Posted on 07/24/2015 at 12:00 AM by Jeffrey Bruner

Celebrities and TV characters are just like us — they love literature, or at least respect the art form.

Screenwriter Judd Apatow recently declared, in fact, that writing “saved his life” in an LA Times interview.

Need more proof? We’ve bookmarked the following articles.

In the wake of Christopher Lee’s death, an interview reminding us that he was the only “Lord of the Rings” cast member to have met J.R.R. Tolkien resurfaced.

(Speaking of which, George R.R. Martin cited the LOTR series as the reason he resisted letting Hollywood get its hands on “Game of Thrones” for so long.)

Oprah Winfrey, too, had the chance to meet one of her literary idols ... but lunch with Harper Lee didn’t yield an interview.

Other entertainers have the shoe on the other foot, in a way, by earning their own literary credentials. (Or, well, royalties.)

Aziz Ansari last month became the third “Parks and Recreation” alumnus to land on the New York Times best-sellers list — behind Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman.

More recently, human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin, better known to some as George Clooney's wife, was revealed as the inspiration for a character in Kathy Lette's new legal thriller, "Courting Trouble."

And finally, if you’d like to replicate the libraries of some TV characters, BookRiot has catalogued everything Rory on “Gilmore Girls” read, while BuzzFeed gathered all the works referenced on season three of “Orange Is The New Black.”

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