I just remembered the thing I was going to write about before. A few years ago, a group of us were talking about how outdated the “literary canon” was and so I took a stab at figuring out who the most influential writers of our day are. I took the top selling authors list from Amazon.com and searched Google for them and then sorted them by how many Google hits I got.
This was back in 2018 and the top 10 were Shakespeare, Victor Hugo, Stephen King, Jane Austen, J.K. Rowling, Dan Brown, George Orwell, Ernest Hemingway, Agatha Christie, and J.R.R. Tolkein.
I was thinking that I might revive this project, but I cannot find that list of writers. I guess I’ll keep looking, and we’ll see what we can find down the line.