JK Rowling's "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone»
The number of refusals 12
Circulation: total circulation of the Harry Potter books more than 450 million copies
Translation: 69 languages
The film adaptation of "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" (2001, dir. Chris Columbus)
12 publishers who once refused to publish the novel by JK Rowling, probably still bite elbows. In terms of sales, "Harry Potter" is second only to the Bible, and the brand "Harry Potter" is estimated at $ 15 billion.
Kathryn Stockett "The Help»
The number of refusals: 60
Circulation: more than 10 million copies
Translation: the novel is translated into 40 languages
The film adaptation: the movie "The Help" (2011, directed by Tate Taylor). Nominated "Oscar" for best film. "Oscar" and "Golden Globe" for Best Supporting Actress.
Kathryn Stockett rejected manuscript 60 literary agents. The sharp novel about racial inequality, publishers felt doomed to failure. Only a tiny publishing house printed "servants" in small editions. And after three weeks Stockett novel became the leader of sales. Readers called "servants", "Book of the Year - 2009" and in 2011 in the US was sold five millionth copy of the novel. At this point, "servants" 100 weeks topped the list of bestsellers The New York Times.
Margaret Mitchell's "Gone with the Wind»
The number of refusals: 38
Circulation: more than 130 million copies, more than 70 editions
Translation: the novel is translated into 37 languages
The film adaptation: the movie "Gone with the Wind" (1939, directed by Victor Fleming). 8 "Oscar».
According to family legend, the husband of Margaret Mitchell, the philologist John Marsh once brought home a stack of paper and told his wife that none of the Carnegie library, or at home there was not a book that she had not read it. And as Margaret had nothing to read, I have to write something myself. The most famous American novel of the twentieth century from the end wrote Mitchell (so she, a journalist who wrote essays in the Atlanta Journal). The first day was written the final scene of the novel and the famous words of Scarlett: "I'll think about it all tomorrow, at Tara. Tomorrow I'll find a way back Rhett. After all, tomorrow is another day ».
KS Lewis' Chronicles of Narnia »
The number of refusals: 37
Circulation: total circulation of books chronicling more than 100 million copies
Translation: the novel is translated into 47 languages
The film adaptation of "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" (2005); "The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian" (2008); "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader" (2010).
One of the most beloved fantasy tales of contemporary children and adults, the publishers categorically refused to print. Thrust Sayplz Clive Lewis did not give up. On the contrary, with each new failure of his conviction that "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" - a special book, only grew stronger. And the author was absolutely right.
Stephen King's "Carrie»
The number of refusals: 30
Circulation: total circulation of all works of the King more than 350 million copies
Translation: the novel is translated into 33 languages
The film adaptation of "Carrie" (1976, dir. Brian de Palma), "Carrie 2: Rage" (1999), "Carrie" (2002), "Telekinesis" (2013).
"We are not interested in science fiction, especially in gloomy utopia. They are not for sale. " Thus sounded the thirtieth review that aspiring writer Stephen King received her debut novel "Carrie." A few months later, he still had the luck to find a publisher - and in the first year it sold over a million copies of "grim utopia." And the first film adaptation of "Carrie" in 1976 collected at the box office $ 33, 8 million.
Audrey Niffenegger "Time Traveler's Wife»
The number of refusals: 25
Circulation: more than 4 million copies
Translation: a novel translated into 15 languages
The film adaptation of "The Time Traveler's Wife" (2008).
Niffenegger has not been able to publish the novel, but in the end, attach it to the publisher MacAdam / Cage. A family friend Audrey, author of detective stories and TV channel NBC Scott Tour, made the book an excellent advertisement in the popular show. Thanks Turov first printing of 15 000 copies were sold during the month, publishers reprint once 120,000 copies. And Niffenegger novel was the "Book of the Year" at Amazon.com.
Nicholas Sparks' The Notebook »
The number of refusals: 24
Circulation: total circulation of all novels Sparks over 85 million copies
Translation: the novel is translated into 45 languages
The film adaptation of "The Notebook" (2004, directed by Nick Cassavetes).
It is difficult to understand why this soulful novel about true love gave to represent 24 literary agents. Maybe they were men? 25th agent Theresa Park was that the novel pulled at random from bales of manuscripts that come in the mail. Teresa read the book in one breath - and in a matter of days, made by a major publishing house Time Warner contract for $ 1 million for the publication. "The Notebook" was released in October 1996 and in the first week of sales topped the list of best-sellers The New York Times.
Frank Herbert's "Dune»
The number of refusals: 23
Circulation: more than 120 million copies
Translation: the novel is translated into 42 languages
The film adaptation of "Dune" (1984, directed by David Lynch).
The first novel by world famous saga "The Chronicles of Dune" by Frank Herbert have turned from a scientific article about herbs that grow to control the movement of sand dunes. Riddle did not give dunes Herbert rest as much as 6 years, a scientific paper first developed into an adventure story "Planet spice", and then - in the volume science fiction novel.
George Orwell "Animal Farm»
The number of refusals: 20
Circulation: more than 40 million copies
Translation: 37 languages
The film adaptation: cartoon (1954, directed by John Huston).
William Golding "Lord of the Flies»
The number of refusals: 21
Circulation: more than 15 million copies
Translation: 26 languages
The film adaptation of "Lord of the Flies" (1963, dir. Peter Brook, 1990, dir. Harry Hook).
The famous allegorical novel about human depravity and cruelty to press hard not taken. In the twenty-first refusal manuscript newcomer William Golding called "absurd and uninteresting fantasy, stupid and boring».
Richard Bach "Jonathan Livingston Seagull»
The number of refusals: 18
Circulation: more than 45 million copies
Translation: 22 languages
The film adaptation of "Jonathan Livingston Seagull" (1973, dir. Bartlett Hall).
18 publishers were looking at great-grandson of Johann Sebastian Bach as a madman: "No one will read a book about tea. This is absurd. " But "Jonathan Livingston Seagull" is still published - thanks to the persistence of Eleanor Friede of the famous publishing house "McMillan". The philosophical parable about the "rather unusual bird" for the year sold a million copies. And transform the former US airman aviation writer of world renown.
Anne Frank "The Diary of Anne Frank»
The number of refusals: 15
Circulation: more than 25 million copies
Translation: 67 languages
The film adaptation of "The Diary of Anne Frank" (1959, dir. George Stevens, 2001, dir. Robert Donhelm, 2009, dir. John Jones).
"The Diary of Anne Frank" was released in 1947 and instantly became a bestseller. In his explanation of staged plays, musicals and ballets, in 1959 the "Diary" was a great success into a movie in Hollywood.
Stephenie Meyers' Twilight »
The number of refusals: 14
Circulation: total circulation of the vampire saga is more than 100 million copies
Translation: 37 languages
The film adaptation of "Twilight" (2008, dir. Catherine Hardwicke).
The first edition sold out in the US record for debutants run of 100 000 copies. A month later, the "Twilight" topped the list of best-sellers The New York Times and kept the gap 91 a week.
Jonathan Littell "The Kindly Ones»
The number of refusals: 7
Circulation: more than 1, 5 million copies
Translation: 23 languages
Draft incredible 800-page novel in which the events of the Second World told on behalf of the Nazi Maximilian Aue, Jonathan Littell, while living in Moscow, wrote in just four months.
In 2006, the novel received the Prix Goncourt and the Grand Prix of the French Academy and became a European bestseller. Until the end of 2007 the book was sold out in France in amount of 700 000 copies, get translated into 20 languages and global success.