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Fault in Our Stars

Book quiz: can you spot titles borrowed from other books?

The Fault in Our Stars, based on the 2012 novel by John Green, is released in cinemas this month. The title is adapted from a line in Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar. In Act 1, Scene 2, Cassius says:

The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars,
But in ourselves, that we are underlings.

Of course, John Green isn’t the first author to use or adapt a line from another author to create a title. Since we’ve already tested your knowledge of first lines, last lines, and working titles, this seems like a good opportunity to offer another literary quiz…

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