We’re going to the end of the 2021 year. So, it’s time to update the best authors of the 21st century. If they’re used to be William Shakespeare with his work ‘Romeo and Juliet’, Agatha Christie with her ‘And Then There Were None’ novels, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry with ‘The Little Prince’, or JK Rowling with her ‘Harry Potter’ series. They are some of the successful authors in each century.
Every decade after decade, we always find a new talented author whose work is timeless. Book, poetry, short story, and roman are a form of literary work that is very valuable for developing a nation.
The number of books and writings produced shows the progress of civilization in the world. So, it is the right time to know whose author contributed to this decade. Here they are -the six best authors of the 21st century– each with exemplary work.
1. Dan Brown
Who would have thought that an English teacher and a singer would become a best-selling author? He is Dan Brown, or his full name is Daniel Brown.
Brown is an author who has a unique and simple writing style that is characteristic of attracting readers. The book by this American author is a fiction-thriller genre and has been published and translated in 40 languages and 40 in the world.
Its success cannot be separated from the novel The Davinci Code (2003), which sold more than 50 million copies, Angels & Demons (2000), Deception Point (2001), and Inferno (2013), which have been filmed. There is also The Lost Symbol which has 30 million copies printed.
In 1998 he published his first thriller, Digital Fortress. Because of the remarkable stories presented, it is only natural that the readers are always looking forward to the following works.
2. J.K. Rowling
It’s hard to take out J.K Rowling from the list of best authors in the world. Because, yes, she is the best. Who doubts it with its popularity till now.
JK Rowling or Joanne Kathleen Rowling, OBE, FRSL, is an English novelist best known for her series of seven witch books under ‘Harry Potter’. A woman was born on July 31, 1965, in Yate, Gloucestershire, England.
The success of Harry Potter made him not only a novelist but a screenwriter and film producer. In addition, she also published a Harry Potter prequel, Fantastic Beasts, which also successfully captured the world’s attention and received many awards. Making the two books is the best-selling book series and has more than 400 million copies.
Rowling was rejected at least ten times by several well-known publishers. However, the English author’s efforts finally paid off and were a huge success.
Harry Potter and the Goblet Fire (2000), Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2003), Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2005), and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (2007) were his best-selling novels of the 20th century. 21 and printed up to 65 million copies.
3. Stieg Larsson
Stieg Larsson is one of the greatest writers of the 21st century to be remembered. The European writer had yet to taste his success when he suddenly died in 2004.
His career began when he became a journalist and graphic designer at a Swedish news agency. Every night he wrote a novel which he submitted to a publisher interested in his writing in 2004.
A year later, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2005) became an international hit. A crime thriller novel about a journalist and hacker trying to solve the disappearance of a young woman 40 years ago.
This book has been adapted into a film and has printed 30 million copies until now. His books contain political messages, morals, and topics that dare to interest readers.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is part of the Millennium trilogy with The Girl Who Played with Fire (2006) and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest (2007).
4. Suzanne Collins
Suzanne Collins is a book author and screenwriter who rose to fame with the Hunger Games book trilogy. The Hunger Games (2008) published 29 million copies, followed by The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2009) and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay (2010), which each had 20 million copies.
The trilogy tells Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark, who must compete in the wild, is included in the New York Times Best Seller list. Besides that, the book was sold to 56 countries and translated into 51 languages until it was adapted into a film.
5. John Green
John Green is an American teen novelist and YouTuber who was born on August 24, 1977. John manages a YouTube account, VlogBrothers, with his brother Hank.
His best novel is The Fault in Our Stars (2012), which tells a child with cancer named Hazel Grace who meets Augustus Waters. Readers are interested in the severity of their love story in facing life.
This book has also been printed in 23 million copies and has been adapted into a film. In addition, the novel by John Green Looking for Alaska (2005) also garnered attention. It is not surprising that he won awards for his works and became one of the greatest book authors of the 21st century.
The main thing that is discussed in several of his novels is about the lives of teenagers who are full of rebellion turmoil in finding their identity.
With an exciting and anti-cliche plot, these novels by John Green can change the youth’s view of the life that is being lived and can’t be denied, can help you to find your true identity.
6. Gillian Flynn
Gillian Flynn has become a trendsetter in the domestic noir genre of novels, since Gone Girl was published in 2012, other writers have followed suit.
His three novels are Sharp Objects, Dark Places, and Gone Girl became New York Times best-sellers and has printed 20 million copies. His book was made into a film with the same title. He also ventured into a scriptwriter. The mysterious storyline and plot twists in his writing create phenomena that invite readers.
So many talented authors in this 21st century. They have their unique way of telling stories. His work is also recognized worldwide. Appreciation to them for having proven that their works have succeeded in opening the eyes of the world to them. Apart from them, do you have any of the best authors of the 21st century? Comment below!