It has been almost a year since I wrote this journal entry (January 30th 2014), so I have decided to take the experiment one step further and check the evolution of the popularity of these writers from one year to the next (always according to the DeviantArt search engine).
The original Journal Entry was:
Which writer can make you want to drop the book you're reading 'cause you just HAVE to draw one of the characters he describes? or to draw one of the scenes that just played out in your head?
Which writer describes things so vividly you can't help wanting to put them on paper or on your computer screen?
I decided to conduct an experiment here on deviantART to see which writers names have more "relevant deviations" when you write their names in the search engine.
The writers I included on the list are authors I personally have read and enjoyed, I included science fiction writers, fantasy writers, writers of historical fiction, crime, horror and comic books. On the search engine I wrote their complete name, as included below:
January 2014 January 2015
JK ROWLING - 62.929 65.505
NEIL GAIMAN - 22.187 21.698 (decrease)
STEPHEN KING - 19.065 19.561
ANNE RICE - 15.356 14.362 (decrease)
JRR TOLKIEN - 13.235 15.307
ALAN MOORE - 7.379 7.188 (decrease)
GEORGE RR MARTIN - 4.562 6.033
ROBERT JORDAN - 3.765 3.744 (decrease)
DAVID EDDINGS - 1.863 1.905
FRANK HERBERT - 1.817 1.886
ROBIN HOBB - 1.729 1.771
JIM BUTCHER - 1.545 1.625
BRANDON SANDERSON - 1.210 (new on the list)
ORSON SCOTT CARD - 885 884 (decrease)
PATRICK ROTHFUSS - 882 1.163
STIEG LARSSON - 591 568 (decrease)
TERRY BROOKS - 564 593
MICHAEL MOORCOCK - 527 524 (decrease)
PATRICIA BRIGGS - 398 409
BERNARD CORNWELL - 321 341
MIKE CAREY - 262 254 (decrease)
BRIAN K VAUGHAN - 225 235
JOE ABERCROMBIE - 147 172
HENNING MANKELL - 46 50
TONY HILLERMAN - 40 38 (decrease)
ARTURO PEREZ REVERTE - 39 36 (decrease)
JEREMY BASTIAN - 17 19
MICHAEL SHAARA - 15 15
MARK SMYLIE - 6 7
TAMI HOAG - 4 4
I have no idea how the search engine works, and I know this isn't an exact science because I'm sure Jim Butcher has a lot more "false" search results than Bernard Cornwell, because "Jim" is a fairly common name and "Butcher" has more than 80.000 search results if you type it in.
The results also depend on how many people write the authors full name, (or how many people credit the author at all).
My conclusions are:
- Harry Potter is still the King
- Nobody credits George RR Martin for the fan-art of The Song of Ice and Fire
- the Bloody-Nine is still not happy with Joe's current ranking...