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    16 Authors You Didn’t Realize Made Cameos In The Movie Adaptations Of Their Work

    Michael Bond's cameo in Paddington is the sweetest thing you never knew about.

    1. In Twilight, Stephenie Meyer appears at the diner where Charlie and Bella often eat. The waitress even calls her Stephenie!

    Stephanie Meyer in Twilight

    And in Breaking Dawn — Part I, you can spot her amongst the guests at Bella and Edward's wedding.

    Stephanie Meyer as a wedding guest

    2. Stephen King got a full scene in It Chapter Two as an irascible antiques shop owner who charges James McAvoy's William Denbrough $300 for his childhood bike since Denbrough is, after all, a famous author with money to spare.

    Stephen King in IT

    3. Louis Sachar, his wife, and his daughter appeared in the adaptation of Sachar's book Holes. Sam sells Sachar's character, Mr. Collingwood, some onion juice for his balding head.

    The collingwoods buying their onion juice

    4. Rob Liefeld, the co-creator of the Deadpool comics, appears in the first scene at Sister Margaret's in the adaptation. In one of Deadpool's more subtle fourth wall breaks, the mercenary greets Liefeld, his own creator, by name.

    Liefeld in the bar

    5. Hubert Selby Jr. appears as a racist prison guard who mocks Tyrone in Requiem for a Dream.

    Hubert Selby Jr. as a racist prison guard

    6. Irvine Welsh plays drug dealer Mikey Forrester in Trainspotting. He later reprised the role in the sequel T2 Trainspotting.

    Mikey Forrester wakes up and realizes he's made a bad drug deal

    7. Michael Bond, the creator of Paddington Bear, has a touching cameo in the Paddington film. He toasts the character as he goes by, and in response, Paddington salutes him by lifting his hat.

    the author's cameo

    8. Peter Benchley appears as a TV reporter in Jaws, warning viewers of a cloud "on the horizon of this beautiful resort community...a cloud in the shape of a killer shark."

    Peter Benchley as a reporter on the beach

    9. Rachel Cohn and David Levithan, co-authors of Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist, can be seen in the background of the Veselka scene in the movie version of their coming-of-age novel.

    The authors' cameos in Veselka

    10. Roald Dahl may have died before Matilda reached the big screen, but he still made an appearance in the film: The portrait of Magnus (Miss Honey's father) that Matilda uses to scare Mrs. Trunchbull is actually a painting of Dahl.

    The portrait from Matilda

    11. In another posthumous appearance, The Adventures of Tintin features a caricature artist modeled off of the late Belgian cartoonist (and Tintin mastermind) Hergé. The portrait he gives Tintin looks exactly like Hergé's original drawings of the character.

    The caricature artist hands tintin his portrait

    12. Hunter S. Thompson makes an appropriately trippy cameo in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, when Raoul spots the older version of himself during a flashback to a night at a club called the Matrix.

    Raoul sees Hunter S. Thompson (his older self) in the matrix club

    13. In Divergent, Veronica Roth appears in a very brief cameo during the zip line scene, though she did get decked out with Dauntless tattoos for the moment.

    Veronica Roth in Divergent

    14. You can find Julie Murphy, author of Dumplin', having the time of her life during a drag bar scene in the Netflix adaptation (while sitting between her husband Ian and screenwriter Kristin Hahn, no less)!

    Julie Murphy at the drag bar

    15. In Fried Green Tomatoes, author Fannie Flagg plays a marriage counselor encouraging Kathy Bates's character to put some magic and spark back into her marriage.

    Fannie Flagg as the marriage counselor

    16. R.L. Stine greets the fictionalized version of himself (played by Jack Black in Goosebumps) with a cheerful "Hello, Mr. Stine!" Jack Black's response? "Hello, Mr. Black!"

    R.L. Stine and Jack Black greeting each other with reversed last names

    What are some of your favorite literary cameos? Tell me about them in the comments!