"He says he wrote GONE to creep you out. And THE MAGNIFICENT 12 to make you laugh. Some screaming and some laughing. He wants kids laughing and screaming. He's probably kind of messed up, when you think about it."
Michael Grant is an American author of middle-grade and young adult speculative fiction. Before 2008, he wrote almost exclusively with his wife, K. A. Applegate
, and all the work was credited exclusively to her. Starting in 2008, however, he wrote entirely on his own, with the exception of Eve and Adam. Before he and Applegate wrote their own books, they ghostwrote for Sweet Valley Twins, a Spin-Off
of the Sweet Valley High
series. His books are known for being incredibly
dark for books written for kids or teenagers. Someone who's only read Animorphs may be surprised by this, but that series is easily
the lightest thing he's ever written. It might as well be for pre-schoolers compared to what he wrote later.
Works that Grant co-wrote with Appegate with their own trope pages include:
Works that Grant wrote on his own with their own trope pages include:
Other tropes related to Michael Grant include:
- Approval of God: Responds well to fanart, fan-movies and fan-websites of his works, and has an account on Gaiaphage.com, the site for Gone and BZRK fans.
- Bald of Awesome
- Base Breaker: among his own fanbase, he has stirred some controversy over his views, particularly on suicide, which have been considered by some encouraging and others insensitive and apathetic.
- Creator Couple: With his wife, K. A. Applegate.
- Creator Worship: Most likely due to how involved he is with the fanbase.
- Cult Classic: Has written a few of these. Most notably Animorphs and Gone. They don't have much media attention, but have a passionate -if low-key- Fandom over the internet.
- Deadpan Snarker: Has his moments. "I had a hard childhood. Hard for my parents I mean. It wasn't that bad for me."
- Dear Negative Reader: A review of BZRK on GoodReads criticized the book for its excessive violence, linking violence in the media to actual violence. Grant commented on the review responding thusly:
Was there something about the title BZRK that led you to expect a romance novel?
Linking books or for that matter the video games everyone loves to hate on to school shootings is nonsense. There is not a single tiny shred of empirical evidence of a connection. None. The Dutch and Japanese for example consume more video games than we do and have no crime problem worth mentioning. Canada consumes exactly the same media we do, including books, and yet has a fraction of our murder rate. As we've seen the rise of a more "adult" YA literature have we seen violent crime go up? No, actually, it's gone down. I am not claiming causation, just pointing out that there is no reason to link media with gun violence, and every reason to link guns with gun violence. In fact, the correlation is obviously 100%
If you don't like violent stories don't read them. But don't start randomly assigning blame. That monster in Sandy Hook was not armed with a book, he was armed with a gun.
- Happily Married: This is how he describes his wife:
"Most of [the books I've written] — and by "most" I mean 149 out of 150 — I wrote with my wife, the lovely, the talented, the eternally hot, Katherine (K.A.) Applegate. We've been together for 29 years. Which is a long time. Looooong time. Sweet lord what a long . . . No babe, I'm not implying anything."
- Magnum Opus: Animorphs of the books he did with his wife, Gone of the books he did on his own.
- Magnum Opus Dissonance: But he has said on his Facebook page that he thinks BZRK is even better than Gone, citing one of the characters are being even scarier than Drake Merwin. Which isn't a light statement.
- Military Brat: He describes himself as a "army brat" in his youth.
- Old Shame: The Midas Touch, which he advises anyone who comes across a copy to burn.
- Also, he's stated that he doesn't really like Making Out.
- One of Us
- Riddle for the Ages: Likes writing these. For example, whether Rachel killed David in Animorphs or if he sent him back to the island, and also the secret of what happened to Taylor post FAYZ inGone
- Self-Deprecation: He does it quite a bit on the internet, such as the page quote and this one:
If you met Michael Grant on the street you'd probably think, "Man, that old dude has got himself one giant bald head
." Then you'd probably think, "Seriously, old man: stop wearing jeans and sneakers and a black t-shirt. I mean, please, you're embarrassing yourself."
- Shrug of God: His response to all questions regarding loose ends in the finale of the Gone series are to make your own interpretations and guesses at the more ambiguous elements.
- One word: Remnants. He's made it perfectly clear that, when it comes to all the questions that were left unanswered, he's just as clueless as we are.
- Take That: He really doesn't like Twilight, or paranormal romance in general, it seems. He provides the page quote for Vampire Fiction.
- He once wrote a blog post calling out a school he visited for disciplining a child that laughed at one of his jokes and discouraged an imaginative environment.
- Win Back the Crowd: Lies wasn't as well received as Gone or Hunger, though whether or not it deserved such a response is a matter of taste, but most people agree that the preceding book, Plague is brilliant and is often cited as the best in the series. Fear was likewise of high quality, and Light was universally adored by fans and critics. Which more than makes up for lies if you weren't one of the ones who liked it.
- Write Who You Know: The characters of Astrid and Diana from Gone are according to him based on the two sides of his wife's personality.