HOLLYWOOD’S TOP AUTHORS
It is a golden age for book writers in Hollywood.
Take the holiday season’s movies and awards contenders. The most anticipated are adapted: Laura Hillenbrand’s (No. 10) Unbroken, Suzanne Collins’ (No. 12) The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part I, Cheryl Strayed’s Wild (scripted by No. 19 Nick Hornby) and the third installment of The Hobbit.
Authors are exerting more clout than ever, from Gillian Flynn (No. 7) scripting her Gone Girl adaptation to EL James’ (No. 4) close involvement in Fifty Shades of Grey. Still others have had a profound influence on Hollywood’s tastes, with everyone wanting to make the next Game of Thrones, by George R.R. Martin (No. 3). And then there’s J.K. Rowling (No. 1): No single creator has had so much influence on a megafranchise since George Lucas and the original Star Wars trilogy. Authors are taking advantage of new outlets as well, with James Patterson (No. 8) developing his YA series Maximum Ride for YouTube and Stephen King’s (No. 2) 11/22/63 being adapted for Hulu.
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