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Literary Universes That Put the Marvel Movies to Shame - Page 2

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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Earth Awakens
Earth Awakens
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The Swarm (Orson Scott Card)
The Swarm (Orson Scott Card)
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Flags in the Dust (William Faulkner)
Flags in the Dust (William Faulkner)
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The Sound and the Fury
The Sound and the Fury
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As I Lay Dying (William Faulkner)
As I Lay Dying (William Faulkner)
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Sanctuary
Sanctuary
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Light in August
Light in August
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Absalom, Absalom!
Absalom, Absalom!
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The Unvanquished
The Unvanquished
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The Hamlet (William Faulkner)
The Hamlet (William Faulkner)
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Intruder in the Dust
Intruder in the Dust
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Requiem for a Nun
Requiem for a Nun
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The Town
The Town
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The Mansion
The Mansion
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The Reivers
The Reivers
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A Rose for Emily (William Faulkner)
A Rose for Emily (William Faulkner)
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Barn Burning (William Faulkner)
Barn Burning (William Faulkner)
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"Mountain Victory" (William Faulkner)
"Mountain Victory" (William Faulkner)
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"Shingles for the Lord" (William Faulkner)
"Shingles for the Lord" (William Faulkner)
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"Go Down, Moses" (William Faulkner)
"Go Down, Moses" (William Faulkner)
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City of Bones (Cassandra Clare)
City of Bones (Cassandra Clare)
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City of Ashes (Cassandra Clare)
City of Ashes (Cassandra Clare)
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City of Glass
City of Glass
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City of Fallen Angels
City of Fallen Angels
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City of Lost Souls (Cassandra Clare)
City of Lost Souls (Cassandra Clare)
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City of Heavenly Fire
City of Heavenly Fire
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Lady Midnight (Cassandra Clare)
Lady Midnight (Cassandra Clare)
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Clockwork Angel
Clockwork Angel
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Clockwork Prince
Clockwork Prince
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Clockwork Princess
Clockwork Princess
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Mistborn: The Final Empire
Mistborn: The Final Empire
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Mistborn: The Well of Ascension
Mistborn: The Well of Ascension
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Mistborn: The Hero of Ages
Mistborn: The Hero of Ages
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Mistborn: The Alloy of Law
Mistborn: The Alloy of Law
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Shadows of Self (Brandon Sanderson)
Shadows of Self (Brandon Sanderson)
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The Bands of Mourning (Brandon Sanderson)
The Bands of Mourning (Brandon Sanderson)
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Mistborn: Secret History (Brandon Sanderson)
Mistborn: Secret History (Brandon Sanderson)
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Elantris
Elantris
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The Emperor's Soul
The Emperor's Soul
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The Way of Kings
The Way of Kings
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