6 Most Famous Female Authors of the 21st Century

You may be a fan of Agatha Christie, Danielle Steel or Jane Austen. But have you read contemporary female writers from the 21st century? Here is a look at some of the most famous 21st century female authors.

J. K. Rowling

J. K. Rowling

1. J. K. Rowling

No list of famous female authors can ever be complete without mentioning J. K. Rowling's name. She found worldwide popularity and acclaim with her series of Harry Potter novels which is currently in its seventh installment. This popular British writer has won many accolades and her Harry Potter novels have become bestselling books in history. A series of films have also been adapted from Rowling's books which also went on to become top grossing films of all time. Rowling received the prestigious title of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) and is a member of the Royal Society of Literature (RSL). Her life story went from living in poverty to becoming a millionaire in just a span of five years.


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Zadie Smith

Zadie Smith

2. Zadie Smith

Zadie Smith is a well known British writer and essayist who has written five novels until 2012. She has published a lot of work in non-fiction and has also penned many short stories. She mainly writes in the genres of realism and postmodernism. Some of Smith's famous works are White Teeth, The Autograph Man and On Beauty. White Teeth is a part of Time Magazine's illustrious list of best English-language novels from 1923 to 2005. She has also won an Orange Prize for Fiction in 2006 and her name was a part of Granta's list of 20 best young authors in 2003 and 2013.


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Suzanne Collins

Suzanne Collins

3. Suzanne Collins

Suzanne Collins is an American children's television writer and author. Collins writes in the genres of science fiction, fantasy and children's literature. She is most famous for penning bestselling fiction novels The Underland Chronicles and The Hunger Games trilogy. The trilogy includes The Hunger Games, Catching Fire and Mockingjay. Both these works have been New York Times bestsellers. The Hunger Games trilogy earned her a place in Time Magazine's list of most influential people of 2010 and the bestselling Amazon Kindle author of all time. A movie starring Academy award winner Jennifer Lawrence and Liam Hemsworth has also been adapted from the trilogy.


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Stephenie Meyer

Stephenie Meyer

4. Stephenie Meyer

Stephenie Meyer is a famous 21st century author, achieving groundbreaking success with her Twilight series of novels which includes Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse and Breaking Dawn. She writes in the genres of vampire romance and science fiction. The bestselling Twilight series has also been adapted to a series of movies starring Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart which have been blockbusters. Meyer has been in Time Magazine's list of 100 most influential people in 2008 and Forbes' list of the world's most powerful celebrities of 2009 and 2010.


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Jodi Picoult

Jodi Picoult

5. Jodi Picoult

Jodi Picoult is an American writer who has authored more than 20 books and 5 films and TV adaptations. Her most famous books include Nineteen Minutes and Change of Heart. Both these books debuted as number one New York Times bestsellers when they were released. She received the New England Bookseller Award for fiction in 2003 and was appointed as a Harry Middleton Lecturer at the LBJ Presidential Library in 2013.


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Marjane Satrapi

Marjane Satrapi

6. Marjane Satrapi

Marjane Satrapi is a children's book author, illustrator and cartoonist. This Iranian-French author is famous because she has written a series of graphic novels titled, Persepolis, that received worldwide acclaim. Persepolis is an autobiographical novel which outlines her own upbringing in Iran and Europe. Her novel won a prestigious award at the Angouleme International Comics Festival in addition to various other accolades. The book was also adapted to a film with the same name and won a Special Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival in 2007.


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  • J. K. Rowling
  • Zadie Smith
  • Suzanne Collins
  • Stephenie Meyer
  • Jodi Picoult
  • Marjane Satrapi

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