Writers to Watch (Hollywood Style)

As an indicator of the importance of authors to the movie business these days, the new issue of Hollywood Reporter (on stands Dec. 7) features their first list of the top 25 “Power Authors,” complete with glamour shots (yes, that’s Stephenie Meyer, in the center of the photo on the left, holding her own with the stars of the upcoming adaptation of The Host, Jake Abel and Diane Kruger. Meanwhile, Reese Witherspoon is in danger of being outshone by author Gillian Flynn in their photo).

There’s few surprises among the Top 25 (Stephen King, Nicholas Sparks, James Patterson, et. al.). The feature on Six Writers to Watch is more fun. It’s headed by Jennifer Egan (her novel, A Visit From the Goon Squad is being adapted by Peter Weir as an HBO series, according to THR, but other sources have reported that Weir is actually set to film her earlier gothic-tinged The Keep). Reflecting the importance of the YA audience to Hollywood, two of them are known as young adult writers — Maggie Stiefvater and John Green — and a third, Ransom Riggs, is listed for his YA title, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.

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