Authors vie for screen time

Watch your back, Dana Vachon.

Two weeks after being crowned the literary darling of the moment with a hyped book, a six-figure movie deal and parties coast-to-coast, the “Mergers & Acquisitions” author is already in danger of being dethroned by the next big thing.

Jeff Hobbs, author of “The Tourists,” has become L.A.’s latest lit darling. Some consider him the anti-Vachon: serious, shy and subdued to Vachon’s social, affably goofy style.

But there are more than a few similarities between Vachon, 28, and Hobbs, 27: Both are well educated (Duke, Yale), have cool older lit buddies (Bret Easton Ellis, Jay McInerney), and have books set in Gotham. Both have drawn comparisons to writers bedazzled by high society and idle rich (Vachon to McInerney’s “Bright Lights, Big City” and Hobbs to F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby”).

And then there are the movie deals. Vachon inked with Anonymous Content on April 3 and the Hobbs camp is already fielding calls and getting a “significant amount of interest.”

If robust book sales are any indicator of a coming windfall movie deal, Hobbs and his producer wife might start eyeing homes in a more fashionable zip code. His book hit L.A. bookstores April 24 and was reportedly sold out by the next morning.

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