Andy Weir’s debut novel The Martian has taken the science fiction world by storm, or rather by a dust storm. Weir originally self-published the novel only to have Crown Publishing Group purchase the rights in 2014 after hearing the story pitched as “Apollo 13 meets Castaway.” True to his pitch, Weir takes his reader’s on a journey through space and survival.
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The popularity of Martin’s A Game of Thrones has surpassed books and television as it has become a cult phenomenon. The success of these characters and plot works stems from the triumph of the first book in the series of A Song of Ice and Fire. It is this storyline that is told from various perspectives that weave a tale unlike any other.
Man meets Woman, Man has secrets, Woman has secrets, tragedy strikes, death happens, and together the couple end up trumpet with many tears shed. Not much changes in his latest bestselling novel The Longest Ride. His plot patterns both enrapture and disappoint his fans worldwide. For the first time, a split can be captured among audiences in the reception of this stereotypical plot line.
Paula Hawkins debut novel The Girl on the Train has recently been placed on the best sellers list. It has remained a popular choice for a mysterious read with good reason. Hawkins draws audiences in with a psychological thrill ride into the lives of three intermingling women acknowledging that things are not always as they may seem.
The first in a well-received trilogy Divergent by Veronica Roth brings to life a riveting dystopian society. This series has remained on the best seller’s list for good reasons, great plot work, and engaging characters. The popularity of this series has skyrocketed into two major motion pictures. Veronica Roth brings adventure, intrigue, and science fiction to the minds of young adults around the world.
Comedian and actress Amy Poehler is best known for her roles on Saturday Night Live and Parks and Recreation. When Poehler was asked to share her life in print, she struggled with the concept of writing an autobiography. In fact, she relates this to “hacking away at a freezer with a screwdriver.”