Can You Match the Author to the Fiction Book?

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It's not easy being well read, as there are so many great books out there to choose from. If you're a book lover, try your hand at this very literary HowStuffWorks quiz!

Who wrote "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets"?

This novel is the second in the "Harry Potter" series. These novels follow a boy wizard as he grows up, goes to school and saves the world.

Who wrote "1984"?

This dystopian classic by George Orwell was published in 1949. It follows a meek office worker rebelling against the crushing totalitarian society he lives in.

Who created the character Sherlock Holmes?

Arthur Conan Doyle created the character, Sherlock Holmes. Holmes first appeared in his 1887 novel, "A Study In Scarlet."

"Pride and Prejudice" was written by whom?

This 1813 novel follows protagonist Elizabeth Bennet as she deals with societal expectations and grows emotionally. It is one of the most popular works of English literature.

"The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" was written by whom?

Considered to be one of the Great American Novels, this book was first published in America in 1885. Set in the South, it follows the adventures of Huckleberry Finn, a friend of the famous Tom Sawyer.

Who wrote "The Time Machine"?

This 1895 novel by H.G. Wells is credited with making the concept of time travel popular. In it, a man travels far into the future to find society unrecognizable.

True or False: John Steinbeck wrote "The Great Gatsby"?

This is false. "The Great Gatsby" was written by F. Scott Fitzgerald. A criticism of the shallow materialism of the Jazz Age, it was published in 1925.

Who wrote "The Shining"?

This 1977 norror novel was one of Stephen King's first. It was the basis of the classic Kubrick film of the same name.

Who wrote "Frankenstein"?

Published in 1818, this horror novel was written by Mary Shelley as a teenager. Some consider it one of the first - or the very first - science fiction work.

Who wrote "The Catcher in the Rye"?

This 1951 novel follows Holden Caulfield, a rebellious teen struggling to cope with loss and growing up. It has sold about a quarter million copies a year since it was published.

True or false: Dan Brown wrote "The Da Vinci Code."

This 2003 novel follows symbologist Robert Langdon, who gets caught up in international religious intrigue. It was a worldwide best-seller.

Which author wrote "Dune"?

"Dune" is the first of an epic sci-fi series by author Frank Herbert. It centers around a future feudal space society and is considered the best-selling novel of its genre ever.

Who wrote "Beloved"?

This 1987 novel was written by Toni Morrison. It centers around an escaped slave who is haunted by the ghost of her daughter, who she killed to protect her from being taken back into slavery.

Who wrote "Slaughterhouse-Five"?

This semi-autobiographical dark comedy novel nonlinearly follows the life of Billy Pilgrim, an American soldier, during WWII. It was published in 1969.

"Lolita" was written by which author?

This 1955 novel by Russian-American novelist Vladimir Nabokov was highly controversial. It focuses on one man's obsession with a young girl.

Who wrote "Interview with the Vampire"?

This 1976 vampire novel is the first in "The Vampire Chronicles" series. In the series, a vampire tells his life story, which spans the centuries.

The novel "Ender's Game" was written by whom?

This 1985 sci-fi novel follows Ender Wiggin, a young brilliant boy caught up in a bleak future world at war. He learns the dark truth about what he thinks are computer games.

Who wrote "American Gods"?

This award-winning 2001 novel by English author Neil Gaiman blends Americana, paganism and fantasy. Old and New gods clash as the world changes.

"The Hunger Games" trilogy was written by which author?

This series of novels written by Suzanne Collins was made into a series of blockbuster films. They follow Katniss Everdeen, a teen girl forced to kill other children on television in a future dystopia.

"The Fault in Our Stars" was written by which author?

This young adult romance novel was written by John Green. It centers on the relationship between two teens battling cancer.

Who wrote "The Picture of Dorian Gray"?

Published in 1890, this novel was highly controversial. It is Oscar Wilde's only novel.

Who wrote the "Foundation" series?

These sci-fi novels focus on a branch of fictional mathematical sociology, called psychohistory, that can predict large-scale events of the future. The Foundation is an institute trying to preserve human life after the collapse of intergalactic society.

The novel "Mrs. Dalloway" was written by which author?

Published in 1925, this book is one of Virginia Woolf's best-known works. It follows the day in the life of a high-society woman preparing to host a large party.

Who wrote the "Goosebumps" series?

This series of horror novels for kids has been a favorite for decades. Stine has written hundreds of horror novels which have sold hundreds of millions of copies.

The broadway hit "Wicked" was based on a novel written by whom?

Gregory Maguire's novels largely focus on retelling children's stories. His series "The Wicked Years" is a take on the wonderful world of Oz, meant for adults. The original stories of Oz were written, of course, by L. Frank Baum.

True or false: Stephenie Meyer wrote the "Twilight" series.

This young adult vampire romance novel series was written by Stephenie Meyer. They spawned a wildly successful movie franchise.

"The Metamorphosis" was written by which author?

This novella was published in 1915. In it, a man turns into a giant insect and is disdained by his family after no longer being of use to them.

Who originally created Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde?

These characters originated in an 1886 novella by Robert Louis Stevenson. "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" had a huge impact on literature and language, as two-faced people are often compared to the tragic doctor and his evil alter ego to this day.

Who created "The Lord of the Rings"?

This high fantasy trilogy is one of the best-selling English works of all time. It focuses on the battle of good and evil in the fictional and culturally rich Middle Earth.

True or false: Nathaniel Hawthorne wrote "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo."

This novel was written by Swedish author and journalist Stieg Larsson. It was published posthumously in 2005, since Larsson died in the previous year.

"The Perks of Being a Wallflower" was written by whom?

This coming-of-age young adult novel was published in 1999. It follows a shy teenager as he navigates the world around him.

Who wrote "The Road"?

This 2006 novel tells the tale of a father and son traveling through a dangerous post-apocalyptic world full of cannibalism and desolation. It won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2007.

"Brave New World" was written by whom?

This 1932 dystopian novel features a futuristic London manipulated in complacency by drugs and sex. It is often considered one of the best works of English literature.

Who wrote "Life of Pi"?

In this 2001 adventure novel, a young Indian boy survives over 200 days at sea after a shipwreck - in a boat with a tiger. It has sold more than 10 million copies worldwide.

Who originally created "The Chronicles of Narnia"?

This series of seven novels has sold more than 100 million copies worldwide. It is largely set in the fantastical fictional world of Narnia.

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