't get me wrong in terms of my personal respect there's very few people I put above Hemingway if you've not read for Whom the Bell Tolls old man in the sea or farewell to arms I think you're missing out on some of the greatest American literature of all time some people might throw Edgar Allan Poe up for debate and when if you're coming from dark poetry or maybe just poetry straight up in yeah PO could be in for debate but we're talking across all genres all history who is the best I recently saw people throw up names for like Socrates when it comes to greatest author which you're discounted from the debate all together there because if you knew anything about Socrates you know he thought writing and reading was like beneath him he didn't believe in writing things down that's what the Phaedrus is like about read the Phaedrus between him and Plato it's but basically Socrates saying I'm he's right stuff I just take things off the top of my head but I do like this idea of going back a bit throughout history we've been delivered some of the greatest stories that stick with us today Beowulf Canterbury Tales all these stories are remain in our cultural mind and they've influenced some of the greatest stories told in modern times stories like the once and future king would not have been created they didn't have that base of influence from these older stories that have evolved into now our modern literature but where I'm going for greatest of all time is gonna fall in the middle someone who was influenced by the old but then basically became the Beatles of writing and everything after his creations was basically reflected of him Disney retells his stories all the time and so do many other authors pretty directly without changing much in fact it's so widely accepted that no one even accuses you of plagiarizing or stealing it's just oh you're doing a stab at Shakespeare yep we're going with Shakespeare here some people are now again there's this it's popular and it's loved so let's go against it mentality which in some cases you have some basis for doing so but going against Shakespeare saying he's overrated Wow I would love to hear a well-thought-out argument for that because I do not believe you he has things like lyricism in his stories which is incredible to think about this guy was so poetic and so ahead of his time the greatest modern day rappers do not touch his bars he literally invented words that made sense in his audience just understood in context in the way they sounded Shakespeare understood linguistics to a point where it enhanced his plays his stories were mostly original and has such a bizarre turn on them that within his lifetime he became one of the most recognizable names in the world and he was the first author I'm aware of to make jokes by just using the writing and pacing of his stories there's such intricate amazing wordplay happening to tell highly influential and epic stories I've acted in a couple of Shakespeare's plays in college either for classes or side projects with friends and I'd never really appreciated him while I was doing that and I regret that I noted some of the wordplay I thought oh that's clever overall I thought the stories were fine but it wasn't until a stage combat class Believe It or Not where I had everything turned on its head there's one fight that happens with one of his plays or someone gets stabbed in the chest and Shakespeare correctly describes and diagnoses a sucking chest wound meaning he's punctured a lung and the lung is filling with blood and then the character rapidly dies I heard my stage teacher talk about this and I went wait a minute Shakespeare know about sucking chest wounds and he wrote it into his play not only wrote it into his play but did it in a way where anyone who can recognize that type of wound knows what's happening without it ever being directly told to the audience doing a better job than most modern-day Hollywood writers who still do not understand show don't tell but Shakespeare managed to show through his inadvertent telling which is a whole nother level call me pretentious but I just respect giving a medical diagnosis in a play after hearing this I felt the need to go through and re-examine a lot of Shakespeare and he is just next level there are people whose minds stand out during their time Stephen Hawking for science in our modern age rest in peace is one of the examples and I fully 100% believe Shakespeare is that kind of mind someone who transcends what is considered great and lands on greatest of all time fairly undisputed it's not only the originality the wordplay the humor the incredible descriptions the subliminals which he invented doing within plays the way he captured culture made fun of it twisted all kinds of preconceptions and played with basically society as a whole but to me it's the consistency there are some Shakespearean plays that are not considered as good as his greatest but that doesn't mean they're bad in fact Shakespeare's worst is better than most authors can dream of pinning having a flash in the pan great story or album or movie can be done we all know of artists who are one-offs one-hit wonders within what they do Shakespeare manages to be the opposite of that where almost everything he wrote is worth tearing apart and looking into with a magnifying glass now there's gonna be some people rolling their eyes this channel is mostly for fantasy fans and people who just want that genre to be talked about and you were probably hoping I would name a fantasy author well here's what I'm gonna tell you Midsummer's Night Dream is fantasy and it's probably in debate for me in my favorite play of his and I highly recommend you check it out Shakespeare dealt with ghosts and magic and witches and these fantastical elements Branden reading them can be a little difficult but if you read some kind of translated version for modern English you are losing out on so so much of the beauty and creativity of his writing because if you read it in the original way it was written you get all of these little wordplay things that just cannot exist with the evolution of language that's one of the few downsides of his style so packed with all these metaphors wordplay using linguistics to enhance the play that if you pull it out of the era it was written in it dies out a little bit and that's why I think it's so easy as our generations move on to not give his works the credit they are due pick them up and read them but trust me they are worth it actually reading them doesn't even do them justice you need to say a lot of the things he's writing for it to fully make sense and get the entire impact a lot of his cues and jokes are verbal so please go see a Shakespearean play if you're in any kind of populated area I'm sure there's some either school Playhouse college or whatever that would be putting on a Shakespearean play in the somewhat near future and if you're in a major city there's one probably happening within the next month I have a younger audience here my age demographic is actually right about where I am 20 to 25 and a lot of people my age have never given Shakespeare his due please fix that this guy is the pinnacle of writing in a lot of people's minds and I do not disagree I view him more similar to a modern-day MC with his offhanded disses and jokes and just phenomenal wordplay but he results in a storyteller that is just so far above and beyond what any modern rapper has done to this point and I know this is probably common knowledge but a lot of Disney movies are simply retelling Shakespeare's stories so if you love them you might like what happens in what he wrote because they're simply retelling a Shakespearean story anyway just a random rant ramble I wanted to throw one out there unfortunately when you're in high school and I know this is true for me you can't fully appreciate what's happening on the page it takes a lot of studying to finally go oh wow to really get the level of Shakespeare works on but that's all for me today guys I hope you enjoyed the video like and subscribe if you have not already hit the patreon if you want to support what I do here and have a good one you'll peace