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The Greatest Novelist Characters in Film  

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Whether they're successful authors or beginners struggling to complete their first manuscripts, fictional novelists have captivated movie-goers for decades. These writers are found in films of all genres, from heart-pumping thrillers to screwball comedies. Some good novelist characters become swept up in mysteries while other writer characters are so consumed by writer's block that they can't write at all. A few of the most memorable novelist characters were even based on real authors.

What roles will you find on this list of the best novelist characters in the movies? Throughout Wonder Boys, Professor Grady Tripp struggles to write – and keep – the highly-anticipated follow-up to his most successful novel. Paul Sheldon, played by James Caan in Misery, is another iconic writer character who finds himself plunged into a terrifying hostage situation.

Johnny Depp has played several novelist characters. He brought Stephen King's Mort Rainey to life in Secret Window, and played Raoul Duke, the protagonist of Hunter S. Thomson's Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas, in the movie of the same name.

You hold creative control as you decide which fictional novelist should top this list. Vote your favorite roles up and add any great roles that are missing.
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Jack Torrance is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Novelist Characters in Film
The Shining, Terror in the Aisles
2
Raoul Duke is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Novelist Characters in Film
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
3
Paul Sheldon is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Novelist Characters in Film
Misery
4
Truman Capote is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Novelist Characters in Film
Infamous, The Doors, The Audrey Hepburn Story
5
T.S. Garp is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Novelist Characters in Film
T.S. Garp The World According to Garp
6
Carrie Bradshaw is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Novelist Characters in Film
Sex and the City 2, Sex and the City: The Movie, Sex and the Matrix
7
Mavis Gary is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Novelist Characters in Film
Young Adult
8
Sarah Morton is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Novelist Characters in Film
Swimming Pool
9
Miles Raymond is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Novelist Characters in Film
Miles Raymond Sideways
10
David Foster Wallace is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Novelist Characters in Film
David Foster Wallace The End of the Tour
11
Rory Jansen is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Novelist Characters in Film
Rory Jansen The Words
12
Prof. Grady Tripp is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Novelist Characters in Film
Professsor Grady Tripp Wonder Boys
13
Gil is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Novelist Characters in Film
Gil Midnight in Paris
14
Mort Rainey is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Novelist Characters in Film
Secret Window
15
Harry Block is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Novelist Characters in Film
Harry Block Deconstructing Harry
16
Bernard Berkman is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Novelist Characters in Film
Bernard Berkman The Squid and the Whale
17
William Forrester is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Novelist Characters in Film
Finding Forrester
18
Calvin is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Novelist Characters in Film
Calvin Ruby Sparks