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"Fiction had never been Jackson’s thing. Facts seemed challenging enough without making stuff up. What he discovered was that the great novels of the world were about three things - death, money and sex. Occasionally a whale."
Kate Atkinson
— 3 months ago with 78 notes
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"Fiction was invented the day Jonah arrived home and told his wife that he was three days late because he had been swallowed by a whale."
Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez
— 11 months ago with 138 notes
#Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez  #Lit  #Quotes  #Fiction 
Hollywood’s 25 Most Powerful Authors
From The Hollywood Reporter
1. Stephen KingKnown For: Carrie, The Shining, The Stand, The Shawshank Redemption. Big number: 53 novels and 400 million copies sold
2. Elmore LeonardKnown For: Justified, Get Shorty. Big Number: His books have been adapted into 20 movies and seven TV series.
3. Nicholas SparksKnown 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 JamesKnown For: Fifty Shades of Grey. Big Number: 40 million copies sold worldwide in 2012.
5. Suzanne CollinsKnown For: The Hunger Games.Big Number: Her trilogy is the best-selling YA series of all time on Amazon.com. 
6. Robert KirkmanKnown 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. MartinKnown For: Game of Thrones. Big Number: HBO’s Thrones averaged 3.8 million viewers an episode in season two.
8. James PattersonKnown For: Kiss the Girls Big Number: 53 No. 1 New York Times best-sellers.
9. Michael LewisKnown For: Moneyball. Big Number: Both films based on his works have been nominated for best picture Oscars.
10. Stephenie MeyerKnown For: The Twilight Saga. Big Number: More than 63 million copies sold since 2008.
11. J.K. RowlingKnown For: Harry Potter. Big Number: Translated into 73 languages. Eight movies have grossed $7.6 billion. 
12. Tom ClancyKnown For: The Hunt for Red October. Big Number: The four Jack Ryan movies have grossed $846 million worldwide.
13. Dennis LehaneKnown 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 HarrisKnown For: Sookie Stackhouse novels, source of True Blood. Big Number: The series has sold more than 20 million books.
15. Daniel H. WilsonKnown For: Robopocalypse (film not yet released). Big Number: Two of his novels were optioned before the book rights were sold.
16. Ken FollettKnown For: The Pillars of the Earth. Big Number: His works have sold more than 100 million copies worldwide.
17. Cormac McCarthyKnown 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-SmithKnown For: Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. Big Number: His work has been translated into more than 20 languages.
19. Laura HillenbrandKnown For: Seabiscuit. Big Number: Unbroken has spent 103 weeks on The New York Times best-seller list.
20. Jeff KinneyKnown For: Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Big Number: 60 million copies sold.
21. Candace BushnellKnown For: Sex and the City. Big Number: The two movie spinoffs grossed more than $700 million worldwide.
22. Gillian Flynn
Known For: Gone Girl. Big Number: 2 million copies sold since June.
23. Neil GaimanKnown For: Coraline, Stardust Big Number: Has won the Hugo, Nebula, Bram Stoker, Newbery and Carnegie literary prizes.
24. John GrishamKnown For: The Firm. Big Number: Adaptations of nine of his books have grossed $980 million worldwide at the box office.
25. Sara ShepardKnown For: Pretty Little Liars. Big Number: 18 books published in six years.
And Six Authors To Watch
John Green
Zane
Jennifer Egan
Lee Child
Maggie Stiefvater
Ransom Riggs
From Writers Write

Hollywood’s 25 Most Powerful Authors

From The Hollywood Reporter

1. Stephen King
Known For: CarrieThe ShiningThe StandThe Shawshank Redemption
Big number: 53 novels and 400 million copies sold

2. Elmore Leonard
Known For: JustifiedGet Shorty
Big Number: His books have been adapted into 20 movies and seven TV series.

3. Nicholas Sparks
Known For: The NotebookDear 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 RiverShutter 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 MenAll the Pretty HorsesThe 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.

22. Gillian Flynn

Known For: Gone Girl
Big Number: 2 million copies sold since June.

23. Neil Gaiman
Known For: CoralineStardust 
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

  1. John Green
  2. Zane
  3. Jennifer Egan
  4. Lee Child
  5. Maggie Stiefvater
  6. Ransom Riggs

From Writers Write

— 1 year ago with 55 notes
#Hollywood’s 25 Most Powerful Authors  #Writers  #Writers Write  #Film  #Adaptation  #Fiction  #Books  #Lit