The Hollywood Reporter: Hollywood's 25 Most Powerful Authors

November 28th, 2012

The Hollywood Reporter
11/28/2012

 

 

When THR contacted James Patterson about being on its inaugural list of the 25 most powerful authors in Hollywood, he scoffed. “Power list? More like powerless list”

But while conventional wisdom puts writers far down the totem pole, the truth is that from The Hunger Games to the upcoming The Hobbit, books remain the most durable source of content for films and TV.

Indeed, whether it was the jaw-dropping $687 million worldwide take of Suzanne Collins’ (No. 5) Games or the bidding frenzy over EL James’ (No. 4) Fifty Shades of Grey, authors were behind some of 2012’s biggest stories.

THR selected those living authors who have been most successful in shepherding their books from page to screen, balancing success in publishing (total output, sales, best-sellers) and in Hollywood (completed adaptations, projects in development, screenwriting and producing credits) while accounting for cultural influence. More power to them.

Written by Tim Appelo, Marc Bernardin, Lesley Goldberg, Borys Kit, Andy Lewis, Daniel Miller, Philiana Ng, Kimberly Nordyke, Sophie Schillaci and Tatiana Siegel

 

  • 1. Stephen KingKnown For: “The Shining,” “The Stand,” “The Shawshank Redemption.” Bi…
  • 2. Elmore Leonard Known For: “Justified,” “Get Shorty.” Big Number: His books have been..
  • 3. Nicholas SparksKnown For: “The Notebook.” Big Number: All 16 of his novels have made…
  • 4. EL James Known For: “Fifty Shades of Grey.” Big Number: 40 million copies sold…
  • 5. Suzanne Collins Known For: “The Hunger Games.” Big Number: “Games” is the best-sellin..
  • 7. George R.R. MartinKnown For: “Game of Thrones.” Big Number: HBO’s “Thrones” averaged …
  • 8. James Patterson Known For: “Kiss the Girls.” Big Number: 53 No. 1 New York Times best…
  • 9. Michael LewisKnown For: “Moneyball.” Big Number: Both films based on his works hav..
  • 10. Stephenie Meyer Known For: “The Twilight Saga.” Big Number: More than 63 million copi…
  • 11. J.K. Rowling Known For: “Harry Potter.” Big Number: Translated into 73 languages, …
  • 12. Tom ClancyKnown For: “The Hunt for Red October.” Big Number: The four Jack Ryan…
  • 13. Dennis Lehane Known For: “Mystic River.” Big Number: The six-time New York Times be…
  • 14. Charlaine Harris Known For: “Sookie Stackhouse” novels, source of “True Blood.” Big Nu…
  • 15. Daniel H. Wilson Known For: “Robopocalypse” (film not yet released). Big Number: Two o…
  • 16. Ken Follett Known For: “The Pillars of the Earth.” Big Number: His works have sol…
  • 17. Cormac McCarthy Known For: “No Country for Old Men,” “All the Pretty Horses.” Big Num…
  • 18. Seth Grahame-SmithKnown For: “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.” Big Number: His work ha…
  • 19. Laura HillenbrandKnown For: “Seabiscuit.” Big Number: “Unbroken” (2010) has spent 103 …
  • 20. Jeff Kinney Known 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 gro…
  • 22. Gillian Flynn Known For: “Gone Girl.” Big Number: 2 million copies sold since June.
  • 23. Neil Gaiman Known For: “Coraline.” Big Number: Has won the Hugo, Nebula, Bram Sto…

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