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The Greatest Novelist Characters in Film

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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    2

    Jack Torrance

    The Shining, Terror in the Aisles
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    14
    2

    Raoul Duke

    Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
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    14
    6

    Truman Capote

    Infamous, The Doors
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    12
    6

    Paul Sheldon

    Misery
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    10
    4

    T.S. Garp

    The World According to Garp
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    6

    Mavis Gary

    Young Adult
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    10
    12
    Sex and the City 2, Sex and the City: The Movie
  • 8
    5
    6

    Mort Rainey

    Secret Window
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    4
    4

    Sarah Morton

    Swimming Pool
  • 10
    4
    4

    Miles Raymond

    Sideways
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    2
    2

    Gil

    Midnight in Paris
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    2
    2

    Professsor Grady Tripp

    Wonder Boys
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    2
    2

    Rory Jansen

    The Words
  • 14
    2
    2

    David Foster Wallace

    The End of the Tour
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    2
    4

    Harry Block

    Deconstructing Harry
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    2
    6

    William Forrester

    Finding Forrester
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    2

    Bernard Berkman

    The Squid and the Whale
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    4

    Calvin Weir-Fields

    Ruby Sparks