Hollywood’s 25 Most Powerful Authors
From The Hollywood Reporter
1. Stephen King
Known For: Carrie, The Shining, The Stand, The Shawshank Redemption.
Big number: 53 novels and 400 million copies sold
2. Elmore Leonard
Known For: Justified, Get Shorty.
Big Number: His books have been adapted into 20 movies and seven TV series.
3. Nicholas Sparks
Known For: The Notebook, Dear John.
Big Number: Sold 80 million books. All his novels have made The New York Times best-seller list.
4. EL James
Known For: Fifty Shades of Grey.
Big Number: 40 million copies sold worldwide in 2012.
5. Suzanne Collins
Known For: The Hunger Games.
Big Number: Her trilogy is the best-selling YA series of all time on Amazon.com.
6. Robert Kirkman
Known For: The Walking Dead.
Big Number: In March, he had four of the top 10 paperback slots and three of the top 10 hardcover slots on The New York Times graphic books best-seller list.
7. George R.R. Martin
Known For: Game of Thrones.
Big Number: HBO’s Thrones averaged 3.8 million viewers an episode in season two.
8. James Patterson
Known For: Kiss the Girls
Big Number: 53 No. 1 New York Times best-sellers.
9. Michael Lewis
Known For: Moneyball.
Big Number: Both films based on his works have been nominated for best picture Oscars.
10. Stephenie Meyer
Known For: The Twilight Saga.
Big Number: More than 63 million copies sold since 2008.
11. J.K. Rowling
Known For: Harry Potter.
Big Number: Translated into 73 languages. Eight movies have grossed $7.6 billion.
12. Tom Clancy
Known For: The Hunt for Red October.
Big Number: The four Jack Ryan movies have grossed $846 million worldwide.
13. Dennis Lehane
Known For: Mystic River, Shutter island, Gone Baby, Gone.
Big Number: The six-time New York Times best-selling author just started his own imprint at HarperCollins.
14. Charlaine Harris
Known For: Sookie Stackhouse novels, source of True Blood.
Big Number: The series has sold more than 20 million books.
15. Daniel H. Wilson
Known For: Robopocalypse (film not yet released).
Big Number: Two of his novels were optioned before the book rights were sold.
16. Ken Follett
Known For: The Pillars of the Earth.
Big Number: His works have sold more than 100 million copies worldwide.
17. Cormac McCarthy
Known For: No Country for Old Men, All the Pretty Horses, The Road.
Big Number: $217 million in worldwide grosses for three novel adaptations.
18. Seth Grahame-Smith
Known For: Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.
Big Number: His work has been translated into more than 20 languages.
19. Laura Hillenbrand
Known For: Seabiscuit.
Big Number: Unbroken has spent 103 weeks on The New York Times best-seller list.
20. Jeff Kinney
Known For: Diary of a Wimpy Kid.
Big Number: 60 million copies sold.
21. Candace Bushnell
Known For: Sex and the City.
Big Number: The two movie spinoffs grossed more than $700 million worldwide.
Known For: Gone Girl.
Big Number: 2 million copies sold since June.
23. Neil Gaiman
Known For: Coraline, Stardust
Big Number: Has won the Hugo, Nebula, Bram Stoker, Newbery and Carnegie literary prizes.
24. John Grisham
Known For: The Firm.
Big Number: Adaptations of nine of his books have grossed $980 million worldwide at the box office.
25. Sara Shepard
Known For: Pretty Little Liars.
Big Number: 18 books published in six years.
And Six Authors To Watch
- John Green
- Jennifer Egan
- Lee Child
- Maggie Stiefvater
- Ransom Riggs
From Writers Write