I like Diana Gabaldon’s series about a Scot, and his time traveling wife. This is a long running series comparable in complexity to Robert Jordans’ Wheel of Time books, but much more interesting. There is romance, rebellian, wars, smuggling, magic stones, and botany.
Diane has such a great and creative mind that she can’t write just one book at a time, but keeps juggling three or more projects going.
When you have a mind that is that big, just one project won’t do.
She wrote a non fiction glossary about her fictional books because there were not enough pages for footnotes to describe all the medical plants and history of young America, and the Jacobean Rebellion in Scotland. A lot of British history gets covered too, and the reader is pleased to have all the explanations handy.
When you write fiction and base it on the world’s history usually the books sit on the shelf. Diane’s book has thousands of people back ordering the next installment years ahead of the launch date.
I am glad to see that women authors like Stephenie Myer and Suzanne Collins have had their books made into movies, but they were shown the way by J,K Rowling. These of course were drawn from a children’s series, (Harry Potter) and Young Adult, (Twilight, and Hunger Games).
I don’t know who has made the most money off the books alone, but suspect it is J.K. Rowling, now the richest woman in the U.K.
besides the Queen.
Dianne has not had sucess in the movie cross over because her books are so densely packed with historical details and changes of scenery and time, that it would just be impossible to do justice to the whole series. I think some attempt had been made in cable television, but have not heard of it lately.
Now- compare the sucess and real enjoyment that these books give to people world wide, and think about the religious claptrap that we are fed with the Q’uran, Bible, and Book of Mormon.
The Bible is full of contradictions, outright lies, gratuitous violence, and all sorts of “isms” Think rascism, anti feminism, bararism, chicanery, rape, murder, incest, slavery, and talking animals.
The Qu’uran teaches that war is good if it is in Allah’s name.
The Book of Mormon is “chloroform in print” according to Mark Twain, who was a pretty good author himself.
All of these relgious books give short shrift to women, and in fact inspires men in religious authority to keep women in shackles at all costs.
I am glad to see that we can award women with the riches forrmerly due to male authors for good books, and hopefully this success can flow to other women in the social and political arena.