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Eleven new writers on ‘Hollywood’s 25 Most Powerful Authors’ list

In the US, 11 new writers have made the Hollywood Reporter’s ‘Most Powerful Authors’ 2016 list. Among the first-time listees are Ernest Cline (12th), whose science-fiction novel Ready Player One is in production with Steven Spielberg directing; Paula Hawkins (19th), whose novel The Girl on the Train has been adapted for a forthcoming film; and Lauren Oliver (23rd), whose YA novel Before I Fall has been adapted for a film scheduled for release in April. J K Rowling is in first place on the list, followed by Stephen King, James Patterson and George R R Martin. Australian author Liane Moriarty has also debuted in 18th spot on the list, with adaptations of three of her novels in the works: Big Little Lies as an HBO series and What Alice Forgot and The Husband’s Secret as film adaptations. Co-head of agency UTA’s book department Howie Sanders said: ‘The demand for creators and underlying material has never been stronger.’


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