So many talented authors write fictional novels. Out of them, only some manage to become successful best-selling authors, but here, I will mention 10 authors who are better than the rest.
This list is based on:
- Authors who had written number of fiction novels and books that were sold
- How many among them became the number one bestseller
- From how long these writers are delighting their readers
Other than these, the factors that get them into this list are, how many novels were made into films, how many literary awards were received, and how well did they influenced the readers with their piece of writing.
1) Stephan King
He is an American, contemporary author to write horror, fantasy, and science fiction. Till date, 350 million copies of books have been sold. Many books by him have been adapted into movies, comic books, and television series. King received many awards for his contribution in the field of writing, World Fantasy Award, Bram Stoker Awards, Nebula Award, and many more. Some of the novels written by King are, ‘The Shining’, ‘Four Past Midnight’, ‘Storm of the Century’, ‘Do the Dead Sing?’, ‘Bag of Bones’, ‘The Dark Tower’, and more. Some of the movies, which are an adaptation of his novels, are- ‘The Mist’, ‘The Shawshank Redemption’, ‘The Pet Sematary’, and ‘Stand by Me’.
2) John Grisham
He is an American author, popular for writing legal thrillers. As of now, 250 million copies of his works are sold worldwide. He received award for his artistic skills, Galaxy British Book Awards, ‘Peggy V.Helmerich Distinguished Author Award’ and more. Nine of his novels were adapted into films, ‘The Client’, ‘The Pelican Brief’, ‘A Time to Kill’, ‘The Chamber’, ‘Skipping Christmas’, ‘The Runaway Jury’, ‘A Painted House’, ‘The Rainmaker’ and ‘The Firm’.
3) J. K. Rowling
She is a British author, best known for Harry Potter series and other fictional novels. The Potter series gained a lot of popularity, won many awards, and more than 400 million copies were sold worldwide. The books were adapted into movies, and all the movies proclaimed as huge hits. The Harry Potter series of books include ‘Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets’, ‘Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban’, ‘Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone’, ‘Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire’, ‘Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix’, ‘Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince’ and ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows’. These all were adapted into films. Recently, she published her very first novel for adults- ‘The Casual Vacancy’.
4) J. R. R. Tolkien
He was an English writer, philologist and poet, famous for his epic fiction novels, Lord of the Rings, The Silmarillion and Hobbit. His son Christopher published his works based on the unpublished manuscripts and extensive notes, after his death. He was popularly been identified as the ‘Father’ of modern high fantasy literature. Forbes listed him as being the fifth top earning dead celebrity, in 2009. He got ‘Local Award for the Best Fantasy Novel’, ‘Prometheus Hall of Fame award’, and more. ‘The Lord of the Rings’ was adapted into movies.
5) James Patterson
He is an American author, and famous for writing the thriller novels. He is popularly known for the fictional character of Psychologist, Alex Cross. In the New York Times list of bestsellers, 56 books by him were on the top, and with 19 of them being successive entries. This led him to the Guinness Book of Records. Some of the popular books are- ‘Along came a Spider’, ‘Nevermore’, ‘Dangerous Days of Daniel X’, ‘Witch and Wizard’, and many more. Some of the books were adapted as films. He received the ‘Edgar Award’ for ‘Best First Mystery’ and ‘Edgar Award’ for ‘Best First Novel’, by an American Author.
6) Dan Brown
He is also an American author and well-known for writing the thriller novels. His novel, ‘The Da Vinci Code’ is the best seller, which was adapted as a movie. The ‘Da Vinci Code’ is the most popular book with 81 million of copies sold worldwide. The other popular novels are, ‘Angels and Demons’, ‘The Lost Symbol’, ‘Deception Point’, Digital Fortress’, and more. Out of these, ‘Angels and Demons’ and ‘The Lost Symbol’ are also adapted in movies. His novels feature a lead character named Robert Langdon.
7) James Herbert
He is an English horror fiction writer, who continuously has had success in his books, and he manages to write down a new work of fiction every year. His latest book was ‘Ash’; it released in 2011. He received an OBE (Order from the British Empire) in the 2010’s Honours list by the Queen. Till now, 42 million copies of his works had been sold worldwide. Some of his great pieces of fictions are- ‘The Rats’, ‘The Secret of Crickley Hall’, ‘Ash’, ‘The Spear’, ‘The Fog’, and many more. Some of the films were adapted from his novels- ‘The Survivor’, ‘Deadly Eyes’, ‘Haunted’, ‘Fluke’, and more.
8) Stephenie Meyer
She is a young American author, as well as a producer, recognised for the Twilight series, which is a vampire romance series. These books have been translated into 37 different languages, and over 100 million copies are sold worldwide till date. She was the bestselling author for the years 2008 and 2009, in USA. She was ranked on 49 in the list of ‘100 Most Influential People in 2008’ by the Time’s Magazine. The books that made her popular are- ‘Twilight’, ‘New Moon’, ‘Eclipse’, ‘Breaking Dawn’, ‘The Host’, and more. All the Twilight series are adapted into movies.
9) Stieg Larsson
He was a Swedish writer and a journalist. He died on November 2004. He was known for the ‘Millennium Series’ of crime novels, which were published posthumously. In 2008, he was the second best-selling author worldwide. Till now, 65 million copies of ‘Millennium Series’ have been sold globally. The ‘Millennium Series’ consisted of three books- ‘The Girl Who Played with Fire’, ‘The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest’, and ‘The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo’. Larsson is the first novelist to sell more than one million e-books on the Amazon.com.
10) Anne Rice
She is an American author for Gothic fiction, erotica, and Christian literature. She is known for her influential and popular series of novels- The Vampire Chronicles, which was later adapted into movies, ‘Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles’, and ‘Queen of the Damned’. Other fictional works by her are- ‘Christ the Lord: The Road to Cana’ and ‘Christ of Lord: Out of Egypt’. Her books have sold more than 100 million copies, which place her in the most admired authors in current American history.