The Complete Tales of Winnie the Pooh by A. A. Milne. The voice and tone of the original Winnie the Pooh stories is among one of my most favorite of narratives. Being completely self-aware, accompanied with relaxed rambling by the narrator, the stories take their time happening in a smart fashion. It’s creates an enjoyable, almost nostalgic-like reading experience.
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louise Stevenson. This book rather scared me the first time I read it as sheltered and impressionable 15 year old (or thereabouts, I might have been younger…) But I loved it for it. The narrative form from the stand point of a friend observing the sad scientific backfire was fantastic. I still count this as one of my most favorite books ever.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl. I read ‘Charlie’ many many times growing up, often aloud to my sister, because the story was told in such a unique voice. The characters talked very freely–very dramatically sometimes!–in an exaggerated way that I wished I could talk. I felt clever reading that book aloud.
Dracula by Bram Stoker. One of my least favorite things in the world of story telling is the diary form. Can I say “tedious” more loudly? Well, I make an exception the size of Mount Everest for ‘Dracula’. Not only did the collection of the characters’ diaries work for me, it ended up making the story feel incredibly real. In my opinion, not many books can match the awesomeness that is the reading experience of ‘Dracula’.
The Sherlock Holmes Novels by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. I have a very hard time trying to pick top billing for things that I thoroughly enjoyed all the way around! ‘A Study in Scarlett’, ‘The Sign of Four’, ‘The Hounds of the Baserkvilles’ and ‘The Valley of Fear’ were all incredibl reads with incredible narratives. (Honestly, any book list is incomplete without mentioning Doyle’s detective as seen through John Watson’s published writings.)
I hope that, one day, I’ll be able to create a unique voice in my stories like these authors have! (What books narratives left you wanting more?)