Meyer: the New JK Rowling

Vampire author gaining on Rowling's popularity

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Nov 28, 2008 9:39 AM CST

(Newser) – Have we finally found the next JK Rowling? Even Brits are starting to admit Twilight creator Stephenie Meyer is coming close, the Daily Telegraph reports. The 34-year-old Mormon author of a series of swoon-worthy novels about teen vampires has a similar “out of nowhere” story, and her book and movie sales are starting to give Harry, if not a run for his money, at least cause for concern.

Like Rowling, Meyer juggled a book and a baby—although it was in the comfort of her own home, with a hubby backing her up. Her first three books have sold more than 25 million copies worldwide, compared with Rowling’s 400 million—but Meyer’s third knocked Harry himself off the best-seller list, and the first film grossed $70 million opening weekend. So you tell us, Potter: Worried yet?

Fans of author Stephenie Meyer at Borders in New York City finally get their hands on some of the very first copies sold of Breaking Dawn just after midnight Sat., Aug. 2.
Fans of author Stephenie Meyer at Borders in New York City finally get their hands on some of the very first copies sold of "Breaking Dawn" just after midnight Sat., Aug. 2.   (PRNewsFoto/Borders)
Author Stephenie Meyer arrives at the premiere of Twilight in Los Angeles on Monday, Nov. 17, 2008.
Author Stephenie Meyer arrives at the premiere of "Twilight" in Los Angeles on Monday, Nov. 17, 2008.   (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
Author Stephenie Meyer.
Author Stephenie Meyer.   (AP Photo)
Stephenie Meyer poses on stage at the Breaking Dawn Concert Series at Times Square on August 1 in New York City.
Stephenie Meyer poses on stage at the Breaking Dawn Concert Series at Times Square on August 1 in New York City.   (Getty Images)
In this image released by Summit Entertainment, Kristen Stewart, left, and Robert Pattinson are shown in a scene from Twilight.
In this image released by Summit Entertainment, Kristen Stewart, left, and Robert Pattinson are shown in a scene from "Twilight."   (AP Photo)
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