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Who is the Best Novelist? (March Madness Style)

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Edited: Mar 16, 2013, 12:51pm Top


Who is the best novelist?

Who is the most beloved novelist?

Well, I wanted to have some fun and see if I can get an answer those two questions. Since it is the month of March and the NCAA College Basketball Tournament is coming in the next few days. I thought of getting those aforementioned questions answered with a Sixty-Four Novelists March Madness Bracket Style Tournament.

Here are the rules for the Novelist March Madness Tournament:

–I have chosen 64 novelists and divided into 2 brackets. 32 Novelists for the Pop/commercial Fiction Bracket and 32 Novelists for the Literary Fiction Bracket.

For this week’s blog post, I’m releasing the Stephen King Bracket and that covers genre fiction (science-fiction, mystery/thriller, horror, romance, and Christian Fiction) and mainstream pop fiction.

For next week’s blog post, I will release the Cormac McCarthy Bracket and that covers Literary Fiction.

The authors in each bracket are seeded one to thirty-two. And the match-ups like the NCAA Tournament are created to get one winner from each bracket. Then the winner from the Stephen King Bracket will meet against the winner of the Cormac McCarthy Bracket to determine who is the best novelist and winner of the tournament.

Now the readers will select the winner for each matchup in the corresponding bracket. For example, Stephen King is the 1 Seed and he will face Terry Brooks who is the 32 seed as the first match. Whoever gets the most votes from that match will win and go to the next round called the Sweet 16.

Then those winners from the Sweet 16 will go onto the Elite

eight for the next round. The Elite Eight Winners will go on the Final Four after that and then the Final Four winners will go on to the Terrific Two and so on until we get the tournament winner and crown the best novelist.

Readers can vote on the match-ups as many times as they want within the time range selected by the tournament chairman (yours truly). You can place your votes here, Goodreads, or Library Thing, or email me at kammbia1@gmail.com.

The Round of 32 matches starts today for the Stephen King Bracket and I will need all votes for the matches by Tuesday March 19th at 11:59 p.m. I will release the Sweet 16 from the Stephen King Bracket on Saturday March 22 and the Cormac McCarthy Bracket Round of 32 at that time.

Here are the match-ups:

1 seed Stephen King vs 32 seed Terry Brooks

2 seed John Grisham vs 31 seed Lillian Jackson Braun

3 seed Dean Koontz vs 30 seed John Saul

4 seed Mary Higgins Clark vs 29 seed Tony Hillerman

5 seed Ray Bradbury vs 28 seed William Gibson

6 seed Tom Clancy vs 27 seed Terry McMillian

7 seed Anne Rice vs 26 seed Francine Rivers

8 seed Nora Roberts vs 25 seed Frank Peretti

9 seed Nicholas Sparks vs 24 seed Sidney Sheldon

10 seed Sue Grafton vs 23 seed Elmore Leonard

11 seed Robert Heinlein vs 22 seed Ursula Le Guin

12 seed James Patterson vs 21 seed Anne McCaffrey

13 seed Robert Jordan vs 20 seed Michael Connelly

14 seed Danielle Steel vs 19 seed Richard Paul Evans

15 seed Jan Karon vs 18 seed Karen Kingsbury

16 seed Gillian Flynn vs 18 seed Dennis Lehane

Let’s have some fun and vote often!!!

Mar 16, 2013, 2:20pm Top

On so many of these I've only read one of the two extensively enough to give a fair vote (unless this odds just a popularity contest). So the only one I'll vote on at this stage is King over Brooks.

Mar 16, 2013, 2:27pm Top

Many of these I have neither read nor heard of, but I'll give
Le Guin over Heinlein
King over Brooks (narrowly: I don't like either)
Gibson over Bradbury (even more narrowly: I like both)

Edited: Mar 16, 2013, 2:52pm Top

Also, when you say vote often and such, are you saying I could vote AGAIN for King right now and it would count as two votes from me? I hope not.

Mar 16, 2013, 3:16pm Top


Since you only voted for one match-up...I wouldn't count your second vote for the King match-up. But, if you voted for another match-up, then I would count it.

Edited: Mar 16, 2013, 4:20pm Top


Thanks for your votes.

I'm posting the Cormac McCarthy Bracket next week for those of you who only read Literary Fiction.

I wanted to do the pop/genre fiction bracket first.


Mar 16, 2013, 3:29pm Top

My votes:

Stephen King beats Terry Brooks
William Gibson beats Ray Bradbury
Sue Grafton beats Elmore Leonard
Ursula Le Guin beats Robert Heinlein
Anne McCaffrey beats James Patterson
Michael Connelly beats Robert Jordan

Mar 16, 2013, 3:51pm Top

Thanks for your votes iansales!

Appreciate it.


Mar 16, 2013, 4:10pm Top

Ah, okay. Well that's much more sane. Thanks for the clarification.

Mar 16, 2013, 6:14pm Top

1 seed Stephen King
2 seed John Grisham
3 seed Dean Koontz
5 seed Ray Bradbury
6 seed Tom Clancy
8 seed Nora Roberts
11 seed Robert Heinlein
12 Anne McCaffrey
15 seed Jan Karon

Edited: Mar 16, 2013, 6:59pm Top

Thanks for the votes, Morphidae.

Mar 16, 2013, 9:35pm Top

My votes:

Tony Hillerman over Mary Higgins Clark
Elmore Leonard over Sue Grafton
Anne McCaffrey over James Patterson
Michael Connelly over Robert Jordan
Dennis Lehane over Gillian Flynn

Mar 17, 2013, 12:09am Top

My votes:

Terry Brooks
John Grisham
John Saul
Tom Clancy
Frank Perretti
Nicholas Sparks
Elmore Leonard
James Patterson
Michael Connelly
Richard Paul Evans
Dennis Lehane

Mar 17, 2013, 8:01am Top

Here are my votes

1 seed Stephen King OVER 32 seed Terry Brooks
2 seed John Grisham OVER 31 seed Lillian Jackson Braun
3 seed Dean Koontz OVER 30 seed John Saul
5 seed Ray Bradbury OVER 28 seed William Gibson
6 seed Tom Clancy OVER 27 seed Terry McMillian
10 seed Sue Grafton OVER 23 seed Elmore Leonard
11 seed Robert Heinlein OVER 22 seed Ursula Le Guin
18 seed Dennis Lehane OVER 16 seed Gillian Flynn

Mar 17, 2013, 8:34am Top

The only ones I'm qualified to vote on in this list:
Ursula Le Guin over Robert Heinlein.

Mar 17, 2013, 11:17am Top

Thanks to everyone for your votes. I've gotten a great response to this and it has shown that serious readers are not so stuffy and can have a little pop culture fun!

I'm surprised so far that Dennis Lehane has beaten Gillian Flynn soundly so far. I thought with her success of Gone Girl would have made the voting closer.


Mar 20, 2013, 6:44pm Top

For the authors who I have read and/or heard of, here are my votes:

1 seed Stephen King
2 seed John Grisham
3 seed Dean Koontz
4 seed Tony Hillerman
5 seed Ray Bradbury
6 seed Tom Clancy
7 seed Anne Rice
8 seed Nora Roberts
9 seed Sidney Sheldon
10 seed Elmore Leonard
11 seed Robert Heinlein
12 seed James Patterson
13 seed Michael Connelly

Mar 21, 2013, 8:21pm Top

I just posted the Cormac McCarthy Bracket for Literary Fiction part of the tournament.



Mar 22, 2013, 2:59pm Top

Thanks for doing this - it is interesting stuff...

Mar 22, 2013, 7:05pm Top

You are welcome, mainrun.

I've gotten a good response so far.


Mar 23, 2013, 12:44pm Top

1 seed Stephen King
2 seed John Grisham
3 seed Dean Koontz
29 seed Tony Hillerman
5 seed Ray Bradbury
6 seed Tom Clancy
7 seed Anne Rice
8 seed Nora Roberts
9 seed Nicholas Sparks
23 seed Elmore Leonard
11 seed Robert Heinlein
21 seed Anne McCaffrey
20 seed Michael Connelly
14 seed Danielle Steel
15 seed Jan Karon
18 seed Dennis Lehane

Mar 23, 2013, 12:54pm Top

Yikes. Not my kind of books at all. But actually I'm glad that we have so many choices out there.

Edited: Mar 23, 2013, 1:41pm Top


You can vote on the Cormac McCarthy bracket I posted. That covers literary fiction.


Mar 24, 2013, 12:20pm Top

Hi! Cool idea!

I know it's past the nominal deadline for the King Bracket round of 32, but I haven't seen the Sweet 16 posted yet, so . . . if you're still taking votes . . .


Mar 24, 2013, 3:14pm Top

Thanks for your votes, ABVR.

I will take them. I will post the Sweet 16 for both brackets next weekend.


Mar 30, 2013, 1:00pm Top

I just posted the Sweet 16 match-ups for the Stephen King Bracket:


Check it out and vote often!


Apr 16, 2013, 10:37am Top

I just posted the Elite 8 Match-ups.



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