Character to Author #2

Name the authors who created these famous literary characters.
One of these is not a single author, but the pen name of many different authors
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Last updated: October 22, 2015
First submittedOctober 18, 2013
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Oliver Twist
Charles Dickens
The Grinch
Dr. Seuss
James Bond
Ian Fleming
Uncle Tom
Harriet Beecher Stowe
Long John Silver
Robert Louis Stevenson
Bella Swan
Stephenie Meyer
Dr. Frankenstein
Mary Shelley
Carrie White
Stephen King
Rudyard Kipling
Elizabeth Bennet
Jane Austen
Anna Karenina
Leo Tolstoy
C.S. Lewis
Hercule Poirot
Agatha Christie
Holden Caulfield
J.D. Salinger
Katniss Everdeen
Suzanne Collins
Arthur Dent
Douglas Adams
Nancy Drew
Carolyn Keene
William Shakespeare
Dorian Gray
Oscar Wilde
The Ugly Duckling
Hans Christian Andersen
Level 59
Oct 19, 2013
Whoever makes up these quizzes really likes "Hitchhiker"s Guide to the Galaxy," "Heart of Darkness," "Catcher in the Rye," "Catch 22," "Treasure Island," "Robinson Crusoe," "Lolita" and "To Kill a Mockingbird." There are a lot of other books. (Although I do not mind seeing "To Kill a Mockingbird" on the lists; it's one of my favorite books).
Level ∞
Oct 20, 2013
There's only so many characters that a typical person on this site would be able to guess. I could use more obscure books and characters, but then the quizzes wouldn't be very fun. Also, I've read all those books, haha.
Level 66
Jan 11, 2014
I think there's an expectation that people over a certain age with a certain amount of English would be at least passingly familiar with these works, even if they haven't read them.

Or...every quiz could be about Twilight, Harry Potter, and the Hunger Games.

Can't really have it both ways.

Level 72
Jan 9, 2014
I agree. Quizmasters need to represent a much wider universe of books and authors. Especially stop with the fantasy obsession.
Level 79
Oct 25, 2016
How much wider can you get than Shakespeare, children's books, modern books, romance, historical, classics, sci-fi, horror, mystery...I think this is the best mix I've seen on this site.
Level 41
Oct 27, 2016
I concur, good breadth; i don't agree Susie. (They're all awesome books you listed too!)
Level 74
Nov 14, 2013
OK, I've steered clear of pedantry thus far, but here goes...Carolyn Keene isn't a real person; the Nancy Drew books were written by loads of people under the collective pseudonym of Carolyn Keene. Anyway, I got her (I'm somewhat embarrassed to say) so it's no skin off my schnoz.
Level 71
Jan 9, 2014
And otherwise reasonable people, e.g., Mark Twain, say the same thing about Shakespeare. They're wrong, of course.
Level 71
Jan 9, 2014
Nonetheless, all the Nancy Drew books say "by Carolyn Keene" on the cover. Keene may be a bunch of different people, but "she" still gets the credit
Level 50
Jul 22, 2014
It's called a pseudonym, or a pen name. I have one myself. Mark Twain never wrote Tom Sawyer. He gets the credit, but he never wrote it. That was Samuel Langhorne Clemens.
Level 67
Oct 30, 2014
I think the people who are disputing this comment are missing the point. Carolyn Keene is not one person. I still think it's an acceptable answer since all the books are credited to the same pseudonym, but that doesn't make TheWombat's comment any less true.
Level 74
Feb 9, 2016
Thanks Kenpo, the point I was clumsily trying to make was that Keene is different to Twain because 'she' is multiple people, not one person merely writing under an assumed name.
Level 40
Jan 24, 2014
I thought it was a really nice, diverse selection of books. Kicking myself that I didn't get HB Stowe... but the book was SOOOO bad... I think I've blocked it all from my memory.
Level 55
Jun 2, 2014
There should be a quiz on Oscar Wilde.
Level 61
Oct 25, 2016
Mixed up between Hoilden Caulfield and Tom Joad, and absolutely raging at the screen for not accepting John Steinbeck, haha.
Level 79
Oct 25, 2016
Having never read the book or seen the movie, I had no idea who Carrie White is. Had it just been her first name I would have gotten it due to all the hype about the movie when it first came out, but this time it was a case of TMI that did me in. I know the characters but can never remember who wrote Hunger Games and Twilight. I had no idea who Arthur Dent or Douglas Adams are, and after looking them up I'm okay with keeping it that way (but my kids are probably fans). Great quiz.
Level 37
Oct 25, 2016
Never heard of "Jane Austen"
Level 68
Jul 29, 2018
She's one of the most well-known writers in the English language, so that might be on you.
Level 53
Oct 27, 2016
Great quiz, thanks. In respect of the comments about how challenging it was, I thought it was a reasonable spread of different types of characters from a range of novels and plays, including a lion.