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Literary Universes That Put the Marvel Movies to Shame - Page 3

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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Words of Radiance
Words of Radiance
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Warbreaker (Brandon Sanderson)
Warbreaker (Brandon Sanderson)
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The Hobbit (J.R.R. Tolkien)
The Hobbit (J.R.R. Tolkien)
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The Fellowship of the Ring (J.R.R Tolkein)
The Fellowship of the Ring (J.R.R Tolkein)
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85
The Two Towers (J.R.R. Tolkein)
The Two Towers (J.R.R. Tolkein)
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The Return of the King (J.R.R Tolkein)
The Return of the King (J.R.R Tolkein)
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The Silmarillion
The Silmarillion
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The Adventures of Tom Bombadil
The Adventures of Tom Bombadil
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The Road Goes Ever on (Tolkien)
The Road Goes Ever on (Tolkien)
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Unfinished Tales (J.R.R. Tolkien)
Unfinished Tales (J.R.R. Tolkien)
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Bilbo's Last Song (1966) (Tolkien)
Bilbo's Last Song (1966) (Tolkien)
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The Children of Hurin
The Children of Hurin
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93
The Tale of Beren and Luthien (J.R.R. Tolkien)
The Tale of Beren and Luthien (J.R.R. Tolkien)
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Sundiver (David Brin)
Sundiver (David Brin)
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Startide Rising
Startide Rising
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The Uplift War
The Uplift War
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Brightness Reef (David Brin)
Brightness Reef (David Brin)
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Infinity's Shore (David Brin)
Infinity's Shore (David Brin)
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Heaven's Reach (David Brin)
Heaven's Reach (David Brin)
100
Dune
Dune
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Dune Messiah (Frank Herbert)
Dune Messiah (Frank Herbert)
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Children of Dune
Children of Dune
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God Emperor of Dune (Frank Herbert)
God Emperor of Dune (Frank Herbert)
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Heretics of Dune (Frank Herbert)
Heretics of Dune (Frank Herbert)
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Chapterhouse Dune
Chapterhouse Dune
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The Dark Tower I: The Gunslinger
The Dark Tower I: The Gunslinger
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The Dark Tower II: The Drawing of the Three
The Dark Tower II: The Drawing of the Three
108
The Stand
The Stand
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109
The Eyes of the Dragon (Stephen King)
The Eyes of the Dragon (Stephen King)
110
The Talisman
The Talisman
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The Dark Tower Iii: Waste Lands
The Dark Tower Iii: Waste Lands
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Wizard & Glass
Wizard & Glass
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'Salem's Lot
'Salem's Lot
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The Mist
The Mist
115
Insomnia (Stephen King)
Insomnia (Stephen King)
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Rose Madder
Rose Madder
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Desperation
Desperation
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The Regulators
The Regulators
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Everything's Eventual
Everything's Eventual
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Bag of Bones
Bag of Bones
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