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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!


    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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