Our Favorite Author Cameos

The Fault in our StarsWord on the street is that John Green will be making an appearance in the film version of The Fault in our Stars. In between freaking out with excitement and wondering what part he’ll be playing (A random bystander? The Dutch Tulip Man? PETER VAN HOUTEN?!?), we’ve been thinking about how awesome it is when authors make cameos in their own movies.

It’s cool enough when authors manage to have their books made into movies, but getting a chance to appear in them is the ultimate honor. Check out our list of our favorite authors-turned-movie-stars and let us know which ones we missed in the comments!

TwilightStephenie Meyer


Stephenie Meyer appears not once, but twice in the Twilight series. First, she turns up as a woman eating at a diner in Forks. Then, she gets a cameo as a guest at Bella and Edward’s wedding. No word yet on how the random restaurant patron made it onto the guest list.


Pet SemataryStephen King

Pet Sematary

In addition to writing the novel and the screenplay, Stephen King also plays a minister in the adaptation of Pet Sematary. He’s a pretty busy guy. Considering the fact that Stephen King comes out with a new novel, like, every week, we’re impressed that he found time to add “movie actor” to his résumé.


HolesLouis Sachar


Like Stephen King, Sachar wrote the screenplay for the movie-version of his novel. And he also has a starring role. Okay, it’s a supporting role. Okay, FINE, he plays the dude who buys onion juice from Sam to cure his baldness. Whatever, he’ll always be a star in our eyes.


The OutsidersSE Hinton

The Outsiders

SE Hinton turns up as a nurse during Dally’s hospital stay. She’s super grumpy, which is pretty understandable for anyone who has to deal with Dally in the hospital. Still, we kind of love the fact that this irritated nurse is actually responsible for the entire movie — and one of our favorite novels.



The HelpKathryn Stockett

The Help

The author of The Help doesn’t really do much in her brief appearance, but she gets to wear fabulous ’50s clothing and sports an impressive beehive hairdo. We’re pretty shocked she didn’t snag an Oscar nomination just based on her insane hairstyle alone.


The Mortal Instruments, City of BonesCassandra Clare

The Mortal Instruments

The most recent author to appear in a film adaptation of her own book is Cassandra Clare. If you’ve already been to see the first Mortal Instruments movie and couldn’t spot her, we’ll give you a helpful hint: She’s wearing cat ears.



Which author cameos did we miss? What authors would you love to see in the background of their upcoming movies? Let us know in the comments!

25 thoughts on “Our Favorite Author Cameos

  1. They wanted J.K. Rowling to play Harry’s mom but she turned them down.

    I’m pretty sure those aren’t cat ears on Cassandra Clare but tiny horns.

  2. BEST CAMEOS OF THEM ALL: Stan Lee’s numerous cameos in the Marvel movies. Hey, he’s the writer of the comics, so he counts!

  3. People, STRUCK BY LIGHTNING, by Chris Colfer. I don’t know how well-known it is and I don’t care. Go read it and then worship me for telling you about it.

  4. This doesn’t count as an author appearance, but in the movie Secretariat, the original trainer of the horse actually appeared in the crowd at the end of the movie.
    Anyway, I can barely imagine how awesome it would be if I got to be in the movie adaptation of one of my books in the future. 😀

  5. Jo actually is in the Potter films! In Half-Blood Prince, at the very beginning, as Dumbledore is leaving the house where Slughorn was hiding, he picks up a magazine for knitting and says something about wanting to know what the latest patterns are. But on the cover is JK, smiling and lovely, right in the middle of knitting something.

    Personally, I like to think it’s a little SPEW hat meant to be left somehwere around the Common Room.

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