Really Great Speculative Fiction Is Worth Millions, Even In A Recession
Mar 13, 2009 13:11
Audrey Niffenegger, author of The Time Traveler's Wife, won a staggering $5 million advance for her second novel, Her Fearful Symmetry. And everyone seems to agree she earned it.
The New York Timesweighs in on this recession-defying advance, noting that Time Traveler sold 113,000 copies in hardcover and another 1.3 million copies in paperback, after it was selected by the Today Show book club. Unlike Charles Frazier, who received an $8 million advance for his disappointing follow-up to Cold Mountain, Niffenegger has actually finished her new novel, which is
a supernatural story about twins who inherit an apartment near a London cemetery and become embroiled in the lives of the building's other residents and the ghost of their aunt, who left them the flat.
The new novel, according to Scribner's Nan Graham, is "a spectacular second novel."
It’s hard to find a person who didn’t like 2012’s Dredd, a film that stands alongside RoboCop as the ultra-violent, dystopic film fans needed at the time, but a sequel to the movie hasn’t been forthcoming; in fact, over the past few years, the likelihood of a second outing for Olivia Thirlby and Karl Urban’s chin has hovered around zero. Read more