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How many of these iconic fictional writers can you identify?

Katie Yee

November 8, 2022, 1:04pm

Because I contribute heavily to the Lit Hub Instagram account, I spend an unconventional amount of my free time taking screenshots whenever there’s a writer in a movie or TV show. (To my friends and family who have had to put up with my incessant pausing, I’m sorry!!)

This means that I’ve gotten pretty good at recognizing fictional writers at a glance. I could see a still of Diane Keaton crying in front of her laptop, for example, and know immediately what predicament she’s in and in which hit film—as I would assume/hope many of you could!

Just for fun, let’s see how many you can guess. I’ve collected 25 iconic on-screen writers (including novelists, playwrights, and journalists!) for your viewing pleasure. You’ll find the answers by highlighting the space after each Answer:; feel free to drop your scores the comments. Winner gets eternal bragging rights. Yes, this one’s for the bookish movie buffs!

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diane keaton_somethings gotta give

Answer: Erica Barry, Something’s Gotta Give (2003)

Answer: Kathleen Kelly, You’ve Got Mail (1998)

the shining_jack

Answer: Jack Torrance, The Shining (1980)

carrie bradshaw_sex and the city

Answer: Carrie Bradshaw, Sex and the City (1998-2004)

rory gilmore_a year in the life

Answer: Rory Gilmore, Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life (2016)

grady tripp_wonder boys

Answer: Grady Tripp, Wonder Boys (2000)

can you ever forgive me_lee israel

Answer: Lee Israel, Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018)

Dan Humphrey_gossip girl

Answer: Dan Humphrey, Gossip Girl (2007-2012)

new girl_nick miller

Answer: Nick Miller, New Girl (2011-2018)

10 things i hate about you

Answer: Ms. Perky, 10 Things I Hate About You (1999)

Answer: Jane Villanueva, Jane the Virgin (2014-2019)

tiny jane_the bold type

Answer: Jane Sloan, The Bold Type (2017-2021)

christopher_the sopranos

Answer: Christopher Moltisanti, The Sopranos (1999-2007)

misery paul sheldon

Answer: Paul Sheldon, Misery (1990)

love life_marcus

Answer: Marcus Watkins, Love Life (2021)

his girl friday

Answer: Hildy Johnson, His Girl Friday (1940)

jughead jones_riverdale

Answer: Jughead Jones, Riverdale (2017-present)

karen eiffel_Stranger than fiction

Answer: Karen Eiffel, Stranger than Fiction (2006)

Little Women_Jo March

Answer: Jo March, Little Women (2019)

murder she wrote

Answer: Jessica Fletcher, Murder, She Wrote (1984-1996)

calvin ruby sparks

Answer: Calvin Weir-Field, Ruby Sparks (2012)

finding forrester

Answer: Jamal Wallace, Finding Forrester (2000)

the lost city_sandra bullock

Answer: Loretta Sage, The Lost City (2022)

Phil Blackwood, Her Alibi

Answer: Phil Blackwood, Her Alibi (1989)

Answer: Waldo Lydecker, Laura (1944)

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