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Highest earning novelists revealed

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J.K. Rowling (PA)

J.K. Rowling (PA)

American high society rag Forbes has released what it deems to be the top 10 highest paid authors today.

Released last month there are few surprises as to who tops the list. J.K. Rowling took the number one slot earning an estimated $300 million with her closest rival, detective novelist, James Patterson (Along came a Spider) earning only $50 million.

Writing mainstays Stephen King, Tom Clancy and Danielle Steel make up the rest of the top five, proving their books are as popular than ever (and as predictable and dusty to – Ed). Could this be down to the fact they are half price every Christmas in the WH Smiths sale?

Will Rowling rake in the same amount next year now her Harry Potter series has come to a close? One thing is certain, she has set a president for high earnings in the literary world.

Here is the top 10:

  1. JK Rowling, $300m
  2. James Patterson – $50m
  3. Stephen King – $45m
  4. Tom Clancy – $35m
  5. Danielle Steel – $30m
  6. John Grisham – $25m (tie)
  7. Dean Koontz – $25m (tie)
  8. Ken Follett – $20m
  9. Janet Evanovich – $17m
  10. Nicholas Sparks – $16m

For all you Harry Potter fans out there, and we know there must be some, we have pinched and pasted all five parts from the amazing documentary about the author by James Runcie below. The filmmaker spent a year following the author as she penned the final installment in the Potter series. Enjoy:

Discussion:
So does JK Rowling justify earning so much from her work? Is Harry Potter really all that good or is it simply media generated hype assisted by the Hollywood machine?

Words: Seamus Swords

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Cronenberg – Director turned writer

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David Cronenberg

David Cronenberg

Acclaimed director David Cronenberg (Eastern Promises, A History of Violence) has been swamped with offers for his first novel which at the moment is only 60 pages long and lacks any definitive direction.

Although he has been involved writing the screenplays of a number of his films, it will be the director’s first venture into the literary world.

Never one to shy away from subjects of controversy Cronenberg will no doubt have something bloody and gutsy up his sleeve for his first book.

The man himself is revealing little about the book’s subject matter. Commenting on how he was getting on he said: “It’s not like Stephen King (tiresome horror novelist) – but what it is exactly, I don’t know yet.” (What a tease! – Ed)

There is no way of telling just how long it will take before the manuscript is published or even if it will make it to the shops, but rest assured The Scribbler will keep a close eye on developments.

To get a taste for the kind of storyline and action that David Cronenberg has been attracted to in recent times click below to watch a deleted scene from ‘A History Of Violence’ narrated by the director himself:

Words: Seamus Swords

Written by Dean Samways

October 27, 2008 at 9:51 pm