Friday, April 29, 2016

Q is for Quest

Margaret talks about the quest to write a best seller

The dictionary definite of Quest is ‘The act of seeking something.’

So what is it that writers seek?
 The ultimate book?

A plot no-one has ever used before?


Perhaps all three?

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to write a book like Gone With The Wind? A story that has stood the test of time and been read by millions worldwide. I Googled Best selling books of all time and this is the top ten of the 101 that came up:


A Tale of Two Cities – Charles Dickens

The Lord of the Rings – J.R.R.Tolkien

The Hobbit – J.R.R.Tolkien

Dream of the Red Chamber – Tsao Hsueh-Chin

And Then There None – Agatha Christie

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe – C.S.Lewis

She – H.Rider Haggard

The Little Prince – Antoine de Saint-Exupery

The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown

The Catcher in the Rye – J.D.Salinger



Interesting?  What would you add to that list?






  1. That's quite a varied list with a mix of literature and popular fiction.

  2. It is indeed, Jennifer. I've never heard of Dream of the Red Chamber.

    1. Me neither. But now I'm curious...

    2. Just looked it up on Amazon. Unabridged version is 2,000 pages. Abridged version leaves a lot out, according to reviews. It's compared to Romeo & Juliet.

    3. 2000 pages? I wonder how long it took to write. And of course it would have all been written by hand.

  3. An interesting - and quite surprising - list. I would have expected Harry Potter and even 50 Shades to be in the list.

  4. I'm surprised Gone with the Wind isn't on there. Harry Potter, too. Interesting.

    I've read only two books on that list.

  5. I have read 7 of these top ten.
    Never heard of Dream of the Red Chamber. I want to find that one!

    1. I've only read two (and a half - never finished the only Tolkien I started)!

  6. Catcher in the Rye is required reading in most US high schools. In mine, Dickens and Lewis were, too. JRR was my find.
    An uncle who sent books every Christmas gave me the Little Prince when I was young, and I adored it.