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Hollywood's 25 Most Powerful Authors

"I don't expect anything to be like 'Twilight' again," says Stephenie Meyer, who joins J.K Rowling, E.L. James and Suzanne Collins on the list of writers who have the industry hanging on their every word.

Pamela Littky

This story first appeared in the Dec. 7 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.

When THR contacted James Patterson about being on its inaugural list of the 25 most powerful authors in Hollywood, he scoffed. "Power list? More like powerless list"

But while conventional wisdom puts writers far down the totem pole, the truth is that from The Hunger Games to the upcoming The Hobbit, books remain the most durable source of content for films and TV.

PHOTOS: Gillian Flynn and Reese Witherspoon, Stephenie Meyer and 'The Host' Cast: Authors With Their Stars

Indeed, whether it was the jaw-dropping $687 million worldwide take of Suzanne Collins’ (No. 5) Games or the bidding frenzy over EL James’ (No. 4) Fifty Shades of Grey, authors were behind some of 2012’s biggest stories.

THR selected those living authors who have been most successful in shepherding their books from page to screen, balancing success in publishing (total output, sales, best-sellers) and in Hollywood (completed adaptations, projects in development, screenwriting and producing credits) while accounting for cultural influence. More power to them.

Written by Tim Appelo, Marc Bernardin, Lesley Goldberg, Borys Kit, Andy Lewis, Daniel Miller, Philiana Ng, Kimberly Nordyke, Sophie Schillaci and Tatiana Siegel

Pictured: Gillian Flynn, left, and Reese Witherspoon

Items 1-10
  1. 1. Stephen King

    Known For: "The Shining," "The Stand," "The Shawshank Redemption." Bi...read more

  2. 2. Elmore Leonard

    Known For: "Justified," "Get Shorty." Big Number: His books have been...read more

  3. 3. Nicholas Sparks

    Known For: "The Notebook." Big Number: All 16 of his novels have made...read more

  4. 4. EL James

    Known For: "Fifty Shades of Grey." Big Number: 40 million copies sold...read more

  5. 5. Suzanne Collins

    Known For: "The Hunger Games." Big Number: "Games" is the best-sellin...read more

  6. 6. Robert Kirkman

    Known For: "The Walking Dead." Big Number: In March, he had four of t...read more

  7. 7. George R.R. Martin

    Known For: "Game of Thrones." Big Number: HBO’s "Thrones" averaged ...read more

  8. 8. James Patterson

    Known For: "Kiss the Girls." Big Number: 53 No. 1 New York Times best...read more

  9. 9. Michael Lewis

    Known For: "Moneyball." Big Number: Both films based on his works hav...read more

  10. 10. Stephenie Meyer

    Known For: "The Twilight Saga." Big Number: More than 63 million copi...read more