The Time’s 100 Most Influential People in the World list was revealed today and E.L. James found herself on it. The author, who has been the talk of the town since releasing her steamy novel a month ago, is in good company as the list also includes activists, justices and moguls.
Each year Time magazine looks for the people who had the greatest impact, which is why it chooses those people whose influence is both lasting and, with a few notable exceptions, laudable. There are five categories into which influencers can be placed: breakouts, moguls, icons, leaders, and pioneers.
“Six months ago she was Erika Leonard, a mother of two who dabbled in saucy stories for the Web. Now she’s E.L. James, publishing phenomenon, whose Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy has deeply stirred booksellers, Hollywood and, apparently, many, many mothers. Reading may never be the same.”
Also making the list were Kristen Wiig and Rihanna. Kristen Wiig is listed for being an actor, but most importantly for her comedy writing and performance in Bridesmaids. Rihanna is listed as a superstar who is ready to take over the world.
Check out Time to see who the rest of the 100 Most Influential People are.