The inside peek at Hollywood and the lives of the rich and famous provided by Jackie Collins through her books has made her one of the world's best-selling writers. She has more than 400 million books sold in over 40 countries, and every one of her 28 books have appeared on the New York Times bestsellers list. Many debut at #1 the moment they are published. A number of her books have made it to the big screen. One of ABC Network's highest-rated miniseries was based on Jackie Collins' Hollywood Wives, starring Anthony Hopkins and Candice Bergen.
Undoubtedly one of the main reasons Jackie Collins' books are so popular is that her characters are closely patterned on real personalities, often blurring the lines between reality and fiction. Collins herself claims that she writes about real people in disguise, and with books such as Hollywood Wives, Hollywood Husbands, Hollywood Divorces, and Hollywood Kids, her readers are often left wondering which real-life famous person they are actually reading about and just where the truth ends and fiction begins. The other key factor in her popularity, of course, is the liberal addition of plenty of graphic sex.