The most interesting chapter in Strayed’s career is yet to come, with the movie adaptation of Wild, starring Reese Witherspoon, on its way to theaters. There is a definite threshold that is crossed when a hugely popular writer becomes a hugely popular writer whose book has turned into a movie. Some have been able to continue putting out quality books, while others just coast for the rest of their careers. Part of the reason people like Strayed so much is that the work she’s done post-fame fills them with hope that she’ll keep going, doing exactly what she’s been doing for the last few years, once the movie hype has come and gone. And in a world full of Franzen-type curmudgeons, Strayed’s positivity and the impression she gives of being a literary every-person make her one of the best things going for publishing right now.