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Literary Universes That Put the Marvel Movies to Shame

We're all aware of the new trend in movies right now, where you make a bunch of different stories with separate characters and settings then tie them all together in a giant cinematic universe. The Avengers helped kick off Hollywood's new obsession, so now we've got movie universes where Captain America is frenemies with Iron Man, Batman fights Superman, and Dr. Jekyll shows up in Tom Cruise's Mummy reboot.
But Hollywood didn't invent this concept of uniting distinct characters and worlds into shared, fictional universes, and it certainly didn't perfect it. Authors have been devising their own multifaceted multiverses for nearly a century and—in the grand tradition of the book being better than the movie—these universes are way more complex, intricate, and entertaining than anything Marvel, DC, or any other movie studio has put on screen to date. Here are some of the most interesting, inspired, and endlessly enjoyable literary universes ever written.
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Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
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The Prisoner of Azkaban
The Prisoner of Azkaban
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Goblet of Fire
Goblet of Fire
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Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (J.K. Rowling)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (J.K. Rowling)
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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (J.K. Rowling)
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (J.K. Rowling)
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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
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Quidditch Through the Ages (J. K. Rowling)
Quidditch Through the Ages (J. K. Rowling)
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The Tales of Beedle the Bard (J.K. Rowling - 2007)
The Tales of Beedle the Bard (J.K. Rowling - 2007)
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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay (J. K. Rowling)
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay (J. K. Rowling)
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Rocannon's World by Ursula K. Leguin
Rocannon's World by Ursula K. Leguin
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Planet of Exile (Ursula K. Le Guin)
Planet of Exile (Ursula K. Le Guin)
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City of Illusions (Ursula K. Le Guin)
City of Illusions (Ursula K. Le Guin)
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The Left Hand of Darkness
The Left Hand of Darkness
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The Word for World Is Forest (Ursula K. Le Guin)
The Word for World Is Forest (Ursula K. Le Guin)
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The Dispossessed
The Dispossessed
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Four Ways to Forgiveness (Ursula K. Le Guin)
Four Ways to Forgiveness (Ursula K. Le Guin)
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The Telling (Ursula Le Guin)
The Telling (Ursula Le Guin)
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The Birthday of the World and Other Stories (Ursula K. Le Guin)
The Birthday of the World and Other Stories (Ursula K. Le Guin)
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Ghostwritten (David Mirchell)
Ghostwritten (David Mirchell)
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Number9dream (David Mitchell)
Number9dream (David Mitchell)
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Cloud Atlas (David Mitchell)
Cloud Atlas (David Mitchell)
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BLACK SWAN GREEN
BLACK SWAN GREEN
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The Thousand Autumns of Jacob De Zoet
The Thousand Autumns of Jacob De Zoet
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The Bone Clocks (David Mitchell)
The Bone Clocks (David Mitchell)
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Slade House (David Mitchell)
Slade House (David Mitchell)
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Ender's Game
Ender's Game
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Speaker for the Dead
Speaker for the Dead
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Xenocide
Xenocide
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Children of the Mind
Children of the Mind
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Ender's Shadow
Ender's Shadow
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Shadow of the Hegemon
Shadow of the Hegemon
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Shadow Puppets
Shadow Puppets
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Shadow of the Giant
Shadow of the Giant
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Ender in Exile
Ender in Exile
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Shadows in Flight
Shadows in Flight
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Earth Unaware
Earth Unaware
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Earth Afire
Earth Afire
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