Super-compressed Literary Illustration

Draw illustrations based on AI-generated super-compressed synopses of famous literary works

Illustration, 2023-

Spreadsheet of literary works used
Fyodor Dostoevsky "The Brothers Karamazov : 3 sons of greedy dad: one hot, one smart, one pious. Dad killed, one's blamed, one's mad, one helps."
F. Scott Fitzgerald "The Great Gatsby : A rich man loves a married woman from his past. He hopes to win her with his parties and money, but he dies for her love."
William Shakespeare "Hamlet : Prince finds out uncle killed dad and took mom. He feigns madness and seeks vengeance. He and many others die."
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe "Faust : Scholar sells his soul to the devil for knowledge and power. He falls in love, causes tragedy, and seeks redemption."
Gustave Flaubert "Madame Bovary : A bored wife has affairs with two men and spends recklessly. She fails to find happiness and kills herself with poison."
Emily Brontë "Wuthering Heights : A man loves a woman who marries someone else. He takes revenge on their families. They die and haunt the moors."
J. D. Salinger "The Catcher in the Rye : A teenager roams a city, looking for connection. He meets despair. He yearns for innocence."
Jonathan Swift "Gulliver's Travels : A sailor visits different lands. He meets tiny people, giants, talking horses, and other strange creatures."
Lewis Carroll  "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland : A girl follows a rabbit into a fantasy world. She meets strange creatures and changes size often."
Victor Hugo "Les Miserables : A former convict struggles to become a good man. He is pursued by a relentless inspector. He helps others in need."
Margaret Mitchell "Gone with the Wind : A Southern belle survives a war and rebuilds her life, but loses her true love, a dashing rogue."
Miguel de Cervantes "Don Quixote : A man obsessed with chivalry goes on absurd quests with his loyal squire. He fights windmills, giants, and sheep."
André Gide "Strait is the Gate : A young woman renounces her earthly love for her cousin and seeks a spiritual union with God, but dies without faith."
Homer "Iliad : War rages over a woman. A hero withdraws from battle after a quarrel. He returns to avenge his friend."
Franz Kafka "The Metamorphosis : A salesman wakes up as a giant insect. He can’t work or communicate. His family rejects him. He dies alone."
Hermann Hesse "Beneath the Wheel : A boy is pressured to excel in school. He loses his joy and creativity. He fails and returns home. He dies tragically."
George Orwell "Nineteen Eighty-Four : A man rebels against a totalitarian state. He falls in love and joins a resistance. He is betrayed and tortured."
Dante Alighieri "Divine Comedy : A poet travels through the afterlife with two guides. He sees the fate of souls in Hell, Purgatory, and Heaven."
Robert Louis Stevenson  "Treasure Island : Boy finds a map and sails to an island with pirates. He finds the treasure. He escapes with his friends."
Albert Camus "The Stranger : A man is indifferent to his mother’s death. He kills a stranger for no reason. He is sentenced to death."
Marcel Proust "In Search of Lost Time : A man recalls his past through memories triggered by objects. He writes about love, society, and art."
Herman Melville "Moby-Dick : A sailor joins a whaling ship with a mad captain. The captain seeks revenge on a white whale that took his leg."
Charlotte Brontë "Jane Eyre : A governess falls in love with her employer who has a mad wife. She leaves him but returns after the wife dies in a fire."
Thomas Mann "The Magic Mountain : A man visits his cousin in a sanatorium. He learns about life, illness, and death. He joins the war."
Anton Chekhov "The Seagull : A playwright loves an actress who loves a novelist who loves a diva. A seagull dies. So does the playwright."
Ernest Hemingway "A Farewell to Arms : Soldier and nurse fall in love during a war. They flee to another country. She dies in childbirth."
Mark Twain  "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn : A boy runs away from his cruel father. He meets a runaway slave. They have adventures on the river."
Leo Tolstoy "Anna Karenina : Unhappy wife falls for handsome officer. Leaves husband and son for him. Loses social status and respect. Kills herself."
Jane Austen "Sense and Sensibility : Two sisters have different personalities. One is calm, one is emotional. They face love, loss, and marriage."
Edgar Allan Poe "The Black Cat : A man abuses his wife and his black cat. He kills the cat and hangs it. He kills his wife and walls her up."
D. H. Lawrence "Lady Chatterley's Lover : A woman has an affair with a gamekeeper who awakens her sexuality. She leaves her paralyzed husband for him."
John Steinbeck "Of Mice and Men : Two migrant workers dream of owning a farm. One is strong but simple-minded. The other kills him out of mercy."
Pearl S. Buck  "The Good Earth : A farmer works hard on his land and becomes rich. He faces family and social woes. He loves his land."
Romain Rolland "Jean-Christophe : A musical genius struggles with life and art. He faces love, loss, and war. He finds his own voice."
Honoré de Balzac "Père Goriot : An old man sacrifices everything for his daughters. They neglect him. A student and a criminal share his fate."
Thomas Hardy "Tess of the d'Urbervilles : Poor girl is seduced by rich man. She marries another man who rejects her. She kills her seducer and dies."
Émile Zola "Nana : A streetwalker becomes a famous actress. She seduces and ruins many men. She dies of smallpox."
Alexander Pushkin "Eugene Onegin : A bored city man rejects a country girl. He kills his friend in a duel. He falls for the girl later but she’s married."
Nikolai Gogol "The Nose : A man who loses his nose finds it living as a high official. He tries to get it back, but it returns on its own."
Ivan Turgenev "First Love : A young man falls in love with a woman who loves his father. He suffers from jealousy and disillusionment."
William Faulkner "Light in August : A biracial man faces prejudice. A pregnant woman looks for her child's father. Their lives intersect in a violent town."
W. Somerset Maugham "Of Human Bondage : A club-footed orphan seeks meaning in life. He loves a cruel woman who ruins him. He finds wisdom and peace."
Bertolt Brecht "The Threepenny Opera : A gangster marries a beggar's daughter. Her father plots to hang him. A corrupt cop helps him. He escapes death."
Alexandre Dumas "The Three Musketeers : Four friends fight for the king against a cardinal. They face danger and romance. They are loyal and brave."
Charles Dickens "Oliver Twist : An orphan boy joins a gang of thieves. He faces hardship and danger. He finds his true family."
George Eliot "Middlemarch : Two idealists wed the wrong people. They struggle with their choices and society. They find some solace together."
Oscar Wilde "The Picture of Dorian Gray : A man stays young while his portrait ages. He lives a life of sin and decadence, but his face remains unchanged."
Virginia Woolf "To the Lighthouse : A family and guests visit an island. They face love, loss, and art. They finally reach the lighthouse."
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry "The Little Prince : A pilot meets a boy from another planet. He learns about his adventures and his love for a flower."
Nathaniel Hawthorne "The Scarlet Letter : A woman bears a child out of wedlock. She wears a red letter A for adultery. Her lover suffers from guilt."
Mary Shelley "Frankenstein : A scientist creates a living creature from dead bodies. The creature suffers and seeks revenge. They both die tragically."
Shi Nai'an "Water Margin : 108 outlaws form a brotherhood to fight against tyranny. They have heroic adventures and battles in the marshland."
Moliere "Tartuffe : A fake holy man fools a rich man. He tries to seduce his wife and take his wealth. He is exposed and arrested."
Prosper Mérimée "Carmen : A gypsy seduces a soldier and a bullfighter. She is unfaithful and defiant. The soldier kills her in rage."
John Milton "Paradise Lost : A fallen angel tempts the first humans to sin. They are banished from paradise. They learn about good and evil."
Joseph Conrad "Heart of Darkness : A sailor goes to a dark land for ivory. He meets a man who has become a cruel god to the natives. He dies."
Gabriel García Márquez "One Hundred Years of Solitude : A family and a town are born and die over seven generations. They experience magic, love, war, and decay."
Vladimir Nabokov "Lolita : A man becomes obsessed with a young girl and embarks on a destructive and disturbing relationship with her."
Erich Kästner "The Flying Classroom : Five boys study and live in a boarding school. They face adventures, challenges and friendship before Christmas."
James Joyce "Ulysses : Man wanders around a city for a day. Meets young poet. Thinks about his wife and her lover. Goes to bed."
Louisa May Alcott "Little Women : Four sisters grow up together during a war. They face love, loss, and hardship with courage and kindness."
Lu Xun "The True Story of Ah Q : A peasant suffers defeats and humiliations. He deludes himself with false victories. He is executed as a rebel."
Jean Webster "Daddy-Long-Legs : An orphan girl gets a scholarship from a mysterious benefactor. She writes him letters and falls in love."
Edmond Rostand "Cyrano de Bergerac : A big-nosed poet loves a lady. He helps a handsome man woo her with his words. He dies hiding his love."
Stendhal "The Red and the Black : A young man rises from poverty to power. He loves two women of different classes. He is betrayed and executed."
Alexandre Dumas fils "The Lady of the Camellias : A courtesan falls in love with a nobleman. She leaves him to protect his reputation. She dies of illness."
Henrik Ibsen "A Doll's House : Woman lives as a doll in her husband’s house. She rebels against his control and abandons him."
Truman Capote "Breakfast at Tiffany's : A writer befriends a charming woman. She lives a glamorous but lonely life. She leaves him for a rich man."
Arthur C. Clarke "Childhood's End : Aliens invade Earth and create a utopia. They reveal that their purpose is to guide the evolution of human children."
Margaret Atwood "The Handmaid's Tale : A woman is assigned as a concubine in a dystopian world where women are enslaved and most are sterile."
Arthur Conan Doyle "The Hound of the Baskervilles : A detective investigates a death linked to a legend. He exposes a plot to kill an heir with a dog. He saves him."
Jean-Paul Sartre "Nausea : A historian writes a diary of his existential crisis. He feels nauseated by the absurdity of life."
William Makepeace Thackeray "Vanity Fair : Two women from different backgrounds pursue their ambitions. One is cunning and ruthless. The other is kind and naive."
Haruki Murakami "The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle : A man searches for his missing wife and cat. He meets strange people and enters a surreal world."
Kazuo Ishiguro "The Remains of the Day : A butler recalls his past service to a nobleman who supported fascism. He questions his loyalty and dignity."
Wu Cheng'en? "Journey to the West : A monk goes to a far land for scriptures. He is helped by a monkey, a pig, and a sand demon."
Harper Lee "To Kill a Mockingbird : A girl grows up in a racist town. Her father defends a Black man accused of rape. She learns about justice."
William Golding "Lord of the Flies : Boys are stranded on an island. They split into two groups: civilized and savage. They fight, hunt, and kill each other."
H. G. Wells "The Time Machine : An inventor travels to the far future and meets two races of humans. He faces dangers and learns their history and fate."
Daniel Keyes "Flowers for Algernon : A man with low IQ gets a surgery that makes him smart. He enjoys his new life, but then loses his intelligence."
Agatha Christie "And Then There Were None : Ten strangers are invited to an island. They are accused of murder and killed one by one according to a rhyme."
J. R. R. Tolkien "The Lord of the Rings : A being of peace must destroy an evil ring. He is helped by a wizard, elves, dwarves, and men."
Ayn Rand "Atlas Shrugged : Productive people go on strike against a corrupt society. They join a hidden utopia led by a mysterious man."
Jack London "The Call of the Wild : A pet dog is stolen and sold as a sled dog. He faces hardship and danger. He hears the wild and joins it."
Chuck Palahniuk "Fight Club : An insomniac joins a secret fight club and meets a rebel. He discovers they are the same person and tries to stop him."
Cormac McCarthy "The Road : A father and his son travel to the coast in a post-apocalyptic world. They face hunger, cold, and danger."
Philip K. Dick "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? : A bounty hunter hunts down escaped androids. He questions his own humanity and empathy. He meets a fake sheep."
Hector Malot "Sans Famille : An orphan is sold to a musician and travels with him. He faces hardships, friendship and family secrets."
A. A. Milne "Winnie-the-Pooh : A boy and his stuffed bear have adventures with other animals in the forest. They share friendship, fun and wisdom."
Thomas Harris "The Silence of the Lambs : Trainee agent seeks help from cannibal killer. She tries to catch another killer who skins women."
Joseph Heller "Catch-22 : Bomber pilot tries to avoid flying missions by claiming insanity. He faces a paradoxical rule that prevents him."
Yann Martel "Life of Pi : A boy sails with his family and zoo animals. A storm sinks the ship. He lives on a boat with a tiger."
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn "One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich : A man endures hunger, cold, and cruelty in a harsh camp. He finds dignity and hope in small things."
Tennessee Williams "A Streetcar Named Desire : A woman moves in with her sister and brother-in-law. She clashes with him and loses her grip on reality."
Ken Follett "The Pillars of the Earth : A pious monk, a skilled builder and a brave noblewoman join forces to build a cathedral amid civil war."
Aldous Huxley "Brave New World : A futuristic society controls people with drugs and conditioning. A man from a primitive place challenges the system."
Raymond Chandler "The Long Goodbye : A detective helps a friend flee a murder charge. He later finds out that his friend faked his death and betrayed him."
Francoise Sagan "Bonjour Tristesse : A spoiled girl sabotages her father’s engagement to a mature woman. She causes her death and regrets it."
Yasunari Kawabata "Snow Country : A man visits a mountain resort and meets a geisha. They have a doomed affair. He is drawn to another woman's voice."
O. Henry "The Gift of the Magi : A poor couple sells their treasures to buy gifts. They find out their gifts are useless but precious."
J. K. Rowling "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone : A boy learns he is a wizard and goes to a magic school. He makes friends and enemies and faces an evil lord."
Ray Bradbury "Fahrenheit 451 : A fireman who burns books questions his society. He rebels and joins a group of book lovers."
Agota Kristof "The Notebook : Twin brothers are sent to their grandmother during war. They write a notebook of their cruel experiments."
Murasaki Shikibu "The Tale of Genji : A prince has many affairs and regrets. His son repeats his mistakes. Their lives reflect the impermanence of the world."
Daniel Defoe "Robinson Crusoe : A sailor is stranded on a desert island. He learns to survive alone and befriends a native. He escapes after many years."
Italo Calvino "Invisible Cities : A traveler tells stories of imaginary cities to an emperor. They are all aspects of one city and his own mind."
Gunter Grass "The Tin Drum : A boy stops growing at age three. He uses his drum and voice as weapons against the horrors he witnesses."
Jack Kerouac "On the Road : Young writer travels across the country with his friends. Seeks freedom, adventure, and jazz. They find love and loss."
August Strindberg "Miss Julie : A noblewoman seduces a servant on Midsummer’s Eve. They regret it and plan to escape. She kills herself."
Johanna Spyri "Heidi : A girl lives with her grandpa in the mountains. She loves nature and people. She goes to the city and returns home."
Roger Martin du Gard "The Thibaults : Two brothers from a rich family have different paths. One is a doctor, the other is a rebel. War and tragedy strike them both."
Thomas Pynchon "Gravity's Rainbow : Man predicts rocket attacks with his erections. Others chase a secret device in a rocket. Paranoia and chaos ensue."
Jules Renard "Poil de carott : A red-haired boy suffers from his family’s cruelty and neglect. He uses wit and imagination to cope with his sad life."
Hans Christian Andersen "The Little Mermaid : A mermaid falls in love with a human prince and trades her voice for legs. She fails to win his love and dies."
Dan Brown "The Da Vinci Code : A symbologist and a cryptologist solve clues about the Holy Grail. They are chased by a secret society and the police."
Henry James "The Turn of the Screw : A governess suspects that two ghosts haunt and possess her young pupils. She tries to save them."
Michael Crichton "Jurassic Park : Genetic company creates a park with cloned dinosaurs. The park’s security fails and the visitors face deadly chaos."
Umberto Eco "The Name of the Rose : A monk and his novice investigate a series of murders in a medieval monastery. They discover a hidden library."
Michael Ende "The Neverending Story : A boy reads a book and enters a fantasy world. He saves it from destruction and becomes its king."
E. B. White "Charlotte's Web : A spider saves a pig from being killed by writing praises for him in her web. They become loyal friends."
Jules Verne "Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Seas : Three men are captured by a submarine. They explore the ocean with its captain. They escape after a mutiny."
Henry Miller "Tropic of Cancer : A writer lives in a city of lights. He has sex with many women. He writes about his life and his friends. He suffers."
Milan Kundera "The Unbearable Lightness of Being : Four lovers face freedom and oppression in a troubled world. They seek meaning and weight in their existence."
Sophocles "Oedipus Rex : A king unwittingly fulfills a prophecy of killing his father and marrying his mother, causing a plague."
Cho Nam-Joo "Kim Jiyoung - Born 1982 : A woman faces misogyny and discrimination at every stage of her life. She suffers a mental breakdown."
Mikhail Bulgakov "The Master and Margarita : The devil and his minions wreak havoc in a city, while a writer and his lover are linked to a biblical story."
Lucy Maud Montgomery "Anne of Green Gables : An orphan girl is adopted by a brother and sister. She charms them with her imagination and intelligence."
Suzanne Collins "The Hunger Games : A girl volunteers to fight in a televised death match to save her sister. She defies the rules and sparks a rebellion. "
Mario Puzo "The Godfather : A mafia boss and his family struggle to keep their power and status in a city. Betrayal and violence ensue."
Raymond Queneau "Zazie in the Metro : A girl visits her uncle in a city and wants to ride the subway. She escapes his care and has many comic encounters."
Samuel Beckett "Waiting for Godot : Two men wait for someone who never comes. They talk, argue, and pass time. They meet other characters. "
Frances Hodgson Burnett "The Secret Garden : A girl finds a hidden garden and makes it bloom. She helps her cousin and herself heal and grow."
Richard Bach "Jonathan Livingston Seagull : A seagull loves flying more than food. He learns new skills and transcends. He teaches others his wisdom."
Carlo Collodi "The Adventures of Pinocchio : A wooden puppet comes to life and wants to be a real boy. He faces many dangers and learns from his mistakes. "
Louis-Ferdinand Céline "Journey to the End of the Night : A cynical man goes through war, colonialism, and capitalism. He sees the absurdity and misery of life. He is disillusioned."
Stephen King "Carrie : A bullied girl has telekinesis. She is humiliated at prom. She unleashes her power and kills many. "
Novalis "Heinrich von Ofterdingen : A young poet dreams of a blue flower and goes on a quest for it. He encounters love, art, and mysticism."
Daphne du Maurier "Rebecca : A second wife is haunted by the shadow of her husband’s first wife, who died mysteriously. She uncovers the truth. "
Delia Owens "Where the Crawdads Sing : Abandoned girl lives alone in marsh. Learns to read and love. Accused of killing her former lover."
Liu Cixin "The Three-Body Problem : A secret project contacts aliens who plan to invade Earth. A scientist tries to stop them with a game."
Nikos Kazantzakis "Zorba the Greek : A bookish man meets a zestful man in an island. They work in a mine and learn from each other. They face love and tragedy. "
Laurence Sterne "The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman : A man tries to tell his life but digresses a lot. He talks about his family and their quirks. He is very eccentric."
Virgil "Aeneid : A survivor of a fallen city travels by sea to a new land. He encounters many challenges and a doomed romance. "
Nick Hornby "High Fidelity : A music lover makes a top five of his ex-girlfriends and tries to reconnect with them. He learns to grow up and commit."
Marguerite Duras "The Lover : A girl has an affair with a rich man in a colonized city. They face racism and family pressure."
Andy Weir "The Martian : An astronaut is stranded on Mars and uses science to survive. He is rescued after many troubles."
Sylvia Plath "The Bell Jar : A young woman wins a writing contest and visits a big city. She suffers a mental breakdown and tries to recover."
Selma Lagerlof "The Wonderful Adventures of Nils : A naughty boy is shrunk and flies with geese. He learns about nature, culture and himself."
Gaston Leroux "The Phantom of the Opera : A masked man loves a singer and haunts an opera. He kidnaps her but lets her go. He disappears."
Orson Scott Card "Ender's Game : A child prodigy is trained to fight a war against an alien race. He unknowingly commits genocide and feels remorse."
Ian McEwan "Atonement : A girl falsely accuses a man of rape. He and her sister suffer. She tries to make amends through writing."
Marquis de Sade "The 120 Days of Sodom : Four libertines torture and kill many youths in a castle. They listen to stories of depraved passions."
Astrid Lindgren "Pippi Longstocking : A girl with super strength lives alone with a monkey and a horse. She befriends two kids and has adventures."
Stieg Larsson "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo : A hacker and a journalist solve a cold case of a missing girl. They uncover a dark family secret."
Eugene O'Neill  "Long Day's Journey into Night : A family of four reveals their secrets and conflicts over a single day. They suffer from addiction and guilt."
Robert A. Heinlein "The Door into Summer : An inventor is betrayed and frozen. He travels in time to fix his past and future. He finds love and a cat."
Homer "Odyssey : A king wanders for ten years after a war, facing gods and monsters, while his wife and son wait for him."
Boris Pasternak "Doctor Zhivago : A doctor and poet loves two women during a war and a revolution. He faces betrayal, exile, and death."
Toni Morrison "Beloved : A woman kills her child to save her from slavery. She is haunted by a ghost and her past. She seeks redemption."
William Shakespeare "Macbeth : General kills his king after hearing a prophecy from three witches. He becomes a tyrant and is slain by his rival."
Kurt Vonnegut "Slaughterhouse-Five : A man travels in time and space. He survives a war and an alien abduction. He learns about fate and death."
Luo Guanzhong? "Romance of the Three Kingdoms : A dynasty falls and three states emerge. They fight for power and glory. A new dynasty unites them."
L. Frank Baum "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz : A girl and her dog are taken by a storm to a magic land. They meet friends and enemies and seek a way home."
Fyodor Dostoevsky "Crime and Punishment : A student kills an old woman and her sister. He suffers guilt and paranoia. He confesses and goes to prison."
William Gibson "Neuromancer : A hacker with a damaged nervous system joins a team of outcasts for a heist involving a powerful AI."
John le Carre "The Spy Who Came in from the Cold : A spy pretends to defect to the other side. He is part of a complex plot to protect a double agent. He fails."
Johann Wolfgang Goethe "The Sorrows of Young Werther : A young artist loves a woman who is engaged. He suffers and writes letters. He shoots himself and dies."
Lois Lowry "The Giver : A boy lives in a society without pain or choice. He receives memories of the past from an old man. He escapes."
Samuel Taylor Coleridge "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner : A sailor kills an albatross and is cursed. He sees horrors and wonders. He repents and is forgiven."
Bai Juyi "Chang Hen Ge : An emperor loves a beauty and neglects his duty. A rebel attacks and kills her. He mourns forever."
Bernhard Schlink "The Reader : A boy has an affair with a woman who was a guard in a concentration camp. He later witnesses her trial for war crimes."
Leo Tolstoy "War and Peace : A country faces invasion by a powerful enemy. Five families experience the effects of war and peace on their lives."
Ernest Hemingway "The Old Man and the Sea : An old fisherman catches a huge marlin. He fights sharks to keep it. He loses the fish and returns home."
Ursula K. Le Guin "A Wizard of Earthsea : A young mage learns magic, unleashes a dark shadow, and pursues it across the world to restore balance."
Alessandro Manzoni "The Betrothed : Two lovers are separated by a tyrant who wants the girl. They face famine, plague, and war until they reunite."
Sally Rooney "Normal People : Two friends from different backgrounds fall in and out of love. They struggle with identity and intimacy. They grow up."
George Orwell "Animal Farm : A farm is taken over by its animals, who try to create a fair society. A pig becomes a dictator and betrays the ideals."
Alice Walker "The Color Purple : A woman suffers abuse and oppression from men. She finds love and empowerment with another woman."
Markus Zusak "The Book Thief : A girl in a tyrannical regime steals books and befriends a persecuted man hiding in her basement. Death tells her story."
Franz Kafka "The Trial : A man is arrested and tried by a mysterious court for an unknown crime. He is executed without a verdict."
John Green "The Fault in Our Stars : Two teens with cancer fall in love and travel to meet a reclusive author. They face tragedy and loss."
Alan Sillitoe "The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Runner : A delinquent youth runs cross-country races in a reform school. He chooses to lose the final race as a rebellion."
Tove Jansson "Finn Family Moomintroll : A family of trolls finds a magic hat that changes things. They have adventures with their friends and a ruby thief."
J. M. Coetzee "Disgrace : A professor has an affair with a student and quits. He and his daughter face violence on a farm. He helps euthanize dogs."
John William Polidori "The Vampyre : A young man travels with a vampire who kills his lovers. He dies before he can stop him from marrying his sister."
Sheridan Le Fanu "Carmilla : A girl meets a female vampire who loves her. She gets sick and weak. She learns the truth and kills her."
Bram Stoker "Dracula : A vampire travels from his homeland to a new city. He is hunted by a group of people who know his secret."
Anne Rice "Interview with the Vampire : A vampire tells his life story to a reporter, from his human days to his immortal struggles."
John Ajvide Lindqvist "Let the Right One In : A bullied boy befriends a vampire girl who helps him fight back. They fall in love and escape together."
Stephenie Meyer "Twilight : A girl falls in love with a vampire. They face danger from other vampires who want to kill her."
Anton Chekhov "The Cherry Orchard : An aristocratic family cannot pay their debts. They sell their precious cherry orchard to a rich man."
Thomas Mann "Death in Venice : An aging writer falls in love with a young boy in a city of canals. He dies of cholera, consumed by his passion."
Albert Camus "The Plague : A city is quarantined because of a plague. Some people fight it, some accept it, some profit from it."
Nevil Shute "On the Beach : A nuclear war wipes out the north. A sub crew and some southerners brace for radiation. They perish."
Isak Dinesen "Out of Africa : A woman runs a coffee farm in a foreign land. She loves the land and the people. She loses everything and leaves."
Kevin Kwan "Crazy Rich Asians : A woman meets her boyfriend's family in his home country and learns they are extremely wealthy and snobbish."
Robert Louis Stevenson "Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde : A doctor experiments with a potion that splits his personality. He becomes a violent criminal at night."
William S. Burroughs "Naked Lunch : A drug addict travels through bizarre places and meets twisted characters. He tells his hallucinations and horrors."
E. T. A. Hoffmann "The Nutcracker and the Mouse King : A girl’s toy comes alive and fights a mouse army. She helps him and travels to a land of dolls."
Roberto Bolaño "2666 : A search for a missing writer leads to a city of murders. Different stories and perspectives converge."
W. Somerset Maugham "The Moon and Sixpence : A stockbroker leaves his family to paint. He lives poorly in two cities. He dies after creating a masterpiece."
Annie Proulx "Brokeback Mountain : Two men fall in love while working as sheepherders. They face society’s intolerance and their own conflicts."
Manuel Puig "Kiss of the Spider Woman : Two cellmates in a prison bond over movies and stories. One is a spy, the other a rebel. They fall in love."
Douglas Adams "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy : A man escapes Earth’s destruction with an alien friend. They travels the galaxy with a guidebook."
Edgar Allan Poe "The Raven : A man mourns his lost love and talks to a raven. The bird repeats one word that drives him mad."
Rainer Maria Rilke "The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge : A poet writes his thoughts and memories in a city. He faces poverty, death, and his own past. He seeks meaning."
Jean Genet "The Thief's Journal : A vagabond and criminal narrates his travels, loves, and philosophy. He glorifies his outcast status."
John Irving  "The World According to Garp : A writer’s life is full of accidents, tragedies, and conflicts. He and his feminist mother are killed by extremists."
John Steinbeck "The Grapes of Wrath : A farm family loses their land and moves west. They face poverty, hunger, and injustice. They stick together."
Sayaka Murata "Convenience Store Woman : A woman finds happiness in working at a convenience store. She pretends to have a boyfriend to fit in society."
Boris Vian "Froth on the Daydream : A rich man marries a sick woman who needs flowers to live. He becomes poor and she dies."
Karel Čapek "R.U.R : A factory makes robots to serve humans. The robots rebel and wipe out humanity, except for one man."
P. L. Travers "Mary Poppins : A magical nanny takes care of four children. She shows them a world of wonder and adventure."
Aristophanes "Lysistrata : Women refuse to sleep with men until they stop fighting a war. They seize the treasury and force peace."
Charles Dickens "A Christmas Carol : A greedy old man is visited by four ghosts on Christmas Eve. They show him his past, present, and future."
Anthony Burgess "A Clockwork Orange : A teen leads a gang of violent youths. He is arrested and brainwashed to hate violence. He becomes helpless."
Arkady and Boris Strugatsky "Roadside Picnic : Aliens visit Earth and leave behind strange artifacts. Smugglers risk their lives to get them."
Nikolai Gogol "The Overcoat : Poor clerk saves money for new overcoat. Gets robbed and dies. Comes back as ghost, and robs overcoats."
E. M. Forster "A Room with a View : A woman travels to a foreign country and loves a man of lower status. She rejects a snob and marries her true love."
Joris-Karl Huysmans "À rebours : An aristocrat retreats from society and creates his own artificial paradise of art and decadence."
Alexandre Dumas "The Count of Monte Cristo : A sailor is betrayed by his friends and imprisoned. He escapes and seeks revenge with a hidden treasure."
Ian Fleming "Casino Royale : A spy plays poker with a terrorist banker. He wins but is tortured. He falls in love but is betrayed."
Patricia Highsmith "The Talented Mr. Ripley : Poor man kills his rich friend and takes his identity. He tries to escape the police and his past."
Waldemar Bonsels "Maya the Bee : A curious bee leaves her hive to explore nature. She makes friends, learns lessons, and saves her hive from hornets."
Stendhal "The Charterhouse of Parma : A nobleman joins the army, loves a governor’s daughter, becomes a clergyman, and retires to a monastery."
Ken Kesey "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest : A rebel pretends to be insane and clashes with a tyrannical nurse in a mental ward. He inspires the other patients."
Amos Tutuola "The Palm-Wine Drinkard : A drunkard searches for his dead wine-maker. He meets many strange beings. He gets a magic egg with wine."
Stanislaw Lem "Solaris : A psychologist studies a living ocean. He meets his dead wife. He can’t communicate with the ocean."
Mark Twain "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer : A mischievous boy has many adventures with his friends. He witnesses a murder and finds treasure."
Tom Clancy "The Hunt for Red October : A submarine captain tries to defect with his stealthy vessel. An analyst helps him evade his pursuers and reach safety."
Salman Rushdie "The Satanic Verses : Two actors survive a plane crash and become angel and devil. They experience visions of faith and culture."
Roald Dahl "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory : A poor boy wins a tour of a magical chocolate factory with four other kids. He inherits the factory."
Jane Austen "Pride and Prejudice : A woman with a sharp tongue and a man with a big ego clash and spar, but eventually realize they are in love."
Dino Buzzati "The Tartar Steppe : A young officer waits for a war at a remote fort. He wastes his life in vain hope. He dies alone."
Rudyard Kipling "The Jungle Book : A boy raised by wolves learns the laws of the jungle. He meets friends and foes among different animals."
Voltaire "Candide : A young man travels the world and faces many disasters. He doubts his optimism. He cultivates his garden."
Truman Capote "In Cold Blood : Two men murder a farm family for money. They flee, spend, and suffer. They are caught and executed."
Ryūnosuke Akutagawa "Rashōmon : A man debates whether to steal or starve. He meets a woman who robs corpses. He takes her clothes and leaves."
Chinua Achebe "Things Fall Apart : A clan leader resists the invaders who threaten his culture. He kills a messenger and hangs himself."
Arthur Miller "Death of a Salesman : A salesman fails to achieve his dream and loses his mind. He crashes his car and dies. His family mourns."
Hans Christian Andersen "The Ugly Duckling : A swan is born among ducks and suffers abuse. He finds his true kind and becomes happy."
Peter Benchley "Jaws : A giant shark terrorizes a beach town. A cop, a scientist, and a hunter try to stop it. They need a bigger boat."
Gillian Flynn "Gone Girl : A wife disappears on her anniversary. Her husband is suspected of killing her. She faked it to frame him."
Frank Herbert "Dune : A young man inherits a desert planet and its spice. He leads a rebellion against a tyrant. He becomes a messiah."
Ivan Turgenev "Fathers and Sons : A nihilist and his friend visit their families and fall in love with different women. They clash with the older generation."
Harriet Beecher Stowe "Uncle Tom's Cabin : A kind slave is sold and abused by different masters. He dies as a martyr after helping others escape."
Eric Knight "Lassie Come-Home : A boy’s dog is sold to a rich man. The dog escapes and travels across the country to find the boy."
Henry Fielding "The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling : An orphan travels, loves, and faces many troubles. He learns his true identity and marries his beloved."
Jules Verne "Around the World in Eighty Days : A gentleman bets he can travel around the world in 80 days. He faces many obstacles and a detective."
Irvine Welsh "Trainspotting : Heroin addicts struggle with life. They face violence, disease, and betrayal. They try to escape or survive."
Jonathan Safran Foer "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close : A boy who lost his father in a terrorist attack searches for a lock that fits a key. He learns about his family and himself."
James Fenimore Cooper "The Last of the Mohicans : A scout and two natives help a group of colonists during a war. They rescue two sisters from a cruel enemy."
James Joyce "A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man : A young man struggles with religion and sexuality, and becomes a writer. He rejects his family and nation."
C. S. Lewis "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe : Four children enter a magical world through a wardrobe. They help a lion defeat a witch and end the eternal winter."
Helen Fielding "Bridget Jones's Diary : A woman writes a diary about her love life, work, and resolutions. She dates a bad boss, then a good lawyer."
H. P. Lovecraft "The Call of Cthulhu : A man investigates a cult that worships an ancient cosmic monster sleeping in the ocean. He fears its awakening."
Hans Christian Andersen "The Emperor's New Clothes : A vain emperor is fooled by two weavers who make invisible clothes. A child exposes his nakedness."
Pierre Choderlos de Laclos "Dangerous Liaisons : Two immoral aristocrats plot to seduce and ruin innocent lovers. They end up destroying each other instead."
Mikhail Lermontov "A Hero of Our Time : A bored officer wanders in a mountainous region, plays with women's hearts, and duels a rival to death."
Arundhati Roy "The God of Small Things : Twins witness their mother’s affair with a low-caste man. A cousin drowns. The twins reunite after years."
William Shakespeare "Romeo and Juliet : Two young lovers from rival families secretly marry. They die tragically because of a misunderstanding."
Walter Scott "Ivanhoe : A knight supports the exiled king against his brother and his allies. He wins a tournament and marries his love."
Anne Brontë "The Tenant of Wildfell Hall : A woman escapes her abusive husband and hides in a mansion. A farmer falls in love with her and learns her story."
Terry Pratchett "The Colour of Magic : A failed wizard guides a rich tourist on a flat world carried by a turtle. They are pawns of the gods’ game."
William Faulkner "The Sound and the Fury : A family of former aristocrats declines in wealth, morality, and sanity. Three brothers are obsessed with their sister."
Dodie Smith "The Hundred and One Dalmatians : Two dogs rescue their puppies and others from a fur-loving woman. They adopt all the puppies and live happily."
James M. Cain "The Postman Always Rings Twice : A drifter and a waitress plot to kill her husband. They fail once, succeed later, but face trial and tragedy."
Evelyn Waugh "Brideshead Revisited : A soldier remembers his love for a religious family and their house. He loses them to faith and war."
J. R. R. Tolkien "The Hobbit, or There and Back Again : A small person joins a quest to reclaim a mountain and treasure from a dragon. He finds a ring and becomes a hero."
Khaled Hosseini "The Kite Runner : A boy feels guilty for betraying his friend. He returns to the war-torn country to redeem himself years later."
Min Jin Lee "Pachinko : A family moves to a foreign country and faces discrimination and hardship. They survive through wars, love, and pachinko."
George R. R. Martin "A Game of Thrones : A king, his friend, and their enemies fight for the throne while a threat looms beyond the wall."
Natsume Sōseki "I Am a Cat : A cat observes and criticizes the life and culture of his owner and his friends, who are modern intellectuals."
Mario Vargas Llosa "The Time of the Hero : A gang of cadets in a military school steal an exam and kill a snitch. They face corruption and violence."