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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
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Raoul Duke is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Novelist Characters in Film
Johnny Depp in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
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Truman Capote is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Novelist Characters in Film
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Paul Sheldon is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Novelist Characters in Film
James Caan in Misery
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T.S. Garp is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Novelist Characters in Film
T.S. Garp Robin Williams in The World According to Garp
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Carrie Bradshaw is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Novelist Characters in Film
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Mavis Gary is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Novelist Characters in Film
Charlize Theron in Young Adult
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Mort Rainey is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Novelist Characters in Film
Johnny Depp in Secret Window
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Bernard Berkman is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Novelist Characters in Film
Bernard Berkman Jeff Daniels in The Squid and the Whale
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Prof. Grady Tripp is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Novelist Characters in Film
Professsor Grady Tripp Michael Douglas in Wonder Boys
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Sarah Morton is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Novelist Characters in Film
Charlotte Rampling in Swimming Pool
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Harry Block is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Novelist Characters in Film
Harry Block Woody Allen in Deconstructing Harry
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William Forrester is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Novelist Characters in Film
Sean Connery in Finding Forrester
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Gil is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Novelist Characters in Film
Gil Owen Wilson in Midnight in Paris
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Calvin is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Novelist Characters in Film
Calvin Paul Dano in Ruby Sparks
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Rory Jansen is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Novelist Characters in Film
Rory Jansen Bradley Cooper in The Words
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David Foster Wallace is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Novelist Characters in Film
David Foster Wallace Jason Segel in The End of the Tour
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Miles Raymond is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Novelist Characters in Film
Miles Raymond