Jane Austen voted most popular author and Harry Potter named most popular character FutureLearn surveyed almost 900 learners to find out about the top characters people wished they’d created, and to discover which writers and novelists they love hearing from most. London, 1st March, 2018 : FutureLearn, the global social learning platform, surveyed 884 learners who took The Open University’s online course ‘ Start Writing Fiction ’ to find out about their favourite novelists and short story writers. From Virginia Woolf to Zadie Smith and Edgar Allen Poe to Franz Kafka, learners’ preferences varied across generations, genres and nationalities. Author of ‘Pride and Prejudice’, ‘Sense and Sensibility’ and ‘Emma’, Jane Austen, was placed as the most popular fiction writer, followed by Stephen King, author of ‘The Shining’, ‘Carrie’ and other thrillers. Terry Pratchett, author of the popular Discworld series was viewed as third most popular writer. Margaret Atwood, famous for ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ and ‘Alias Grace’ was also in the top five in fourth place, with JK Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series and more recently her Cormoran Strike series, in fifth place. Respondents were also asked which character they would love to have created. Harry Potter was […]

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