From the late 18th to mid-19th century, it was considered bad for women to read novels based on the belief that women were not “able to differentiate between fiction and life.”
Starting in 1910, a series of books were published featuring a fictional boy-inventor by the name of Tom Swift. One of these books was titled “Tom Swift and His Electric Rifle.” Many years later, this led to the naming of the TASER that police now carry: “Tom A. Swift Electric Rifle”.
Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein published a best-selling romance novel that spawned a twenty-episode TV series and a stage musical.
The alternative history novel “The Man in the High Castle” features a “novel within a novel”. While the actual book is about Nazis winning WWII, the in-book novel is about an alternate universe in which the Nazis lose the war.
There is a surviving fantasy novel written in the 2nd century AD in Roman Syria that features explorers flying to the moon, a first encounter with aliens, interplanetary war between imperialistic celestial kingdoms, and the discovery of a continent across the ocean
After 18+ years marooned on an island, the real-life heroine the novel The Island of the Blue Dolphins died just 7 weeks after being rescued.
Agatha Christie’s novel “Elephants Can Remember” reveals distinct signs of Alzheimer’s onset, e.g., 20% fewer words or ⅕ of her vocabulary lost; 6 times more use of nonspecific words such as “thing”, and a sharp drop in “idea density”. That novel’s last line is “Maybe it’s OK not to remember.”
A novel was written in 1999 about an African man carrying Ebola that arrived unhindered in Dallas.
Stephen King wrote “Carrie” on an old typewriter while living in a trailer. He threw away the first 3 pages thinking he had written “the world’s all time loser.” His wife fished the pages out and pushed him to finish it. It turned out to be his first published novel.
A German author wrote a novel in which Hitler wakes up in modern Berlin with no memories since 1945 and becomes a comedian.